Look at what I received!

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Hello my friends! Before I leave on vacation, look at what I received: a book entirely devoted to the BJD (Ball Jointed Doll), but only created by independent artists. Several of them have opted for porcelain as raw material, others resin, but also, as I have seen, many artists choose both. This beautiful book is written by Nathalie Cortinovis a teacher who lives in France and who is passionate about everything related to beauty, crafts, Art deco and of course dolls.

This bilingual book (French and English), gives a brief overview of doll history throughout the ages, but mainly focuses on the phenomenon of the BJD doll. More than 40 talented artists are described, including the unique Marina Bychkova, Ekaterina & Elena Popovy, Rafael Nuri and many others. I, who follow the doll industry for nearly fourteen years now, I have seen the evolution of this phenomenon which originated in Japan by Volks company and who has set the industry standard in terms of the BJD dolls sizes.

However, I must admit that many artists are absent in this book and it is a shame, because many of them are talented and have style which doesn’t fail! Who knows, they might just be added in a second edition of the book? Here are some of them and their link. Good viewing and I will see you soon!

Anya Kozlova (Dea Vivente) http://deavivente.com/en/
Amily Lau (Ruddy Peach Dolls) http://www.ruddypeachbjd.com/site/
Anna Tide (Serenity Kingdom) http://serenity-kingdom.com/welcome/
Joshua David Mckenney (Pidgin Doll) http://www.pidgindoll.com/
Nunn (The Immortal Classique) http://immortalclassique.blogspot.ca/
Marmite Sue (Doll Menagerie) http://marmite-sue.tumblr.com/
Ana Salvador (Dragonfly Works)  http://www.dragonflyworks.nl/
Yu Ting Xu , aka DD-Anne, (Fairy Garden) https://dd-anne.com/
Elena Zubkova (Sweet Touch Doll) http://sweettouchdoll.com/
Terri (Paper White Dolls) http://iimagined.blogspot.ca/


Bonsoir mes amis! Avant que je parte en vacances, regardez ce que j’ai reçu : un livre entièrement consacré à la poupée BJD (Ball Jointed Doll), mais uniquement créé par des artistes indépendants. Plusieurs d’entre eux ont opté pour la porcelaine comme matériel brut, d’autres la résine, mais aussi, comme j’ai pu le constater, nombreux artistes choisissent les deux.

Ce magnifique livre est écrit par Nathalie Cortinovis une enseignant qui vit en France et qui est une passionnée de tout ce qui touche la beauté, l’artisanat, l’Art déco et bien sûr les poupées. Ce livre bilingue (français et anglais), fait un bref survol sur l’histoire de la poupée à travers les époques, mais met l’accent surtout sur le phénomène de la poupée BJD. Plus d’une quarantaine d’artistes de grand talent y sont décrit, dont l’unique Marina Bychkova, Ekaterina & Elena Popovy, Rafael Nuri et bien d’autres. Moi, qui suit l’industrie de la poupée depuis près de quatorze ans, je vu l’évolution de ce phénomène qui a pris naissance au Japon par la compagnie Volks et qui a établi les standards de l’industrie en termes des grandeurs des poupées BJD.

Toutefois, j’avoue que plusieurs artistes sont absents dans ce livre et c’est dommage, car le talent et le style ne manque pas! Ils seront peut-être ajoutés lors d’une seconde édition du livre, qui c’est? En voici quelques-uns et leur lien. Bon visionnement et à bientôt!

Anya Kozlova (Dea Vivente) http://deavivente.com/en/  
Amily Lau (Ruddy Peach Dolls) http://www.ruddypeachbjd.com/site/
Anna Tide (Serenity Kingdom) http://serenity-kingdom.com/welcome/Dolls.html
Joshua David Mckenney (Pidgin Doll) http://www.pidgindoll.com/
Nunn (The Immortal Classique) http://immortalclassique.blogspot.ca/
Marmite Sue (Doll Menagerie) http://marmite-sue.tumblr.com/
Ana Salvador (Dragonfly Works)  http://www.dragonflyworks.nl/
Yu Ting Xu , aka DD-Anne, (Fairy Garden) https://dd-anne.com/
Elena Zubkova (Sweet Touch Doll) http://sweettouchdoll.com/
Terri (Paper White Dolls) http://iimagined.blogspot.ca/

My new doll adventure!

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Good evening to you all! Last weekend, I presented my two new doll heads modeled with polymer clay. Although they are simple molded heads, they are important ones: they are the beginning of my new adventure in the world of handmade artist’s dolls. Actually, after almost five years of making figurative dolls, I intend to go to another level and to create fully articulated dolls. I think that it’s time for me to increase the rate of difficulty in my work and to push my techniques further and to learn others.

To get there, I purchased two fantastic books from Ryo Yoshida, a Japanese artist. His first book explains and illustrates how to make an articulated doll (BJD aka Ball jointed Doll) sculpted with paper clay. The second book is the sequel to the first one, but with a larger dose of challenges, including plaster mold making. Do note that it is preferable, in a logical way, to follow the first book before accessing the second. Although the two books of Ryo Yoshida are written in Japanese, the pictures speak for themselves: the doll process is illustrated step by step.

I intend to make my first articulated doll within a few days, but I’ll use polymer clay, rather than paper clay. I count on particularly using one of the DVDs of the American artist Apryl Jensen (http://www.makingfairies.com/) regarding this issue. I bought her DVD two years ago now and I really liked it: everything is simply so well explained.  During the next few weeks, I’ll show you, generally, my work in progress and I’m just excited about it! See you soon!

Bonsoir à tous! La fin de semaine dernière, je vous ai présenté mes deux nouvelles têtes modelées avec de la pâte de polymère. Bien qu’elles ne soient que de simples modelages, ces têtes sont importantes : elles sont le début de ma nouvelle aventure dans le monde de la poupée d’artiste fait main. En faite, après près de cinq ans à réaliser des poupées figuratives, je compte passer à un autre niveau : celui de créer des poupées entièrement articulées. Je crois, qu’il est temps pour moi d’augmenter le taux de difficulté dans mon ouvrage et de pousser à fond mes techniques et d’en apprendre d’autres.

Pour y arriver, j’ai eu l’idée de me procurer deux ouvrages fantastiques de l’artiste japonais Ryo Yoshida. Son premier ouvrage explique et illustre comment fabriquer une poupée articulée (BJD aka Ball jointed Doll) modelée avec de la pâte à papier. Le second ouvrage est la suite du premier, mais avec une plus grande dose de difficultés, dont la fabrication de moules en plâtre. Fait à noter, qu’il est souhaitable, et de façon logique, de suivre le premier ouvrage avant d’accéder au second. Bien que le deux livres de Ryo Yoshida soient écrit en japonais, les belles images parlent d’elles-mêmes : toute la fabrication de la poupée est illustrée étape par étape.

Je compte réaliser ma toute première poupée articulée d’ici quelques jours, mais j’utiliserai la pâte de polymère, plutôt que la pâte à papier. Je compte notamment  me servir  de l’un des DVD de l’artiste américaine Apryl Jensen (http://www.makingfairies.com/) sur le sujet. Je me suis procurée son DVD, il y a deux ans maintenant et j’ai vraiment aimé : tout est si bien expliqué et avec simplicité.  Au cours, des prochaines semaines, je vous montrerai, de façon générale, mon travail en progression. J’en suis tout simplement excitée! À bientôt!

Philippe & Charisse Faraut sculpting books

Happy Friday everybody! Nearly a year ago on You Tube, while I was trying to find new techniques to improve my sculpting, I discovered a channel specialized on the subject. There were many gifted sculptors offering tips to the general public on how to make more beautiful sculptures and one of them was French sculptor Philippe Faraut. His work is incomparable and I fell for the detail work of his gorgeous sculptures. Over two months ago, my boyfriend and I went to see another French master in sculpting, Auguste Rodin at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where 300 of his works were displayed. Fascinated by this exposition , at the end, I decided to buy a book in modeling at the Museum shop and I could not help myself to get Philippe & Charisse Faraut Sculpting book’s  Mastering Portraiture: Advanced Analyses of the Face Sculpted in Clay. Two weeks later, I purchased a second book on Amazon. His books are delightful for the eyes and so well detailed and the pictures are to die for…Anyway, I definitely recommend them and the are a must have to all types of sculptures. 

Thanks

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Starting Over!

Good evening! Yesterday I mentioned about my lack of knowledge about the human anatomy in 2012. That topic made me come to realized that I have to start all over again and had to do it properly! The first thing that I did was to subscribe to different doll forums and magazines, artist DVD tutorials and I bought better clay for doll making. I also purchased more lights and molding tools. One thing for sure, I knew if I wanted great results, I had to invest on suitable materials.
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This book is must have from French sculptor Berit Hildre.
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I love to write a lot of notes while I read something knew.
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Patricia Rose doll making DVD’s
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Apryl Jensen doll making DVD’s
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I decided to switch Fimo Classic for Living Doll
Best regards and see you tomorrow!
Marie Georghy Jacob

Human Anatomy

Hello everyone! It’s feels good to be back after few days off and I would like to take a minute to thank all of you, the 104 people who like Atelier Miss Georgia Facebook’s page! It has truly touch me. Look for more post this week!

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Aleisha painted & wigged in early September 2012

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Now, it’s time to get back to my doll journey! By the end of summer 2012, after finishing Aleisha, I’ve came across  that something didn’t work or was missing with my previous dolls. I didn’t know what it was…but after looking very carefully at my ”previous ladies”, I right away saw the problem: human anatomy. Because of my fashion background, I knew the human silhouette and had a basic knowledge of molding sculptures, but didn’t understand the human anatomy. At that time, I didn’t understand what was under the skin: the skeleton, the muscles, etc. So after discovering that problem, I took one month hiatus to learn and to understand the human body. As a perfectionist, It was the right thing for me to do.

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This book is pure magic very simple to read and the images are incredible and very detailed.

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Thanks you all!

Marie Georghy Jacob