These are the top 10 entries as chosen by Marina. Their critiques can be found on the blog
#86 by Anne
#92 by Anna
#103 by Ran j
Narcissus is a typical flower to symbled the narcissism in Greek mythology,so I use this image on the doll,I’m a girl and I appreciate female’s body.(…wrrrry God…terrible…hope my english can be better T_T)
The color:I used the classic cobalt blue of ED tatoo on the doll.I don’t know other screen of percinal computer,but it looks blue color on my computer at less.
ps:please don’t mind the cheilopalatognathus doll face,it’s just my idea of a doll last year.
#129 by Kiersten V
Each of my designs was inspired by a real woman who has been marred from these atrocities. My goal was to create tattoos that would bring these horrific crimes to light, and generate awareness for these suffering women. At the same time, instead of focusing on their scars as something realistic and horrifying, I desired to turn them into something beautiful and intricate. This way, the designs reflect the unique beauty that is present inside each of the courageous victims.
#204 by Mai M
Materials: ink, watercolor pencil, acrylic, pastels, gold-leaf.
#225 by Karla R
One thing I was sure while I was designing this character was that I didn’t wanted it to dress her torso with feathers, of all the designs and sketches with that elements none of them seemed appealing to me or magical enough.
And then I was covering her body with forms and patterns, that fit, that seemed right, so I redesigned her for this contest and I just had to adapt the design for an Enchanted Doll.
The patterns over her body are designs that looks like suns or flowers and shining elements like the bird, a bright creature with golden tattoos covering her body, there is one important element with this design too: the tail.
The original tail in my illustrations it’s bright and composed of golden peacock feathers. I had to create the Enchanted Doll version of the tail. It’s metallic with jewels of different forms and sizes.
#244 by Anita D J
#249 by Amal
A series of images exploring the idea of tattoos being a visual impression left on the skin by the sensation of being held, either in tenderness, or force. The tattoos could be indicative of the emotional ‘scarring’ of abuse, or a lingering memory of a loved one’s touch.
With our bodies we have the power to restrain, dominate and oppress – but, not exclusively as this can be done mentally also, perhaps going unnoticed by appearance. Both love and abuse leave marks, whether physical or not.
There are many limiting factors of touch, such as time and distance. We can’t be touched by those who are absent, but that may not lessen their ‘hold’ upon us. Likewise, the burning desire to feel the touch of a loved one who is not present is like having their absence etched upon the skin.
An embrace can be fatal, but can also save and restore life. The same pair of hands; two antithetical outcomes. How is it that an act of intimacy can have the potential to both harm or comfort in equal measures?
#296 by Merrilyn C
My tattoo design is a symbolic representation of a woman’s biological clock, incorporating elements inspired by one of my favourite Faberge eggs. Research indicates that a woman’s eggs determine her biological clock. They drive the system. They do the ticking. Some women choose not to listen, yet these tiny eggs have an uncanny way of making themselves heard. The little face on the clock symbolises the unborn child, who may or may not come to be. And in the case of IVF, it’s a poignant reminder of the embryos created but not required. Perhaps to be left ‘hanging’ in their frozen world. Forever suspended in time.
#304 by CiCi