Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

5 years, 2 months ago 161
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Greetings Contestants! Welcome to the second round of eliminations. You are the finalists still in the running to win a resin Enchanted Doll! I’m going to give a short critique on the strengths and weaknesses of each work. I hope it helps those who didn’t make the finals, win next year! Here we go.

You will notice that what all of the finalists have in common, is an outstanding aesthetic presentation of their ideas. The importance of an effective and coherent presentation can not be understated, as it creates a powerful first impression in our subconsciousness. Another reason a well-laid out presentation is effective, is because it demonstrates the artist’s commitment to their idea, and shows consideration for the quality of viewer’s experience of their artwork. All the finalists left me with a very positive and engaging viewing experience, while presenting unique ideas. That is part of why they made the cut.


#86 by Anne

Biggest Strengths: Incorporation of architectural elements into both, tattoo concept and presentation; delightful use of colour; excellent interpretation of source material. Weakness: Both tattoos are a little bit too big in relation to the body, giving a slightly crammed and boxed-in appearance on the torso. Suggestions: Let compositions breathe by shrinking, spacing them out a bit and continuing some elements out to other body parts. Thank you, Anne! Great work!


#92 by Anna

Biggest Strengths: Great use and incorporation of joints in the design; keen sense of scale and proportion. Weakness: lack of colour detracts a little from the impact. Suggestions: explore colour more. Thank you, Anna! Great work!


#103 by Ran j

Biggest strengths: Simplicity, elegance and flow of design in relation to doll anatomy; gorgeous rendition. Style of tattoo reminds me a little of Takato Yamamoto’s work. Weakness: While the idea of a skeleton tattoo isn’t entirely new, it is redeemed by its’ delicate beauty and strong composition on the body. This design is very well suited to the medium and scale of my dolls. It looks great as a 2D painting and will tattoo on porcelain very well. Suggestions: Slight lack of continuity in the front composition, between the bones on the chest and flowers on the abdomen; perhaps incorporating bone elements somewhere into the floral design would tie the composition together better. Thank you, Ran! Great work!


#129 by Kiersten V

Biggest strengths: Provocative, meaningful and emotionally evocative concept; profound socio-cultural comment on violence against women. Weakness: Rendition is sufficient enough to convey the powerful message of the tattoo, but I feel it could be pushed a little bit further aesthetically. Suggestions: Explore the texture and line-work of scarring more. Thank you, Kiersten! Great work!


#204 by Mai M

Biggest strength: Great use of doll anatomy and scale to convey a sense of armour; successful incorporation of headdress to support the tattoo. Byzantine element is delightful. Weakness: Too much symmetry stifles tension a little. Suggestions: Consider adding an unexpectedly chaotic or asymmetrical element into the armour design. It might add more dynamism. Thanks Mai! Great work!




#225 “Fire Bird” by Karla R

Biggest strength: Memorable presentation; great adaptation of tattoo design to doll anatomy; successful incorporation of a 3D design element into the tattoo. Weakness: While the tattoo may be a bit too simplistic, it works in the context of the character design. Suggestions: I would like to see a more complex 2D element included somewhere into this tattoo design, one that would be a challenge to engrave. Thank you, Karla! Great work!


#244 by Anita D J

Biggest strengths: Intriguing minimalist aesthetic. Weakness: Perfect mirror symmetry places the flowers into the same visual space and forces them to compete with each other for attention. Suggestions: A little asymmetrical element, such as experimenting with different heights for flowers, or making one stem more ornate than the other would make the design more dynamic. Thanks Anita, great work!

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#249 “Embrace” by Amal

Biggest strengths: Powerful, explorative and stimulating concept with social commentary on body politics; excellent supporting material and visual thought exploration. Weakness: The aesthetic of overall composition needs to be pushed a little bit farther to support  the enormous conceptual potential of this piece. Suggestions: Be braver with portraying symbolism of physical contact and personal boundaries. Thanks Amal, great work!


#296 “The Egg Timer” by Merrilyn C

Biggest strengths: While the concept of a biological clock is nothing new, it is rendered here in a very beautiful and whimsical way; great adaptation to doll anatomy; Interesting juxtaposition of highly valued Faberge eggs made by a man, with much less valued woman’s eggs that procreate our species. Weakness: Could be interpreted as a little retrograde in sentiment. Suggestions: Perhaps a little bit more emphasis on the body politics and gender roles would make this whimsical piece more powerful. Thanks Merrilyn, great work!


#304 “Medusa” by CiCi

Biggest strengths: Unique interactive (eye) elements in the tattoo that allow it to change – very creative; Excellent presentation of ideas; great use of body lines in design composition. Weakness: Design on the abdomen reminds me a bit too much of my tattooed doll Mermaid Song; Design is a bit too busy and too bottom-heavy. Suggestions: Allow design open up and venture some down the hips and legs; Step away from the traditional image of Medusa and explore other options. Thanks Cici, great work!


And these are the finalists. Let’s have a round of applause for them.

Tomorrow night I will announce the final Three. Good luck, contestants!


Gallery of all the entries

Gallery of the top 10 with full descriptions



5 years, 2 months ago 44
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the top 20 runners up in the 5th annual Enchanted Doll Birthday Contest!

First I’d like take a minute to thank all the participants for all your hard work regardless of whether you made this list or not. I really appreciate the thought, time, effort and sincerity that went into designing your entries. Choosing was hard. I made my selection based on a combination of your concept originality, aesthetic design, composition, supportive elements, artist statements and overall presentation.

The most important consideration point for me, was how much though went into adapting a tattoo design to the doll’s anatomy and joints. Some entries made the scale and body lines work to their advantage more successfully than others, which is a the very essence of a beautiful tattoo. I enjoyed looking at and reading about all your entries. Good luck next time to those who didn’t make this cut and congratulations to the runners up. I’ll see some of you in the next round tomorrow! Sleep tight ;)

And now, the top 20 entries! Click on a number and scroll to view each entry in full.











































This is the line up! Thank you for beautiful entries and good luck in the next round!


(If you don’t see your entry in the galleries, please email us at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com. The judging was done with the emails, not by the galleries, so its possible that we saw your entry but it didn’t get put on the gallery yet due to an error – Chad)

5 years, 2 months ago 42
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Hello all! Today is my birthday and that means it’s time to conclude my 5th annual birthday contest, and announce the winner of a resin Enchanted Doll!

As you recall, this year’s challenge was to design an engraving ‘tattoo’ design for a porcelain Enchanted Doll, and you sent me so many awesome entries, that it crashed our computer! Which is the reason we’re running a few hours behind schedule. Please stand by for the first of three elimination rounds to take place at midnight Pacific time (just over an hour), when the top 20 submissions will be announced! The second elimination round will take place tomorrow morning. Thank you to all the participants and good luck!


In the meantime, you can view all 301 entries here: http://www.enchanteddoll.com/galleries1/2015-contest/