What a great week! I've been working away at the dolls in the studio almost every day - casting new dolls, painting and assembling others. Dollmaking can be a lot of (hard) work, but right now I'm loving it! All of the different materials and techniques, the many stages a doll goes through to become complete.
Having a lot of fun casting Secret Summer - and now there are two sizes to work on, Secret Summer and Chibi Secret Summer!
Maybe I should start a different blog/profile/account for my illustrations, since I draw a lot more now? Not sure it all fits into this "....dolls"-profile. I've been thinking about this for some time now. Think the time has come!
What do YOU think? Wanna see a mix of all kinds of creativity here, or just the dolls? I was thinking I could keep the drawings that are doll related here - like drawings of Mylings or other doll sculpts - but make a new place for the illustrations, and the characters that develop from them. It seems kind of weird to have a blog called Hemlig dolls, and then you just see posts filled with illustrations? I DID create this as a dollmaking blog, after all! And I wish my illustrations could have a home where they don't feel left out... Like a support act.
Another sketch dump :) It's about all that I've had time for the last days or the last week - a little bit of sketching here and there, when I've managed to get a little bit of free time from the day job.
Next week I will have more time in the studio again, so nice! Have a lot to do, working on the commission dolls mainly. Will be fun! I hope to get a little time to work on my prototypes as well, like Straw and the surly girl that I'm drawing and thinking of a lot lately. She's so inspiring! Thinking of her adventures - making up stories about her is such fun.. More on her soon!
I looove it! It is by far the best part of the dollmaking process.
Been drawing this character for a while now - and decided I should start sculpting her since I'm so fond of her. It makes it easier drawing a character if you have a three dimensional version of her! Not sure she will be made into a doll just yet - she is more of a drawn character, and I have ideas for her adventures...
And my lovely Straw! This is what she looked like today, lying on my desk.
And autumn is here, for real! I love this time of year so much - the fresh air, the colors, the light, the rainy days...
Today is another day of waiting around, STILL waiting for that porcelain slip actually! The shipping company lost the last batch, so the very nice people at pottery company sent me an new shipment. It is supposed to arrive today, and then I will race to the studio to open kilns and keep on working on dolls! Perfect start of the week, having to spend a little time at home, watering house plants and planning this weeks work after three days of day job work. Here are some photos from the past week or so, since my last post!
Sketch dump! Lately I feel more compelled than ever to just draw, draw, draw. Whenever I can! It calms me, and I feel free when I'm drawing. And sketching my doll Straw feels like meditating! She has such calm, just feel peaceful when I'm in her company.
Got some other characters brewing, too - like this surly, grumpy little girl that I like to draw:
She likes wearing hoodies and raincoats and her backpack, and whoah - I really, really want to draw her on her woodland adventures - so inspired by her! Little awkward grumpy girl.
There's this skull lady, too.
She is a character from a story I'm developing. Love her.
I've been really busy working on dolls and making new slip cast molds in the studio, but have really failed to take any photos of this! But feeling very inspired, can't wait to show you things I've been working on.
Last week I got two huge sacks of new plaster, for mold making, and will (hopefully) get the new porcelain slip today, so I'm all set to really get to work! I feel like I'm preparing for winter, making sure I have all the supplies and things I need. Nice feeling! I did a little improving of my workspace as well, got a new desktop for the desk legs I already had - I decided on a slightly bigger work area.
Got two lamps as well - have to combat the coming winter darkness!
I wanted to go to the studio today and get started on new dolls and work on my commissions and other things, but I'm stuck here at home - waiting for my shipment of porcelain slip to be delivered. I've been waiting all morning, and now it's midday! Have been keeping busy working on my sculpts, mainly Straw.
Here she is before yesterdays sculpting session,
and here she is before I started todays work:
I don't mind having some time to sculpt - but this is not how I had planned today! I was supposed to go running in the morning, and then spend all day in the studio. Part of the job, I guess! Ceramics is very dictated by the materials and processes, I find. Just have to go with it, and learn to be even more patient!
And the weekends work at the day job is over! Longing for some time in the studio.
Here are some sketches I made of my lovely Straw, my latest doll project, during the weekend!
And some photos of her progress, being sculpted -
I have loads to do this week, and have to get started right away. Meeting up with a friend tonight, too - so that will be super nice! Longing for some time in the studio, have ideas for new dolls, and have to work on dolls for the show in February, too!