I've mentioned before that I've been working in Photoshop lately. There's a style that I started working with way back with my Karl Urban paper doll and I've been refining it on & off ever since. When I colored the Karl Urban doll, I used a Wacom tablet. It's great, but wasn't quite what I wanted. Since then, I've upgraded (with some challenges) to a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It provides a much more natural drawing/painting feel since I'm drawing directly on the screen.
Last summer, I pulled a tiny sketch out of one of my sketchbooks. It was an older scribble, not great but interesting. So I started playing around with it. Eventually, I created 4 paper dolls that I thought might become my December paper doll. They didn't, for a number of reasons.
I liked the winter outfit sketches for these dolls, but it still just wasn't something I was interested in pursuing. I needed a reason to work on these dolls. I found this summer (so about a year later...) that a great reason would be to practice my ever-evolving Photoshop coloring technique and perfecting the use of my Surface.
I still wanted a mix and match doll. I wanted to represent a broad swath of skin tones and ethnicities. I also wanted to work with some patterns & textures that I recently acquired for a totally different project. This is the first paper doll in the set.
I'm posting it as just the jpg but I may have a pdf at some point. The four dolls in this set with have mix and match wardrobes on each sheet, as well as mixing with each other. I may release wardrobe-only sheets after the initial four doll set is complete.
The coloring on these came out exactly the way I wanted! The lines and anatomy....well, I have a lot more to say about that. Maybe on Monday.
One last thing -- if there's any demand for this as a black & white sheet for coloring, I can do that. Just let me know!
I promise, there will be more toddler paper dolls in the future. I just needed a bit of a break!