Friday, January 19, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 4

This paper doll project is a marathon!! It's fun and I'm loving it, but it's a lot more time intensive than I realized!

Not stopping anytime soon!!

Today is days 13 through 17.  The themes are: suits, cans, wheels, paint, and denim.

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For suits, I wanted a bright, tweed-y suit.  Cans was a challenging theme and I settled on an Andy Warhol pop art soup can.  Wheels is a VW van.  Paint is a paint splattered dress.  Denim was easy.  There are two things I think of when I think of denim: my parents and Canadian tuxedos.  What's a Canadian tuxedo? It's a denim jacket with jeans, a jean-on-jean look.  My family is from the Vermont-Canada border and culture was a bit cross-pollinated.  My parents love their denim looks! The other thing I think of when I think of denim is Gordon Downie of the Tragically Hip.  He was an amazing musician and activist, and the hat is an homage to the hat he wore on his final tour.

So next week I'll get another sheet up as I finish it! I'm leaning towards having one doll for the whole year.  Maybe I'll change up the hair/face/skin.  Maybe I won't. I dunno.

Check back for more next week!!


Friday, January 12, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 3

So I've made it through the first 12 drawing prompts from the January doodle-a-day suggestions from Rhianna Wurman.  It was sheer luck that I completed the day 12 prompt on January 12th! I'm not sure exactly what day I'll get the next set up - it might be Monday, it might be Wednesday.  We'll see how the weekend goes.

Today's set covers days days 8 through 12.  The themes are: bath, clouds, houseplants, circles, and something that starts with "l".

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For bath, I made a robe and head wrap to match the sleep set on the first page.  I made a cloud covered top and puffy hair for clouds.  And then there's a succulent covered dress for houseplants. For circles, I added an interlocking circle pattern to pants along with a circle necklace and circle glasses.  Finally, for "L" I made a leotard with leggings and legwarmers! 

Now that it's about the midpoint for January, what would you like to see for February: the same doll with a new color scheme or a new doll with a new color scheme? Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 2

It was tough, but I got the next page in the series ready to go! I think I'm close to getting caught up or even ahead for January, so that's good.  Today's sheet features days 4 through 7 in the doodle-a-day challenge.

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The themes for days 4 through 7 are: penguin, fringe, sailor, and building.  I was a bit stumped for "building".  There was a vintage Pierre Balmain gown that I liked. He was a trained architect and the top reminded me of coffered ceilings, so that's how I tackled "building". A bit convoluted but it works for me!

So what do you all think of the new series? It's more ensemble and less mix-and-match than a lot of my previous sets.  We'll see how that plays out over the series...

Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 8, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 1

Happy 2018! It usually takes me a while to get back on track in January.  The holidays are crazy and having the kids home for vacation takes up a lot of my paper doll creating time.  I love having them home but it's nice to get my time back, too!

Something I've wanted to do for a while is follow along with daily drawing challenges.  I follow a lot of artists on Instagram, Pinterest, etc, and many of them complete daily challenges.  So that's what I'm doing this year - yes, year.  I've had a lack of inspiration lately and this seemed like the ideal solution: one paper doll, predetermined themes, limited palette. I haven't worked out the details yet. I may have a new doll every month.  I may use one for the whole year. Will this be my December project, too? I don't know! We'll see how it goes.

Today I have the first set, in both black and white as well as color.  If you'd like to follow along, I'm using the drawing suggestions from @ellolovey on Instagram and she's on Facebook, too.

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 This is her whole list for the month if you want to follow along! 

I haven't completed the whole month and I'll fill a sheet & release it when it's ready, probably Mondays and Fridays - maybe more!! I'm not sure exactly how I'll tackle all of these in paper doll form (hug? mood? dunno...) but that's part of the fun!


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Today I have the doll, and the first three themes: New Years, cocktail, and sleep.  I have the next four ready to go for either Wednesday or Friday. Let me know what you think! I'm excited - I think it'll be fun!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Little Ladies: Outfit Sheet 14

Today is the last day of the Little Ladies paper doll set.  Overall, this set was ok.  Not one of my favorites, admittedly, but I'm happy I completed it.  I may color it at some point - I may like it better then.

My goal with every project (especially the more experimental December projects) is to learn something new.  With this set, I didn't so much learn something new as refine some things I already knew.  I've learned to really love ArtRage - it's a powerful program that is absolutely ideal for drawing.  I love it.  It's totally intuitive and it does many things better than Photoshop.  I highly recommend it (and, as usual, I'm not paid to say that. I really do love it.) and the price can't be beat. I've also been trying to pay attention to layout and backgrounds.  That's something I'm very happy with in this set.

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For those of you keeping track, this year's December set came out just shy of 30.  I have 14 outfit sheets and one doll sheet.  So technically it's 28 outfits and two dolls.  Not bad if you ask me!

If you would like to download the whole set, you can find a pdf of it here.

I'm not entirely sure what my plan is for 2018.  I have some projects in the works that I can't talk about just yet.  I also got a computerized cutter (Silhouette Cameo) for Christmas and I'll be experimenting with that. And, as always, I love suggestions! I'm even thinking about next December's project.  Never too soon, right?!

See you all next year!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Paper Doll Collaboration 2017 - Winter Wardrobe

This is the last entry of the Paper Doll Collaboration project! I'm still amazed that we all found time every month to get this done! And I'm so happy with everyone's contributions. They're all so different & so unique.

Have all of you enjoyed it? Would you like to see more of this? We'll see what we can manage....

Here's my winter wardrobe:


I have said a million times that I'm from Vermont. I grew up riding on snow machines, ice skating, and generally bundled up from September to April. I wanted to include some of that in this wardrobe.  There's a snowsuit, complete with mittens & a hot beverage.  There's a more "flatlander" appropriate fur-trimmed coat and boots.  And, not to be forgotten, a toque.  (What's a toque? In Vermont, it's pronounced "tuke" and it's a tight-fitted knit hat.  Apparently it's a very Canadian thing, which I'm not surprised about at all....We all had at least one!)

To round out your collection, visit Paper Thin Personas, Miss Missy's Paper Dolls, and Pop Culture and Paper dolls.

To download my complete set, click here

And thanks for joining in on the fun! If you're downloaded the complete wardrobe, you should have 4 dolls with 48 mix and match sheets. If you've colored them or cut them out, I'd love to see them!

There's once more Little Ladies sheet and then I'm done for this year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Little Ladies: Outfit Sheet 13

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a happy Christmas! My family has always had a loooong day on Christmas.  First, it's presents from Santa.  Even when I was a kid, that's what we'd do.  After that, cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Put on a new outfit & head to Nana's house.  When I was a kid, my Nana and Grandpa lived around the corner.  Now, my parents (the current Nana and Poppy) live 45 minutes away.  Still close in my opinion! We see them all the time and it's great!

My boys and I like to take selfies!! Here's our Christmas morning selfie.  My grandmother (who lives with us now) and my husband are less enthusiastic about it! I read on a parenting blog once about moms who avoid being in pictures or are so busy taking pictures that they're never in them! I refuse to be that mom and I take selfies WAY too much!!

Anyway, we had a great Christmas at home and with family.  Now for today's Little Ladies:

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This set is based on fashion plates from 1897 - I think that might be the latest year to date. I might modify the skirt on the right at some point. It's kinda boring, but I tried to be somewhat faithful to my source material.


Friday I'll have the last of this year's collaboration paper doll.  THAT has been a really fun project! So look for that!