Every time I work on a project, I try to remember the failures of the past. I have a tendency to rush because I love what I'm creating. This time, I'm trying to take the project in manageable chunks, take some time to look & analyze, then continue.
There are some things I'll be changing about these paper dolls as I progress. I realized that the ears on the oldest girl doll are way off. One is much higher than the other so I need to fix that. I also realized that the base outfits I gave all of the dolls just don't work, so I'll change that a bit, too.
This is a work in progress and these are usually not images or thoughts I would share. But process is really important to me. I've seen this joke floating around the internet that really resonates with me: it's a page from a drawing book where step 1 is a set of circles or ovals or whatever and then step 2 is a photorealistic drawing of a bear or something. I'm interesting in the in-between steps & if that means sharing the failures, then so be it.
I found that one of the best things for me is to print out my outlines in a color (blue or magenta or whatever) and draw directly on these templates. For this project, I'm printing the templates out on 8.5in by 14in paper. Why? Because I accidentally bought a ton of it and want to use it up!
When I layout a page, I give myself a half inch margin. It's larger than I need to print on a standard home printer or for publishing a book. I do this so that I don't have to rework a book for something easy to avoid in the first place (which I've had to do and I'm not proud of it!).
At this point in the project I've learned a few valuable things:
1) I still need to edit & refine the base dolls. That's ok, because I don't have a ton of work put into the outfits, layout, etc. Better to discover this early.
2) I can proceed with the idea of having page themes for each doll. The experimental layout confirmed this for me.
3) I have about half of the outfits I need for the book. That means more drawing. I need to decide if I want this to be completely mix & match or if I want some one-piece outfit sets as well.
For now, it's back to Pinterest for inspiration and more drawing!