Thursday, 7 April 2011

Doll Artists I admire........

During the week I don't have much time to work on my Dolls, so I sometimes spend time admiring the work of other doll artists. I LOVE Friedericy Dolls! I couldn't afford one. Although I do have an "Alice" which was made a few years ago for the Richard Simmons collection.
Most of their dolls are directly sculpted in porcelain, although I notice that now there are some paperclay offereings on their website too. Their faces just "sing" to me - I hope that you like seeing them too.....

"Alice" Richard Simmons Collection

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Jimmy McGriff - The Worm - Mod Jazz.wmv

So this is how my day started today.... :0)

A new painting perspective

This is another piece of experimentation for me - my work in porcelain usually uses a white, or light base, I build up the skin tone using layers of fine washes to build up a realistic look. The paint is very translucent, and has a soft, natural look.
One of the things that I find frustrating about working with paperclay is trying to get a "depth" to the skintone. After reading a blog by Susie McMahon, I am experimenting with using a dark brown base under the flesh tone paint. I have thinned the paint quite a lot, to let the dark base show through. At the moment it is still patchy - but I can see the potential. Already there are areas of "shade" in the deep parts of the sculpture. Thanks for the inspiration Susie!!

 You can read Susie's blog here