Monday, September 10, 2012

In The Studio: Steampunk Art Doll Faerie

As many of you know, I am an artist. I use the word loosely, artist, because when I envision those who fall in this category, I see classic artists, names like Andrew Wyeth, John Waterhouse, or Adélaïde Labille-Guiard.

I love art.

My favorite art form for expressing myself at the moment is sculpting art dolls and have been doing so since 2004. An art doll is more of a sculpture because you can not play with her.

I love faeries.

I am greatly inspired by fantasy artist's Brian Froud, Selina Fenech, and Linda Ravenscroft.

I love to sculpt faeries.

Here is my latest sculpture. She is made from Puppen Fimo polymer clay. I wanted to share a few pictures of the beginning so that you may see what her armature looks like. Steampunk seems to be highly favored at the moment in the art doll world, but I didn't originally set out to make her this. When I began shading and blushing her body, this is when the clothes design process is always focused on, the idea come to me to try my hand at Steampunk. I hope you enjoy her.

This is an armature. It is heavy gauge wire wrapped with foil and masking tape.

I do what is called series baking. When you series bake, it insures that the inner layers of clay harden and make a solid foundation for the art doll. This is very important for survival because polymer clay can break.

She isn't very pretty at the moment huh? See the little faerie in the back ground watching?

I get so lost in the sculpting process I forget to take pictures. In this stage I am blushing her. I learned a great tip from Deb Wood, a fantastic art doll artist, about using matte make-up blushes you get from the local stores for blushing. It works amazingly.

 I was very happy with her collar bones and shoulders. At this point I already knew she would need to have a see through top to show them off.

I hope you like her. If you are interested in purchasing her here is her auction link via eBay. Happy bidding and thank you for spending time with me in the studio!


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