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!

Roxanne the rebel

Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it as been almost four months since I have been now posting on my website and it is all because of you! Thank you so much for your encouragements and your appreciation on my work, it’s makes me feel very positive for my future art works! To continue with this post, I present you Roxanne the rebel! On the next two post you will see why! Roxanne is made of Cernit and Prosculpt polymer clay, my favorite mix in terms of polymer clay. Roxanne is a tall lady, 49 cm, (19 ¼ “) tall and came to life at the end of March this year. I really do like her height, especially for most of my dolls and most outfits look great on them. Thanks and see you tomorrow with more update on my Roxanne!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Faye the baby face part 2

Good evening OOAK art doll fanatics! Thanks for following my art work here on my website. On this second post of Faye, I present her while I was making her wig late one night. Normally, I try to make my dolls during the weekend, since I work full time during the week. Also, I had to find a balanced life and to schedule my time on making dolls after work. With all that, came a little problem: “lighting”. Working at night can be tricky if you don’t have good light! To solve this problem, I purchased not one, but three more lights and one of them hads been placed right on top of my closet and another one has a magnifier so I can see all the tiny details of my work.

Marie Georghy Jacob

#ateliermissgeorgia

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           Painted late at night after work!

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             Faye half wigged.

Haven part 2!

Hi everyone! Here are more photos of Haven! The name Haven is an English baby boy name and it’s meaning is: Place of safety, a shelter or a safe place. They say that people with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. They are also dynamic, visionary and versatile people who are able to make constructive use of freedom. As some of you may have noticed, I love the true meaning or the history of a name. A name is truly personal and behind it there is maybe a rich history. It is very important for everyone to know that the power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in prose, poetry and religious ceremonies. Also, everyone recognizes himself or herself by a name and that is what separates us, human beings, from animals. For final words, when I made her, I did not have someone specific in mind, but I do admit she look a bit Asian! Thanks again for watching!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Fukiko

Good morning! With this name, Fukiko, I am sure that you all aware that this doll was inspired from Japan beauties. Fukiko in Japanese means, joyous girl or child of a joyous women. Isn’t sweet and pretty don’t you think? My choice of clay was clear from day one. In my mind, only Fimo Puppen Porcelain was the best choice to make this doll to come true. However, I was a little afraid on the painting side due to the very pale effect of this clay once bake. To solve that problem, I mixed a few of Fimo Soft light flesh. At the end, the mix turned out to be a very light peach, closer to chalk white actually. Also, I discovered  after baking Fukiko, Fimo Puppen was very strong, solid and semi translucent and which I found very beautiful.  She’s is certainly one of my favorite dolls that I made so far. Enjoy!

Marie Georghy Jacob

Atelier Miss Georgia

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Fei Fan part 2

Hello folks! Before I continue with more pictures of my dear Fai Fan, I would love to give a sincere thank you to all of you who like Atelier Miss Georgia’s Facebook page. The page has reached 995 Likes and I am totally surprised and touched! It truly gives high hopes, since more dolls post are on their way…so stay tuned! For tonight’s post, I am showing more photos of Fai Fan. These photos were taken this past May. One more thing to add, I handmade Fei Fan’s eyes in a previous batch of glass eyes nearly two years ago. As a warning, when baking glass eyes within polymer clay, they tend to crack under the pressure once polymer clay cools down. This is why I opted for crystal handmade eyes. Although, after fabricating an excessive amount of glass eyes, I decided to use a few of them on my future dolls.  Enjoy and will see each other on my next post. Thanks/Merci!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Fei Fan

Hi everyone! Tonight it is a hot one in Montreal, the temperature is close to 30 degrees (94 Fahrenheit). I don’t know if I am going to be able to sleep well this evening. But frankly, were are in the month of August and it is totally normal! I’m no going to complain! Now, let me introduce you to Fei Fan, my very first Asian doll! Actually, she is more Chinese inspired and I have been dreaming a long time ago to create an Asian beauty. With the great result that I have experience with the mix of Living Doll and Fimo Classic, I was thrill to mold Fei Fan with that mix. Meanwhile, I did have problems molding her brown glass eyes though: four times actually! Fei Fan is quit petite compare to all my previous dolls, 17 inches (43 cm), but I am so happy on how she turned out! I will publish more photos of her tomorrow!  Thanks for watching!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Dawn

Hi guys! I can’t believe we are already in mid-August and that summer is almost…over! Ooops…I did not want to say that and scared people. Let me say it out loud my friends : summer is still here with us for the next five weeks and lets do enjoy it! Now, let me introduce you to my dear Dawn, my third ”demoiselle” that I molded during the month of May last year. Dawn is made of Living Doll clay  (Terracotta) with a mix of Fimo Classic (Chocolate). The mix of the two clays gives a pure rich dark brown tone that is more closer to real African or African American skin tone compare to other clays. Also, it is nicely semi-translucent, since Fimo Classic used alone, is not. I truly recommend Living Doll Terracotta color, if you want to make an authentic black skin doll, it really does look like real skin! Meanwhile, add a bit of Fimo Classic to firm it up! On pictures below, you will notice that Dawn’s sculpture does not match my drawing or the model picture. I do admit, that I did have a bit of a problem molding her. Seriously, when it comes to molding, I need more than one picture of a live model: front and both profiles, from the right to left side, to make something closer to reality. I promised myself that next time, I will sculpt this doll again, but with another type of polymer clay. Anyways, I do like this doll head. More Pictures of Dawn tomorrow and thanks again everybody for your sincere support!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Rachelle

Good evening everyone! How are all of you feeling tonight? On my part I feel good, however for  this post, I didn’t know If I needed to present my next doll…simply because she was a pain to create and yes this is do to the clay that I used at that time, a mix of Living Doll and Prosculpt. Like I explained in previous posts, Living Doll clay is more fragile, not holding as much flexibility as some other polymer clay. Also, it becomes soft and malleable too quickly, which I do not like at all. Moonies and so do cracks tend to be a problem if you are not at ease with your sculpting process. For these reasons, I had to blend this clay once again with Prosculpt and Fimo Classic, my favorite clay up to now. Anyways, this is Rachelle, my second doll created from last year. Like all my previous dolls, her blue crystal eyes are handmade by me and her wig is made with synthetic hair. Painting Rachelle was also a challenge and her blushing, in my opinion, did not turned right, it was too “pink“. Meanwhile, I think It would not have been fair, on my part, not to show her…she is part of my ”evolution” on my doll making journey and deserves the right to be seen and appreciated…

Thanks everyone!

Marie Georghy Jacob

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Beatrice part 2

HI everybody! Tonight I present you the second and last part of my doll Beatrice and all pictures where taken about a year ago.

Best regards

Marie Georghy Jacob

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