I'm probably not the only person who does this, but I set "age" goals. Like, I'll be married and have kids by 30 (which I mostly did, so hooray for that!)....that sort of thing. Some of them are ridiculous. When I was a kid, I wanted to learn 5 languages by 21. It was ambitious, to say the least! I've continued the habit as an adult, with slightly less lofty goals!
One of those goals is to get a paper doll book published with a "real" publisher. I set myself an arbitrary goal of sending images to Dover by the time I was 35.
And I did send something.....
...a little over a year ago. With no word since.
After reading Rachel's interview, I realized that 1) paper dolls are incredibly niche 2) print publishing is a tough business in general (especially for niche interests) and 3) Dover has a remarkable quantity of amazing talent to draw from already. All of these things make me feel a little less personally invested in this arbitrary goal of a real publisher, and more interested in just doing what I love. And I LOVE creating art of all sorts.
So after waiting a little over a year, I decided to put the book together myself. And I got the proof copy this week!
Here's a blurry image of the title page. I've been trying to create more appealing title pages instead of the black & white text versions of the past.
And three pages of dresses. Those are shadows, not creases, because I took awful pictures!
The idea for this book was a mix & match Victorian set. I came across something on Pinterest called a robe a transformation: a transformation dress. Apparently every dress Charles Frederick Worth created fell in this category, and this book could have easily just been a Worth themed book. Instead, I found lots of different transformation dresses -- I even included a list of references in the back of the book! I haven't done a full-blown Victorian set before and I wanted to push the limits of my Photoshop "painting" techniques. This paper doll (like almost all of them) started as pencil sketches. I scanned & "painted" them in Photoshop.
Hopefully, you like it, too.
Grab your copy here for now. It'll be on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Online, etc, soon.