An analysis of a vision

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During the past week, I took the time to analyze my new doll prototype and then took pictures and notes. Of course, a few small changes will be made in the up coming days. Honestly, when I started this BJD doll, which I will repeat again as prototype for my next project. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted. My vision was a beautiful doll with a healthy silhouette, a well articulated body without upsetting the aesthetics and a slightly mysterious childish women face.

Au cours de la dernière semaine, j’ai pris le temps d’analyser mon poupée prototype, puis j’ai pris des photos et des notes. Bien sûr, quelques petits changements seront apportés dans les prochains jours. Honnêtement, lorsque j’ai commencé cette poupée BJD, qui est et je le redis, un prototype pour mon prochain projet, j’avais une vision assez claire de ce que je voulais. Ma vision était une magnifique poupée possédant une belle silhouette en santé, un corps bien articulé sans contrarier l’esthétisme et un visage légèrement mystérieux du style femme-enfant.

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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Abrille part 2

Good afternoon to you all. Yesterday, I presented the first part of Abrille and tonight it will be the last one, so stay in touch for more photos of her! Abrille is my first Latin or South American doll, but she was my fifth doll from the year 2013. Actually, she was created in long period, two months and half (end of April to early July). No wigs were created at that time, since I had to look another way to make a good wig by using high quality human hair instead of synthetic hair, but I had to wait in August of that year to do it.

Thank you for watching!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Brielle & Abrille

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Jane & Abrille

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Abrille

Happy Sunday everybody! Tonight it gives me a pleasure to introduce you to Abrille. She’s completely made from Cernit polymer clay (Almond). Before her, I had never used or tried this clay, it was only when I discover a great article on american doll artist Jamie Williamson, where you could see her gorgeous beauties made out of this clay. With more information on this clay, I learned that many internationally well know doll artists use this clay, like German artist, Rotraut Schrott. When it is unbaked, I founded this clay very hard, crumbly and inflexible and yes, for one moment I was a little worried. I asked  myself several questions: How can I condition this clay? Do I have to do it with the heat of my hands by making small balls? Do I use a ceramic roll to do the work and than finish it all with the pasta machine by making small pancakes? But this clay was still crumbling through my fingers while working with it!

I didn’t want to panic and it was not necessary, so the best thing for me to do was to inform myself and the end, I discovered that many people were using food processors. They work well because they warm the clay with friction as well as chop and mix it. It took me two days to condition it! The other downside of this clay, is it’s color darkens a lot on baking which shocked me for few minutes. However, in my own opinion, once it cooled down, Cernit clay gives a translucence finish effect that no other clay can achieve.The realistic finish effect is unbeatable! My Abrille skin tone finish look so alive! I couldn’t wait to sand and paint her and yes, despite the hardness of the clay, I was over the moon with the final result!

Thanks

Marie Georghy Jacob

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As you can see this what Cernit Almond looks like after bake in the oven for 25 minutes!
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I also mixed a little of Fimo Quick Mix, just like I did before with Fimo Puppen.
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This is what Cernit clay look like after passing into a food processor.

Anaïs Wigged!

Good afternoon! Here is other photos of Anaïs, but now wigged. Tomorrow, It will be the turn for an other doll, her name is Abrille. Thanks for watching!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Anaïs blushed & painted

Good morning! Here is Anaïs fully blushed & painted. God I love Liquitex Paints and all their other products! The photos were taking during late evening with a lot of table lights!

Thanks you

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Anaïs

Happy Friday! After four days off on my blog, let me introduce you to AnaÏs, my forth doll from 2013. She came to life in late May of that year and the polymer clay I used was Fimo Puppen (Beige). I was already amazed with both Fimo Classic and Fimo Soft for their firm aspect once baked, that I wasn’t worried with Fimo Puppen no matter the end result and I was right! though, It needs to be mixed with another color to achieve a more natural looking flesh tone. It was easy to knead, blend and was fairly unbreakable after it was baked. For those reasons, I was over the moon with this clay and I purchased two other colors (rose and porcelain), which I will show you in future dolls. More photos of her tomorrow!

Thank you

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Hand made doll eyes in Preciosia crystal

Jane

Good morning! Here is Jane, she’s made from Prosculpt polymer clay. Prosculpt was developed by doll maker Jack Johnston for sculpting art dolls or figure dolls. It is sold in 1 pound (454 gr) block and is available only in four flesh tones: baby, fairy, Caucasian and ethnic brown. This polymer does not require a lot of kneading. This helps to reduce plaques, moons and air pockets which can sometimes be trapped in clay kneaded for long periods. I find this clay too soft if I work a lot with it, but not that oily as Living Doll. However, what I do love with this clay, is this translucent, flesh-like color, closer to natural flesh tones than most polymer clay. The disadvantage of this clay is that it is a bit expensive ($20 per block in Canadian dollar without taxes) and must be ordered online. Although, I have heard good things of this clay from well known doll artists and makers, such as Mark Denis, Patricia Rose and Renata Jansen. More photos of Jane will be presented tomorrow.

Thank you

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Iris & Brielle

Good morning! Here are more photos of Iris & Brielle fully wigged!

Enjoy

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Iris & Brielle

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