I finished my sketches this week on a paper doll I've been calling Wicked Women. It features one doll and 12 outfits covering witches, evil queens, and the like from fairy tales and children's stories. As I occasionally do, I started browsing Amazon and came across this:
It looks beautiful. It's coming out from Dover in May. Ugh.
I'll be honest, I was pretty upset. My husband (who has been taking management training courses & expressing his "wisdom" lately) tried to calm my down. "It's a great idea, it's an original idea, someone just beat you to market." Ugh again. I have a hard time coming up with original, creative paper doll themes that haven't been done yet. I mean really, look at Dover's catalog and you can find just about everything. And that's wonderful! I love that they have such a broad variety of themes represented. It just makes my task a little more daunting.
So here's the thing. I have a doll I love. I have the outlines done. What do I do? Finish it? Abandon it? Focus on a new project?
I'm going to finish it. And I'm going to share the whole process here. I can't share the sketching process because that's done. But everything else is going here. I have one thing I need to decide -- watercolor or digitally coloring in Photoshop. I'm going to take reader opinions into account for this one. Feel free to leave a comment (or email me, I check that all the time, too).
Here's an overview of the sketches:
Characters featured will be: The Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen (Lewis Carroll), the Sea Witch from the Little Mermaid, the Dark Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, the Sorceress from Rapunzel, the Wicked Witches of the West and East (Frank L. Baum), the Wicked Stepmother from Cinderella, the Snow Queen, the Evil Queen from Snow White, the witch from Hansel & Gretel, and Morgan le Fay of Arthurian legend. This image above is a composite I created from images I took with my phone so they aren't great. I'll be scanning & starting this (and a new, top-secret doll that *fingers crossed* HAS NOT been done yet!) in the next few days and weeks.
So my excitement for this project has been a little tempered. My loss, though, is your gain!
Again, let me know if any of you have an opinion about the media choice for this project: watercolor or Photoshop. And thanks for reading that rant!