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.
Mayim is an experiment using Paperclay to sculpt a whimsical doll.
I've been reading about art blogs lately - what makes them interesting and successful, and of course, why some go south.One excellent bit of advice I came across several times is not to be a perfectionist. People want to read about what you create, but they also want to read about YOU. It's important to share what makes you create what you do, what you feel, and so on. So instead of apologizing for not having incredibly interesting techniques to share all the time, or "disappearing," it's better to just share some of the little things. So, here I am and here I go.
I've gone fishing!This little fish goes with a new clay doll I'm planning. The doll is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Marlaine Verhelst of the Netherlands. She has an online class called "the Elf and his Fish," which I am following. I haven't felt creative lately but I think Marlaine's whimsical fish boy is just what I needed.
Bibbie is a "blank slate" doll created for a Traveling Doll Project. She'll travel around other artists through the mail. Each artist will add something to Bibbie as she goes, interpreting her according to their artistic vision, and write in an art journal. Eventually she will return completed, and the journal will be filled. The thing I love about Bibbie the most right now is her tutti-frutti hair. It has been floating around my stash for quite some time now (several years, actually), and I am so excited because I think it's a perfect starting point for her. What a personality it gives her, wouldn't you agree?