Quick Announcement!

I just wanted to let everyone know that there are some back-end things I am doing for the site involving servers.

Nothing to be alarmed by, everything has been backed up and I don’t expect any outages.

However, there will be no changes to the site for at least the next few weeks and given the world situation, I didn’t want anything to fret.

But… I want to keep seeing paper dolls…

Never fear! I will be sharing work on my social media feeds (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and on the Patreon site.

Patrons will, of course, continue to get content and starting on April 7th, I’ll be posting in #the100daysproject on Instagram. My hashtag will be #100daysofpaperdolls

So, follow me along there!

Let Me Tell You About My 365 Day Paper Doll Project on Patreon

Occasionally, I get an idea that just won’t leave me alone. This was one of those ideas. I wanted to create a series of paper dolls where one item was revealed each day. And I really wanted to do something special for my Patrons who have helped keep the blog on the internet.

The first paper doll set of my 365 paper doll project featuring elegant evening gowns.
Day 6 of my 365 Day Paper Doll Project for my 5 Dollar and Up Patrons

I recently fell back in love with my sprites when I was working on my 1944 paper doll, but I wanted to re-draw them, especially once I realized the issues with their right foot. I love their big heads and slightly sassy pose.

So, I redrew the Sprites pose for my 365 paper doll project. I really don’t enjoy drawing paper doll figures, because I struggle with it so much. Figure drawing and I… have issues, but I do my best. I have a few body poses I feel like I can draw and an I tend to stick with those. I know my limitations.

As with all my paper dolls, these girls start in my sketchbook as pen and ink outlines. Once they are drawn, I scan them, clean them up and make them into paper dolls you can play with.

These gowns in my sketchbook.

This year, these paper dolls are going to be for my patrons over on Patreon. At the end of the project, I’m not 100% sure what I will do with the resulting paper dolls, but I would like to maybe make them available through Etsy as a print product or digital download.

I’ve made Day 6 a public post, so you can see the style of these paper dolls up close and personal. Once each page is completed, I post it, write about it and make the color and coloring page versions available.

If you want to follow along, get a daily paper doll piece, and cheer on my progress, head over to Patreon and join as a 5 dollar or up subscriber. I’d love to have your support while I try to make 365 (okay it’s a leap year, so it really should be 366) pieces of paper doll clothing.

Questions? Comments? Leave me a comment and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

Holiday Break 2019

 

This year I have decided to treat myself to a little winter vacation from the blog! Usually when I go on a hiatus it is because it’s an act of panic, but this year I decided to treat myself to a few weeks off.

I’ll see you all in January! I hope everyone has an amazing end to 2019 and takes good care of themselves. If you have holidays to celebrate, I hope you enjoy them.

PS: My Patrons (join us here!) will still be getting their paper dolls!

I’m Doing #The100DayProject

Prepping for the 100 Day Project!

I could not be more excited to say that I am going to tackle the 100 Day Project this year! I’m going to try super hard not to cheat and create a bunch at once, unless I absolutely have to. I will be doing some travel, so some of that maybe necessary.

What is the 100 Day Project? Well, I’m glad you asked! It’s basically a challenge born on Instagram to pick a project and then do it for 100 days.

A best friend is doing 100 days of 100 words a day. I’m doing 100 days of paper doll clothing. No full outfits mind you, but like a shirt, or shoes, or dress or something. I suppose if I need to do something super quick, I could even do a necklace. But the idea is to do 100 days of different paper doll pieces.

And what is the prize? Well…. nothing. I just get to say I did.

The paper doll I’ll be drawing for is from my Etsy store. I’ve been meaning to create more clothing for those dolls for weeks/months and I am WAY behind. So, I thought- Well, this is a great chance. I know I need about 8 to 10 pieces to make up a page, so I can try to get 10 or more pages done.

If you want to follow along as I do my drawing, then follow me on Instagram. I’ll be posting there. I will try to remember to also post to Facebook and Twitter, but I’m not 100% reliable about that.

Tomorrow I’ll share my first piece on Instagram! Come say Hi! I could use the moral support.

Hiatus February 25th Through March 1st

I am putting the blog on hiatus for this week. I just had too much to do last week and this week. So, I’ll return next week. Thank you for understanding while I deal with some personal stuff.

Update: So, life is taking a bit longer to settle down than I thought it would. I’m extending my Hiatus until the end of next week. I’m fine, but I just need to deal with some “real world’ thing. Thank you for your patience.- Rachel

Introducing the New Series: Jewels & Gemstones

At the end of 2017, I decided to retire every paper doll series I’d had and work on developing a new series. My original plan was to make that series one doll, lots of clothing. In the end, I chickened out and made three poses. So, Dames and Dandies wasn’t one doll with lots of clothing. It was three doll series all of which were to scale and stylistically connected.

The New Paper Doll Series: Jewels & Gemstones doll on the left and some sketchbook pages on the right.

So, as 2018 came to a close, I started thinking seriously about two things: What I wanted in 2019, why I hadn’t gone with my first instinct in 2018 anyway and how important a curvier paper doll was to me as an artist and to people I knew.

From those thoughts, the new paper doll series was born. It is one doll pose. Each doll will be named after a different gemstone/rock. A big thank you to my Patrons for helping me pick a name for the series.

Sketchbook pages, penciling and Opal in Photoshop.

My goal for the next three months (that is until March for anyone whose counting) is to post five days a week. Every Monday through Thursday there will be a new paper doll outfit or doll posted here on the blog. On Friday, there will be an exclusive doll or outfit for my Patreon backers at the 2 dollar and up level. You can join Patreon here.

On the blog on Fridays, I’ll be sharing a round up from my own archives around a theme or from a series that never got such a thing. So, for example, I might gather up all the punk paper dolls or fairy paper dolls or redheads or something. I have over a thousand posts on this blog devoted to different paper dolls. I know my archives pretty well and I want to share them with you.

If you have any questions, thought, or whatever, please feel free to ask me in a comment or on any of my social media- Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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