I did not have time today, as I had planned, to dedicate exclusively toward my dolls, but I didn't want to start my first week of scheduled postings off on the wrong foot. So I share with you today something like proof that I'm actually working on these: a draft of the coats and hats for the Morse brothers.
I do all of my drafting on old dot-matrix printer paper (you can see the little "feed" holes up top if you click to make the image bigger). I work out the designs in pencil over rough outlines of the characters. Then I use a lightbox to make sure the measurements are correct before transferring the designs to the actual watercolor paper for coloring. I'm actually considering doing these clothes on cardstock instead of water color paper since I will probably be coloring them with markers instead of paints.
I'll probably make some changes on these before they are finished, including more specificity in the pattern on the vests, and adjustments to the lapels on the winter coat there. Not sure about the hat on Tennessee. I can't imagine him wearing a hat, though surely he must have one. I might change it to another style. I have some ideas, but I will reveal them later.
Happy Birthday Mozart!
Inspired by the maestro, who did not live nor die in the Victorian era, but who accomplished so much well before he reached my age, I am attempting to get some kind of schedule going for this blog. I have decided to commit myself to updating on certain days of the week. This will insure that you get fabulous new content on a regular basis and that I will stay focused providing it! I think I have attempted to set a schedule before, but never posted it. In this way I will make myself accountable!
So, starting on the 29th of January, I plan to adhere to the following schedule:
Monday Mourning: fashions, ephemera, and other notions surrounding the intricacies of Victorian mourning (an art form all its own!)
Tuesday Tabs: Victorian-styled paper dolls by other artists from my personal collection and others found around the web.
Fashion Plate Friday: plates from the 1830s-1900 from my own collection and the many internet collections around the web.
Saturday Sartorial: Original paper dolls and their clothes!
I have been away a while, but as I promised, I have been working (slowly). I have been much encouraged by the comments I have received lately ~ it's always nice to know someone is reading the blog and following along and hoping for updates. It definitely motivates me to get back to updating!
Today I am sharing with you a draft of three new dolls from the Morse family (from left to right): Ginny (short for Virginia), Tennessee (also called States), and Mish (short for Michigan). There are nine children in the Morse family, so for the moment six other sisters are absent (want to guess which states they are?).
The Morses are the "ideal" Southern family of the era: wealthy, beautiful people who have literally been raised to "inherit the earth". Their father is a retired merchant sea captain who built a fortune in the slave trade and other "property" investments. But their world is far from ideal. Scarlet fever took their mother and blinded Ginny at a young age. Mish is a willful abolitionist zealot, and Tennessee...well, there's just something not quite right about him.
And that's all the backstory you'll get from me for now. I'm working on their first outfits this weekend and will post a draft of those as well. Ultimately the downloadable/printable versions of these dolls will be featured along with the series when it kicks into gear hopefully in February!