Sunday, December 13, 2015

December Paper Doll -- Mrs Claus, Outfit 6

Next in my Renaissance pair is Mrs Claus.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I didn't really want just a bunch of red and green and call it done.  One of the things I love about these Renaissance dolls is the color scheme.  I wanted rich gold tones and earthier reds & greens. I've been very aware of color schemes as I've shopped this holiday season and it's nice to see a move away from just red and green.

I'm not going to pretend that either of my Renaissance outfits are in any way historically accurate.  The necklace was created with a gemstone Illustrator brush I developed ages ago.  That's got to be the thing I love most about Illustrator is the ability to use and reuse things as needed.

The ruff was hand-drawn specifically for the Renaissance dolls.  I picked up a stylus and drew directly on my screen so yes, I'm calling it hand-drawn.  I find the lines between "traditional" and digital media have really blurred for me.  If I draw it with a pencil and paper is it any more hand-drawn than if I use a stylus on a screen? Or a stick in the sand at the beach? Or any other way of making marks?  I don't think so, anyway.

Tomorrow's set is going to be a completely different them.  My husband laughed when I showed him the next set.  A good laugh, not something malicious, so there's that.  Check in tomorrow.

If you're looking for the dolls, you can grab them here.


  1. lovely! i really like the rich earthy tones too. that gold is so sumptuous.

    it's interesting how digital and traditional art are really overlapping. i review comic books and i used to be able to tell the difference without hesitation, but digital art has really gotten sophisticated and i'm starting to be fooled more often. i can't decide whether that's a good thing, honestly. i'm such a luddite in some ways.

    : D

    1. The colors really worked for me, too. Rachel has mentioned that she uses Colour Lovers & I do when I remember.

      When I was first exposed to digital art, I was in high school and the technology was just starting to develop. My art teacher really pushed for us to try everything, to develop a proficiency in several media, including digital. I didn't like digital art then but ten years later, I studied it and loved it.

      Like any art form, tools and training are important. And practice. I learned watercolor painting, oil painting, dry media (pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, and pastels), took several life drawing classes, and draw every day. All of that was long before I ever picked up a stylus. My traditional art training has improved my digital abilities, and I'm finding that my digital abilities are also helping my traditional art.

      So long story short: good training (even if it's informal or self study) and lots of practice matter to me, not the media an artist uses. Good art is good art.

    2. i agree: good art is good art. as a self-taught lazy doodler, i'm just amazed at all the creativity and beauty people still manage to put into the world, regardless of how they do it.

  2. Am I allowed to have favorites? If I am, this might be my favorite so far. I love the patterns and the colors are so rich.

    I do use ColorLouvers, a lot. I just tend to enjoy playing with color schemes. Some of them (most of them actually) I have no idea what or if they are going to become paper doll sets.

    1. You are totally allowed to have favorites. This one ranks high on my list of favorites, too, and I have the advantage of seeing the whole series.

      I have a ColourLovers account I pretty much never use. I tend to go on there and use other people's color schemes. That's what I did here. Lots of great ideas there.