Marisole Monday: Roccoco Fantasy in Full Color

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Just for Boots, I didn’t make anything pink in this set. :)

Originally, there was pink in it, but I do use a lot of pink… which is odd, because I don’t like pink that much in the real world… So, I decided to be anti-pink for a while. Plus I think these dresses are fro-froo enough without adding pink into the mix.

Not that I have anything against pink, mind you… just a thought, really.

And now for a question:

    Julie asked: What advice would you give an aspiring paper doll artist? Are there Fashion Illustration books you recommend? How about Figure Drawing books?

To aspiring paper doll artists (and I’m not sure I’m not that far from ‘aspiring’ myself), I’d say the following:

    Draw a lot
    Look at paper dolls you like and try to figure out what you like about them
    Don’t be afraid to copy a style you like- imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
    Reference images are your friend
    Draw what you like and what you love, not what you think is popular or other people will like
    Have fun and stretch yourself… even though that’s scary a lot of the time

As for books, I would recommend… I think that’s worthy of it’s own blog post. So, I will work on putting together a list. If i had to name one, it would be Drawing the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm. It’s old, but it’s solid and I still use my copy when I need to draw a face in profile. (You might notice, I don’t do that much… cause I suck at it, but I use Hamm whenever I think I want to try again.)

Here’s a question for my readers, would you be interested in knowing what books I use and/or recommend about historical costume or figure drawing?

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6 Responses to Marisole Monday: Roccoco Fantasy in Full Color

  1. boots says:

    yay no pink!

    : D

    totally unexpected skin tone ~ i love it with the white stockings!

  2. Kat says:

    I would really like to know what books you use, especially for historical costumes but figure drawing as well.

  3. Monica says:

    I would like to know both! I’m always interested in what my fellow paper doll-ers use as reference.

  4. Liana says:

    I picked up that book you recommended, since I’ve been wanting to draw a new doll but am still so bad at people. It’s extremely useful so far! I’ve been practicing when Milo is asleep (but I can’t sharpen my pencils then…)

  5. RLC says:

    I’m so glad you found the book useful Liana. It’s the one I use the most. I imagine drawing around a small baby is a little… stressful. :)

  6. jazz13 says:

    Her dresses are very cute.

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