I am a little late, but Happy New Years to all. Hope 2016 is a productive year for everyone. Things have been a little slow moving on my end due to a lot of life changes going on but I plan for things to pick up soon. Please follow my art page for more progress as I tend to update much more than I do my blog.
Here is a doll I started a month ago and am finally now able to get back to. She is near completion and will be available for sale sometime next week.
I have been busy working on dolls and making a new costume so I am a little behind on sharing my other A-kon costumes so here they are. As I probably have mentioned a million times, Sakizo is one of my favorite artists and I have cosplayed 6 of her designs so far. I keep telling myself it is time to step away and do something different but I keep finding new artworks that are just so inspiring. I have quite an obsession with corsets, ruffles, and all the intricate details. They are just so much fun to create so I do predict a few more in my future cosplays.
As with all my cosplays, I tend to not be accurate but rather do my own interpretation of the design. I am not one to follow rules and often have my own vision of each character. Plus I like to work with fabrics and pieces that I already have on hand to keep cost down.
For more of my costumes please feel free to follow my cosplay page. You can also follow all of my art here.
I recently told myself I needed to step up on my dolls, and push myself harder to perfect them, particularly on the faces. Faces have always been the biggest challenge for me (mostly setting the eyes even) so I really tried to focus on this one, trying my best to be as symmetrical as possible. I created my own eyes (using clay and sun curing epoxy) rather than just painting them straight onto the dolls and I am happy with this decision as I find it gives her more life. This is something I will definitely be continuing with on my future dolls. Another thing I experimented with, although nothing to get too overjoyed about, is curling her hair. I know its rather simple but to me it was exciting to transform pieces of straight fibers into beautiful curls, something I plan to do more often. Perhaps soon I will even hand dye my own fibers.
I am very pleased with the direction she is going.. I currently have cosplay on my mind (because it is that time of the year for me) so I was thinking about my last costume which was gothic lolita-ish, full of ruffles and lace and also had devil horns. I used this as inspiration for her however wanted the hair to be bright red rather than black. I was also thinking back on my recent trip to A-kon where I got to meet Huang Shan (RingDoll ..doll maker from China) and all of his dark,gothic dolls. While at A-kon I had also attended a class on Victorian mourning customs and traditions and their attire so I also had that in the back of my mind when creating this doll.
I still have a bit of work to do on her, such as sculpting the rest of her limbs (yes sometimes I work in a weird order), creating shoes, working on something for her head and finishing the remainder of her costume. I may also add a few more details and beadwork here and there.
Usually I list my dolls in my Etsy shop, however someone has already contacted me about purchasing her, so she will not be available for sale. I do have lots more dolls that I will be making and will be sharing my progress so if interested you can follow my work here.
Taking a quick break from my dolls to work on my costumes for A-kon which is just around the corner (beginning of June) Luckily I started early this year so I have a good bit done on both of them. I am hoping I can finish them ahead of time so I can begin my costume for Mechacon which follows right after in July. Sure, I could wear a an old costume but for me the fun part of cons is showcasing a new costume plus I enjoy making them so much and there are so many I have on my list that I want to make….
I think this may be my 5th Sakizou costume (and I still have plans for 2 more designs that I really love…then I think I will call quits on the sakizou cosplays…maybe). I can’t help it…I really love her artworks although honestly I am getting a bit tired of making ruffles…
So this is what I have done so far…obviously I am changing things up a bit and doing my own interpretation. I still have a lot more details to go…
Pay no attention to the yellow shoelaces lacing her top..it is only temporary…as is the black piece in the front holding up the garter belt…and the bows on the leg pieces will have some black jewel/pendants (like the arm piece)….and they will be attached to a pair of stockings..
I am working on some new chokers to sell at an upcoming steampunk festival in November. Until then I will be listing them in my Etsy shop. They are all OOAK, handmade chokers with double interfacing for extra strength. They have grommets in the back so they can corset to fit a variety of neck sizes.
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