Friday, July 29, 2011

Sans Photoshop

This is the doll and how it looks, gown and all without the photoshop. She is Tonner's Blue Portrait gown Scarlett and one whose hairstyle
I really, really like. I'm listening to Moon River now (thanks to Dave who posted an Integrity Audrey Hepburn doll video). Can't help but
think this one's my "huckleberry friend" hahaha. She's mostly my companion every weekend and free times after work. But not this weekend. Today, I'm visiting our labrador who stays in another house (got too big for ours) and spend a nice afternoon walk with Sophie.
Have a splendid weekend everyone.

Portrait on a weekend: Tonner Scarlett in OOAK gown

Faux Poster: 75 years Celebration of Gone with the Wind

I decided to do this portraits to celebrate the 75 years of Gone with the Wind. After all, its a life-changing book. Will try to do more. = )
Is there a disclaimer I have to put in here like: I am not affiliated with Tonner or Warner Bros, or anything officially GWTW. That said. I'm not.  Well here's the first portrait. Scarlett in Blue.

Portraits on a weekend

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tonner Gone with the Wind dolls: Mrs. Charles Hamilton Repaint

This is a commissioned Scarlett doll repaint using Tonner's Mrs. Charles Hamilton as repaint. The sender sent me the head for this project. I like it that Tonner now uses a fairer skin tone for Scarlett. I noticed the previous ones were darker. For this, I erased the factory paint and repainted. The lips almost have the same shape -- because the new Mrs. Hamilton sculpt has it outlined very well.  Have to send this doll within the week. It's also raining hard here in Manila. Well, I hope she likes this repaint. I seldom do commissions, because scheduling can be quite difficult, but how can one resist one who loves, enjoys and shares the same passion for Scarlett. = )

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tonner Scarlett 'O Hara: Playing with Portraits

Work does not take one away from doing what I enjoy most and that's photographing dolls and making portraits out of those photos. It keeps me home, and is a big respite from the stressful work. Clients come with their comments at the end of the week and request that work be seen the next Monday. That means work eating up on a weekend. Last night slept at 4 a.m. just finishing a very difficult deck. But of course, Scarlett beckoned. Here's another portrait following a Francis Xavier Winterhalter mood and an old portrait of Scarlett which I fixed a little bit. The blue portrait gown of Franklin Mint is still the best I've seen ever.
I really liked how the snood revealed the neck of the doll here. It is also very Victorian to keep ones hair in place. The jewelry is also shown better with the snood. This Scarlett has been fixed in repaint -- twice. That's what you get when you learn new things along the way and I hope she looks better than the first time she's been painted. The thing about working with something too close is you don't get to see how it can be improved. I've learned one thing: always get back to it and you see new things to add or new things to fix. Patience really pays.

I posted this a long time ago and enjoyed doing it. Velvet on velvet. Blue or red, and a doll who's willing to pose and pose. I fixed this a bit: sharpened the image and fixed the skin tone. Now she's immortalized better (I think) here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tonner Melanie Wilkes -- "The happiest day"

Melanie Wilkes has very few costume designs that burst out from the screen as "fabulous".  One can see Selznick's guiding hand in directing Plunkett to get Melanie (on film) to be the very character of plain-ness and simplicity with costume design. It is a good attempt -- contrast between her and Scarlett are very sharp. 

This dress was a surprise gift from a seamstress. I have not been able to photograph much of its details because of lamp that blew up. Nevertheless one can see the skill and artistry behind this dress from the photographs -- which I hope capture it very well. 
Worn in that scene where she makes her visit to Scarlett -- in the film it is a lighter plum color -- it meets what I think are very important elements in a doll costume dress. 

The fit for instance is wonderful. The skirt captures what the seamstress defines as the "hoop rise" i.e., skirts to be full have to have allowances when the hoops go under. Thus, the doll when standing on its given hoop, never shows the shoes nor the hoop. It also has the fullness that a demure Victorian lady of that times desires.

She even provided what I call a "bustle pillow" to lift the back of the skirt. And on it, Melly's name adorably sewn on it. 
The skirt is embellished with plum velvet. Underneath is a satin lining of the same color. Such detail to craftsmanship is a sign of 
a seasoned sewer.  Thank you to you and this wonderful gift. It truly is "the happiest day."