Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Custom Toddler Girl Ella Mae WIP for Rashada S. : )


Greetings lovelies! I've been working on a custom toddler girl recently and since I promised her mama pics, I thought it would be great to do a work in progress details post on this cutie. This custom sweetie is the Ella Mae sculpt by Jannie de Lange. That is is same person who sculpted Jean Baptiste, the creole toddler boy I painted. Ella Mae's skin tone will be lighter than Jean Baptist's, so her base tones have a light golden hue that has been built up with many layers (I don't like lines of demarcation with the base coats). 


















Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pretty Hands, Pretty Feet, and Miyori's Feathery Brows : )
































Konnichiwa lovelies! That's hello in Japanese in case anyone was wondering. It's been a super busy couple of weeks for me painting babies, packing for the move, being a mama, etc. A close family member of mine also had a recent health scare that put a lot of things into perspective for me. I've been meaning to some serious blogging but sometimes things just come up. You know how it is : )

This is little Miyori Akiko who I introduced a couple of weeks ago. I've made several adjustments to her coloring since I last blogged about her and I've painted the majority of her eyebrows. They still need some tweaking. I'd like to add a few hairs that creep closer to the inner corners of both eyes to shape the arch a bit more. I think I'll also add a few more painted hairs around the hairline before I begin rooting. 

I adore her rich skin tone! I decided at some point during her painting process to give her undertones a rosier, deep summer glow (yes, dark skin can have rosey hues too : )). That is my hand reaching into the photos above for comparison purposes. You can see the resemblance in the skin variation. Painting skin that looks "alive" is the ultimate goal when making reborn dolls, and it is uniquely challenging with deeper skin tones. But it can be done! I can't resist those tiny hands and feet. So pretty and dainty!



Monday, June 23, 2014

Miyori Akiko WIP Detail Pics : )

Okay, pics as promised! Please disregard the shine for now. It will be gone once she gets her final varnish and skin texture. : )











Miyori Akiko and a Question of Curls


Greetings lovelies! The little almond eyed beauty pictured above and below is Miyori Akiko, and I am positively in love. I've been working day and night painting babies and and I am thrilled with how her skin tones turned out. Of course she's not done yet. I added her veins in the photo below and I still need to add more dimension layers to her skin, color to her cheeks, brows, hairline, more lip layers, etc. I also haven't decided what texture hair I want to give her. She is meant to represent a blasian baby that is 3/4 black African and 1/4 native Japanese. Straight or curly? I have no idea right now. Hopefully I will decide before I've completed her eyebrows. She will be available for adoption upon completion. Ahh I'm so excited to see her with hair! She also has an anatomically correct torso by the way. I'd better get back to painting now. I'll post photos later of her pretty little hands and fat little toes after I've done some more work!






Thursday, May 29, 2014

Inspiration for Jean Baptiste



Bonjour! I've been busy working on this toddler boy Jean Baptiste and I thought I would share my inspiration for his coloring. Belgian pop star Stromae was my inspiration for little Jean Baptist's hair and skin coloring. Stromae is Flemish-Rwandan, and was the perfect model for the French Creole face I had in mind for this toddler. I love the sandy brown hair and dusky skin combo and this was the perfect opportunity to try something unique. Jean Baptist's eyes are also a beautiful shade of hazel, just like Stromae's. I will show closeups soon. Squee!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Creole Toddler Boy Progress Chat


Greetings! I've been working like a busy bee to get this big toddler boy finished up and ready for sale. His name is Jean Baptiste and he is such a prince! I'm still working on his eyebrows and tweaking his hairline. I have to  get rid of that shiny spot on his forehead and of course add his eyelashes. His eyes are not permanently set in yet and I may change their direction. This kit has a VERY large head, but the vinyl reasonably soft (for a toddler kit) so, it hasn't been to bad to root. His hair looks darker or lighter, depending on the amount of lighting and the light source it's being viewed in. It's beautiful and very natural looking. : )


I'm really looking forward to seeing him assembled and dressed in his oh-so dapper Baby Gap cowl neck sweater. I've been storing it away in my clothing box of goodies, just for him. Even though he's modeled after a French Creole Louisiana boy, I'm really liking more of a preppy, northeast nautical style for him. I haven't been dolly layette shopping in ages, so we'll see what happens!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Exciting Things Ahead!



Hola readers! I've been totally M.I.A from the blog for a while, but I've been missing it like crazy. Balancing work and being a new mom can be a bit of a challenge, and each day I learn new and more efficient ways to schedule my art/doll making time. I have so many exciting projects that I've been finishing up, new projects that I've started, and future projects that I'm looking forward to. The blog is overdue for major updates and a redesign, but the latter will be gradual. I'm bursting with ideas and inspiration and I'm excited for the Stork Bite Studios revamp. More details soon!

 
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