Sketchbook… Returns!

I am in this rather frustrating state with my paper doll activities where I have a lot drawn and a fair bit scanned, but very little that has crossed the threshold into the DONE category. So I am on my way to rebuilding the blog backlog, but it is going to take time. These things always do. In the mean time, here’s a sneak preview of what I have been working on.

I really like the Mini-Maidens for two reasons. 1. I think they’re cute. 2. They are in black and white. Black and white paper dolls take about a quarter of the time that full color ones do. I can draw the tabs on the original drawing, rather than have to add them later with Photoshop and they don’t need nearly as much post processing. So, when I need to “make stuff fast” then I find that I go back to the Mini-Maidens paper dolls and give them some love. This is going to be a 1960’s period mini-dress set. All dresses and all vintage. I don’t know which of the Mini-Maidens will get this set yet.

A while ago, I did a diesel punk paper doll for the Flock, only I didn’t know there was such a thing as diesel punk at the time, so I called a punk noir, which I think is a much better name. This is part of a planned sequel set with two dolls and at least one page of extra clothing for them. Flock magnetic paper doll sets tend to take me forever to finish, so don’t hold your breath on this one. Flock is the collection for which I have the most scanned that never actually has gotten finished. Embarrassing, but true.

Lastly, though not least, a pair of Pixie paper doll sets. The top set is a fantasy warrior set and the bottom set is a Renaissance inspired fantasy set. You might notice that none of the warrior’s weapons have “blades”. Since I can’t draw a straight line to save my life, I tend to add the handles and blades in Photoshop.

Also, on a totally unrelated note, one of the things I plan on slowly doing is going back an enlarging some of the images on the site in posts. I really think some of them are too small and I have been reading about proper image sizing for blogs a lot lately. So, there might be some changes around here. Nothing major and unless you spend a lot of time lurking about the archives, I doubt most people will even notice. 🙂

And now for a quick poll…

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Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂


  1. First off, I loooooove the sketchbook posts! Even if none of them ever make it to completion, they are still gorgeous and inspiring 🙂 Secondly, your work is getting more and more imaginative and it is a wonderful thing to see. That armour? O.M.G. (Obviously I voted for pixie fantasy sets!)

    I don’t know how anyone else feels, but if getting to colouring is the main thing that holds you back from publishing certain sets, why not leave them B&W? They are no less lovely and the lines of the clothing are always strong enough that they don’t suffer from not being in full colour.

    1. I don’t like to leave sets in black and white, because I like coloring them. I used to claim it was because color paper dolls always seemed to win my polls. (Usually they do, though in my last poll they didn’t… perhaps my audience has changed? Hmmm…) Anyway, I realized I like coloring paper dolls. I like how they look colored and since I tend to think in color, I want to get to express what I imagine a set looking like. Yeah, it takes more time to do them in color, but it’s worth it to me.

      I do complain about it sometimes and it is frustrating sometimes, but I’d be more unhappy if I gave it up, I think.

      The truth is that there are a slew of reasons that things get put into folders on my computer and waste away there for a few months (years…). Sometimes, I lose interest. Sometimes, I decide that “actually I hate this set”. Sometimes, the set is part of a larger project I had and then that project didn’t get finished and I keep thinking I’ll go back and get it done someday. Sometimes sets just get forgotten about (sad, but true.)

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