Paper, pencil, eraser
Pen, archival pen preferred
Sometimes I'm feeling super inspired and the costumes just come out easily. Sometimes I need a little inspiration. I have a fashion book that I frequently reference for inspiration: 9Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion. It's a pricey book but full of helpful illustrations and tips for modern fashion drawing. I also like to look at books about the history of costume. These are easier to find and most libraries have a couple of books that would qualify.
I try to have a plan for each of my dolls. Sometimes the plan is as simple as creating a "fashion doll", like the doll we're working on. Sometimes it's a bit more elaborate. For instance, I wanted to create a doll about careers, so I made the Grow-Up Paper Doll.
One very simple theme I tried out was a one-page angel doll. I've since added a new page to this doll around the holidays every year.
|Goddess Paper Doll available on Amazon.com|
Before we move on to different coloring methods for paper dolls, we're going to backtrack just a bit and talk about alternate transfer methods. We'll cover photocopying, carbon paper, and charcoal transfer.