A pirate’s life for me!

Pirate doll final
Here’s the finished doll and background! Im pretty happy with how the whole thing turned out but I definitely won’t be working this small next time I try something along these lines.

Materials used: For the doll the face and hands are painted sculpey on a body made of wire and tin foil, the clothing is felt, linen, silk, wool, and thread and the book was made out of paper sewn and glued together. The background images were made from painted watercolour paper cut and glued together on cardboard to give it dimension. Then more cardboard was layered to make it pop off the blue painted backdrop. Then I photographed it outside in natural light and cleaned up the picture in photoshop and added some softening to the edges with the dodge tool to give it more of a dreamy quality to it.

Works in progress

Here’s one of the things that I’ve been working on lately. This poseable pirate girl doll is 5 1/2 inches tall. I wish I made it bigger because it was really annoying to make such tiny clothing! I’ve used sculpey for the hands and face which are painted with acryla gouache. The body is made of tin foil and wire and the clothing various fabrics such as linen, silk, felt, wool, and leather. I’m working on an environment to put her in

Pirate girl process 3

Here’s an earlier full body shot without the book and before I finished the hands.

Pirate girl

I’m not finishing her boots since they were giving me trouble and I’m not intending for her feet to be seen in the final photos anyway. Plus it’s way easier to stand her up when I can pin her to the wood like that!

Pitt Brush pen tip

Dale pointed out this post Corey Lewis made about cutting a brush pen and using it to draw. It reminded me that not many people seem to know that you can reverse the tip on a Faber-Castell Pitt brush pen. I totally agree that you can’t really get good lines out of one of those pens for long, but at least I can get a bit more of them by doing this trick.

PItt Pens