Thursday, February 10, 2011

In the craftroom...

I'm so super-giddy-beyond-stoked about this next project!!  I'm trying my hand at my very own first art doll!  Eeeeee!

Why am I trying this?  Well.....geesh, as I'm thinking about it, I guess there's really a lot more reasons than I thought....

  • First, there are a number of artists I've found through Etsy who are super duper talented and who have inspired me immensely.  They've made me want to push myself in general - to be more productive, to stay on-task with my business goals.  I see them doing it, and I know I'm not alone in my crazy dream.  More specifically, they've made me want to try to create a more "character" kind of plush art.  I love the stories behind the more complex dolls and I wanted to try something like that.  In case you'd like to check them out, and I hope you do, here are are some of my absolute favorites: Marathon1981, Olive&EarthKnits, YermitsSimpliJessi, and CaraCarmina.  (I definitely have a lot more plush artist favorites in general - these gals are more "doll" focused though.)
  • Second, I read a lot.  In the book I'm currently reading, I came across the name "Eustace Thoroughgood".  How awesome is that name?!  I don't know why, but it kind of gave me a little push - the same night I "discovered" that name, I started designing my doll.  
  • I love little stuff.  Everytime I come across an art doll I like, I obsess over all the cute little clothes and/or accessories and details it has.  I want to make some.  :)
  • And lastly, and probably most importantly, I'd like to take my Etsy shop in different directions.  I don't know, ultimately, which way I'm headed...but I never want to stop trying new things. 
Okay.  That's enough reasons.  Wanna see what I've got going on so far?!  

Isn't he cool?!  His hair and beard are cut from a faux fur.  And I'm also trying, for the first time, fabric paint.  So far, so good!  His eyes I bought specifically for him b/c I didn't have any vintage ones that were just right.

I swear...I have a never-ending supply of assistance around here.

And this is after I got all the limbs sewn up.  Oooooooooo!!! the carnage!  Hee hee - it's funny seeing a pile of mini-limbs.  (Those are his ears in the front, in case you're wondering.)

And what am I watching while sewing piles of limbs....?

Ooooh, yeah. :)


marathon1981 said...

Cassandra, I'm so excited to see this guy finished! Thanks for the props too! I love watching how organized you lay out your work ... I should get some pictures of my chaos to contrast yours!

Cassandra said...

You're absolutely welcome! I've got my eye on those elephanty creatures. My birthday is coming maybe I can convince my other half that I need one. :)

I'd love to see pics of your "works in progress"! Isn't it fun to see the ways other artists do stuff? If I don't stay organized, I'm likely to lose parts. Or they may get run off w/by the local felines. So it's kind of a necessity. Ha!

Shawna said...

Its funny, but I never thought to photograph my works in progress....if I am creating something, its always just the finished project I shoot. I'll have to correct that....the idea of you surrounded by all those severed little limbs makes me laugh. I can't wait to see him finished...that face is amazing!

Cassandra said...

I know! I often get done with something I've been working on feverishly for days only to sit back, admiring my work and suddenly go, "aaaaawwwwwwggghhhh!", wishing I had taken some pics along the way. Having the blog now helps to remind me to do that though, so I'm getting better at it. :) Thanks!