Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What Am I Doing?

I'm asking myself that question a lot today!
I've never really "carved" green florist's styrofoam before...
but now I know why it is suggested that you wear a mask
and have a vacuum cleaner close-by... Ha!

After transferring my BJD pattern to the foam blocks,
I began cutting away to shape the body core 
using a small serrated knife... what a mess!
I am using styrofoam balls for the head core 
as well as the shoulder and hip core joints.
There will also be joints at the forearms, hands,
knees and feet...  theoretically!
Next step... begin to apply paper clay 
over the core body parts.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My First... BJD!

Those words have a familiar ring, eh?
"In the beginning... there was styrofoam and straws!"
And so, a new journey begins... 
working on my very first ball jointed doll.
The PLAN is to use tutorials from:
 the "Noah" approach to making a BJD,
Linda Macario... Italian BJD artist, 
and "The Comprehensible Guide for Frustrated Doll Makers"
by Gribby Bullock found at Deskleaves on deviantART. 
At the moment I'm thinking... a troll doll;
with over-sized feet, a lovable face with exaggerated features,
big-knuckled fingers, and... Well, you get the idea.
(picture a gentle giant of a soul... that is posable!)
I think I need a nap...  Daryle

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lenten Rose

Katie and I picked up this wonderful perennial yesterday
on our day trip to Lancaster County... 
It loves shade and will do well in our flower gardens
offering us its beautiful, subtle blooms in late winter.
Happy Lenten Wishes... sent your way! Daryle 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tutti & Frutti are in ADQ!

They are a comical pair!
My heartfelt thanks to Jana Holstein, Managing Editor, 
and all of the staff at Art Doll Quarterly for
 including them in the Spring 2013 issue (on page 101)
of the "Show & Tell" section of the magazine.
I couldn't be happier with the article and photograph
that they published.  
I hope you'll pick up your copy of this issue... 
before it sells out!  
Every page of this issue is a feast for the eyes
and an inspiration for the soul!
Enjoy! Daryle

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Inch by inch...Step by step!"

I decided to "crackle" just his skullcap**...
giving it that old world look.
**(double click on the pic to enlarge)
I collect (among other things) flattened rusty bottle caps
on my daily 5k walks...  one never knows when
you just might need them!
They add a nice little rusty touch 
as an embellishment to the wings.
Oh... I softened his eye color, adding a bit of brownish gold.
The note on the photo says it all... huh?
I finished both of his hands today... finding that working
on every-other-finger, then allowing them to dry between
works best when I'm sculpting with my big, clumsy hands!