Sometimes dolls tend to evolve on their own as we make them, and we surprise ourselves with left-field ideas as we go along. It happened to me today. As I paused to look at my work, thinking about the nose that I need to make next, I became enamored by the cuteness of my cat Melody. I took a quick photo of her and placed the doll upon Melody's "throne". That's when I noticed their similarities: round face, large pretty eyes... and I wondered, should the doll be a catgirl?
Clay over cloth is a wonderful mixed media dollmaking technique that allows you to add clay onto a head made from fabric rather than sculpting it entirely from clay. You can hide the seams that usually go down the middle of the face, and make 3-dimensional features like a nose and mouth without the need for intricate needle sculpting. Here's how I like to do it.
While we are all at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are exploring our hobbies. We're finding positive, creative ways to keep ourselves busy and fulfilled as we cope and wait for the virus situation to get under control. If you're reading this, then chances are you find comfort in art and dollmaking, like me.
In light of that, I have started a new challenge project together with a wonderful group of cyber-doll artists. We're all using a similar doll pattern, and interpreting it our own way. You're invited to join if you like, or you can just watch my progress.
This doll is definitely one of my more unusual works. I started him some time ago, and one of the things that kept him unfinished was the hair. I just couldn't figure out what fit. Today I was looking at him and it came to me: A feather!
"It is true I am rather taken up with dress; but as to feathers, every one wears them, and it would seem extraordinary if I did not."