One Super Girl and One . . . Something Girl
So, this weekend, I went back to the books – or at least one book, We Make Dolls, an anthology of dollmaking edited by Jenny Doh. This time around, I made a super cool character doll by Nichol Brinkman of Pink Cheeks Studios. Nichol has three patterns in We Make Dolls, Mr. Strong, Mr. Grumpy and Super Girl. I went with Super Girl.
How cute is she?
The face stitching on this doll worked out so much better than the stitching on the failed Frida – no ingrown hair problem here, since the muslin is backed with some batting. Mine does looks a little different from the one in the book, though – I didn’t embroider the eyebrows and nose, rather I just used a sketch stitch on my machine. I didn’t trace the template for the mouth, I just cut out a football shape, so mine’s more elongated, and I think, comparing it to the photo, my face doesn’t seem to be as long. No matter. My Super Girl seems a little more sassy in her bad self pink boots, and Nichol’s seems a little more bad ass. Anyway, here she is hanging with the Tildas.
Could be the new Dreamgirls, eh? Super Girl and the Tildas!
I made Super Girl on a whim. What I was really jonesing to do was paint. And, as I’ve mentioned I have a doll girl crush on DanitaArt, so I made my own little pattern, and went to paint town.
She started out looking like this:
I like her face, but if this was the face I had intended to make, I probably would have put it on a different body. I was really going for a more childlike, whimsical face a la Mindy Lacefield. I started out with the big eyes, and the fingerpaint, and I ended up painting over the eyes at least three times, until I ended up with these. Maybe next time I’ll paint the face first, since I really have no idea what I’m doing, or where a face is going, and do the body second, because I definitely would have put this face on a more proportional body. But, no matter, she’s an art doll after all.
Here she is hanging with the girls:
She just looks like, “whatever.”