This wax model is fresh from the CNC machine. I’ve got about 18 hours to hand carve additional detail and definition, and then it has to be rushed off for molding first thing tomorrow morning. I may or may not get to sleep tonight. My intention with this design was to create a look of embroidered brocade fabric. This project caused a lot of head ache for my CNC specialist, as we’ve been fighting with it since January. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he hates me. Although, he probably wouldn’t take on this job if he did. :)
…And now it seems like it’s finally coming together. I’m so excited about it, that I feel giddy, almost drunk. Or maybe it’s all that caffeine I’ve been guzzling to keep going… I really do hope that it will mold ok, then inject ok, and then cast ok. Still three unknown variables remain, and there is so little time left to mess around with it, that if one of those variables doesn’t go as planned, it will seriously jeopardize the whole thing. Having now crossed the point of no return, there is really nothing else to do now, but to plow full steam ahead and hope it wasn’t all for nothing.
Friends! I’ve got some great news for you!
News number One: The 4th edition of the Enchanted Doll book is being released this summer! It’s being published by Baby Tattoo Books, in Los Angeles!
News number Two: I will be promoting the upcoming book in person and showing my traveling doll collection with the Baby Tattoo Books roadshow May 13-21st in 6 US cities; Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Albuquerque and Phoenix!
Wow, I’m so excited! These are the dates for each city. Exact times, venues and other details will be announced soon. There will be other amazing artists too. Come and see us. On the Baby Tattoo Books roadshow!
Monday, May 13 – Las Vegas ( 7-9 pm at Trifecta Gallery)
Tuesday, May 14 – Salt Lake City (7:00 – 9:00 pm at Night Flight Comics)
Wednesday, May 15 – Denver
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 – Kansas City (Spectrum Live)
Monday, May 20 – Albuquerque
Tuesday, May 21 – Phoenix
This is a hilariously accurate account of the doll-making experience. He gets me. So. Much.
For those of you who don’t know who he is, Louis C.K is a brilliant writer and a stand up comedian with a distinct style of existential humor. His take on life is brutally honest and can be dark or even downright depressing at times, but it’s very funny and compelling because it’s so real.
This is a concept drawing for a new doll I’m currently working on. It’s been in the works for almost 4 months and I’m very excited about it. This piece is for an upcoming show ‘Kingdoms of Twilight and Magic’, which opens at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin on May 10th. In just about a month from now.
And this is a partial 3D model of the cone headdress. It’s still being programmed into the CNC machine for carving, and I’m a little apprehensive about how it will turn out. The reason I had decided to use a CNC carver for this, instead of hand carving it myself, was the amount of minute scrolling details, which I did not think I could carve very well.
Next week this cone will (hopefully) be ready for the moulding stage, then casting…and then I can show you the whole doll. Quickly cross your fingers for me, and will this cone to come out ok. Thank you.
I caught a lot of flak from a bunch of people for giving my Rubenesque doll smallish breasts. The argument was that they simply had to be more voluptuous on that body type. I strongly disagree with that line of thought and prefer smaller breasts for my dolls hands down, but still, I decided to make a larger chest for fun and for art. After all, I thought, why not?
And then I made it, and realized why not. I’m afraid it only reaffirmed my initial aversion to this aesthetic. They are not bad, but I can’t say I’m interested in pursuing this direction much further than this. However, I will keep this bust around as an option for those who do like it.
What about you? Now that you see them made, do you still like them?
Chad put together this short video of our trip to the Big White winter resort with a couple of our friends, earlier this year. This little reminder of the good times on the slopes, will help us get through the summer and until the next riding season. I’ll miss you, snow.
Chad and I are on boards, and our friends Nate and Theresa are on skiis.
Hey Folks! I got this book in the mail the other day, called “100 famous people from Novokuznetsk City”, and it turns out I’m in it along with 99 other individuals of significance, such as artists, writers, athletes, journalists, politicians, scientists and war heroes!
Holly molly… War heroes. How on earth did I make it in there? I mean… I’m only a doll-maker…
And still, I feel deeply, incredibly honored to be included in the history of my city. I’ll keep making you proud, Novokuznetsk!
They contain all kinds of hidden treasures, including a couple of my older, first generation Enchanted Dolls.
Ta-daa! This lovely card, hand drawn by Irena Mikolajeva, from England!
Congratulations Irena, we began this contest with 425 entries, and your card was randomly selected from the best 5 that made it into the final round! Your prize is a costumed resin doll seen below! Come and claim it!
And this is the winner’s prize! She is a resin Enchanted Doll, with a removable mohair wig, green glass eyes, two-piece printed Echo costume and a pair of enameled bronze shoes. Enjoy having her!
Thank you again to all the participants for your entries and your birthday wishes. I really enjoyed all your cards. With the winner selected, I now declare this contest closed.
Until next year, everyone!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
It’s my birthday today, which means the contest is over and today I will be giving away a doll to one of the finalists! The winning card will be randomly selected from these really awesome cards, four of which are entirely hand-made while one is vintage. Stand by for the announcement this evening! Good luck to the finalists!