Friday, November 30, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Military

I have not forgotten the blog!!! I need to get that out of the way. I'm still working on the November paper doll but things came up.  Specifically, commissions that I'm working on.  So it's not a *bad* thing that I've been busy.  It's just the blog that suffers!! I plan on finishing out the entire year of the doodle-a-day outfits and if it spills into January, so be it I guess.

Anyway....Today I'm posting the November collaboration.  We decided with November to go with a military theme.  And I thought, since it's the 100th anniversary of World War I, I'd create uniforms from that era.

On the left is the US Navy Reserves Women's Yeoman uniform.  I found two images: one is from the Met and the other is from a Navy history site.  The article on the Met site is really interesting & I recommend reading it.  Apparently, the Navy didn't have gender exclusionary language so women started enlisting! And a Yeoman was a secretary type position.

On the right is the uniform for the US Motor Corps.  For this, I found another image at the Met website.  The Motor Corps was a way for women to participate in the war efforts and, again, it's a pretty fascinating subject.

For more military themed outfits, see Miss Missy and Paper Thin Personas!

Friday, November 16, 2018

November Paper Doll - Set 2

The holiday craziness has already begun.... I'm really hoping to get another page posted next week. Not a great time to fall behind! I'm writing this just ahead of our first snow storm of the year so I'm not sure if the kids are going to school or not. I'm hoping they do!!

My layout is all over the place and doesn't actually follow the list in order.  First is "glow" which I turned into a sort of glowing, bright ball gown.  "Book" goes well with the "handwriting" jacket from March.  For "gadget" and "shoes" I went with a little bit of a steampunk feel -- what says "gadget" more than steampunk?! "Veteran" is a Marine Corps woman's uniform - my grandfather was a Marine, so that was the branch I wanted to illustrate. This uniform is based on an illustration on Wikipedia from the 1980s so I'm not sure it's current.  But I liked it and I followed the illustration faithfully!! Finally, "begins with M" is a maxi dress with a pretty pumpkin print.

I'll get to work on the next set -- stay safe & warm if you, too, are dealing with snow!

Friday, November 9, 2018

November Paper Doll - Set 1

Happy November! The end-of-the-year spiral has begun.... November & December are always crazy months around here. Holidays, birthdays, school activities....It's nutty but fun.

November also means that the doodle-a-day paper doll project is starting to wind down.  There's this doll and December and that's it.  I plan on finishing strong!!

Here are the November themes. If you'd like to follow along, I'm using the drawing suggestions from @ellolovey on Instagram and she's on Facebook, too.

First up, the theme is "sky" and I made a shirt with a sunset color and cloud motif with a sweater vest.  "Theatre" is a dramatic pantsuit perfect for a night out. "Camp" was tough - I went with a buffalo checkered jacket (I have a vintage one that I love) that made me think of hunting camp.  "Market" is a repeat theme and this time I made a mustard colored cozy sweater and canvas bag.  "Breakfast" is another cozy sweater with a t-shirt that has a tea graphic. And finally, "inspiration" is a graphic long sleeved shirt with "New England" on it because I draw a lot on inspiration from my very beautiful part of the country!

I tried to make the background on this one a little lighter than October.  I've been posting these on Pinterest & it's really cool to see them all together!