Sketch of the week: 12-Banshee

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This is the only sketch I have for Banshee. It’s very old; a lot older than the doll itself. I didn’t know it was going to become Banshee when I drew it, I just really wanted to make a peasant-like, summer dress. I noticed I’m really drawn to the look of folk embroidery on white, however, i don’t really like doing needle and thread embroidery myself. I learned some basic stitches as a part of home making course in grade six, but I never really took to it. I think it’s because the actual application of those skills was really boring, such as embroidering puppies and flowers on place mats and handkerchiefs. You know, the kind of stuff you would buy at a yard sale after it’s been sitting in  someone’s  basement for 20 years. Although I was pretty good with the technique, I don’t think I ever completed a single pattern out of sheer boredom and after a third or a fourth failed attempt at embroidering a flower I was like: “Alright, I am so done with that.” And then the next thing I ever embroidered was Alice in Wonderland doll’s stockings 14 years later. And that’s when I was wishing I had had a little bit more practice.

I just remembered that I have never done a full shoot for Banshee. I should really do that soon. Probably when I get home from Europe.

62 Responses

  1. Eiko says:

    I adore Banshee’s dress. The embroidery is simply amazing.

    Thank you so much for sharing your sketches ^___^

  2. noxy says:

    Banshee is a gorgeous doll. My first two favorite nudes were Hathar and Banshee. And that dress on the sketch is beautiful! Makes me want one in real life! Hehe.

    The note up in the corner interests me the most – have you ever actually done that? Make limbs thinner so the clothing can be looser?

  3. Marina says:

    Yup, I have. The limbs are thinner for aesthetic reasons.

  4. Oh yes, I’d love to see an official shoot of her!!! Banshee is such a whimsical doll, to see the way you’ve envisioned her would be great… I sadly can’t do Victoria’s Banshee justice with my photography skills!

  5. aneemal says:

    I love the way you’ve drawn the folds in her dress.

    I’m with you on the patience thing. Do you ever get cramp from working so small?! My attempts at knitting with embroidery thread ended up with bent needles, aching hands and crossed eyes!! :-p

    Glad you do the things you do.

  6. annina says:

    aah i love Banshee, this sketch is beautiful!!
    great idea, i look forward to a full shoot of her, she is one of my favourites!

  7. Kimmi says:

    Banshee was my first love in the Enchanted Doll world :) I still love her so much. She reminds me of a beautiful medieval princess.

  8. silvana says:

    I like to read about your ideas…I think you to embroider very well….and yes, embroidery only dogs, and flowers not to fun!!! Certainly the sketch dress for Banshee is very beautiful and delicate!!! Banshee doll was one of all my favorite dolls!!!!

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