Perhaps a few days late, but as promised, here is a completed image of the Lacing III art doll that I showed in progress last week.
I’m not sure that the title will stay exactly the same. This art doll will most likely remain in the studio as part of inventory build up for my gallery show in September. Available sculpture in the gallery will have a part to play in that decision making process. The piece I shared two weeks ago, Cello, will definitely wait until that show, as I chose her image as my early publicity piece for that show.
Lacing III is similar to Cello in scale as well. I have been increasing the size of my art dolls slightly. I find that it is easier to focus more on details of the figure’s features with a bit more room to work with. Taking a step back however, I notice that I have increased the head and face much more than the proportions of the rest of the body. This does give an interesting stylistic look, but I’m not sure I’m quite where I want to be. I spent quite a bit of time soft sculpting Lacing III’s body, but she still looks thinner than I want her to be, and her hands and feet need to be increased as well. I’m obviously not going for any form of hyper realistic rendering with these figures, but I want to avoid them falling into the realm of caricature.
I guess the next art doll sculpture will offer ample opportunity to address those design challenges. Each work teaches me something new for its successor. It is interesting to go back and look at the evolution. This not only illustrates change, but highlights some interesting past design choices that I may have forgotten. I just had such an opportunity prior to starting to write this post. I was adding images to the gallery available for insertion into my posts, and updating the Art Dolls page of this site. If you have not visited that page. I have most of the art doll figures I have made in the gallery there with prices listed for those that are still available for purchase. I try my best to keep all those available toward the beginning so that you do not have to scroll through them all unless you want to.
I’m off to put in an order for the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild coffee table book. It is only available to members at this time, but I will share a link in the future if you are interested. In the mean time, the link above will take you to my page on their web site.