January was supposed to be my vacation from the day job, but I've spent the first two weeks being sick with the flu. I'm much better now, but still coughing a bit and not yet up to full speed. Annoying! I'm the worst sick person.
Hopefully I'll be back in the studio tomorrow, I've got things to work on.
It's been a little while since I posted anything here!
I've been busy working on commissions, working at the day job and gaming a little more than usual... I think it's the season, I've felt less creative and...well, just felt a must to play loads of Diablo III and other great games. Mostly Diablo. I can honestly say that I'm getting quite good at it again. Not something I'm hugely proud of - I should have spent a lot more time doing other things! But might have been a good thing - my mind probably needed a bit of a break.
Here are some photos of the things I've been working on.
A really, REALLY fun commission doll - a Micro Myling. I had a lot of fun coming up with the idea for her "tattoo" - and a lot of room for being creative! The commission was that she could be a bear or wolf girl (will have a fun costume, probably a bear suit!), have a tattoo and be a talisman for bravery and exploration. Such a great commission to work on! Will show more of this doll as she is being completed! As you can see her tattoo is of Ursa Major.
Another fun commission - a Mini ghost Myling. She is being assembled now.
Painting some other dolls as well, a Micro Myling unicorn and a Tiny Myling - more soon!
And found a little time to work on my prototype sculpts as well, this is "Parasite". Really excited about this doll, have had so many new ideas from working on her. Fun!
Sneaking in a photo of my desk as it looks today - I got my new inkwell and immediately had to try it out. Just have to resist gaming for the rest of the afternoon... We'll see how it goes!
Since it's December already I've started looking back on this year to see what I've done. Might be a little early for end-of-year mosaics, but can't help myself!
I feel like I did get a lot of things done this year, and a lot of new things! I cast BUG, I made a little comic, I assembled Vine, I made the Micro Myling and a unicorn version of Micro Myling.
And some other things that I've not showed to anyone. Hopefully more time for those projects from now on. I really like taking time for other stuff besides the dolls, I feel like it's neccessary to keep from getting stuck or bored. 2014 has been a great year!
New dolls, so another soft-fired bisque cleaning session! I got to the studio just after seven in the morning and worked pretty much non-stop until 12. I can almost never make myself do more than 4-5 hours of bisque cleaning, it's such delicate work. Half a day is enough, after that I'm just too tired to do it properly.
Bisque cleaning is strange work - very satisfying to clean up the doll from mold seams and shaping the eyes, but seriously straining too - hands dipped constantly in water (that gets cold), even though I wear gloves the water gets through, and holding the fragile, soft-fired doll parts. Sometimes I can long for some bisque-cleaning - just listening to the radio, planning new dolls - letting my hands work... And sometimes I hate it! :)
Today was one of those good cleaning sessions, and I got a lot done!
Will be back early tomorrow morning again for more cleaning, so I left the mess on my studio desk... See you tomorrow, studio!
Here's a photo from my walk after today's work, the lake was so still and there was some sun today as well.
I finally had some time to sew and made suits for my latest dolls, and dressed my two little needle felted bears. I'm inspired by circus themes lately, maybe because this month has been so dark and gloomy...
The Mini Myling is sold, but the Tiny in the striped suit is still available on Etsy!
The two bears are available on Etsy as well! Here and here. They are needle felted out of wool, and have tiny (removable) collars. Perfect little companions for Myling dolls!
The Tiny Myling comes with this striped suit and her little paper hat.