Disney Descendants: Dizzy Tremaine

Dizzy Tremaine is the daughter of Drizella Tremaine – one of Cinderella’s sisters, and granddaughter of Lady Tremaine – Cindy’s evil stepmonther.
She is the youngest character in Disney’s TV series Descendants.

Unlike her family, Dizzy is a sweet and kind-hearted girl.
She enjoys creative ways of spending time and fashion design is her all-time-favorite. Due to her craftsy passions she is always covered in paint splatters, and with hair¬† tied into two messy buns – but this look matches her personality well ūüôā

This doll is a Christmas gift for a little girl named Ally, and sine she  will attend lots of adventures with her  owner Рshe is not a full repaint!
Base doll was Jane of Audaron, and she was given some touch-ups to match Descendants little actress, who plays Dizzy.
I changed her hair to hand-dyed alpaca fur,  eye and lip color and gave her new clothes Рall sewn by me.

 

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Monster High characters: Vandala Doubloons

Her first appearance was July 26, 2014 Рdoll was on display at San Diego Comic-Con International. Then she  had one of major roles in Haunted  movie.

Being the daughter of a pirate ghost, Vandala considers herself a born adventurer, and the truth is that she is one.¬† She’s constantly on the lookout for adventure and excitement, almost to the point were she can be considered rather short of sanity ūüėČ

I wanted to customize Vandala for a long time, but since doll was released only once and Haunted line is discontinued – it took me quite some time to lay my hands on her…
But here she is –¬† she can be adopted on my Etsy store.

Monster High characters: Johnny Spirit

Johnny Spirit is a 2013-introduced and cartoon-only Monster High character.
Sadly, as many other backgrounders – he didn’t get¬† his own doll in line.

Johnny is the quintessential ‘bad boy’, being both feared and admired while caring about none of that. His look is obviously inspired by 50’s – I would say more – he is a¬†striking resemblance of¬† John Travolta character from Grease movie.

I think this reference is only obvious to¬† older Monster High fans, since I don’t know any teens who would have even a glimpse of idea what Grease was and who John Travolta is ūüėõ
Same as Danny Zuko [played by John Travolta] – Jonny Spirit is almost always seen with his black leather jacket¬† and with hair done up in an Elephant’s trunk – a popular `greaser’ style of the 1950s.

I LOVED working on this creation, since 50’s¬† fashion is my favorite of all times, and I basically know every word in Grease movie ūüėÄ

The Book of Life – Carmen Sanchez

Remember my around-Halloween post about Book of Life movie, and one of main characters – La Muerte? This time I present second female character from same movie – Carmen Sanchez.

Carmen is¬† main character’s – Manolo – mother.
She is fierce and stubborn lady, that cannot be stopped by any¬†¬†obstacles when taking care of her family, and that includes being dead ūüėČ
She accompanies her son on his journey through the afterlife to save Land of Remembered and help him fight for Love of his life,  she bitch-slaps main Bad Guy in the movie and attends her son wedding day Рbecause she is a Mom, and Moms Do Things. Being dead is not an excuse!

Carmen wears a black dress with floral pattern ruffles on the bottom half and a red sash tied around her waist. This type of dress comes from the state of Chiapas in Mexico.
And same as all other characters in Land of Remembered Рshe is portrayed as calaca doll.

At first I wanted to share her in Halloween evening, but sadly I¬† got sick and any¬† additional activities had to wait till I get a bit better…¬† Carmen was¬† a part of Christmas gift along with La Muerte doll, and both are now in their new home, waiting for Big Night.

 

The Book of Life – La Muerte

Today I will present you La Muerte doll – something special and as close to Halloween theme as possible – perfect for this time of year!
La Muerte¬†is a close resemblance to¬†¬†Santa Muerte –¬† a female¬†deity¬†in Mexican¬†folk religion, particularly¬†Folk Catholicism, that is a personification of death itself. She is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the¬†afterlife¬†by her devotees.

On¬† animated movie The Book of Life [if you didn’t saw it yet – I strongly recommend it! It is great story and really¬† well made¬† lesson about other’s beliefs] La Muerte is presented as feminine personification of death and a good hero, who¬† takes care of all the people – both dead and living.¬† Her outfit is everything, that Day of the Dead feast needs:¬† flowers, sugar skulls,¬† and all the Mexican colors and symbols.
She is perfect! But what else could you expect  from design  that was delivered by Guillermo del Toro?

I must admit – I am strongly attracted to Mexican beliefs about after-life and around-death rits.
I find them more logical and more cheering than anything that my regional, dark and  strongly  puritan version of catholicism has to offer.

I mean – if we believe that¬† our Loved Ones will go to Land of Remembered / heaven / you name it –¬† after death – why¬† should we mourn them, instead of¬† being happy for them to be in a better place?¬† I totally understand Mexican Day of the Dead as¬† a happy holiday, celebrated with big feast¬† to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
It is beautiful!

And since christianization of the region associated Dia de Muertos with¬† catholic¬†¬†All Saints’ Day – it was obvious time of the year to make some dolls inspired by this¬† awesome Mexican ritual.

It took me over 7 weeks to finish this piece, but all of almost 200 roses that I used were hand wrapped from the thinnest  satin ribbon I could find. All paper flowers were handmade.
She is also my very first fully-in-acrylics repaint! No pencils were used to  made her faceup this time. No chalks. Only bold lines and strong colors of acrylic paints.

Enjoy!

 

Sweet 16 Ariana

This girl is lookalike doll ordered for Sweet 16 birthday and is on her way to the new home. Young Lady, who will own the doll demanded  all her birthmarks and beautifully bold eyebrows to be  recreated on this one.

I am  so happy, that body positive movements have more and more impact on teenagers  and how they see themselves Рthis girl has so much self confidence and acceptance for her body! She enjoys every birthmark and states they are what makes her  truly unique.
If I¬† could have one wish – I would wish everyone¬† have¬† this level of embracing our bodies and enjoying¬† differences in how we look ‚̧

This order¬† was also very detailed when it comes to design: outfit was¬† fully designed by new owner, I got color scheme description,¬† same as make up and hair style. I was given¬† tons of¬† reference pictures and sketches to make doll closest to Client’s wishes as possible in this scale…
Hope she will love the doll ūüôā

Halloween breeze: Corpse Bride couple – Emily and Victor

Is it Halloween yet? If not – I kindly please – leave me in my lair, with my blankets, and pillows and hot cocoa ūüėČ
I am totally #TeamAutumn and love Halloween with all my heart, even tho we do not celebrate it where I live, so when I was asked if I could make little girl’s dreams come true and create some dolls based on Tim Burton’s movies & some Halloween characters – I immediately agreed!

Victor and Emily are first two from this order. If you are not familiar with Tim Burton’s movies created for younger audience – I really recommend you find ¬†them after reading this post and enjoy your binge watching ūüėÄ You welcome!

Used dolls & materials:
– for Victor: MH Slo Mo doll, face resculpted, brushed yarn hair, clothes – cotton knit
– for Emily: MH Lagoona Blue doll, face resculpted, body mods based on skeleton CAM, faux lashes added, brushed yarn hair, clothes: chiffon, ribs sculpted and glued on the corset

Scraps, savings and spiders – Lloth inspired doll

This one is my two fav things ¬†– roleplay and doll customizing –¬†mixed together…
Long story short: I had several dolls broken to the point that I could not use them as stand alone character bases, so I mixed all the parts and created something else, that could salvage as much parts as possible. Kinda doctor Frankenstein work ūüėČ

But why Lolth?
If you are not familiar with the name РLolth (or Lloth in the drow dialect) is D&D goddess,  the Demon Queen of Spiders, and chief goddess of dark elves.
I am 80’s kid, so when I was younger – D&D was a THING – seriously – other systems were less known where I grew up, but D&D ¬†was a key word, that could ring a bell even ¬†if person you’d talked to was not classified as geek. Same was with my Life Companion – he’s probably even bigger fan than I am. ( I’m more into Warhammer to be honest ūüėČ )

So since I had Wydowna Spider 6-armed, black as night torso I went with that as my main direction. I also used Spectra Vondergeist head, CAM Dragon limbs, and Vampire CAM hands.
Spectra’s head was shrunken, with eye sockets cut, repainted in black, and glass pearl eyes inserted. All other parts were also repainted to match the torso.
I used brushed acrylic yarn as her hair, since there is no better material for intricane yet natural looking hairstyles.

All clothes and accessories are removable, hand made pieces.
She is up for adoption on my Etsy store.

Doll wigs – Barbie, Fashion Royalty, Integrity Toys

Just before my summer vacation I was requested to make wigs for Fashion Royalty and Integrity dolls.
Sadly – i do not own any of these…
– after some research I found out that there are small size differences between Fashion Royalty, Integrity and Barbie doll head, so I assumed that my self-adhesive elastic cap method should fit all 3 of them – and it was! ūüôā
Here are two of the wigs I was asked for, and my Client’s photo of her doll in new wig ūüôā
Now you can order custom wig from my etsy store for any of these dolls too!

Ever After High backgrounders – Lilly Bo Peep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
and doesn’t know where to find them;
leave them alone, And they’ll come home,
wagging their tails behind them.

Sadly there are not many backgrounders made by Mattel, even tho  they are most requested by fans. Beside Chase Redford this little girl is most often requested by my clients.
Lilly is cartoon-only character. She is the daughter of Little Bo Peep from the nursery rhyme of the same name, and was introduced to the animated series in 2013.

Base doll was Apple White, rerooted, and redressed to match web episode look and Client’s request.