Friday, August 28, 2009

Big boots and little boots, it's all about the boots!

Nothing fancy to really write about. You've guessed it, it is definately all about the boots at the moment. I've finished painting the boots and am now waiting for the matte acrylic sealer to dry on them. So, since they were outside, thought I'd snap a progress pic of them for ya.

Once they are dry, I'll begin to assemble them all together. I'm working on the armature now for the 32" santa. This is proving to be a bigger task than I thought because I fear my yellow coated wire is not strong enough. So, aside from using the dowel rods for "bone" support, I don't think I'm gonna be able to pose him the way I wanted to in the beginning. You know how it is, the way you imagine it and how it works are 2 different things unfortunately. lol

Anyway, here are the next WIP pics. Again, they are nothing special...just the boots.

32" santa boots and 18" santa boots:
big boots, little boots

And a closer view of the larger boots:
painted big boots

Hopefully, the next pictures will show a completely assembled 32" santa and the next 18" santa in all their naked glory! lol Got to love a naked santa.

Until the next post!

Hugs to all,
Lori

Sunday, August 23, 2009

32" Santa boots

Finally, we are heading toward 2nd base on this 32" Santa. The boots are now finished being sculpted. What a relief that is! Tomorrow, if I can manage some time, I'll begin the painting process on the 32" Santa. Once the painting has dried, I can then begin to assemble his body and work on the stuffing and sculpting of the soft body to give him formation.

Here are the pics of the 32" Santa boots. Sorry for the bad lighting, but I took them in my kitchen and we have such poor lighting in our 100 year old home. I couldn't wait until tomorrow to take the pics out in day light, which is how I normally like to take my pics. At any rate, they are enough for you to get a general idea of how they will look anyway.

32" santa boots 3

32" santa boots2

32" santa boots

I hope you enjoy seeing his boots! I had a lot of fun sculpting these. Took me an entire day to complete them.

Until next time,
Big hugs and take care,
Lori

Friday, August 21, 2009

Picture updates you've been waiting for!

The hands for the 32" santa are taking me longer to sculpt than I had anticipated. But, I wanted to leave you with WIP of the progress regardless. I should be finished sculpting them sometime this evening. At the moment, I am working on the wrinkles and veining.

These are the 32" santa hands:

32" santa hands 2

32" santa hands 1

As for the 32" santa head. I have a pic of that too! Mind you, it's only been sculpted so no hair on his little bald head, and no painting yet either. I will paint him once I have all the pieces sculpted and baked.

32" santa head and shoulder plate1

32" santa head and shoulder plate 3

32" santa head and shoulder plate 2

And, last but not least, here is the next 18" santa that is also in the works. I still need to finish sculpting his hands and his boots as well. I think he is gonna turn out great! I really like his face. :-D

18" santa head 2

18" santa head 2.1

Well, I hope you have enjoyed the updated pictures! For now, it's back to work on those hands so I can finally move on to making this guys boots too.

Hugs to all,
Lori

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Making progress!

I don't have any pics to place tonight unfortunately, but I did want to drop in a line to give you an update over the last few days progress. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll be able to get some time to put up some pics.

In the past week, I've managed to wash and clean a butt load of curly wool to use for some of the ornaments and the Santa dolls. Just one freezer bag took me nearly 2 hours to separate out and nearly 4 hours to wash and clean the entire bag of hair! So, I spent a good amount of time just for preparing. But, the hard work paid off in the long run and I'm now down to having only 6 more Caucasian Santa ornaments to beard. Perhaps this weekend I will finish bearding the last few.

Since the wool was already out and I was in the middle of making my mess with it anyway, I proceeded to beard the next 18" Santa head as well. I have to admit, this Santa doll head come out fantastic. I can't wait to post pics of his head to show everyone!

Not only did I accomplish all of the above, but I also worked on the 32" Santa head. He is finally done being sculpted with his neck and breastplate, baked, and ready to be painted and have his beard on him too. He looks fantastic! Tomorrow, I will hopefully begin work on his hands since I have the clay out and ready to continue work.

It is nice to see big projects such as this come together a little at a time. It will be nice to have them finally complete.

I hope you return in the next day or two to view the new WIPS of these Santas.

Until then...
Take care,
Lori

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

winking santa

I figured it was time to take a much needed break from working on the ornaments. If you work on something too long that is repetitious, I think it starts to bog your mind down. So, it was time to pull out the winking santa that I had pictured previously since he was ready to be assembled. Here are the pictures of the progress so far. He now has a body and hair on his head! He is beginning to look more and more like santa. :-)

Front view:
winking santa1

Side view:
winking santa3

Another side view:
winking santa2

A picture of his bum: lol
winking santa backside

And a close up:
winking santa closeup

As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into creating his body. His head, hands and feet are made of polymer clay. He has a soft sculpted body with a wire armature inside, making him gently poseable. There are many stitches that go into creating his sculpted body. In other words, there is a lot more to it than just throwing his head, feet and hands onto him. :-D His hair is natural sheeps wool and is applied a little at a time. It is also a very time consuming task, but, in the end it is well worth it! Interesting enough, you can see that he is self-supporting and can stand on his own. But, even still, I will create a base for him to stand upon for his safety. Sorry about the messing work area. I had just finished putting the last bit of hair on his head, and I couldn't wait to show everyone the progress. Besides, that, you can see ornaments on the table in the background that I am still working on. :-D

Anyway, I have been thinking on his pose and what I wanted his story to be for the last few weeks. Sometime, it is hard when it is just a head laying on the table looking at you to find a doll's story it wants to tell. It wasn't until I was putting the hair on his head, that I think I know his story. We will see how his progress goes in the time to come.

On another note, I am sad to say, that Edelweiss did not sell on ebay this past week. That can be discouraging sometime, but I know that there is a special person out there that is meant to own her one day. So, for now, I will put dear sweet little Edelweiss back in her box and hold her for safe keeping.

I hope you have enjoyed the update. Hopefully, I'll have more to post soon. Keep watching for the next set of pictures.

Take care,
Lori

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Santa ornaments nearing completion

Putting the hair on the ornaments is taking a lot longer than I had anticipated. I am just about 1/3 of the way through the ornaments with placing hair on the faces. Then, I'll have to make their hats.

I decided to mix up the hair styles some. Some of them will have curly hair, and some will have straight hair. I wish I could get some feedback on which people liked the most before I made too many of the kind people really do not like. *shrug* :-D Anyway, I still need to trim them up a bit around the beard and their eyebrows. They look a little too hairy with the bushy eyebrows. lol Once they are "cleaned" up and their hats are on, they will look a lot better. Santa just isn't Santa unless he has his hat!



Here are a couple of pictures of the ornaments near completion. Perhaps a viewer out there might chime in and let me know what is their preference on the hair types.



santa ornaments 1 near completion



A closer view:

santa ornaments 2 near completion



Sorry about the difference in lighting. I live in a very old house, and the lighting is much to be desired. Again, any suggestions would be sooooo wonderful!



Hugs to all,

Lori

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Alright, as promised more WIPS, (works in progress)

For any that might be following my work. I wanted to take a moment to put up some pictures of the current Santa projects that I am working on. Some, who have visited the forums I frequent will have seen these pictures already.

This is a head I'm working on for a Santa that will be about 32" high. I still have to create his neck and breastplate. Then his hands next. They always look so funny before they have their hair attached to the head. lol
32" santa doll head

Another picture of the same head and a couple of his buddies. The smaller 2 heads will be 18" santa dolls once completed. One of the smaller ones still needs to be completed in the sculpting stage.
3 new santa heads

Here is my 18" "winking" Santa. He needs to be attached to his body that I have just completed. Then, dressed and have his hair put on him.
18" winking santa and body parts

These are the ornaments I am working on as well. I believe there are 52 of them in total. As you can see, I am also creating African-American ornaments too. Each ornament is a one-of-a-kind ornament and do take a bit of time to complete surprisingly enough.
all the ornaments so far

A close-up of some of the ornaments:
ornaments near final stage

Another close-up of ornaments in the works. You can see how individual the faces are here I think.
ornaments close up


I mentioned earlier that I visit a few forums. The 4 forums that I frequent the most are www.santamakersguild.com , www.ooakdollart.com, www.thefairysociety.ning.com, and www.ooakguild.com. There are a few others doll artist hang-outs I will be looking into soon. But, for the time being, these 4 are enough for me. :-D If you have a chance and are interested in knowing what other doll artist are working on, these forums are a great insight to catch a glimpse of their work. There are so many talented people out there that it is really amazing to find them all located in a single venue!

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed looking at my WIP pictures. Hopefully, this weekend, I'll have more to share. For the time being, it's time to actually go and take a break and catch some t.v. for a change!

Take care,
Lori

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just starting out....



This is something relatively new for me, so bare with me while I fiddle with the beginning.


First and foremost, I want to welcome you to my blog. Thank you for dropping in and visiting!




Well, I guess a good place to start is by saying that I am a doll artist. I create one-of-a-kind (OOAK) artdolls. They range from fantastical creatures such as fairies and mermaids to character dolls, Santas, and little babies. The dolls I create are all from imagination and never from molds. All of my dolls are made of polymer clay, some are full sculpts while others have cloth bodies and wire armatures. You can read more about me, my education and see the dolls that I have already created at my website at http://www.lmpartdolls.com/.


As an after thought, one of my dolls, "Karif" was recently published in "Doll Crafter and Costuming" magazine in their "Gallery" section for the September 2009 issue on page 46. And, to add to the accolades, one of my santa dolls received an Honorable Mention at www.artdolls.com from Jack Johnston's 2008 Santa contest.




At any rate, here on this blog site, I plan to post works in progress so that my friends and customers can see what I am working on and follow it to the end of the completed project. I hope that I can help to inspire others to create, to teach my craft, and perhaps, find new fans and build my collector base.




At the moment, I am working toward getting ready for a craft festival in November at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida. Their website is: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/ . Most of the items I am working on are Santas. I will post some works in progress pics (WIPS) tomorrow. This way you can see what I am working on, and where I am going with it.




In the meantime, it is late for me here, and time for a starving artist to find some shuteye. I will leave with a link to my current Ebay auction of my latest fairy. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120455058557&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


Her name is Edelweiss. I have left a picture for your viewing pleasure! I do hope you like her and will enjoy following my auction.


Thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog. Take care and good night to all.


Lori