Here is Ella in a sturdy travelling suit. A simple linen gown is worn with a heavy wool over-dress to keep her warm and protect her from dust. She wears this outfit while on the road with her stepsisters Hattie and Olive to finishing school.
I know, another update without the PDF. This weekend I am hoping to squeeze in 'blog organizing' time and set up Ella's PDF pages and any other dolls who are lacking in that area, as well as ink several sketches that have been sitting around gathering dust for some time...
I had a question from Elizabeth Rose that I though I'd answer here, just in case anyone else was interesting too!
Where do you find the inspiration for your dolls and there clothes especially fantasy dolls like Coridel and Cora?
The fantasy outfits are my favorite ones to draw. They mainly require creativity and pushing of limits. When I begin sketching for a fantasy doll I first decide on what sort of fashions are popular in that culture. For this, I generally pull ideas from many different historical eras, cultural styles, and ideas I've had floating in my mind.
For example, Cora's world is based somewhat off of 1700's (side panniers), 1880's (fancy, fitted bodices), and european folk costumes (decorated aprons, embroidered necklines, etc.).
Once I have the basics decided on, I create variants of the style: work dress, ball gown, afternoon gown, riding habit, summer wear, winter wear etc. all the while keeping the fantasy culture in mind.
Each of my dolls has a story as well (either written or in my head) which dictates what sort of outfits they need. Cora needs plenty of fancy ball gowns and dinner dresses. Coridel needs stuffy court gowns, stiff travel suits, and peasant dresses.
I try to stay away from movie costumes and other artist's renderings in my research because I don't want to accidentally copy someone else's design (although some are just too inspiring not to look at). I've collected several images on a Pinterest board where I can rummage through them when I need fresh ideas.
A second question from Elizabeth Rose: Do you have a favorite book?
This is such a hard question to answer! I have to separate my answer into genres, because there are so many books I re-read over and over.
- For children's books my favorites must be Calico Captive & Caddie Woodlawn (both of which would make good paper dolls... hmmm)
- As a teenager Ella Enchanted was my all time favorite, as well as the Count of Monte Cristo
- Currently I am in love with Jane Eyre, North & South, & anything by Louis L'Amour (I love a good western!). I am reading Les Miserables, so that may soon because a well-loved favorite as well because the characters and story are amazing!
What books do y'all like to read?
About the Artist
I'm a full time veterinary technician who enjoys winding down by creating beautiful costumes and recreating historical outfits on paper.
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