Sketch of the week:10-Alice

11 years, 3 months ago 12


Yup, I had a totally different vision of Alice when I had made this sketch. My sketch book provides a glimpses into the evolution of my aesthetical preferences over time.

Some of the earliest Alice sketches from 2006 show an entirely different concept than what the completed doll looks like. In the end, I did incorporate some of the classical features of Disney Alice into my own interpretation to maintain a sentimental connection to this well known character.


When is Tim Burton’s Alice coming out? Kind of curious to see that movie.

12 Responses

  1. Eiko says:

    Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is due out the 5th of March 2010.

    It’s interesting to see how your concept for Alice changed over time. Thanks for sharing.
    I really like the first sketch. The headgear reminds me of an old fighter-pilot hat. She looks so strong, independent yet very feminine and elegant. Would you ever create a second Alice or another doll dressed like that?

  2. I adore the little faces you draw.
    They have an interesting steampunk feel, yet one mixed with lace and romanticism. Her expression is reflective and sombre in the top one, different to your innocent-eyed Alice. It’s such a treat to get to see these sketches Marina, I’m really glad you’ve decided to share them.

  3. Chrissie says:

    So wonderful ideas about characters you have. I`d really love to see a doll made according to the first sketch. I enjoy deeply your aesthetic taste, you`re never afraid to try a new thing, even incorporate ‘taboos’ or elements unusual for dolls in their appearance and story.

  4. Lumina says:

    It is nice to see how ideas change over time. Nice sketches… You like Tim Burton too?

  5. Kamila says:

    You’d be a great illustrator, I enjoy looking at your drawings.

  6. ~Mia says:

    I’d love to see a book from you filled with just your sketches Marina…and little tidbits about each sketches….it doesn’t have to be formal or shiny as your other book in mind.. it can be spiral bounded….or however you may want to produce would be a treasure..

    I am afraid it’s not ’till spring 2010 for Tim Burton’s Alice..very excited for it!!

  7. Leah says:

    Very different, but really neat concepts :3

  8. Kimmi says:

    I’ve always loved Alice. Her whole look is just adorable, but especially her expression. I’ve always wondered why she looked so scared and sad. Is she frightened by Wonderland and being away from home, or has she come home and misses Wonderland and all her experiences? Maybe she’s disappointed that it was all just a dream….

  9. silvana says:

    I loved to know your ideas to made costumes for your dolls, no way the final diferent, the sketchs so adorable to. Alice costume is so amazing, and i love her!!!

  10. sarahdipity says:

    I love the evolution of Alice from steampunk to classical clothing. One topic I would *love* to see a blog about is the types of fabric you use to for the doll clothes and how you go about picking the fabrics.

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  12. Monika says:

    Hello dear, What an interesting blog it is! Actually, I am not a big fan of Alice but your sketches are really cool. Thank you Marina for making and sharing these cool sketches.

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