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« on: May 19, 2014 12:00:06 PM »

So here's my second attempt at an art doll.


This one was made for Crysoleil for the Random Swap. She's more sculpture than art doll, but she looks more dolly like so I put her here.

I have never sculpted before really. I got the idea of this doll from here: http://ateliersusanatavares.blogspot.com/2012/09/mermaid-art-doll.html

Mine is a cartooney version of that because I just can't do that ugly pretty art thing that so many talented people can.

Here's the back of her


Sh's made from a mixture of salt clay and paper clay. She's rather heafty, but I wanted her to have some weight so it would hold up on travel.

I painted her with arcylics and varnished her



Her starfish is also made from salt clay



And her gorgeous hair is made from silky soft merino wool roving.

I also made her stand by hand using a plaque base and some dowel I bought at Hobby Lobby. I drilled, cut, sanded,colored, and lacquered everything myself! '



She is cartoony, but I like the way she came out. I think she'd make a sweet addition for grown ups and little girls.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Feedback and constructive critiques are wanted and welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014 05:19:57 AM »

I think she is adorable!  You did such a good job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014 01:17:39 PM »

I think she's nifty.  The U-shaped body, without any arms, is an interesting approach that I think turned out well and I like the consistent blue color scheme, especially her tresses.

Did you do all of her tail scales free-hand, or did you use some kind of stamp or masking method?
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014 04:20:33 AM »

I think she's nifty.  The U-shaped body, without any arms, is an interesting approach that I think turned out well and I like the consistent blue color scheme, especially her tresses.

Did you do all of her tail scales free-hand, or did you use some kind of stamp or masking method?

Hi Patraw!

The thing that drew me in on the sculpture I modeled mine after was the U-shaped body and the fact that she has no arms. I like the "fishness" about that. When it comes to color schemes I tend to like to keep things monochromatic or ombre. It makes less work for me when it comes to choosing a color palette because it's something i'm not terribly good at. XD

I hand drew each and every one of those little fish scales. I used a small paintbrush to put on the gold spots. I let that dry and then I used a toothpick to hand draw each of the light teal scales on ^_^ It took a couple of hours to do, but I think it was worth it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014 07:38:13 AM »

I often use toothpicks as painting tools too!  I've done jaguar spots similar to the technique that you described for your scales.
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