Wanderlust: doodle dolls

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It’s the third week of the “Faces” theme and the second of this theme’s guest instructors: Marieke Blokland (website, Instagram, YouTube).

People, faces, dolls… these are not subjects that lift my heart. And yet… There is something about this pair that brings a smile to my face.

It was fun to make because the whole idea was to make doodled dolls: imperfect, odd shapes, with blotches of colour.

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The background was made of more patches of colour with marks over the top for texture. I got carried away doing the background and forgot that the instructor’s version had it divided into four. I decided to just add in a horizon line on mine, which I did by masking across the middle with a sheet of paper and then dry-brushing green up towards the top and white towards the bottom.

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The white outlines really set this pair off from the background without making them look like cutouts. And a few highlights in the hair and eyes made a big difference too. You can’t really tell on the photographs, but there is some silver splattered on the background and painted in the centres of the green circles; the line along the edge of the v-neck is also silver…

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So, yes, I really didn’t expect to like this project. Or at least I didn’t expect to like the end result, the process is always interesting. But somehow, it works for me.


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