In mythology, Kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit also sometimes known as the nine tail fox. They possess magical abilities and often the number of tails they have will indicate how wise, old and powerful. They also have the ability to shape shift into human form, which is a concept I have always found inspiring. Like fairytales, mythology is something I grew up reading. Various trips to the library would result in a large pile of books focusing on Norse, Greek, Egyptian, Celtic and Asian mythologies. Japanese, in particular is one that always intrigued me. I have since been fascinated with Japanese culture, masks, costume, animation and theatre.
Instead of my normal ribbon jointed method, I decided to make this a standing sculpt so that I could place a lantern and japanese pipe (kiseru) in her hands. I also wanted to experiment with detailing the base which is something I have done in past sculpts and think I will continue in a new series of dolls.
She is now for sale in my Etsy shop. As always layaway is available.
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My favorite time of the year is halloween and I had a lot of plans for many themed dolls however unexpected life changes threw me off track and I am now behind. So far I have only been able to create my vampire doll but I still have plenty of time to at least do one or 2 more in time for halloween. I recently had an idea for a Beetlejuice inspired doll so hopefully I will be able to get to start working on that one very soon.
My vampire art doll is my newest one and has just been listed for sale in my Etsy shop. As always layaway is available so you can always message me about breaking up payments. For more of my dolls and works in progress on each piece please visit my art page.
She is hand sculpted using cernit clay without any molds so is truly a unique piece. Everything from the eyes to the costume is handmade with love, and lots of time has gone into her construction.
I created Snow White for the Fairy Tale challenge for Art Doll Quarterly magazine and excited to share that she has been accepted and will be shown in the February 2016 edition. Be sure to pick up a copy at your local bookstore and show support to this wonderful magazine!!
She has been sold so will not be listed in my shop. Feel free to check out my art page for many news dolls that I will be creating. I love sharing in progress pics so you are able to see them as they come to life.
I am a little late on posting this one. She has already been sold so I will not be listing in my shop. For more of my works and my daily works in progress please visit my art page.
My newest sculpts inspired by Alice in Wonderland. They were both hand sculpted using Cernit doll clay over strong wire armatures, hand painted in acrylics and varnished for color protection. Both have been sold.
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I plan to make some more Alice inspired dolls soon. For now here is the Queen of Hearts and Alice.
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. 🙂
Doll making will continue when I return from the convention so be ready…I have some new ideas developing.
My new ooak fairy art doll Seraphine is finally completed and is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
Approximately 26″ long and 13″ when seated.
Seraphine 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 from red yarn (wool blend).
Her outfit is made using lots and lots of hand painted gold lace, red jewels,velvet flower petals, orange taffeta fabric , hand sewn beads and other embellishments.
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