I never do faces with acrylics but there is a first time for everything. As I said before this was not easy to paint because the background was a dark canvas. I know many people who do some lovely faces on a dark background and admire their work. So I thought I would give it a try. I used this magazine that I got sometime ago as a reference base. I got the magazine purely for this reason as I think the photographer has captured this model's face beautifully. I know a lot of it must be enhanced as they usually do with these pictures but I still think it is beautifully done and a nice picture for reference to paint dark faces.
This is what I did not exactly wonderful and I don't know why she has got a very stubborn expression on her face I think😀. I just could not get her to smile!
Years ago when I was teaching cloth dollmaking in India I stitched up some doll bodies for my first classes so that I could initiate ladies into the world of dollmaking. I did this because I found that most of the women who came to learn did not know how to sew. So to make things easier for me and less stressful for the students I thought would first let them learn to stuff and make the body up. Later on they did progress on to learning how to sew. Anyway while clearing up some things in India I found several of these stitched doll bodies. So I decided to give them to the ladies in my doll club and asked them to make up the doll as a challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what each one comes up with. So I too decided to make up one . I started with the face painting first. I did not like it much so decided to do something else. Now it is all painted white and I have to put my thinking cap to see what I can do. I think I will go for a dark shade of colouring and take it from there. The doll pattern is on the blog if you want to download it. Now because either the weave of the fabric is a bit lose or I did not stitch these bodies properly the limbs have a tendency to turn a bit to one side. Painting the doll body helped the limbs to be straight a bit. So let's see how she turns out.
The first picture is when I painted the face but that soon got covered with white paint.😀
I still have a few bodies left so if anyone of you is interested I can send it to you. Just leave a comment in the box to say you would like one set.
Well I am back and my doll is completed at last. I managed to repair her wrists but she might develope arthritis in her old age 😀😀.
I could not get rid of the Barbie look perhaps I should not have used the Barbie hair on her. When I look at her picture I can see all sorts of things that are wrong with her but it has been a huge learning curve for me with paperclay sculpt. I really liked her when she was not painted. Maybe I will make one that won't be painted another time.
I shall come and visit your blogs soon. I have neglected everyone far too long.
I have not been blogging and my doll project is at a standstill. The reason being I am visiting my mum who had had a mild heart attack month ago. I just came to see her and heard she was admitted in hospital. Found her haemoglobin had dropped However she recovered from it and was sent home but within a week she was back in hospital with the same problem. So they are keeping her in hospital to find out where she is haemorrhaging from. Unfortunately due to her age they do not have many options and cannot do many intrusive investigations. At present she is doing ok hope she will recover fully. She is very weak and needs someone with her all the time even though she is still able to walk slowly.
While she is dosing I drew this pretty leaf that I saw from memory with water colour pencils.
It was all coming on nicely and I thought end was in sight. I even mutilated an old doll that I made when I first started making doll.
I ripped off the hair she had on her to reuse it on my Fushia
But then disaster struck. She fell forward while I was doing her wig and fractured her wrists and fingers.☹️
So I am back to square one. I am not sure if my remedial work will work but I am trying. Her wrists are no longer the delicate looking wrists but let's see. I have not given up completely yet. I worked on her hands today. Now I will have to leave her till I get back from visiting my mum. Goodness I do have butter fingers sometimes!
I have started the fun bit of my doll making process. I am sorry I am not being a tease but I purposely left out the fac in this picture because I think i have not painted her face well. Her face reminds me of Barbie doll and I don't like it. I was wanting her to look different. I will have to repainted her eyes as I think I have messed it up a bit. This is the colour scheme I am doing. The fabric is not exactly the colour of the Fushia I have but it looks so much better than the other colours that are closer to the flower. Still a long way to go and I am having fun even though it is slow going.
I have been working on the body and it is drying time again. My hands want to get on with the sanding but I have to wait patiently. In the meantime I finished the head but dropped it once and flattened the nose a bit but thank goodness not too much that I could not remedy it.
At last I almost finished sculpting the head of the doll but found that the proportion of the head turned out a bit bigger than I thought. So now I have to change the body a bit. Don't know if I will succeed but I will try. If it is all not in proportion
then I will just think it is a whimsical doll so anything goes and be content with that and put it down to learning curve. I wish I had sculpted the head first and then the body. I forgot that the head gets a bit bigger because we have to add all
that clay to sculpt. Anyway here is a partly finished head. Still got some work to do on it. I watched a video on sculpting by a Ukrainian doll artist called Annadan and you can see her work here http://annadan-doll.blogspot.com/
They are beautiful. I followed her method even though she was talking in Russian and I could not understand what she was saying but just by looking at what she was doing I sort of did it. Her doll's are big compared to mine so I found
it a challenge to do such a small face. My doll head is only about 2 inches long. Next time I know that I have to first sculpt the head and then the body 😀