Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adding colours to my Fantasy Paper Dolls

This week I have been colouring some of my recent paper doll designs in with coloured pencils.

I love a muted but also bold colour palette - this seems a contradiction I know. But I love working with strong colours that contrast against each other, but in keeping with browns, golds, and tans where it works. Of course to create my fish dog I had to include greens as well just to go against my own rules.


Perhaps in art its best not to set personal rules that you just end up breaking.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Telling a Story through Fantasy Paper Dolls


Images tell a thousand words as the old saying goes. I like the idea of paper dolls - images created on paper - telling a story, but even better, a story that can be enacted.  With this is in mind I have been dabbling in some new paper doll designs featuring a girl and her pet, but with a twist.  The girl is a fantasy figure with shape and texture inspired by fabulous and unreal places, other worlds and scapes of dreams.  Their pets are unique mash-ups.

The first pair of figures I have created are around a story of a girl who wants to own a dog.  Except the do is a fish dog.  I wonder what her mum will say to this pet.

The second pair is a warrior and her transport or possibly just best friend - a Robochicken. Will they be adventurers or saviours.

I have tried to inspire your imagination to wander when you see these characters.  They could lead you to all sorts of fantastic stories.