This project is one of those warm weather projects.
For a while I've been thinking about how to create paper dolls while utilizing a sketchbook. I recently created some paintings for my niece, where I transferred drawings to canvas using carbon paper. Carbon paper! Pretty much the perfect transfer method for a sketchbook. I've also been thinking about creating a fantasy paper doll for a while. There are tons of amazing fantasy paper dolls at Paper Thin Personas -- and I felt inspired by them. Also, I have a bunch of reference images saved on Pinterest so now seemed like the perfect time to start.
Here's a brief walk through of my method for creating a fantasy paper doll. (The doll can be downloaded at the end of the post.)
Kate-Fox and I strongly suggest her dA site as a starting point. Her poses are imaginative and energetic. She states very plainly that her poses are not standard anatomy, but more fantasy/comic book. It helps to have a solid working knowledge of anatomy if you choose to use her poses.
see here for more details). Here's the initial sketch.
I wanted to do a hand-drawn paper doll SO much!! This is going to be an on and off project when I have time.
My final image ended up being much smaller than a standard paper size. I decided to take some inspiration from Paper Thin Personas and add a border/background to the doll. Both the border and the banner are from openclipart.org. It's a bit of a hit or miss resource, depending on what you're looking for. And the font is one of the Kingsthings family, available here and other places.
And what fun is a doll without clothing?