Sunday, December 20, 2015

December Paper Doll -- Santa Claus, Outfit 10

I had an amazing art teacher in high school.  She really influenced my art and the way I think about art.  One thing she taught us was to be self-critical.  Not in a negative way, but in an objective way.  She wanted us to see our work as a process to be improved upon, always.

If I were filling in one of her self-critique forms, I would have some choice things to say about this set.

Every series has a weak link.  I think this blue woodland set is it for me.  Not that it's bad, just that it needs some improvement.  The reindeer doesn't look quite right to me and the outfit is kinda boring.  I like the filigree pattern and the notched trim.  But overall, it's kinda bland.  And that's ok.  It just means that I have more to learn.  We all have more to learn.  When I get cocky and less than humble, my art suffers.  I also rushed this pair of outfits and that's never good.

Mrs Claus is slightly better so look for that tomorrow.

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


  1. love the filigree, but it is very pale. maybe that's all this needed: a wee bit more contrast?

    1. The contrast might be part of it. I do like the filigree pattern and probably didn't push it far enough. The reindeer kinda bugs me, too. It's ok -- not everything is going to work out perfectly every time! It's just such a let-down after the woodland set. Maybe that's really all it is...