Happy Happy, Joy Joy

After years of submitting my illustrations to Spectrum (an annually published, juried showcase of  fantastical art, featuring digital, traditional and dimensional works) and not passing muster, my love and enjoyment of creating dolls seems to have been rewarded….”Brother’s Keeper” (aka Evil Bunny) will be published in Spectrum 17, due out this fall!  Huzzah!  This is also a win for my friend, and photographer, Steve Harrison, who will work with me until everything is just right, keeping both his patience and sense of humor throughout all my doll photo sessions.

I can’t help but think of this exchange between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell from “The Power of Myth”.

BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

(Taken from The Joseph Campbell Foundation website)

Works in Progress

WIP: From Illustration to Doll

I thought some of my readers out there might like to see an actual doll in progress, and learn a bit about my working method (“Method” is used loosely). So—here we are.

I’m currently working on a doll (along with numerous other dolls/projects, because I NEED to multi-task)  based on one of my illustrations of an Anteater type critter.

And here’s where I’m at with the corresponding doll:

The Anteater in the illustration was actually drawn/painted with the Giant Anteater in mind. However, after baking the head, I feel I’ve  ended up what I thought is either the Tamandua, which is a much smaller version of the speices, OR the love-child of the two.

His hands and feet have been sculpted with Puppen Fimo, and painted with numerous thin layers of acrylics, while the skeleton is aluminum wire, wrapped with florist’s tape, and strengthened with plumber’s epoxy at hand/feet and torso connections. Right now, I’m bulking him up with quilting batting.

Next up:  Sewing Fosshape (which I purchase here in NYC at The Complete Sculptor) onto the doll, in order to achieve a firm and rigid body structure. Fosshape is a wonderful man-made fabric, often employed by costume makers in order to stiffen  costuming. Its properties are activated by heat, by which I use a crafter’s heat gun.

No promises when I’ll get the next entry up for this, but I promise, it WILL happen (I blame a fickle and magpie-like  muse, easily distracted by sparkly  artistic ideas and googads ).


Tuesday Tunes: Eurythmics

A classic Eurythmics tune, this video introduced me to idea that yes, women in music can truly kick some ass. The eighties was rife with pop stars such as Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Samantha Fox….not exactly music or musicians I looked up to. Seeing this video for the first time (along with some Pat Benatar) was truly an eye-opener and inspiration for me.

Games, Music

Tuesday Tunes (sort of): God of War 3

In anticipation of the release of “God of War 3”  next week (perhaps one of THE best game series ever…in my humble opinion) I present this clip about the making of the GoW3 soundtrack. Both the visuals and effects/soundtrack are absolutely stunning— not to mention the awesome, bone-crushing gameplay, muwhahahahaha!— and even if you’re not a gamer,  the soundtrack alone will be worth purchasing.