So I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm doing something different for December. This is the first installment.
Just a bit of background: I write a lesson for this blog - complete with visuals - every week. Sometimes the lesson goes quickly and I can get it done in about an hour. Sometimes....not so much and it takes me most of the week to write it! December is a super busy month for me. My oldest son is turning 3 this month, and my husband's birthday is two days before Christmas, and then the annual family shuffle, and maybe - just maybe - we can see some friends and their kids. Phew. Makes me tired just thinking about it! I can't possibly write three or four lessons this month. I initially thought about just taking the month off, but that didn't seem right. So I decided to post a black and white doll every day. But isn't that more work?! Not really. I've had this doll for a while & I haven't had time to do much with it.
This doll is about four years old. It started as a scribble on a post-it note during a lunch hour at my last job. I used an oversized post-it pad (I think it was 2.5 inches by 4 inches. Still small!!) and traced this doll out on individual sheets. At the time, I was commuting over an hour each way, I was trying to get pregnant and worrying about becoming a stay-at-home mom, while taking an evening certificate course in graphic design, and my art was suffering badly. I came up with a challenge for myself - draw a mini doll every day. This is the result.
To make the doll a manageable size, I scanned it at a high resolution, then auto-traced it in Illustrator, brought it into Photoshop to clean it up. Auto-trace can be messy and complicated when dealing with tiny, hand-drawn images, but it's also one of the best ways to enlarge a doll, in my opinion. The doll is a little rough. I may work with it again in the future and didn't want to put a ton of time in now.
Enough chatter, here's the doll. The idea is to print & color (or digitally color) the doll and clothes. I'd love to see how it turns out :) I'll post an outfit for this every day in December, with a PDF of everything at the end. We'll go back to the regular schedule in January. Enjoy!