PERFECTLY IMPERFECT-I may not be the best at what I do, but Nobody has MORE fun trying than I do! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AEDM 23 & 24-Doll Sketches-Pirate Clown & Ballerina

AEDM Day 23- Pirate? Clown? or both?-She is white porcelin bisque with a cloth body, and I rescued her from the flea market also for a couple of dollars. She's wearing a delicate dotted white cotton blouse tucked into white satin knee britches and a white satin skull cap tied behind. A soft pink sash goes around her waist and ties behind, and there's a big net ruffle trimmed in silver over her shoulders and accented with a pearl button holding a soft pink bow. Dark pink strap heels painted on her feet complete her outfit.

Her face is white with delicate blush on her cheeks, a soft reddish-pink on her lips, and soft blue eye shadow over blue painted on eyes.

She's a beautiful doll, and I in no way did her justice. I forgot to turn the overhead light off and also had a spotlight on her, which made the lighting confusing. She isn't posable, so I kind of leaned her up like she's sitting on the edge of something and she kept trying to fall forward. I got lost in all the different textures, shades, etc., but it was a good lesson for me.

AEDM Day 24-Barbie in her ballerina outfit-I know, she doesn't look much like Barbie. She looks awkward and once again I didn't leave room for her feet and her ballet shoes. I barely got her hand on too. LOL This is my original 1958 Barbie with the bubble hair cut, which is red. It's also an original ballet outfit for Barbie.

I turned the spotlight off and used overhead lighting. Not a good idea, but I didn't want to start over. I posed her to look like she was in mid-jump with both legs and both arms behind her. It looked good in person. Unfortunately, I wasn't that adept at drawing it. Thus she looks...well, kind of different. :)

I didn't really want to post either of these sketches, but as they are part of my learning process, and I did say that I was going to show the bad, as well as the better, here they are. I did learn some things while working with them, but I think I'm beginning to need a break from them. I find myself trying too hard to see all the little nuances and I'm straining my eyes. I'm sitting right on top of my setup when I'm trying to sketch them and the light is glaring in my eyes and on my paper, which is not good. That's one thing I've learned. I need to have a little space between me and my subject. That may also be why their feet keep running off the pages. LOL
This series has been really good for me, and I kind of hate for the month to end, but at the same time, as I said, I'm beginning to need a break. I need to do some doodles! :)


Alex said...

Oh Wow! I really like this pirate one! I am not a big fan of dolls(actually I am kinda terrified of them, maybe because of horror movies, I used to think that they'd come alive at night and all), but this one is simply extraordinary looking, and so well done!
And thank you so much for your comments on my drawings too^^

raena said...

If you need a break from the close studies, maybe you could back away and do loose gestural sketches. These dolls really do have a lot to offer in our learning! Great job on these!

LadyTulip said...

Your sketches are so good, I really like how you've made the dolls look like their all having a fun day. And a Pirate! - Whoo! ~ Very Cool.

Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Ramona Davidson said...

Despite what you think your doll sketches get better and better. I think these two are lovely, and I see nothing wrong with them. Good series.

Possum Patty said...

Wow, lots of texture on the pirate doll! Good job.