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.
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 ).