One of my finished projects this summer was Little Dead Riding Wolf.
You may have noticed that I never show concept sketches. It’s not how I work. It’s never been. With dolls as with creating dance costumes I start with a very hazy concept, maybe gather some inspiration, and let the tools take me where they will.
I’m not proud of this. It’s just what I’m comfortable with.
In art school I’d just tackle large sheets of paper and see where the drawings took me. I think in my fine arts classes, because I drew (worked in dry and thus relatively fast materials) and i wasn’t majoring in illustration with need to think of a client, it was encouraged.
When I started dancing I was more comfortable soloing improvisationally than I was confident in making choreography…but in grappling with how to learn AND create choreography I’ve become a better dancer overall. In this new-to-me art I think some pre-planing and concept sketches would save time AND help me be more productive overall. I just need to figure out how to start that journey.
I’m getting that out here so I can think on it.
Little Dead Riding Wolf started out hazy.
The concept was part of the original doll’s name…I had one from the 20 doll haul.
And I knew that I wanted to do 1). more experimentation with Goth/Fantasy concepts on darker skinned dolls 2). unraveled yarn to create kinkier textured hair.
I bought red and brown acrylic yarn at the 100¥ shop. I unraveled it and re-rooted her head.
I covered her hair to spray her with a few priming layers of Mr. Superclear and got to coloring with chalk pastels, water color pencils and acrylics.
Next came how to redress her. I decided that Little Dead Wolf would want to warn possible grandchildren she met in the forest NOT to mess with her. I set to making a skull from Apoxie Sculpt. Nothing says “nope” like the skull of your vanquished enemies.
I drafted the cape myself. The red/black velvet is left over from a dance costume I made for myself.
The making of that and the lace beading can be found on my costume page.
For the rest of the outfit I turned to Requiem Art Designs. Etsy: DGRequiem is THE source to turn to when you wanna make doll outfits but don’t want to make your own pattern AND are willing to pay another artist. I went with her Rococo Lolita pattern.
And I took a trip to Nippori (our fabric street) for remnant scraps.
Let me tell you, it took me two tries to get the brocade to behave. I have a less than perfect version I’ll find a use for.
Then I made a short skirt using her pattern AND a longer skirt by free-styling it.
The awesome belt came off one of the other MH dolls from my haul.
I layered those two skirts. I’m a huge fan of the idea that you just layer fabrics until they look expensive and fabulous.
For a final touch I painted those horrible purple boots to match her new outfit.
I’ll need to make her a basket soon but for now I love her.