Friday, 23 August 2013

A Doll with Antlers and Other Plans.....

  Old costume parties, fancy dress and the fun of a persona that's not entirely you.... Some people have features that could almost be mistaken for that of a specific creature.... We might say that someone has eyes like a cat or is delicate like a little bird...
 
  My latest creation knows full well she has gentle little Bambi eyes, so to accentuate her deer like qualities she has pulled on a pair of warm, woody coloured pants and a pair of cute antlers. She's given her costume a fancy and theatrical feel by adding a rather large embroidered collar and a glamorous silk blouse. I love the way she looks so delicate on her long and elegant pins.
 
  I'm definitely hoping to bring you more Cunning Disguise dolls, complete with tails, horns and wings.....Ms Cat  next I think....
 
 
 
Striding through the bedroom!



























A very gamine cat.
 
 
  I have given my cat girl design a very gamine/Audrey Hepburn look but I may rework her a little when bringing her to life as I so love Simone Simon - the queen of that 'feline look'  If you've ever seen 'The Cat People' 1942 you'll know exactly what I mean, even her voice purrrrrrs!
 
 
 
 
 
  Have a super Bank Holiday if you're in the UK and I'll bring you lots of new things soon including Wizard of Oz ramblings, Etsy listings and other illustrations......x 
 
 

Friday, 16 August 2013

A Doll with a Cunning Disguise....

  So sorry it's been awful quiet in these parts of late.... here's a little snippet of an update for you.
 
  My final 'Call of the Sea' illustration is almost complete so I will be listing prints in the shop in the coming weeks.
 
  I've also started work on a 'Wizard of Oz' set of illustrations which I'm currently loving sketching for. I can sit in the park and sketch (rather than sew or paint) so my sketch book is full of scarecrows, tin men and cowardly lions! I will be bringing you some big posts on my Oz research and workings next month. I urge you to read the oh so interesting original tale by L. Frank Baum, NO ruby slippers! and the Tin man's tale of how he became tin is heartbreakingly sad!
 
  Dolly wise this week I made a start on creating some characters to work alongside the 'Cunning Disguises' postcards. I'm loving making this Missy in her high waist woollen 40's pants, ivory silk shirt and colourful vintage collar. I steered away from a caplet (like in my illustration) as I wanted some colour, and was loathe to use the same colour as her trousers. This way I can also match her shoes to a colour in her flamboyant collar! Hope you like her...Her antlers are going to get a coat of varnish and will be repositioned a bit.
 
 
 
felt trousers and ivory 1930's silk for her blouse.



The collar is made from vintage haberdashery






 
 
 
  Happy Friday! x

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Call of the Sea Prints.....

 
"Sing me a Shanty"  Acrylic on canvas 



  I've not found a great deal of time to start any new dolls this last week, but I have managed to make this jolly little illustration for the seaside series. Sing Me a Shanty is the third and final of the acrylic character portraits - really pleased with this one. In fact I'm in love with all of these seafaring characters and will be sad to leave them behind in favour of new projects. I'm fairly confident there will be other new and interesting characters ahead though - so do not fear!

 Once my 'Cunning Disguises' postcard set is complete and I've made a few dollies to accompany it, I have plans for another illustration venture I'd like to explore.... I won't reveal just yet....I'm hoping it'll be quite an adventure, and quite a challenge.



Clark, Myrtle and Glynis


  I'm a newbie and still learning lots when it comes to selling my prints. Each of these acrylic character studies (above) is a tiny bit different in size but all three are printed on a 10 x 8" canvas.  I personally quite like things mismatched.... I like odd sizes, odd frames, misfits and mysteries....



 
  A collection of  'Call of the Sea' prints are now in my shop. Currently there are limited prints of each (annoyingly I ran out of paper and ink!) but hopefully depending on how popular they are there will be more. I hope there's enough to go around for those who really want one.

  Here is my sketch for the last illustration.....and this will be the last, I promise. I hope to get this one painted over the weekend.





  Getting from A to B underwater looks like great fun! look at these beautiful illustrations from a few of my vintage children's books....







                             
  And this next illustration is going back a few years... I did this painting back in 2010 whilst on a short course. I never did quite finish all of the illustrations I started for this copper haired mermaid, but this watercolour was my favourite. Since things have been very 'sea' themed lately on my blog it seemed a shame not to share it.


 
Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!


  Hope everyone is still enjoying their Summer. My boy and I are having a great time. x

 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Clark the Caddish Fisherman

  Among my seaside themed 'works' I created an image in my head of a handsome caddish fisherman named Clark. After getting this image down on paper I couldn't resist the challenge of bringing him to life!

 Clark was a welcome challenge as I'm not used to making man dollies, however.......


I'm definitely going to work on giving him a little pipe but I've not quite thought through yet exactly how I'm going to do it.




Sat on my work shelves looking cheeky and handsome.




Catch of the day!




Very pleased with his stylish jumper and tweed pants. Think this is possibly his off duty look, when he's sat cosy of an evening in his lighthouse, drinking hot coffee and rum.







  I've decided to stick with my Seaside project over the Summer as I've still got sketches I want to work into paintings and since my time is limited it seems the right thing to do. I will be adding more prints from the collection into the shop next week as well as showcasing some new ones, so keep your eyes peeled.




Movie star looks





  From September I will be finishing off my 'Cunning Disguises' postcard set and hopefully selling the illustrations as prints and creating them as dolls too. I'm especially excited about creating a doll with antlers!





  Hope everyone is having a lovely Summer so far. x