Thursday, March 31, 2011
I did this in desaturated color and in black and white to see if the gown still has that impact and I believe it maintains its glorious fill of a picture. When asked by friends why I go through all the trouble of photographing dolls, I always say: You know there are things that you really love that you want immortalized and photographing them is one way of making the doll be "more than just a doll". What good is articulation if the doll is not posed -- and posed maximizing the possibilities of expression.
What good is a doll kept in a box? It's like having a playground and not being able to play in it. Dolls were always meant to capture imagination. A child given that dreamland grows to see what his or her mind can explore. It gives you silent joy and an amazing play to spend your time. My only wish is to have better ways of photographing them: backdrops, sculptures, more gowns and a stronger eyesight to repaint -- not mention stronger patience in repainting. The weekend is coming. Next week I am awaiting a new ensemble for Scarlett -- none GWTW but one that I've always eyed for a long time. As they say, the Universe listens to the most ardent wishes of the soul. So, I hope it arrives. After that traumatic Tonner Blue Portrait gown getting lost, I can only cross my fingers that hard-earned money is not lost as well as the chance to imagine, play and photograph. Have a splendid playful weekend everyone!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This is an old Tonner Scarlett -- my first in fact. She's a "Waiting for Pa" Tonner Scarlett.
Her hair had been shortened to shoulder level. I repainted the eyes as well as the lips which was originally pink. The lashes have been repainted as well -- now using a super macro overhead lens which really helps in repainting. Usually when you're repainting, you can't see how the very minute details so you keep on brushing too much paint not knowing that it can be too much. With the super macro lens -- which I now just wear over my head, you have the ease of seeing these details.
One thing I've realized is you don't need much paint, what you need is knowing the right amount of colors. I have found this book which helped me a lot.
Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits by William F. Powell is a great resource for color mixing. It goes through crucial details such as eyes, nose, skin tones and lips.
Here is the link if you wish to purchase this book:
Image from Amazon.com
Aside from the book, the right brushes are also important. I would suggest the Loew Cornell Series. I don't have them all. If you want the details, do get the 18/0 brushes (liner, and I guess spotter) plus some flat ones. Experience has told me that these have different functions. The spotter is good for the small dots like details on the eyes. Lining is good for the brows and the lashes.
Make sure you clean them well too.
Do I mistakes? Definitely. Balancing the eyes. Making those pupils round, putting in the tear ducts and fixing the lower eye liner as well as putting the right amount of lashes on the lower eyes. You have no idea how much how much changes these dolls undergo. It also pays to leave them for a while and come back -- you'll certainly see a lot of things you need to do, add, take out, hopefully not redo.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
|Woman drawing by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Woman painting by Botticelli|
|La Ghirlandata by Dante Gabriel Rosetti|
I was inspired by the paintings of La Gioconda by Da Vinci, the women paintings of Dante Gabriel Rosetti and La Primavera here. Noticing the crimped classical hair of the subjects of these artists, I sought out to do what could be a possible repaint.
I sectioned the hair carefully and braided these into tiny braids to capture a sculpted look that would
capture the light with the little waves. Each braid was tied with a thin thread in the end. Dipping the head into freshly-boiled water for 20 seconds, then leaving it to dry. After which loosening the braids which is easily done with a toothpick by starting from the ends of the braid.
Then came analyzing the paintings of Da Vinci and Rossetti. The subjects hardly had any make up on and there weren't any noticeable detail on eyelashes nor brows (I tried this doll with no brows on, and it didn't look well too me although it was as faithful to the classical subjects as possible). So why not add some brows-- thin ones and hardly discernible ones.
Here is a result of this project -- as what I call my little portrait attempts these days. I hope you like it and enjoy it as much as I did venturing into it.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|I was imagining the hoopla that must have happened when Vivien got the most coveted role in Hollywood|
and thought of creating this faux cover of a Hollywood magazine during that time.