F.A.Q

Welcome to the FAQ where I try to answer questions that I get regularly. If you don’t see your question answered here, feel free to email me directly. This was last updated on 11/20/2015 and updates whenever it occurs to me to add a new question.

Frequently Asked Questions

General:
How do I contact you?
How often does the site update?
Do you accept donations?
May I use your paper dolls for my non-personal or commercial use?
I drew some dresses for one of your paper dolls, can I post them on a website?
How do I unsubscribe from the weekly printouts?
I don’t see my question on here, what should I do?

Contests:
When will your next contest or drawing be?
What are the rules for contests?
How can I enter your contests?
What is the prize for the contests?

Paper Dolls:
Will you make ____ paper doll in black and white?
Why are some of the paper doll series retired?
Do you take suggestions or requests for paper dolls?
Do you do custom work or commissions?

How To:
What do you use to draw and color your paper dolls?
How do I attach the wigs and hats to the doll when there are no tabs?
How do I make a stand for the paper dolls?

General

How do I contact you?

You can contact me through email. Since sometimes people have trouble with email links, the address is- paperthinpersonas (at) gmail (dot) com. I check this email address every week and do try to respond to every email I receive, but sometimes it takes me a little while. Do check the rest of the questions to see if I answer you inquiry here, cause that will be faster than trying to email me in person most of the time. You’re also more than welcome to comment on the blog. I try to reply to those as well.

How often does the site update?

The site updates with new paper dolls twice a week on Monday and Friday. On Wednesdays, I usually post something else, though sometimes a paper doll pops up then as well. Life gets in the way of this schedule at times, but rarely. I work full time, so I have to fit the blog into things on the edges, but I really try to have three updates a week. Two paper dolls and then one of something else- doodles, or thoughts about blogging or whatever.

Do you accept donations?

Yes, absolutely. Currently, I accept donations is through Patreon. Any amount helps keep this blog up and running. :)

May I use your paper dolls for my non-personal or commercial use?

My paper dolls are available for licensing for use in commercial or non-personal applications. It really depends on what your use is and weather or not it is commercial in nature.  Please email me with any questions, I don’t discuss the “business” side of the site in comments for both my privacy and yours. My terms of use does address this issue, but emailing me might be the easiest way to answer your questions. I can only continue to run this blog as long as people continue to respect my work.

I drew some dresses for one of your paper dolls, can I post them on a website?

Of course, but please do not post the paper dolls (as they are my intellectual property) and a link back to my site (http://paperthinpersonas.com). I always love to see people’s designs for my paper dolls, so feel free to email me or leave a comment to let me know. It’s fun to see what people had done. I try to get back to everyone who emails me their work in a timely fashion, but there is just one of me, so be patient if you haven’t heard from me.

How do I unsubscribe from the automatic weekly printouts?

HP licensed my art for their application. I have no direct control over the HP Printer Application that prints my paper dolls weekly. Once you have subscribed to the application than you have to unsubscribe through the HP website or through your printers control panel. It’s easy to do and there are great instructions that you can find right here: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03181888.

I don’t see my question on here, what should I do?

Feel free to email me or ask a question in a comment. I try to respond to the questions that I get as quickly as possible. If you absolutely need a question answered, email me is the best way to be sure that I’ll reply. I check my email several times a week, but it cane take up to a week for me to get back to people.

Contests

When will your next contest or drawing be?

I do not know. I run contests erratically throughout the year, usually one or two per year and their timing depends on my work schedule. I try to run them when I know I’ll have time to create the prize (a custom paper doll) in a reasonable amount of time.

What are the rules for contests?

The contest rules are as follows, generally, though they change sometimes depending on the nature of the contest and are always posted in the post announcing the contest.

    1. You can only win one contest per year.
    2. I announce the winner on the blog on the day I specify in the original post. I will also email the winner at their email address attached to the comment. If I do not hear back from the winner within a week, I will use a random number generator to select a new “winner.”
    3. The winner will receive a one page custom paper doll based on one of my paper doll series within a month of the end of the contest. Sometimes life gets in the way of this goal, but I will email the winner if that is the case and we can make other arrangements.
    4. There is no purchase necessary to enter my contests and they are void where prohibited.
    5. You must be over the age of 13 to participate.

How can I enter your contests?

There is no purchase necessary to enter my contests. Contests are open for a week, generally, and specific instructions will be posted on the initial contest post.

What is the prize for the contests?

Usually, the prize for the contests is a custom paper doll such as an elven Marisole, a pair of pucks ready for a date or this Chinese street fashion doll. I’ve done a 10th Century Anglo-Saxon and a 1970’s chick.

Paper Dolls

Will you make ______ paper doll in black and white?

This is my most commonly asked question. So common that I wrote a whole post about it and you can read that here.

Why are some of the paper dolls “retired”?

Because I get bored. Seriously, I do. So, I draw what interests me and when a series gets to the point when I am dreading updating it (which does happen), it gets transferred from Serial Printable Paper Dolls, to Retired Paper Doll Series and gets to live there happily. All of my paper doll sets are available through the Printable Paper Doll Gallery, retired or otherwise. Nothing ever gets deleted from the site (unless I am asked by someone who owns the images or there’s another problem).

Do you take suggestions or requests for paper dolls?

I do, but taking the suggestion doesn’t mean the paper doll will happen. Generally, I don’t do fan art and I can’t, for a whole slew of legal reasons, draw living or dead specific people without their permission.

Do you do custom work or commissions?

Yes, I do. My availability depends on my current schedule. Usually, the best bet is to just email me with what you are thinking about and I will let you know both my rates- which are generally 100.00 to 150.00 dollars for a one page paper doll and my availability. Then there’s a contract and we get going. It’s a painless process I assure you.

How To

What do you use to draw and color your paper dolls?

I use black micron pens, black ball point pens, black brush pens (a lot of black, obviously) and do my coloring with a combination of Photoshop CS5 and a plug-in called the Bpelt filter which is designed for flatting in comic strips. I find it speeds up my coloring a lot (which is good, because color is time consuming). I have written a longer explanation about how I color here.

How do I attach the wigs and hats to the doll when there are no tabs?

I’ve written up some detailed instructions with diagrams on how to do this.

How do I make a stand for the paper dolls?

Directions for making a stand for any of the paper dolls can be found here with, fairly bad, iPhone photos. I have some skills. Photography is clearly not one of them.

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