Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Finished Doll!

[caption id="attachment_1592" align="aligncenter" width="500"]polymer clay fantasy art doll Belinda the Elf[/caption]

And here is the finished product - Belinda the Elf (or Gypsy Fortune Teller if ask my husband) Big change from ET in the first post  or even the body in the second post. She is wearing purple and green - I can't help myself, I love that combination. Her skirt is in 2 layers - a solid green under glitter green tulle. Her top is purple satin ribbon and she even has lacy britches under her skirt.

I'm not quite happy with a few details - I won't go into that but if you notice anything off, please comment. I wonder if anyone notices the flaws I see.

Also, she is listed in my shop, Susan's Ugly Dolls.

Step 1:

Step 2::

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Making of a Doll Part 2

[caption id="attachment_1589" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Painted Face Painted Face[/caption]

After much work, I have finished the next step - the head, hands and feet are done and added to the body. I used oil paint to add some color and acrylics for the detail work. I don't have Genesis oil paints, I used regular oil paints I already had - just baked them the same way you bake the Genesis ones. It's starting to look more alive (still needs hair)

[caption id="attachment_1588" align="aligncenter" width="321"]The whole doll The whole doll[/caption]

All the polymer clay parts are done and attached to the body. I have the basic framework here. Now to fill out the body and dress her and of course, add hair. I'm still considering the exact outfit but she will be elfish. I did "cheat" a little and made shoes instead of bare feet.

Now to the next step!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Making of a Doll Part 1

I've been exploring making dolls, especially working on sculpting faces and heads. I have a lot to learn all around but I figured the first step is to really work on faces, it is the first thing you notice and eyes are the first thing you notice on a face, so this is the first to perfect. Damn but it's a bitch to get a hold on.

[caption id="attachment_1583" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Eye Eye[/caption]

I started with the eyes and man do these look bad, I spent all weekend playing with doing eyes and although I've done them before I just couldn't "get it" this time. I tried so many different ways, starting in different places and seem to get nowhere. I finally got to this and even if they still looked off, I decided to just move on with the nose and come back to them as the face moved on.

  • Lesson 1 I need to be sure to smooth constantly as I work, don't leave it rough

[caption id="attachment_1578" align="aligncenter" width="200"]Adding a Nose Adding a Nose[/caption]

I smoothed out the eyes a bit more and then added a nose. From this photo I could see the face isn't really symmetrical but until I saw the pic I wasn't seeing it. The nose helps make it look more human and I was able to soften the eyes.

  • Lesson 2 - Take lots of pic at each step, it helps to see what is "off"

[caption id="attachment_1579" align="aligncenter" width="200"]Adding a Mouth Adding a Mouth[/caption]

I added a mouth, the lips were tricky but things were coming together, still it looks off center and needs smoothing but I'm ready to clean it up a bit. I noticed some edges were squarish and needed to round them out

  • Keep smoothing, faces are round, there shouldn't be square angles

[caption id="attachment_1580" align="aligncenter" width="200"]Pulling it together Pulling it together[/caption]

Finally it is coming together, I refined the nose a little and using pics, I tried to balance the 2 sides of the face. Now the hard part seemed to be fixing one part without smooshing another part.

[caption id="attachment_1582" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Ears Ears[/caption]

Here's the result after a little more refining. I added the ears which I kept really simple, ears are REALLY complicated. Everything seems pretty balanced and I cleaned up the fingerprints and used some clay softener. I'm going to let it sit overnight before baking so I can let it rest and be able to give it a fresh look in the morning.

Big Takeaways from this

  • Smooth and blend constantly, smooth each section as you go

  • Take lots of pictures, it helps find the flaws

  • Be patient and don't be afraid to start all over if you can't fix mistake

  • Faces are round, get rid of angles, rough edges, bumps and scratches

  • Symmetry is really important, without it everything looks wrong

  •  Eyes are the first thing you see in a face, you really can't "fake" them

So for the moment I am finished making the face. I want to do the best I can do for each face I make, it's the only way I can improve but I don't want to my doll making on hold to spend months just making faces.