Sketch of the week 6-Concubine origins

11 years, 3 months ago 20



Another example of me not following my sketch.

My initial idea for a concubine was heavily influenced by ancient Mesopotamian, tribal clothes. She started out looking very ethnic, like a Bedouin princess, but gradually evolved into a more refined, regal lady of the court. So, I pretty much started out with one doll and ended up with something totally different. And this is often the case. While I work and follow my instincts, it all makes sense, but then the project is finished and I look at the disparity between the sketch and the doll and wonder, “How the heck did this happen?” But I’ve learned to trust my instincts. The heart wants what it wants, and my hands comply subconsciously, making decisions seemingly on their own.

But I always second guess my instincts anyway. A lot of times it’s a waste of time, but I have to do that in order to negotiate the proper course of action and achieve the balance between ideas and execution.

Imperial Concubine’s Gallery

20 Responses

  1. annina says:

    wow what a difference from sketch to the finished costumed doll, very interesting to see this process!
    i would love to see this of my favourite costumed doll, Agnetha. (just a vote for her if you might show her sketch later)

  2. helvella says:

    This is one of my favorites of yours. I love the intricate designs, how the costume is so complete, with matching jewelry and shoes. So rich. Do you gather all your supplies based on your original concept and then let it evolve from there? Or do you purchase supplies as you go, or have a quantity of materials to work with before you even begin? I imagine the nature and quality of the materials has a big influence on what direction you take.

  3. I think the sketch and final product still share a lot in common, I always thought she reminded me of a Bedouin Princess.. I like that there’s an element of fantasy mixed in with the final doll. So lovely to see this early girl, she was the first doll I saw of yours on DeviantArt that started my now immense love for your work : ) So she’s a special one in my eyes!!

  4. Eiko says:

    It’s so cool to see the sketch of my fav. costumed doll. It’s very interesting to see how she started off and how she evolved. Thanks fo sharing, Marina.

    Also, I love this shot of Imperial Concubine. Never seen it before. She looks so relaxed in that photo ^__^

  5. aneemal says:

    Definitely one of my favourites too!

    I love these colours. They really work well together, but at the same time the combination is unusual… how do you decide upon colours?

  6. Manu says:

    i adore all of your dolls and this girl is one of my favorite.
    the sketch is so perfect , hope one day win a lot of money to buy some costume dolls.
    in my eyes and deep inside of my heart, your work will stay the best.

  7. silvana says:

    This denotes the wealth with your mind creates your dolls and their stories. The Concubine is one of the prettiest you’ve created, in fact always amazes me with the size and diversity when one of them is as beautiful as the other and more beautiful than the other. Both the sketch and the one who left at the end are wonderful. And that is how the mind works of the artist, not always follow to the letter what was planned. The heart is always the boss!
    I loved this shot of Concubine!!

  8. ~Mia says:

    Beautiful sketch, beautiful photo……
    lol at her exposed chest…can imagine Flickr policing that shot…

    aah! the details! the crazycrazy beautiful details…!!!

  9. Violet says:

    Ethnic ain’t refined, eh? Otherwise, lovely.

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