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 😛
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 😀

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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 😉
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 – because 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 – she 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 – this 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 🙂

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 😉
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 😀 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 😉

But why Lolth?
If you are not familiar with the name – Lolth (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 😉 )

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! 🙂
Here are two of the wigs I was asked for, and my Client’s photo of her doll in new wig 🙂
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.

 

Scarlet Witch – Civil War

OK, so it’s time to share my attempt to create Wanda Maximoff / Elisabeth Olsen inspired doll. This piece took me forever – I had to reroot the doll [what caused some unexpected accidents], change her skin tone, and sew the most complex & tiniest doll corset I’ve ever worked on!

But final result is more than i could expect in the beginning 🙂

In MARVEL’s Cinematic universe Wanda Maximoff is a native of the Eastern European country of Sokovia, who grew with her twin brother, Pietro and gained her superpowers due to HYDRA’s experiments.

There is also more straight-forward explanation in movies, than it was in comics, what superpowers Scarlet Witch is wielding in her hands. When in comics it was simply “hex power” for most of the times, much later renamed to controlling chaos magic, in movies her abilities are a result of experiments with the Scepter – this gave Wanda telekinetic, telepathic and energy manipulating abilities, but word “magic” was not used to describe her power.

Still – CGI effect presented dark red  magic energy flow  around her hands, so I simply copied that design on some of my photos 😉

Welcome to Monster High – Raythe

It is quite some time, since Mattel made Monster High reboot… and this is first time I was making a character from newest MH movie.

There is not much said about Raythe in the movie, nor in Mattel’s official MH instagram, but I would assume he is a wraith relative by looking on his name.
We also know that he likes to hang out with skeletons, and had a crush on Clawdeen :3 so I paired them on some photos too!