I have always been quite fascinated with dolls. I remember very well the porcelain dolls handed down from my great grandmother. They decorated various rooms of my mother’s house, sitting almost lifelike in their little wooden chairs. I always felt quite uneasy around them, as if their little glass eyes would blink any moment and the pink corners of their little lips would raise in an evil smirk. Sometimes I swore that their chairs would sway on their own, even though I knew that was nonsense. I guess that is why I am so drawn to the ball jointed doll. The fact that it has so much life due to it’s ability to pose really intrigues me. So I recently decided to attempt what I thought was impossible and create a ball jointed doll. Through months of research,many wasted blocks of clay, much hair pulling and of course trial and error, I finally have something to show, even if it does have some flaws.
She is 17″ high and sculpted in fimo puppen, and painted in Genesis heat set colors. I originally blushed her with pastels and I loved the soft, natural look it gave her however after much research, yet again, I could not find any good advice on a matte sealer. Many people say to stay away from spray sealers due to its reaction with the clay over time, and using a paint matte varnish would only smear the pastel detail. If anyone has any advice on matte sealers please let me know. In the meantime I will stick with the Genesis heat set oil paints which are really an amazing product. The fact that they don’t dry until they are heat set and can be erased if you are not satisfied, makes them perfect for messy and indecisive people like me.
Overall, I am not completely satisfied with her but I think for my first one, I did a fairly good job. I have always struggled with faces and sadly the one produced here is far from what I envisioned, but I guess that will come with more practice. I think perhaps she looks a bit too lighthearted for me and maybe a bit too child like. I still need to improve my method for the eyes and definitely the hands. Please don’t judge her hands, I will be redoing a better pair soon. If their is one thing that stresses me out, it is hands, feet and ears. Do all artists dread this or is it just me? Also, I used elastic inside her and I came to the conclusion that springs would be a better and stronger method so I guess for my next one I will experiment with that….yay more research.
So for now, this is all I have completed. I have started on a wig for her so she shouldn’t be bald for much longer. I will post more of her soon.