Category : New Doll

4 years, 6 months ago 10
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This is a first, in-progress glimpse of my new Cinderella, which will be going up on ebay auction in mere weeks.

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At this point I’ve already finished the face and let me tell ya, she turned out pretty. In fact, I believe that she is much lovelier and more emotive than my original 2009 prototype from which I painted this face. I suppose this is to be expected, as my painting style had been evolving and crystallizing into a consistent personal style over the last five years. In 2009 I only had 5 years of china painting under my belt, now I have 10.

I guess that for the sake of an experiment, I’ll be making my last Cinderella #3 in another 5 years. I wonder how those upcoming years of painting will reflect on my future aesthetic. How will these Cinderella’s look different and the same from one to another? How will my painting style progress and which direction will it take? Such existential questions hidden in china paint…

I guess that is the whole point of art: To help us confront and to question our existence, and to help us evolve into people we seek to become.

Beauty will save the world – (Dostoevsky).

4 years, 6 months ago 9

Hey hey friends! The Cinderella porcelain doll ebay auction is fast approacheth! I haven’t finalized the date yet, but it will be announced as soon as I complete the doll next week. Eee! Here’s what I’m working on today. It’s Cinderella’s last accessory for her big ball.

mask

It’s that noseless Venetian Mask that I’ve wanted to make for, oh, this whole last year. It seems fitting that Cinderella should wear one, don’t you think? She is attending a festive masquerade after all. Also I’m in a major festive spirit myself, even though Vancouver holiday season means lots of oppressive greyness and rain, rain, rain. And then some more rain. And then when you think that it can’t possibly keep raining and raining like this….it does. And does. And does some more. While I long for snow, snow, snow! Sometimes I wonder if costal climate is right for me…I guess you can get a girl out of Siberia, but you can’t get Siberia out of a girl. But I digress.

K, going back to work now. Stay tuned for more progress shots.

4 years, 6 months ago 9

So, as you guys know there is an annual ebay auction of a porcelain doll coming up in a few weeks. You may also know that this year’s auction doll is a limited edition Cinderella #2 of 3 pieces. And these special, one of a kind shoes are a part of her costume set. I only made 3 pairs – one for each Cinderella.
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They are a variation of my Extravagance design, but with an added decorative lace motif on the toe box to achieve a more distinct high Rococo aesthetic. Today I will be putting final touches on her dress and playing around with her collar. I might add something extra to it too. Stay tuned for more pictures. Cinderella is going into its final manufacturing stage! Auction date will be announced soon.

shoes 2

4 years, 8 months ago 24

It’s that glorious time of year again, folks! The annual Enchanted Doll ebay auction is coming up this November! Can you guess which doll will be auctioned off this year? You get one guess. Here’s a clue.

cinderella

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cinderella 2

I’ll be posting more progress photos as we get closer to November. The exact date of the auction will be announced soon. Are you as excited as I am?

4 years, 10 months ago 21
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It’ll work itself out in my head eventually, I’m sure. Hopefully by tomorrow. Her photo shoot is scheduled for the end of the month, so I really gotta figure it out and wrap it up already.  Tonight I’ve got to plate some more hair accessories. Ugh – I hate setbacks!
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5 years, 1 month ago 16
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After nearly 30 hours of hibernation, I think I’ve recovered from the Spectrum Live convention, and all the hectic days and sleepless alnighters leading up to it. I had a really good time in Kansas City and want to thank you guys for coming to see me and this big-little porcelain debutante here. What a way to spend a weekend!

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My only regret is not being able to kiss my mom on Mother’s day. Happy belated Mother’s day, Mama!

5 years, 1 month ago 21
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Former prostitute, Wife of Emperor Justinian, Queen of Constantinople – She is Theodora Rex!

theodora

Come and see her at Spectrum Live in Kansas City this weekend.

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5 years, 1 month ago 37
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This is her – Gloriana! Please excuse the domestic setting. I didn’t have time to set up a photo shoot, so I snapped some pictures of her around my apartment before stuffing her in a carry-on suitcase and flying to Kansas City for her premiere at the Spectrum fantasy convention tomorrow.

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Gloriana – a symbolic name I chose to signify a threshold of a Golden Age, is my new platform for creative expression. I’ve got big plans for these big dolls, namely tattooing them. In fact, the only reason I decided to create a big Enchanted Doll in the first place, was so that I could have a bigger canvas to engrave stuff on. Just imagine all the fine detail I’ll be able incorporate into my tattoo designs on a scale like this! If I wasn’t so exhausted and jet-legged right now, I’d be jumping up and down in excitement and anticipation of things to come.

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But, now that this first prototype is finished and I know it works and can be replicated; now that I’ve developed a working production formula, I will have to take some time off from the big doll before I can bring myself to make anther one of these giantesses. She really burned me out. And she it taking over my bed, apparently.

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Working on this scale and facing all the challenges that came with it, really put my small doll in perspective and made me appreciate them even more.

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Enjoy these candid shots of Gloriana on random surfaces in my home. I’m off to (hotel) bed. Tomorrow I’ll show you Theodora.

5 years, 1 month ago 10

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She’ll be premiered at Spectrum fantasy convention this weekend in Kansas City, along with two other new dolls. I won’t have anything for sale at the event this time, but we will be giving away posters and if you come, you will be the first ones to see the new dolls!

Oh my god, I’ve got so much to do today…

5 years, 1 month ago 16
Posted in: New Doll

parts 3

I’ve had many ‘firsts’ these past couple of months, experiencing processes that are familiar to me, yet never tried before (by me) on this scale: First large molding (which was kinda horrible), first time casting large parts (which was awful), first time firing them (not so bad), first time cleaning ( a little weird)  and first time painting them (just what I expected).

I’ve still got one more ‘First’ left to do tomorrow: Assembly – the moment of truth.

If it works, this doll will be premiered this weekend, at the Spectrum Live convention in Kansas City. Well, I’m already committed to going, so I’ll be taking her there with me either whole or in pieces. I hope she’s whole.

Come and see her!

http://spectrumfantasticartlive.com/