Me and my doll at Mechacon in New Orleans. Both costume and doll made by me.
I am a bit late on updating but my newest doll is for sale in my Etsy shop. My original inspiration for her was a carousel but the more I worked on her the more she began to feel more like a cake or something sweet. She is my first doll of 2016. 🙂
She is one of my stuffed dolls so her body is fabric and her face, and arms are sculpted. She is lightly posable. She is approximately 26″ long. Everything is hand made from scratch and no molds ever used in my works so each one is truly unique.
One month until A-kon so I have been focusing a lot of my time trying to get my two costumes completed. I am very proud of myself for not waiting until the last minute like I often do. Yes, I admit I am highly guilty of being a last minute person. Sometimes I tend to work better under the pressure however for these two costumes I knew there would be a lot of hand painting involved and didn’t want to stress myself out like I usually do. I am also excited that so far I have hardly bought a thing for these costumes. My goal for them was to improvise using things I already had on hand so I wouldn’t have to make a lot of trips to the fabric shop like I normally do. Not to mention that right now money is a bit tight and me and my boyfriend share a car so I wanted to make this process as stress free as possible. Anyway I am just excited about my progress and that I have a little less than a month left and I am very close to being done. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot more to do, mainly on the mermaid but I will NOT be working in the hotel room like I do every year. I am refusing to let that happen. My goal is to have this done a week before the con (something that in all of my years of cosplaying has not happened yet)….seriously. I literally always have something that I am working on in the hotel room.
So here are the costumes I am working on. Both are designs from the artist Sakizou, and I have done my own interpretations of them.
I love all of Sakizou’s designs and their are a large handful of them that I would love to recreate but for some reason this Geisha image really stood out to me. My only regret is that I didn’t use a deeper red for the costume but like I said earlier, this was the only red I had available so I am working with what I have here. I have almost everything complete on this one minus a few details here and there, the other arm piece (which I am dreading b/c I hate making duplicates of things), some more details on the headpiece (such as the chopsticks and some more hanging beads) and figuring out what I want to do with the lower half of the body (shoes, stockings?). I need to order a red umbrella and was contemplating painting some designs to compliment the costume (if I have the time) and also need to purchase some white powder, eye makeup and some red lipstick. Very excited about the face makeup.
All the details were hand painted and the wig was also designed by me.
My second costume is a mermaid and yes I guess that is going to be odd having a walking mermaid however I just loved this design and the colors so much that I really wanted to do it. I have changed the colors up a bit and simplified the headpiece and wig.
All the scales are hand cut and painted and taking FOREVER! So far their are over a 100 and I still have a lot more space to fill. The repetition is starting to kill me however I hope it is worth it in the end. This is not a good choice for an impatient gemini but I have to finish the job. I still have a bit more to do on this one but luckily I have the majority of the Geisha out the way so I can focus on this one.
Hoping to complete the tail inspired skirt this week and finish all the details on the bra. Like the geisha, I am very excited about the makeup design on the face….especially the purple lipstick. 🙂
Now for sale in my Etsy shop
Approximately 23″ long and 11″ when seated.
She is from my cloth doll series in which fabric bodies are sewn, stuffed and then completed with sculpted face and hands. Her face and hands are created with Premier Air Dry Clay, sanded, gessoed, painted in acrylics and then finished with a varnish for protection. Her arms and legs are lightly posable. Her hair is made of white viscose and is permanently styled and attached to her head.
Her outfit is an original design and is made of white lace, hand dyed pink lace, gold glittery fabrics and gold trim. She is also decorated with several jewels, ribbons and white fur.
Just a quick post to share my new painting based loosely off my new art doll. It is now for sale in my etsy shop:
11″x14″ acrylic on muslin fabric, with collaged textured fabric, thread, lace, glitter and webbing.