Black Widow – ver 2.0

I was requested to recreate one of my first designs – customized Operetta doll [my all-time favorite Monster High doll ❤ ] turned into MARVEL’s Black Widow.

Even if I am now hyped with Agent Carter – there is always a good time to remind about another female badass 😀 and Black Widow was first one I’ve found as a pre-teen years ago… Not to mention my love to martial arts is still a thing  😉

Mizu

Her name is Japanese, where 水 sui or mizu, means “Water” –  it represents the fluid, flowing, and formless things in the world.
Water in Japanese philosophy is associated with emotion, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism…

Beside obvious connotations to the hair color, that tend to be a very popular trend this season 😀  [that my friend, Sara pointed out] this girl had something soft and elusive in her look that drew my attention to the Water element.

I used some tricks, that were before tested during creation of Mia doll. Both Mia and Mizu were given smaller, more proportionate heads, with soft acrylic hair, and some basic lip shape  resculpting.

If you are interested in adopting Mizu – she is ready to ship. Available here.

Agent Carter

Peggy Carter must balance life as a secret agent with that of a single woman in 1940s America.
Not a piece of cake, if you take into consideration that it was time period, when women were only seen as future mothers and wifes. In proffession, that was once only allowed to men, miss Carter superpower is often the fact that other people underestimate her. And she often uses that to her advantage

This retro beauty was a requested order, that is on her way to a new home.

Her dress, even tho so simple, was a true challenge. In such a simple cut there are no frills, rhinestones, or other mess, that could cover your mistakes, so everything must be perfect. Every cut, dart, every line, skirt length… So I had sewn this darn dress three times before I was pleased with the result 😀

Used materials
– faceup: Tamiya weathering sets, watercolor pencils
– hair: kanekalon, mixed brown shades
– dress: cotton knit, satin ribbon

Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora [with baby Groot]

Gamora and Groot were my favs from first Guardians of the Galaxy movie so I decided to pair them as my newest creation.

Gamora is a warrior,  who was an assassin in her past. Now a loyal companion to Guardians – she has a sense of righteousness deep in her soul.

Since Gamora is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes, she now shows her caring side, by looking after baby Groot 😉 I’ve made him from Milliput resin putty, painted, and decorated with some of my wargaming greenery. From the bottom of his clay pot to the top of branches he is 2 inches high.

Both Gamora and baby Groot can be adopted as a set in my Etsy store here.

 

Materials used:
– for Groot: Milliput, acrylic paints, wargaming terrain greenery
– for Gamora: watercolor pencils for faceup,  mixed textiles, acrylic yarn in several colors for doll’s hair

ALL PIECES WERE HAND MADE BY ME.

Ghost in the Shell: Motoko Kusanagi

I probably finished her just before premiere of new live action movie, where Major Kusanagi is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.
The doll is half way between how I always saw The Major in my imagination, and some Scarlett Johansson facial expressions 🙂 She can be adopted in my Etsy store.

Being strong-willed, physically powerful, and highly intelligent – Motoko Kusanagi is well known for her tactic skills, deduction, hacking and military art.
But what not many of her companions know – she also seeks humanity in herself, wondering if she still have her ghost, her soul, intact or maybe, just maybe, she is only a creation with false memories to give her the illusion of own humanity …

Major Motoko Kusanagi:
– You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself.

Puppet Master:
– There isn’t one. Why would you wish to? All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.

Ever After High backgrounders – Chase Redford

Another version of Ever After High Chase Redford was made and sent home this week 🙂
– this time I was asked to use kanekalon hair for the reroot.
 
Even if I personally prefer yarn reroots for male haircuts, I am pleased with how he turned out :3

 

Some 1/6 doll wigs

Since I am workin  with self-adhesive cap methon – my wigs should fit both EAV and MH girls, along with CAMs and similar head sized dolls.

It is quite new skill for me, but I’ve managed how to make  wigs for shrunken heads, boy wigs and some wigs for eared BJD’s 🙂  If you are interested in one of these – please check my Etsy store!

Miss Vanessa Ives – Penny Dreadful

Today I present You one of my personal favorites – miss Vanessa Ives, from Penny Dreadful TV series. Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty, a lady of her era, full of secrets and hidden danger. She is keenly observant and an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, but they are also a heavy burden for herself.

She often wears dark, almost black, colors, and staying true to her personality, appears dressed in a stately, polished manner and maintains an air of refinement and inscrutability.
Still – you can see oceans of sorrow and flames of hidden daemons in her eyes…

This piece took me forever – I carefully studied all scenes where she appeared in outfit  chosen by my client, along with Victorian Era paintings, drawings and seamstresses books.
Her blouse is two layered piece, hand sewn from black guipure lace and champagne rayon. Dress is based on original victorian pattern, sewn  with train and ribbon trim.
But even if clothes took me lots of time, the hardest part was painting her faceup – since I am such a big fan of Eva Green – my hands were shaking and I hold my breath every time I draw a line….

And I must say – I am truly pleased with how she turned out, even knowing that Eva Green, who played miss Ives, is the most beautiful woman on this Earth and I captured only a blink of her grace  ❤

Materials used:
– for reroot: fair-trade pure alpaca fur
– for clothing: guipure laces, svarovski crystals, rayon, velvet trim
– for repaint: soft pastels, watercolor pencils, false lashes, actylics, inks

Mia – new doll, new skills

Mia is my personal doll project, made to test some new skills, new drawing techniques and lines, along with new materials used. Her head was shrunken with fast method [100% acetone used] to match body proportions, she have a yarn wig on self adhesive cap instead of reroot. New eye style was also tested on this sweet face.
She still needs eyelashes and gloss to be applied on her eyes, but since my gloss varnish run out, I need new bottle to come…

I wanted to test  yarn wigs for quite some time now, but not every yarn you’ll buy will work for these. So I’ve spend several months just on searching, testing, and picking what was working best for me.  And I must say I fell in love with how acrylic yarn looks! It is almost human-hair looking on dolls – the texture and  fiber thickness  are just perfect, and what is  the most amazing part – you can style them to look like they’re flowing on gentle wind ❤

I am super-happy with how she turned out, and how many new things I’ve learned 🙂
BTW – some say she looks like Avril Lavigne younger self.

Rachel Roth aka Raven – Teen Titans version

This doll was given to me some time ago as a name-day gift, but I had no idea what to do with her, since I  wasn’t so much into Ever After High that time. But the day came, when my BFF’s daughter – Maddie – showed me Teen Titans TV series.
TBH – this pre-teen freak is often an inspiration and  make me to watch all trending shows with her, what can be somewhat  useful , as in this case, since I do not own a TV 😀 [no regrets!]

This Mattel doll had molded leotard so I used it as part of her costume, instead of sanding it down. What is even better – painted on leotard is perfectly close fit to the model 😉
Rest of her outfit was hand crafted by me.

[she is already sold 🙂 ]