Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Paper Doll - Set 1

Finally started on August! We're heading out on vacation (woohoo!!) so I probably won't get another sheet up between now and then.  I'm torn about bringing my computer with me. Hopefully we'll be too busy for me to draw but then again, there IS rain in the forecast...!

For those of you following along, here's the theme set for August from @ellolovey ( Instagram and Facebook).  This post will cover 1-6 with more to come soon. You can find the doll here.


I wanted some bright colors this time around instead of the pastels from April.  First up is "camp", a tank top with a camper and some roll-up hiking pants in bright colors.  "Dragon" was tough - I wanted a Chinese inspired gown and I'm still not totally happy with it.  Next is "face" and that's a cat face on a t-shirt. "Rose" is a mix-and-match top and skirt.  "Peach" has an embroidered collar.  And finally "bag" is an oversized knit shoulder bag.

I've been printing off the January/May set - I might even get a chance to play with my paper dolls over vacation!  Once we're back, the boys start school again.  Enjoy the rest of your summer - we sure will!




Monday, August 13, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 5

YAY! July is a WRAP! I'm going to try to get a couple of sets done this week (maybe) but we're heading out for a family vacation & I'm not sure if I'll get to it. 






I've said it before - some themes are harder than others! One thing I love about this whole project is that the ideas are already there for me.  Some of these are themes I never would have picked for myself & that's part of the fun.

First up is "boat" and I went with a nautical set.  "Signs" was a little trickier - not sure if it's obvious, but the long skirt is covered in zodiac signs.  "Float" is a cover up and pool float.  "Lion" is a blouse with a lion pattern.  "Friends" was tough so I added a title & a cat and dog sketch (not mine).  Finally, "sunset" really only works in the color version. 

I haven't looked at the August themes yet so that should be interesting. 

Anyone from Tennessee or been recently? That's where we're heading and it looks fun!!

Friday, August 10, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 4

Woo hoo! I have ONE more July sheet to go! And then I can get cracking on August.  Not too bad...!

I won't delay  - here's the set:


This week's sheet wasn't as full as I wanted so I added in the sweater and leggings to round it out.  First up, "moon" is a short dress.  "Slice" was tough and I went with a box pleat skirt with color accents in corduroy.  "Shark" was fun - I went with a toothy graphic sweatshirt.  "Market" is a jean jacket and shopping bag. "Van" is another graphic tshirt.  And finally, "star" is a tunic top since I already made a star covered dress in March.

ONE more!! I'll get that up as soon as I can.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 3

I'm slowly working through the July drawing prompts.  It's been hot and humid here in New England so, aside from a few trips to the lake, we've been stuck inside. Might as well be winter!!

All of my back to school shopping is finished, thankfully.  We scheduled a family vacation (2 cars, 4 generations, a cabin in Tennessee, and LOTS of fun!!) and we will be back one day before school starts! I think we're all just about ready. My kids may be feral.






First up is "dachshund" so I made a poodle skirt with a puppy on it. And I think I spelled it wrong in my images.  Oops.  Then there's "ice cream" with a graphic tee and sprinkle covered skater skirt.  "Hug" is a repeat theme from January - I used the same heart/hug image with this month's colors.  "Grill" is a picnic inspired grilling apron.  For "movie" I didn't know what to do so I created a red carpet gown perfect for a Hollywood star.  And finally, "yard" was another tough one so I made a floral striped top with green pants, maybe for gardening. 

I have two sheets left to wrap up July and I'll be getting those up soon!

Monday, August 6, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 2

Happy August! July was crazy busy but things have definitely slowed down some.  Should be able to get back to normal.  Hopefully!

My plan is to crank out the July paper doll sheets and then get into the August set.  We have a vacation coming up so that may impact my posting a bit. We shall see.

Enough of that! Let's get the paper doll up!


I tried to look at the themes before I chose the color scheme.  I knew I wanted red, white, and blue, but I also knew I'd need yellow specifically for this set.  First up is "flashback" which is a 1980s inspired dress.  "Lemonade" is a summery dress.  "Book cover" is a skirt with book spines and would be super cute with this lettering jacket here. "Beach" and "state" are meant to go together - they're very Cape Cod in my opinion! "Fairy tale" was a tough one for me so I went with a Red Riding Hood set. It's somewhat fashionable anyway, so feel free to mix and match it with other things!

I recently discovered that I can print these out and cut them on my Silhouette cutter.  Haven't actually done it with any of these monthly sheets yet, but I'd like to soon! I did do a test cut of a commission that way and it came out great!

So I'll post the next set ASAP.  Look for it!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Colonial Patriot

Repeat after me: this blog is not dead yet....

I had a commission that I just finished (yay!!) and I'll share that soon.  It's part of a presentation and I'd like the presentation to take place before I share the project.  It's a good one!

I am ALSO working on another project, a bit bigger in scope, and I'll let you all know when that one is ready.  I'm like 3/4 of the way finished with that and then I'll go back to the monthly project.  I'll probably end up posting most of July and August in the month of August.  Oh well.

Did anyone attend the paper doll convention in Seattle? I heard it was a good time and I was lucky enough to be included in the souvenir packets. David Wolfe has his summary of the convention here (and there's a little sneak peek of one of my contributions at the end!)  Sounds like it was a  good time.  Maybe next year!

Ok, ok, on to the project.


This month's theme was patriotic/colonial.  I chose to create two colonial costumes.  One is a sort of everyday outfit with a subtle star pattern and stripes on the skirt.  The second is based on a riding habit and has a tricorn hat.  I also included a quote from Abigail Adams that is just as relevant today as it was then.

For more in the series, pop over to Miss Missy's Paper Dolls and Paper Thin Personas!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Paper Doll - Set 1

I finally got started on July! Don't expect daily posts like this - I got lucky this weekend.  My husband took over pretty much all of my tasks on Sunday which allowed me 4 uninterrupted hours of drawing! I should say, too, that each of these sheets takes me about 8 hours to pull together between the drawing, inking, coloring, and composition!!

First up, the themes for this month.



I'm working from the July prompts from @ellolovey ( Instagram and Facebook).  This is the whole list if you'd like to follow along.



I try to read through the whole list before I select colors.  For this month, I knew I wanted red, white, and blue for the 4th of July here in the US. I also needed green for watermelon and yellow for lemonade.  So I settled on two blues, a green, a yellow, and a red, along with black & white.



I'm not entirely happy with how the text looks but I can live with it.  Overall, though, I'm happy with this set! First up is "desert scene" on a maxi skirt.  Next, "hot dog".  And then "watermelon" is a fun dress with red shoes.  "Fireworks" is supposed to be a sparkly dress but I'm not sure if it reads.  "Splash" is a vintage bathing suit and sun hat.  And "chocolate" is a graphic t with smores on it.  Finally, "firefly" is another long skirt.  And then a pair of jeans for mixing.

I'm hoping to get another post up this week since I'm finally a tiny bit ahead!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 5

Look, I realize it's the second week of July and I'm JUST now finishing the June paper doll series!! Ah! I refuse to give up and have an incomplete month.  I WILL be posting July pretty much ASAP.

For now, though, let's wrap up July.


The themes for this set were: mermaid, lemon, roar, cool, succulent, and tropical.  The mermaid one is dull in black and white but very vibrant in color! Lemon is straightforward.  For "roar" I used a lion graphic and a fun font.  Succulent is another obvious one - I used the same pattern from one of the January sets.  Cool was difficult and I went a bit boring - those are linen capris to mix & match.  Tropical is a bright leafy patterned dress.  And I threw in a mix & match skirt.

I'm moving along on July.  Hoping to actually get ahead in July since we have an awesome vacation scheduled in August!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 4

Quick post today! I have a TON of stuff to do!! I know it's July but I am determined to finish this ENTIRE project up so no skipping around.  Today is the fourth sheet in the June set. One more then on to July.


The themes are: yoga, sunglasses, summer, bee, pink, and window.  The romper is one of my favorites - I tried to make some interesting shoes for once!

One more June set to go.... Gotta get to that! I'll take the 4th off and a happy 4th of July to all of those celebrating!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Wedding Dresses

Time for another paper doll collaboration set! I managed to squeak this one out just before bedtime on Thursday.  Pretty happy with how it came out, too.

The theme this month was weddings.  I went with two modern-ish dresses.  I decided on a mermaid skirted gown because it's a style I rarely draw. And the short skirt was a fun retro style.

You can grab the doll here

For more wedding themed sheets, check out Paper Thin Personas and Miss Missy's Paper dolls.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 3

As promised, I have another set ready to go! We just started summer vacation here and haven't gone totally feral yet, so that's a good thing! We're even managing to do a little school work.

Today's set was a pain to lay out.  I drew more than I thought and it didn't fit as well as I hoped.  But I managed it!  This sheet (13-18) gets me almost caught up....


The themes this time were varied.  First, "begins with L" which I think is a repeat theme - I went with lacing in the form of a dirndl inspired top & skirt.  "Wheels" (which I think is another repeat) is a Danica Patrick inspired racing jacket and pants.  "Nature" is a cactus covered maxi skirt. "Couch" is a pair of comfy pants that would mix with the tank here or the track jacket here.  "Father" is a 1970s menswear inspired jumper dress.  And "overalls" is a trendy set of jean overalls with a scarf and high heeled work boots.

There are two sheets left and I probably won't get them both up this week, but I'll do my best!

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 2

I have NOT abandoned this project! That's the first thing I want to say.

Secondly, June got busy! A field trip, two field days at school, a week of volunteering at the school, a kindergarten performance, Father's Day, a birthday, and two doctor visits and I am TIRED! The month really just got away from me.  OH! And two big paper doll projects that I'm still working on & I'll share as soon as they're ready.

My plan is to ramp up and get as much of the June doll ready & posted this week. There's also a collaboration set going up on Friday so look for that. In the meantime, here's the second June sheet:


The themes for this set were all over the place! "Fish" is a set of leggings. "Orange" is a crop top.  "Southwest" is a patterned top with turquoise accessories.  "Cookies" was a tough theme and I went with a patterned blouse.  "Stickers" was another tough one and I went with patches on a skirt - that's kind of a sticker, right?! And finally "peacock" is a crazy beaded flapper dress and matching headband.  That last one is easily my favorite on this sheet & I really should do a whole series of crazy beaded flapper dresses!

So look for loads of posts this week as I attempt to catch up!

Friday, June 8, 2018

June Paper Doll - Set 1

It's time for another monthly paper doll set! This is the sixth month (!!!!!) of this project and I am amazed that it's still going! I have two commissions I'm working on, volunteering at the school, taking care of my kids & my grandmother, preparing for summer with the kids home, AND somehow managing to get this project done.  Pretty proud of myself at the moment.  I even found time to protest the atrocious school budget in my city.  But that's not relevant here...!

The June paper doll wardrobe is designed for the February doll.  I'm not trying to coordinate colors across months but I do think this set will mix rather well with February, even if that was accidental!

Again, as with the whole year, I'm working from prompts provided by @ellolovey ( Instagram and Facebook).  This is the whole list if you'd like to follow along.


First up is "donut" and I think that's fairly obvious! Then there's "trail" - I made a dress with a map of a portion of the Appalachian Trail. "Neon" is a very 80s cocktail dress and puffy, highlighted hair style. "Accessory" is a simple dress with an elaborate collar necklace & cuff bracelets. Next on the list is "strawberries" and that's a printed button down shirt with a cardigan.  And finally, "gardening" is a set of overalls, rainboots, and gloves.  I've noticed as the year goes by that some of the themes are reused -- and that's fine! It's great to think about the same idea in a different way.

I'll have the next set ready sometime next week! Enjoy!!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

May Paper Doll - Set 5

I realize it's June but I really wanted to get this last May wardrobe sheet up! I'm starting the June set and I'll get that up when I can.  This week is a bit hectic - our small city is having a school budget crisis and I plan on participating in a public rally this week.  Hopefully it'll get resolved soon.  Education is really important to me & we have an amazing, dedicated staff that deserves our community's support.

Ok, rant over. On to the paper doll!


The last round of themes were fun.  "Waves" is a dress with a wave pattern. "Camping" is a set of camping gear.  "Turtles" is a set of patterned pants.  With "bright" I decided to go with bright as in intelligent so I made a lab coat.  "Laundry" is a very full laundry basket.  And "poolside" is a two piece bathing suit in the same pattern as the sarong & one piece suit from previous sheets.

So that's it for May.  Also, in case you haven't heard, I contributed to the Seattle Paper Doll Convention souvenir set! There's a newsletter with ordering information here if you're interested!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Paper Doll - Set 4

It's the last day of May & I wanted to get at least one more of the May sets posted.  I have one more to go!! It's been a busy month and it's only getting busier! Time to get more organized....


The themes for this week were fun! First, "strawberry" is a retro shorts set.  "Mix" was a theme for January AND May - this time, I went with a patchwork jacket.  "Geometric" is a 1960s inspired color blocked dress.  "Brunch" was tough so I went with a light, airy California inspired off-shoulder top and linen pants.  "Palm" is a bathing suit that matches set 4's sarong skirt.  And "snail" is a cute purse.

I'm going to make every effort to get the last May set up quickly.  I've got a couple of other things I'm working on and summer vacation looming....! Ah! Back to drawing...

Friday, May 25, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Animals

It's that time again! I honestly cannot believe how fast this year is going by... I feel like I have an endless list of things that need to get done & they all need to get done yesterday!! Summer vacation is looming, projects need to be completed.... It's good to be busy!

Today's collaboration doll theme was animals or pets. I'm not a pet owner or, honestly, much of an animal lover. Just not my thing.  So for today's theme, I went with a retro inspired animal print set.

I confess, the hands on this are not perfect. They're ok and I'm sure I'm being unduly harsh!

For more of this month's theme, visit Paper Thin Personas and Miss Missy's Paper Dolls!

Monday, May 21, 2018

May Paper Doll - Set 3

Seems like Monday is the ideal day for me to post these May wardrobe sheets! I really didn't plan it that way but it's working out nicely.


Not a whole lot to say about this round.  "Mom" is a retro dress & apron.  "Camera" is a very artsy black turtle neck and camera -- I'm super happy with how that camera came out! For "stack" I have a layered shirt and a layered necklace.  "Balloon" features a pattern from Julia Dreams -- a design shop I like quite a bit.  "Grass" is a graphic skirt....although I sort of wish I had gone Hawaiian with that instead! "Market" is a light jacket and shopping bag.  And finally, "purple" is a tropical sarong and top.  That one doesn't mean a whole lot in black and white! There are also a couple of hairstyles and a pair of shorts to round it out.

And that's it! I'll work on the next set and get that up soon.

Monday, May 14, 2018

May Paper Doll - Set 2

Happy Monday! I hope all of the moms who celebrate Mother's Day had a quiet, relaxing day! I spent the day with my parents, all of my grandparents, and my sister and her family.

Today's set covers May 7 through 12.  The themes this time were: box, medicine, patio, city, stork, and tea.


For "box", I went with a simple box pleat skirt for mix & match options.  "Medicine" is a set of scrubs.  "Patio" is a maxi skirt with fun palm leaves.  "City" was challenging - I went with a bright jumpsuit and dark sunglasses.  "Stork" is a patterned skirt.  And "tea" also features a patterned skirt.

I'll get started on Set 3 and get that up as soon as I can!

Monday, May 7, 2018

May Paper Doll - Set 1

Happy May everyone! I wanted to get this up on Friday but it didn't happen.  There's a TON of stuff I'm working on at the moment -- much of it paper doll related but not blog-worthy yet.

Today's set is the first wardrobe sheet for May.  As promised, I went back to the January doll and you can find that here. Here's the list of themes for this month:

As with all of the drawing prompts, this set is from @ellolovey on Instagram and Facebook.


For this set, I'm tackling the first six themes: simple, robot, self-love, galaxy, and key.



"Simple" is sleeveless dress.  "Robot" is some funky leggings and a graphic t-shirt.  "Self-love" was tough.  I decided to put some lilacs (my favorite flower) on a blouse.  "Galaxy" was fun! The black and white version is plain and boring, but the color was came out great! "Key" features a statement necklace. And "veggies" is a practical apron for gardening.

This may mix and match with some of the January sets, too!

I'll have another set up & ready as soon as I can!



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April Paper Doll - Set 5

I realize it's the first day of May but I had ONE more April sheet to share before moving on! This one is a bit haphazard.  If you view all five sheets as part of a whole, it's not too bad.



The themes this time were TOUGH! First up, "technology." I went with a futuristic metal and soft feminine dress with purple spiky hair.  For "fierce" I went with a gold animal print gown.  "Astronomy" is a purple jacket and telescope.  "Your day" I interpreted as a way I would spend my day - ideally, in a floral peasant shirt, jeans, with a book. "Progress" was another tough one. I made a dress that looks like stairs or a rising bar graph.  And finally, "rise" is a mod sunrise inspired dress.  The white boots/skirt combo would fit under that sunrise dress to complete the mod look.

Now it's on to May! I'll shoot for Friday.  I have a busy week ahead of me so I'll do my best. FOUR months behind me!! Pretty amazing!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Flowers

Here's the fourth installment of the 2018 paper doll collaboration project! The idea was to create something featuring our favorite flowers.  I don't really have a favorite flower but I came across some amazing Victorian trading cards featuring flowers! It's kinda weird that they were used to advertise a meat extract but hey, they're cool anyway!

I chose the rose and aster cards as inspiration for this set.  All of the flower cards are really beautiful and it was hard to pick just two!

For more flower inspired fashions, make sure to visit Paper Thin Personas and Miss Missy's Paper Dolls!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April Paper Doll - Set 4

We finally have spring!! Yay! Although I saw that next week it'll be nearly 80F so maybe we're skipping spring and going straight to summer....

I'm posting this a little early.  We should have our collaboration pages ready to go Friday.  After that, there's one more April sheet and then it's on to May.







Some weeks, the themes are easy and some weeks, it's a little tougher.  This week came together fairly well.  I have a slouchy shirt for "bridge", a dress with rad headphones for "music", a silky maxi skirt for "spots", a sort of tie dyed t-shirt for Earth, some practical twill pants for "walk", and a reusable canvas bag for "groceries".  I found I had some room on this sheet, so I added some mini black shorts that could easily be layered under dress & skirts as well as a mini denim skirt and a gold top.  The gold top goes with the maxi skirt but could easily work with other things. Apparently I really wanted things short this time around! All of the dresses and skirts are tiny!!

As I said, collaboration set goes up Friday and the last April sheet is next week.  For May, I'm going back to the January paper doll with a new color scheme especially for May. Should be fun!

Friday, April 20, 2018

April Paper Doll - Set 3

I managed to get a sheet ready for this week.  After tinkering I discovered that I can still draw in Photoshop if I hold down the button on my pen.  That's an ergonomic nightmare and I'm not sure how long I'm going to be able to do that.  I tried out some different software and it just didn't have the capabilities I need.  Right now I'm so deeply entrenched in Adobe products that I'm stuck. If I change to something else, I lose a lot of assets and capabilities that I'm built up over the years.  Guess I'll muddle through for now til it patches or I come up with another plan!


For this week, I tackled "chart" with a pie chart skirt and a mix & match top.  "Villain" is a sleek black gown with a skull choker.  The hair that went with that was so fun that I did it with and without sunglasses.  "Gratitude" was a challenge - I found a symbol that represents gratitude and made it a pattern.  Then I made a top & skirt that was very slightly influenced by Tibet.  For "mountains" I made a well-worn mountain t-shirt and fur-lined jacket.  "Bed" is a set of pajamas.  And "ladybug" is a polka dot top.

There will be another set on Friday so look for that!

Friday, April 13, 2018

April Paper Doll - Set 2

So....we're all friends here, right? Good. We need to chat. (If you don't want to read my rant, just skip to the end - the paper doll sheet is there!)

First of all, I am having an amazing year artistically. I'm more productive than I've ever been and I love it! My art has gained a little traction & a wider audience - all good news.  I was also asked to contribute to the 2018 Paper Doll Convention souvenir pack. (if you want a set, you can order it here.  I probably should!!) Pretty great, right?!

Anyone who has read this silly little blog over the years has contributed to this and I am forever grateful.

(Sounds like I'm quitting, right?! Don't panic. I'm not!!)

This week, I've been having some tech issues that have really affected my productivity.  I use a Surface Pro 3 with the full Adobe CC suite...and I pay about $800 a year for that "privilege".  Recently, Microsoft rolled out a Windows update that broke the way my digitizing pen works in Photoshop.  Adobe has not fixed it yet - I'm not the only one having trouble - and has not fixed it in the last six months or so that people have been complaining about it. It just hit me yesterday.  So basically, the only way I can draw in Photoshop is if I hold the button down on my pen while using it.  It's an economical nightmare. My wrist aches.  I may not be able to draw again until Monday!!

Essentially, this means my current year-long series is on hiatus until either 1) Microsoft fixes the pen software that it just rolled out (it probably won't) 2) Adobe patches the problem Microsoft created (more likely but not immediate) or 3) I find software to replace Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat (not Reader, the full version - I use it to format prints and books). 

The good news is that this does not affect the collaboration project.  I mainly use ArtRage for that and I think I can do everything in ArtRage that I would do in Photoshop.  It also does not affect new projects because I can plan to do those entirely in ArtRage at least for the time being.  And I may be able to get this all back up and running in no time.

I'd LOVE suggestions for professional-grade software.  Really not happy with Adobe at the moment. If I find a suitable alternative, I'll share that, too.

Til then, here's the second sheet in the April set.  I'm hoping to get back up on track soon!!



Friday, April 6, 2018

April Paper Doll - Set 1

It's April and I'm on doll #4 of this doodle-a-day series.  This is the final doll and then I'll start back with the January doll in May. Hopefully I can shorten my production time by re-using dolls! I like all of the dolls and re-using them throughout the year will be fun. I'm also hoping to fall into a more consistent posting schedule.  We'll see how that goes...






For April I knew I wanted two things: a dark-skinned paper doll and a bright, pastel color palette. The first theme for this set was Easter, so I went with a floral dress and hat.  Next was rabbit - a bunny applique sweater.  Garden is carrot patterned leggings.  Rain is a bright yellow raincoat.  Picnic is a plaid shirt with a basket and capri pants.  And finally, logo is a farm logo in pastels.

Also, I just thought I'd share that I have a paper doll in the 2018 convention souvenir packet! You can find out more here or here.  I am truly lucky to be part of such an amazing group of artists!