The Grand Rubenesque!


In just a few days, I’m going to unveil my new curvaceous doll! Maybe tomorrow or the day after, or perhaps in thee or four, or five days….once I finish shooting her. Are you excited yet?

This is the first official shot of her, inspired by a very classical, if not cliche composition of a reclining nude, particularly Jean Ingres’s painting The Grand Odalisque. The old masters sure loved painting reclining ladies in various stages of undress, and what’s not to love here? I’m very excited to show you the rest of her.


I’d love to hear your opinions about her form.

55 Responses to “The Grand Rubenesque!”

  1. Jenny H
    April 6th, 2012 23:08

    Magnificent! Can’t wait to see more pics!

  2. MissLK
    April 6th, 2012 23:09

    She is amazing, Marina, congrats!

    Perhaps it’s due to the heavier pear shape, her legs and feet look even more dainty than the other EDs… Love the elegant soles.

  3. Hazel
    April 6th, 2012 23:15

    Oh, oh, oh! She looks lovely! She does look like she’d fit in exactly in a classic painting. :D

    The curves are gorgeous, of course. The bony prominences do look a bit sharper than one would expect from a body with more “meat” in it, but perhaps it’s just the lighting. I can’t wait to see more photos of her!

    Great work as always <3

  4. Jayne
    April 6th, 2012 23:23

    ♥♥♥♥♥….Yep, that covers my feelings about her. Can’t wait to see more.

  5. Joe
    April 6th, 2012 23:28

    Beautiful (jumping and and down clapping hands) can’t wait to see more.

  6. monika viktoria
    April 6th, 2012 23:39

    I thought instead of the Rokeby Venus by Velazquez, with her pose and the mirror offering a vague glimpse at her face.
    From this angle she definitely looks curvy. It will be great to see her in full, to see how she turned out. Don’t make us suffer too long :-P

  7. Jayne
    April 6th, 2012 23:43

    Marina, I forgot to say, that is the most fabulous coloured hair I have ever seen, it’s gorgeous♥

  8. leslie Sirag
    April 6th, 2012 23:45

    I think she’s beautiful, but she doesn’t look Rubenesque above the hips–maybe it’s theangle, but she appears to have a tiny waist & narrow shoulders. Rubens’ women, I think, were more rounded and zaftig.

  9. Nada
    April 6th, 2012 23:48

    So funny! Before the photo loaded and I had not seen a thing I thought about the Odaliske photos I have from DA and that I`d like to draw them and your photo is exactly like it :)

  10. Amoreen
    April 6th, 2012 23:57

    Can’t absolutely wait to see more of her!… Bravo, Marina! And Happy Easter to you and Chad and your families!

  11. Glynis
    April 7th, 2012 02:01

    Oohh she looks so gorgeous and slightly mysterious,lovely new shape too. It looks softer to me somehow,can’t wait to see her face properly. Winner!!

  12. Karen
    April 7th, 2012 02:27

    I love it so so much …..

  13. Katie
    April 7th, 2012 03:01

    She is breathing, smoothly and gently, like the feather upon your fingertips.

  14. daniseyu
    April 7th, 2012 03:07

    cant wait to see !!!post as soon as you can please!!haha

  15. MAIDER
    April 7th, 2012 03:10

    she remember to me at la maja desnuda of GOYA!!!,big job!!

  16. Sabrina
    April 7th, 2012 04:37

    I am excited about the new body, but just look at her perfect little feet! And her reflection in the mirror! Great photo!

  17. Karen Vail
    April 7th, 2012 04:46

    fabulous, can’t wait to see more.

  18. Emily
    April 7th, 2012 06:03

    LOVE!!!! And I absolutely adore that wig… the deep red looks stunning on her, can’t wait to see more!

  19. Glynis
    April 7th, 2012 06:57

    Second look – still ravishing!! I think,with her colouring she looks like a Celtic princess. Beautiful hair

  20. kymberrly
    April 7th, 2012 07:03

    she looks fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Christiane (Quebec)
    April 7th, 2012 07:08

    She seem’s to be a very beautiful pear shape woman. Please show more…you manage to keep us glued to our screen

  22. arren
    April 7th, 2012 07:51

    love your doll she is beautiful in any way :)

  23. arren
    April 7th, 2012 07:55

    i can’t wait to see more pic adore the hair it so ravishing!!

  24. Lauren
    April 7th, 2012 08:05

    I’d love to see her side-by-side wth one of your other dolls to get a better sense of the difference in their forms. :)

  25. Michele Hunt
    April 7th, 2012 09:16

    Stunning! I can’t wait to see her. All your dolls are fabulous. I am not sure how you can top the last doll, but you always do! I would like to see them side by side too.

  26. Jezabel
    April 7th, 2012 10:34

    Can’t wait to see more of her ! Love that she has more curves !!! It flows beautifully like a water drop…

  27. Diana
    April 7th, 2012 10:59

    To be honest I like the slim bodies of your other doll more :-) I am more into the fragile, tender look then into this round form… Beside that I agree with a comment above stating that there is a huge different OVER the hip and BELOW the hip! It is not so good balanced then your other dolls!!!! The upper body doesn’t match so well with the hip and legs! I think if you do a rounder, bigger form you should do it to the whole doll but this is just my opinion…
    But I really like the red passionate hair of her. English is not my motherlanguage so I apologize if there are any major mistakes in my text…

  28. RoseMary
    April 7th, 2012 11:03

    While she is absolutely stunning and the detail in her feet and toes blow me away.. I don’t see her as anything other than an average women ( I mean that is a good way) except that she has thin arms and thin upper body. Maybe real Rubenesque women are not as esthetically pretty. Just my opinion.. Maybe the next one can be a little more proportioned and called “Full Figured”. She is amazing however! and your work is brilliant. I have seen no other artist that is so focused on detail.

  29. Signe
    April 7th, 2012 11:24

    So looking forward to her! I do side with RoseMary a little on the full figured idea.. So many women, so many figures!

  30. Annina
    April 7th, 2012 12:34

    just kind of speechless and dizzy, wanting to see more of her. i’m loving what i’m seeing so far!
    what i love is that her skin seems so soft, that you managed to sculpt a form that looks soft even though it’s made of porcelain.
    can’t wait to see more!
    and i love her hair too!

  31. Kate
    April 7th, 2012 13:50

    Absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  32. Astera
    April 7th, 2012 17:55

    Bellissima! I like her very much and even my husband who is not a great doll appreciator was enticed by her. ;)
    Wonder what character you will choose her to be…

  33. Kaerie Faerie
    April 7th, 2012 18:00

    beautiful as always, but I don’t quite understand the need for the deep notches in the backs of the thighs

  34. Marina
    April 7th, 2012 18:37

    The notches are so that the legs can bend and rotate within the sockets. The doll won’t work without them. Every square millimeter of the doll was thought through very carefully.

  35. janet
    April 7th, 2012 19:25

    why are her arms fatter on the lower part then on the top?

  36. Orangey
    April 7th, 2012 19:39

    Oh gosh, it looks beautiful in porcelain! Still very stylized, nothing chubby, pudgy or least of all fat. I wonder if I’ll like her better than the regular girls. Beautiful work!

    Janet: now that you mention it..

  37. Marina
    April 7th, 2012 20:18

    Because that’s how human arms are.

  38. Suok69
    April 7th, 2012 20:22

    New doll!!!!!!! This is very exciting. Can not wait to see her. Fuller body or not, i’m sure she’ll be exquisite just as your other girls. I expect nothing but perfection from head to her toes.

  39. Jayne Wourms
    April 7th, 2012 22:38

    I like her shoulder blades, her back is lovely and I also can’t wait to see more!

  40. Silvana
    April 8th, 2012 05:10


  41. Cjoy
    April 8th, 2012 05:34

    I love the shoulder blades and curves. I hate to be redundant, but the detail is amazing. Great work Marina!

  42. eaven
    April 8th, 2012 06:06

    Budu zde psát česky, VaÅ¡e panenky jsou nádherné, vracím se sem snad stokrát za den a nemohu se dočkat, až zveÅ™ejníte v celé své kráse svoji novou panenku – úžasná tvorba.

  43. Glynis
    April 8th, 2012 07:42

    Can I ask a question please? Are these for exhibitions/shows or are they going to be for sale to the fans? Thank you for your time

  44. Marina
    April 8th, 2012 08:36

    Yes, of course they will be for sale. In fact, the first rubeneseque is going to be available from Stychnin gallery.

  45. Glynis
    April 8th, 2012 10:04

    Marina, thanks for that prompt reply, much appreciated and looking forward……

  46. pookah
    April 8th, 2012 12:46

    Tiziano for me, not Rubens – and I love her

  47. Rowan
    April 8th, 2012 14:13

    I agree with some others that she doesn’t look balanced. If she’s going to have a larger bottom and thighs, she also needs slightly broader shoulders, a bigger bust (going off the earlier pictures of her prototype), and a less bony back. She’s still beautiful, but less realistic and more stylized than your other dolls because of these things.

  48. Sailor orbit
    April 8th, 2012 14:22

    Actually woman tend to get more meat on the upper arm, even skinny women have trouble with their triceps.

    Love the bottom! Jointing looks better and I appreciate the under foot having more defined details than before.

  49. pookah
    April 8th, 2012 14:23

    my mother’s shape is something like that and she is well balanced ;) I think it calls “pear shape”.

  50. MollyTheWanderer
    April 8th, 2012 19:14

    She’s very pretty, my only criticism is that her arms dont seem to be in harmony witht the rest of her. I’m really looking forward to seeing her face ^_^.

  51. Aeroksana
    April 8th, 2012 22:06

    Marina, how she is extraordinary! A pleasant sight! I want to see her mysterious face!
    I think when people see her face and the image as a whole, they will forget all of these “thin arms” ;-)

  52. Julia
    April 9th, 2012 04:15

    So beautiful and elegant, I love it!!!

  53. Hannah
    April 9th, 2012 15:34

    I do see she is not as thick on her waist up,and her shoulder blades are more sharp than your original style dolls I believe….still beautiful though, beautiful I say!

  54. Julie Nelson
    April 19th, 2012 04:52

    Stunning, absolutely stunning!

  55. iesza
    May 11th, 2012 09:21

    Perfect as always. I wish she were here with me at my desk today.