Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 1

I finally got started on July! Don't expect daily posts like this - I got lucky this weekend.  My husband took over pretty much all of my tasks on Sunday which allowed me 4 uninterrupted hours of drawing! I should say, too, that each of these sheets takes me about 8 hours to pull together between the drawing, inking, coloring, and composition!!

First up, the themes for this month.

I'm working from the July prompts from @ellolovey ( Instagram and Facebook).  This is the whole list if you'd like to follow along.

I try to read through the whole list before I select colors.  For this month, I knew I wanted red, white, and blue for the 4th of July here in the US. I also needed green for watermelon and yellow for lemonade.  So I settled on two blues, a green, a yellow, and a red, along with black & white.

I'm not entirely happy with how the text looks but I can live with it.  Overall, though, I'm happy with this set! First up is "desert scene" on a maxi skirt.  Next, "hot dog".  And then "watermelon" is a fun dress with red shoes.  "Fireworks" is supposed to be a sparkly dress but I'm not sure if it reads.  "Splash" is a vintage bathing suit and sun hat.  And "chocolate" is a graphic t with smores on it.  Finally, "firefly" is another long skirt.  And then a pair of jeans for mixing.

I'm hoping to get another post up this week since I'm finally a tiny bit ahead!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 5

Look, I realize it's the second week of July and I'm JUST now finishing the June paper doll series!! Ah! I refuse to give up and have an incomplete month.  I WILL be posting July pretty much ASAP.

For now, though, let's wrap up July.

The themes for this set were: mermaid, lemon, roar, cool, succulent, and tropical.  The mermaid one is dull in black and white but very vibrant in color! Lemon is straightforward.  For "roar" I used a lion graphic and a fun font.  Succulent is another obvious one - I used the same pattern from one of the January sets.  Cool was difficult and I went a bit boring - those are linen capris to mix & match.  Tropical is a bright leafy patterned dress.  And I threw in a mix & match skirt.

I'm moving along on July.  Hoping to actually get ahead in July since we have an awesome vacation scheduled in August!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 4

Quick post today! I have a TON of stuff to do!! I know it's July but I am determined to finish this ENTIRE project up so no skipping around.  Today is the fourth sheet in the June set. One more then on to July.

The themes are: yoga, sunglasses, summer, bee, pink, and window.  The romper is one of my favorites - I tried to make some interesting shoes for once!

One more June set to go.... Gotta get to that! I'll take the 4th off and a happy 4th of July to all of those celebrating!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Wedding Dresses

Time for another paper doll collaboration set! I managed to squeak this one out just before bedtime on Thursday.  Pretty happy with how it came out, too.

The theme this month was weddings.  I went with two modern-ish dresses.  I decided on a mermaid skirted gown because it's a style I rarely draw. And the short skirt was a fun retro style.

You can grab the doll here

For more wedding themed sheets, check out Paper Thin Personas and Miss Missy's Paper dolls.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 3

As promised, I have another set ready to go! We just started summer vacation here and haven't gone totally feral yet, so that's a good thing! We're even managing to do a little school work.

Today's set was a pain to lay out.  I drew more than I thought and it didn't fit as well as I hoped.  But I managed it!  This sheet (13-18) gets me almost caught up....

The themes this time were varied.  First, "begins with L" which I think is a repeat theme - I went with lacing in the form of a dirndl inspired top & skirt.  "Wheels" (which I think is another repeat) is a Danica Patrick inspired racing jacket and pants.  "Nature" is a cactus covered maxi skirt. "Couch" is a pair of comfy pants that would mix with the tank here or the track jacket here.  "Father" is a 1970s menswear inspired jumper dress.  And "overalls" is a trendy set of jean overalls with a scarf and high heeled work boots.

There are two sheets left and I probably won't get them both up this week, but I'll do my best!

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 2

I have NOT abandoned this project! That's the first thing I want to say.

Secondly, June got busy! A field trip, two field days at school, a week of volunteering at the school, a kindergarten performance, Father's Day, a birthday, and two doctor visits and I am TIRED! The month really just got away from me.  OH! And two big paper doll projects that I'm still working on & I'll share as soon as they're ready.

My plan is to ramp up and get as much of the June doll ready & posted this week. There's also a collaboration set going up on Friday so look for that. In the meantime, here's the second June sheet:

The themes for this set were all over the place! "Fish" is a set of leggings. "Orange" is a crop top.  "Southwest" is a patterned top with turquoise accessories.  "Cookies" was a tough theme and I went with a patterned blouse.  "Stickers" was another tough one and I went with patches on a skirt - that's kind of a sticker, right?! And finally "peacock" is a crazy beaded flapper dress and matching headband.  That last one is easily my favorite on this sheet & I really should do a whole series of crazy beaded flapper dresses!

So look for loads of posts this week as I attempt to catch up!

Friday, June 8, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 1

It's time for another monthly paper doll set! This is the sixth month (!!!!!) of this project and I am amazed that it's still going! I have two commissions I'm working on, volunteering at the school, taking care of my kids & my grandmother, preparing for summer with the kids home, AND somehow managing to get this project done.  Pretty proud of myself at the moment.  I even found time to protest the atrocious school budget in my city.  But that's not relevant here...!

The June paper doll wardrobe is designed for the February doll.  I'm not trying to coordinate colors across months but I do think this set will mix rather well with February, even if that was accidental!

Again, as with the whole year, I'm working from prompts provided by @ellolovey ( Instagram and Facebook).  This is the whole list if you'd like to follow along.

First up is "donut" and I think that's fairly obvious! Then there's "trail" - I made a dress with a map of a portion of the Appalachian Trail. "Neon" is a very 80s cocktail dress and puffy, highlighted hair style. "Accessory" is a simple dress with an elaborate collar necklace & cuff bracelets. Next on the list is "strawberries" and that's a printed button down shirt with a cardigan.  And finally, "gardening" is a set of overalls, rainboots, and gloves.  I've noticed as the year goes by that some of the themes are reused -- and that's fine! It's great to think about the same idea in a different way.

I'll have the next set ready sometime next week! Enjoy!!