Last night I worked on some new Fashion doll sketches, this is big news considering I haven’t done any in awhile. I knew that I could do some great sketches, but I didn’t have any to show in my portfolio. And I really needed to add them, like immediately. I started with a Fairy Tale theme and I am really happy with the results. This really combined everything that I love, now and when I was a child. I used to read the Brother’s Grimm stories and of course watch all of the beloved Disney versions. My favorite Disney movie was The Little Mermaid. I used to watch it over and over, I also wished that I could swim like a mermaid. So it was only natural for me to want to sketch out an outfit fit for a mermaid.
I would like to expand on this theme and work on a few more styles for each doll, but when you are working with a tight schedule, you can only finish so many of your sketches before you need to catch some sleep. I will definitely be coming back to this theme and working on some more styles for each theme. I’ll also read up on some of my favorite fairy tales so that I can work on new dolls. Wouldn’t a Rumplestiltskin fashion doll be awesome? Check out my sketches below and the link to my online portfolio.
Fairy Tale: Gretel inspired Fashion Doll
Fairy Tale: Little Mermaid inspired Fashion Doll
Link to online Portfolio: http://www.coroflot.com/Jacqueline_Varner/Fashion-Dolls
Yay! Go me for getting some work done! Be on the look out for more soon.
After I have made around 50 or so plush mushrooms, I decided that maybe I should branch out and make something new to add to my Etsy shop. I have worked on different plush in the past, but never really stuck with it. I made a few pancake-style nesting dolls which I really love! But I wasn’t really challenging myself.
They are cute though!
Recently, I rediscovered my love for designing and creating plush. My first new project would be to make a new doll. I thought about what kind of doll I would like to make and how I would like to make it. I bought books and patterns and searched all over the internet for inspiration. I decided to just go for it and whatever I made would be tweaked along the way. I knew what kind of doll I wanted, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it on the first try. Well, here she is!
Her clothes were inspired by one of my favorite Disney Princesses, Snow White. She has an adorable yellow dress with blue flower accents on the trim of her dress and neckline. The sweet little scalloped caplet matches those accents perfectly. Her shoes are ballet inspired with the little bows. And match the ribbon on the caplet. All of her clothing is removable. And she will have some yellow undergarments on to match her dress. Oh and she looks great standing or sitting next to one of my plushrooms too!
Check out some close-ups of the details:
Her hair is all machine stitched to show texture. And I mentioned the little flowery-star accents on the dress earlier, but here you can see it a little bit clearer. Her eyes are green buttons and her pink smile was hand stitched on. She also has her ears poking through her hair, still not sure if I want to “pierce” them or not. I am thinking about adding that feature to some of the future dolls. The picture on the right, and the 3 above actually show the truest colors of the doll and her clothing.
I am hoping to continue making more dolls soon. I already have a few planned out. And I added this one to my Etsy already! Shop doll. Hopefully blogging about them will keep me accountable. It is a little late into the year already, since it is already April, but one of my goals this year would be to work on new plush. So I will type this out now: I will try to put out a new plush once a month, at least. Cyber-space promise!
What are some ways that you like to challenge yourself? It can be with a new project or by changing the way that you normally do something. Let me know!
Until next project,