Thursday, January 1, 2015

Grace In Stores

Happy 2015! Like last year, I stopped by the American Girl Place to check out Grace Thomas, and took some photos for any of you who want to draw her items for your paper dolls.  It was crowded and crazy, but a lot less so than last year. I really don't know what's up with the terrible lighting in the American Girl Place, but I hope that these images are helpful.


Grace herself was a lot prettier in person than in her stock photos. Her hair is darker than the photos led me to believe, and she has lighter brown highlights that make the hair look more natural.  She's definitely got a new freckle pattern, and I believe but am not certain that she has Marie-Grace's eyes (that sounds a lot creepier than I intended, sorry). Her eyebrows are thicker than the normal feathered ones, which I also appreciate. 

Here she is in the box:


This picture shows more clearly the different shades of brown in her wig:



A closer look at her bracelet taped to the side of the box. It's definitely cute, but I'm not sure if I'm such a fan of this extra price-spiking accessory trend.



Grace's city outfit is stylish and seems to be well-made, but I wish I could say the same for the accessories (I was so unimpressed with the coin purse, metro ticket, and lipgloss that I neglected to photograph them). They're priced similarly to Isabelle's and contain practically the same items, except Isabelle's seem to be of better value for the cost because they included a jacket. The design team really dropped the ball here.


Despite the misleading stock photo, the cupcakes on her shirt are right-side up. I'm not the biggest fan of this set, but those shoes are pretty cute.


I don't love that the jacket is $28 on its own (at least include a pair of shoes so I don't feel entirely ripped off), but the material is nice and thick, and the buttons are functional, which is impressive. The earrings are meh, though - if you're going to charge extra for exclusive earrings, how about including more than two sets of studs and one set of dangles?


I'm not a fan, but it was a pretty popular item when I was at the store. If any of you attempt to recreate this in paper, I'd love to see it!

Some more of the food cart:




And, of course, the monolithic bakery:


You guys, this thing is massive. I have no idea where or how anyone would store such a thing, but it makes for great photo shoots. 




I can't wait to replicate this in paper!

The thing that made me laugh the most was this, though:


The level of combined sass and revulsion in Bonbon's expression almost makes it worth the price tag. I'd feel the same way if I'd been named after a piece of candy and then had a bow stitched to my ear - I feel your pain, little guy.

Like last year, I didn't buy anything, but seeing the products in person helped inspire me to create my own paper versions (that bakery is happening as soon as I can figure out how to put it together). What do you think of this new collection?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks all of you for entering the giveaway! Your suggestions were all great and I will do my best to incorporate them in the coming year.

Now, the reason you actually clicked on this post:

To make the giveaway fair for everyone, I put the names in the order of the Blogger timestamps and used a random number generator to determine the winner. And since the generator chose the number 2, the winner is Lulu! Congratulations! Please email me within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway, and for all your support. I'm getting ready for tutorials for next year, and can't wait to see you all on January 1 and share photos from the Doll of the Year release at the American Girl Place!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anniversary/Thank You Giveaway!

At last, here's the promised giveaway. I wanted to make it a little more special since I'm tremendously grateful for not only your help with the Doll Wardrobe FDC, but for being such an incredible group of readers throughout two years of blogging, so rather than just illustrating the outfit I made for the FDC, I put together a sheet of eight Ever After High characters to send to one lucky winner. Apologies in advance for the photo quality; the weather has been terrible.

Clockwise from right: C. A. Cupid, Madeleine Hatter, Raven Queen, Apple White, Cedar Wood, Ashlynn Ella, Blondie Lockes, Briar Beauty

I'm debating whether or not to color these in or leave them as is. What do you think?

Drawing these took about twelve hours divided between two and a half days, but I'm pretty happy with how these came out and I hope you are too. Some of my favorite details:

Blondie Lockes's hair was a pain and a half but since Goldilocks is known for her hair it seemed worth the extra effort.


I've wanted to try making Cedar Wood for ages, and she was a lot of fun to draw. I was conflicted between making her socks accurate to the webisodes or the doll, so I tried to compromise, but if you have a specific preference please let me know.


By far my favorite part of making these dolls was creating the faces. Ashlynn Ella's turned out particularly well:


How to enter the giveaway:

1. Comment below with a suggestion for improvement for next year. How can I make Paper Doll World a better blog? What posts would you like to see? Is there anything I should stop or continue?

2. For one extra entry, share this giveaway on your own site or social media. Leave a comment with a link so I can count the entry.

3. Following Paper Doll World is optional, but if you're a follower your first entry counts double. 

If you win, please email me within 48 hours at the email address in the sidebar to claim your prize. The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 28, at 12:00 pm EST. 

Good luck, and thanks again for all your support!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2

This morning I realized that it's been two years since I started Paper Doll World. I'm not really good at marking anniversaries and I'm crazy busy since the semester ends next week (!!!), but it was the motivation I need to get back to blogging since I've maintained radio silence for the past month. Nostalgia and displays of emotion aren't really my thing either, but to me this is a milestone and I intend to mark it with a rare bit of sentiment.

This past year has been really hard physically and emotionally in my off-screen life, so blogging and paper doll creating have taken second priority. Yet the fact that you readers have stayed with me this whole time and put up with all my absence is something special for which I'm profoundly grateful. I remember the struggle to get five subscribers in January 2013, and now Paper Doll World has just hit 40. To say I'm floored, honored, and humbled is an understatement. Even beyond the numbers, the comments you've left have been so kind and supportive, and show me that I'm not just shouting into a void - that there are other people who find this simple art form as fun and captivating as I do. Thank you all so, so much. 

What better way to end this than by answering the Grateful Blog Award prompt? Thanks to Blaire and Cora for being so gracious and nominating me. I'm so behind on these things that I don't know who has and hasn't been nominated yet, so if you haven't and are interested, then consider yourself nominated. 

I'm thankful for:

1. My family, whom I adore beyond everything.
2. My father in particular, who has been my number one supporter from the beginning.
3. My friends, both in person and online, whose support and encouragement mean the world to me.
4. All of you wonderful readers, without whom Paper Doll World wouldn't exist.
5. My art teachers, whose instruction in drawing and craftsmanship has been indispensable.
6. Emily of Toy Box Philosopher for giving me the incredible opportunity to share my review of Ophelia. 
7. Bella and Lulu for all the opportunities they've given me to share tutorials for the Doll Mag.
8. Penny, Nora, and Maple, for Isla and all the subsequent joy and creativity she's brought me.  
9. Nethilia, whose sharp and hilarious posts have made me more conscientious and sensitive as a person, blogger, and paper doll designer. 
10. The ability to do what makes me happy - to share my love for drawing and find other people who share that love.

Thanks for seeing Paper Doll World through a second year! Here's to an even better and more productive third. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thank You! (+ Giveaway)

Sorry for the radio silence lately - what with my workload and some difficult things going on in my personal life, I've barely had time to sleep, let alone update here. I'm still trying to work out a proper posting schedule that I can manage, but I'm going to try to be a little more present.

Anyways, the main reason for this post is to say a massive "thank you" to all of you who voted for me in the Doll Wardrobe Summer FDC. That project was, to use the hackneyed phrase, an incredible labor of love, and all your support means the world to me. I just found out yesterday that I won in the newbie category, and as a thank you I'm going to have a giveaway! I'm still working out the details, so if there's any prize or idea for the giveaway that you'd like to suggest, please let me know.  I typically make paper doll PDFs for giveaway prizes since there's no shipping involved and all the winner needs to provide is an email address rather than a shipping address, but if you want to mix it up a little I was thinking about making something crafty for a giveaway prize. Again, the details are uncertain at this point, so if you can think of something that would be fun yet not overly expensive (while I dislike talking about finances on the internet and I would really love to give away an extravagant prize because you guys are awesome, the fact is that I'm a student on a budget) please share it in the comments. 

Lastly, I just realized that I never put up the second half of the Cerise Wolf tutorial. I'll put that up soon too - sorry about that!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quick Post: Please Help

Hi everyone - this is just a quick drive-by post, though I promise that the second half of the Cerise Wolf tutorial will be up on Tuesday. (I had a lot of fun making it and am thinking about expanding it into a EAH doll tutorial series, so if you're interested in that, please let me know!) 

In the meantime, it would be wonderful if you could just take a few seconds to vote for me in the Doll Wardrobe Fashion Design contest. I spent so much time and energy putting that entry together (one of the reasons that I didn't post much this summer), and your support means a lot to me. And the standard deal applies: if I win, then I'll do a giveaway, so everyone benefits. Just click the picture below!


See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Make Your Own Cerise Wolf (Part 1)

It's been a whirlwind few weeks, but I'm finally back with the Cerise Wolf tutorial I promised you. Cerise has never been my favorite Ever After High character, but the Cerise Wolf doll design is pretty cool, and if you didn't get a chance to grab one at SDCC, here's your chance to make your own!

I'm going to split this tutorial in two parts because my internet connection is really bad (it's limited by week, and I can't upload all the pictures at once without burning out all this week's allotment). The first part will focus on creating the doll, and the next will show you how to create her costume.



As usual, the first step is to sketch out the doll's outline and facial features. 


Use purple and gray colored pencils to draw in her eyeshadow. (Sorry for the bad photo quality in these - I can't edit them without blowing out my internet access, but I'll fix them as soon as I can. Hopefully you can get a better idea of her face from the images in the previous post).

 

Use tan colored pencils to draw in her skin tone and brows, and use pink for her blush. I added some shading to her face and body to make her look more dimensional.


Color her eyes and lips with marker. My marker tip was too large to let me draw in fangs, so I left them off, but you can always add them after taping the doll by drawing them on with a pin tip dipped in white paint. 


Cut her out and tape her up, and you have your own Cerise Wolf! If you're not satisfied with how she looks, you can very lightly add color and blend it with your fingertip to achieve the shade you want. 


Cerise has white hair with dark brown/black stripes. To add shadow to make it look dimensional, shade her hair with a light gray colored pencil. The doll has blunt cut bangs but I don't like the way they look on my dolls so I made some sideswept bangs instead.

That's it for the first part of the Cerise Wolf tutorial. Check back soon for the rest! Hope you enjoy it, and if you make your own please share the photos - I always love to see what you create.


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