Scheherezade – More Photos

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This fabulous doll, amongst others, was sold at the Dragonspace show opening, and I thought that I should post more pictures of her in farewell.

Despite being inanimate objects, some dolls are more photogenic and easy to shoot than others. Scheherezade here, is a very challenging doll to photograph, which totally puzzles me, because she is so beautiful. Yet, I can never seem to be able to capture her true beauty on film. Well, not film anymore, but pixel. Whatever. I always quit my photo sessions with her, disgusted with myself. Her dress comes alive with a hundred sparkling stars under the electric light, yet her skin looks more balanced in daylight. I can’t seem to find the best solution. Perhaps this speaks louder about my lack of photographic skill or proper lighting kit than the modeling abilities of the doll.

Scheherezade features my first attempt at creating a fully metal, sterling silver head dress and shoes. Her ornate ‘helmet’, so to speak, is the first of its kind. I was able to reproduce the slippers later on, but the head ornament is one of a kind. It was the  first ever wax carving of a metal costume for a doll and the second wax carving I ever attempted. I’m extremely proud of it. The bracelets are one of a kind too.

Making Scheherezade symbolized a very significant accomplishment, which ushered in a new vision of doll-making for me: The era of Enchanted Doll arrived.

Farewell, beautiful Scheherezade. I will  miss you. I promise to make an even more beautiful doll than you.

21 Responses

  1. Crystal says:

    You may try to make a doll more beautiful then Shaeherezade, but no doll will be more beautiful then her to her new owner! Each Enchanted Doll owner thinks that their particular doll is the most beautiful! And they are all correct!

  2. Hazel says:

    I wouldn’t blame your skill for that. Some things simply look better in 3D, there seems to be a sort-of depth in many things that is not easily photographable – that is the reason why artists are encouraged to draw from life instead of from photographs, after all. This is what I always think when I see your dolls. They are very charming in photographs, but I never doubt that I would find them more beautiful if I were able to touch and see them without the need for the medium of photography.

    I’ve always thought Scherezhade was very beautiful. I’m sure her new owner will enjoy her very much!

  3. daniseyu says:

    1000 readers at heart, 1000 Hamlet,Shaeherezade is the most beautiful to her new just play your imagine,make beautiful dolls.give surprise to us.
    love your designs by the way

  4. monika says:

    Lovely Scheherazade… I remember your blogposts from when you first introduced her, and the beautiful little slippers you made her – and oh how I coveted a pair!!

    I really love the bangles she has. Victoria engraves beautiful quotes onto her bangles, and I’ve been wondering about whether our engraver would have a heart attack if I asked her to engrave a quote on a doll sized bangle!

  5. shane says:

    I was *wondering* where she went! ;-)

    What a lovely send-off. Thanks for this, Marina.

  6. mojdeh says:

    what is her nationality?

  7. shane says:

    > I was *wondering* where she went! ;)

    …And in saying this, I merely meant that Scheherazade wasn’t in her initial display-case location (see: ) when I went back to Dragonspace on Tuesday. And again: that’s *all* I meant. (God, I hope my casually-chosen smiley didn’t just inadvertently call the Enchanted Forum Detective Team into action!)

  8. Should we be called into action?

  9. Marina says:

    Scheherezade was in the case for less than 20 minutes on the opening day before she was bought. I took her out of the case right away for additional photographing and packaging.

  10. Jayne says:

    EDDA (Enchanted Doll Detective Agency) alert and ready for action Sir!!!

  11. Annina says:

    those forum guys, aren’t they crazy!
    just kidding ;P

  12. this is a gorgeous farwell tribute.

  13. jslord says:

    Marina, like all your dolls, she is exquisite. I don’t know how you can bear to part with a single one of them. So many hours of work, so much love and care goes into each one. It must be a wrench to let them go, but that is one of the painful parts of being an artist–each success is, in a way, a little loss.
    However, I am certain that her new owner will cherish her forever.
    And your book will also help. Each one will be preserved and accessible whenever you look at their pictures.

  14. Andres says:

    *sob* it must be hard to part with your dolls, I can understand getting a total attachment to them

  15. Uyek says:

    “The bracelets are one of a kind too.”

    The bracelets, bracelets!
    Now how did I miss those?
    Now that they have been pointed out to me, they are one of my favourite things you have made. Mmmm … any process photos lying around that detail how they were made?

  16. Ariel says:

    Why are some things so totally beguiling in real life, but so hard to photograph “right”? I bet it’s problem with the algorithms used to make JPEGs. It’s a “lossy” format for digital images. I’m happy to blame the nerds at the Joint Photographic Experts Group.

    I have experienced the same problem with a beautiful doll that I just couldn’t catch her real-life beauty in a picture. Now I’m thinking of looking into it a bit more…

  17. My jaw DROPPED. God this is beautiful. You make me feel like drawing Graces in mesmerizing traditional dress again :)

  18. Sonia Anne S says:

    She can very easily be my favourite!

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