Eventually I will post this doll in her entirety, but I just finished her face and was excited about how well it came out, so I wanted to share it. The picture here is enlarged somewhat so that you can see the detail. The actual heads are less than an inch tall.
So this is Emmie Fenton at 14 on the left, with her hair growing out after a bout of scarlet fever. I've always struggled with Emmaline's face because I describe her as being homely, but homely is hard to draw, especially on a character I like really well. So I tried to emphasize that she is not beautiful by giving her freckles and dark circles under her eyes (her health is never good), and otherwise making her plain in every way. Unintentionally, she actually looks kind of like me in this picture, which is okay too, I guess. The picture on the right is Emmie in her 20s (her hair all grown out again, and set back modestly). I tried to get a little maturity into her expression (or wisdom?), compared to the first face, but it may be too subtle.
I'll probably finish the body for this doll over the weekend. I want to make a few more Emmies (during the war and Reconstruction years, and then another one in her 50s-60s with white hair, etc.), just to get the full range of them like I intend to do with everyone else in this series.
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