The Zodiac Enchanted Doll series.

11 years, 4 months ago 24
Posted in: New Doll


So, I was shooting two tattooed nudes the other day, playing around with their poses, camera angles and lighting when i arrived at this pretty composition. Inspired by their similarity in hair color, tattoos and hair ornaments, I was brainstorming with words while trying to come up with a title: “girls…sisters…lovers….twins….sisters…twins ..twinsisters…  …..gemini…gemini?…..Gemini!!!”, which led to a realization that I had to make a full zodiac of Enchanted dolls.

I was so excited that instead of working on an order which was due the next day, I sat at my desk for 2.7 hours and stared unseeing into the wall imagining what my zodiac dolls would look like, while the endless possibilities for their appearances spun in front of my eyes like an invisible circus.

When I calmed down the next morning, It had occurred to me that perhaps this topic was way too cliche for me to bother with, but then again the execution may make a difference with this old and tired idea.

And don’t expect to see my zodiac dolls holding Libra scales, Saggitarius bows and Aquarius water jugs either, as I believe in a minimal use of doll props and only for photoshoots. I’ll have to find a different way to convey that they are zodiac signs.

So, what I’m trying to say is that I really hate doll dioramas. Or dressed up doll-figurines that don’t move. But you know that.

This is Edie with a cage tattoo and Noire with a Dragon fly tattoo on their backs. Yup, my little Noire has had a tattoo on her back this whole time and you had no idea. Here it is.


And the open bird cage tattoo.


Go to tattooed dolls gallery to see close ups of these.

24 Responses

  1. Amal says:

    Ha! This is all just a *cunning* ploy to make people want to collect all twelve …thirteen, with the twins, lol!

    Maybe cliches are just like badly dressed ideas, crying out to be made-over.

  2. miss LK says:

    Is the turquoise hair piece cloisonne? It is so delicate suits the girls’ short hair well.

    I’m not into the zodiac idea myself for the exact same reason but I’m sure ED will change my perception :)

  3. Crystal says:

    I was thinking a cage on one of the dolls and a bird on the other would have been neat but perhaps too predictable?
    Anyway I’m sure you could find a way to do the zodiac in a very special, brilliant way, maybe with tattoos. What ever way you decide it will be stunning I’m sure! But where will you find the time to execute all these wonderful ideas you have! Too bad you don’t have a twin!!!

  4. Kimmikat says:

    It’s okay, she has Chad xD

  5. Carol says:

    You could consider the plot of Romeo and Juliet an “old and tired idea” too, but we see it again and again. For one example, “West Side Story.” So I’m sure your idea of the zodiac series would be like no other.

  6. I’m a Leo so I am really looking forward to that one ;)

  7. annina says:

    oh i love Noire even more now with that dragonfly tattoo!

    and i look forward to see your zodiac dolls, i know you will execute that idea in your own way which never is boring or “old” and so i see nothing cliché about it. i’m excited about it, and of course i am most interested to see my own zodiac, capricorne, and how you realize that!

  8. Lumina says:

    this is the most amazing compositon i had ever seen!

  9. Manu says:

    Waou Marina
    this two girls are absolutely magnifique , i am Gemini myself i don’t believe in zodiac sign but it could be interesting to see ED’s in that way

  10. Shiny says:

    The cage tattoo is so pretty. And I am excited to see where you take this idea Marina. The zodiac is cliche only because it had been around for so long, and there is a long history spanning many countries that you can mine ideas from.

  11. Kimmikat says:

    Please tell me you’ll be using that beautiful headband somehow, either selling them or as part of a costume? I just love it

  12. Marina says:

    The head pieces on these girls are antique Chinese hair pins. And yes, I will be using those in an upcoming project. Both of them plus one more. Oh!!

  13. elcato says:

    wow!!! it is very interesting. Looking forward to see all Zodiacs

  14. Anika says:

    Lovely! I saw the Gemini photo in Chad’s Flickr and hoped to find closeups of the tattoos, and there they are!

  15. Laura says:

    I love to read your blog and am very excited to see how you interpert the zodiac. Best of luck, I know it will be incredible.

  16. josephine says:

    I get a crush on your doll….

  17. Sarthak says:

    I just cant wait to see how the Libran doll would look like ! Wish you all the luck with the zodiac series !

  18. Andra says:

    Looking forward to seeing the zodiac series. As a Scorpio, I am dead tired and angry of seeing my sign being represented as sex-obsessed and passionate only about that subject. I hope your representation will be a breath of fresh air on this old theme. Good luck!

  19. Julie says:


    zodiacs are awesome and not boring at all, and it’d be great to see how these dolls will present their signs >_<

  20. Diana Cohen says:

    Just found your site through a Polyvore artist. Your dolls are stunningly beautiful!!!! I will definitely be following your blog. I’m a Gemini, by the way.

    All the best,


  21. oxana says:

    Марина, здравствуйте! Ваши работы – чудо! они задевают за живое, отчасти шокируют, но они прекрасны! Очень хочется увидеть их своими глазами – жаль, что я не знала о Ваших работах раньше – буквально две недели назад была в Ванкувере… Планируете ли Ð’Ñ‹ участвовать в зимней выставке “Время кукол” в С-Петербурге? Может, я смогу увидеть их там?
    Спасибо, Оксана

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  23. Lronard says:

    i’m a Chinese,view these beautiful dolls……i can find Chinese Culture here and there,and i think about……make the dolls by the ancient Chinese art……
    it will be very exciting and proud

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