Friday, November 24, 2017

My "Hero" Inspiration

What is a hero? "a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."  I don't really idealize anyone.  I did think about doing a military theme, but I wanted to do something more personal to me and less generalized.  Who is my hero?  My mom, but I have no idea how to represent that in a paper doll outfit.  So instead, I think I went a little off topic and did more of my inspirations.  The first outfit I drew is on the right corner and represents the artist Mary Engelbreit.  My mother used to get her magazine Home Companion and I loved her detailed, colorful, and whimsical illustrations.  

Her style was instantly recognizable. Of course, her paper dolls!  I greatly admire her talent.  The second outfit kind of emerged from the first, since I drew a sailor collar.  I decided to do Sailor Moon, which falls more into another definition of hero as someone with super human abilities.  In my youth/teen years, Sailor Moon was one of my favorite TV shows along side Dragon Ball Z.  I loved watching the transformation scene and seeing a strong female team take on evil.  Later, I read the manga and loved Naoko Takeuchi's art style.  I drew lots of Sailor Moon fan art (and still do) and I even have a paper doll project buried away.  Sailor Moon helped me make friends (if that sounds dorky) and gave me something to look forward to after the long dragging school days.

For more outfits for this doll drawn by me click here

Wonderful designs from the blogs below as well! Everyone went in a very unique direction for this challenging theme.
Paper Doll School here
Paper Thin Persona here
Pop Culture Paper Dolls  here

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  I will be busy for the next few weeks with finals for school.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Winnie Winkle Fashion cut out

Winnie Winkle Fashion Cut-Out by Brenner.  Dated May 12-1935.  Cut, missing hat.  Gently mounted to the paper.  Some discoloration from age.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sister's Cut-Outs Toot and Cute

This page is from a newspaper comic called The Kid Sister and the paper doll portion was called Sister's Cut-Out.  These are from 10-28-1934 but certainly have a Thanksgiving pilgrim vibe to them.  These characters are Toot and Cute

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winnie Winkle Fashion Cut-Out


Winnie Winkle Fashion Cut-Out paper dolls from newspapers by the artist Brenner.  These are from the 1930s.  Both feature a backward glancing base with outfits shown from the rear perspective, a very interesting pose for a doll.  I love the prints on the second page.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jane Arden Couples

Here are some Jane Arden newspaper pages from the 30s featuring male characters along side the typical female fashion cut outs.  Of course these pages are a bit brittle from age and have discolored over time as well.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A tale of two Tillies

Haha, pardon my pun!  Above is an interesting look at newspaper comics.  These are the same panel/paper doll but one is black and white dated May 6 1933 which would be a Saturday not a Sunday and the bottom is in color dated May 7 1933.  Both are Tillie the Toiler.  Note the bottom credits the artists but the top does not.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

School Projects

Photo Restoration After (above) and Before (below)

Animal Collage Wall Street Shark

Multiple selves

multiple selves practice

character gif
Busy with school.  Here's some of the projects I've done for my Graphics class.  Top ones are Photoshop, bottom is Illustrator animated gif. And look, pictures of me... and me!  Lol.  Midterms are right now, so test exams and such are sucking up my time. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tillie the Toiler Fashion Parade

Here is a panel from the Tillie the Toiler comic dated 1-14-40 drawn by Peggy Gaffke.  She has 2 outfits and a hat.  i love this dolls hairstyle and fierce face. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Phillip Holmes

Another male dress o graph paper doll featuring Phillip Holmes.  This one scanned in a bit washed out, and defiantly has aged and discolored.  He has 3 full outfits, a jacket and hat. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Inktober Witch Continued

More costumes for the Inktober witch.  Can you believe this month is almost over!? So Oct 14 was space them, I went with a retro future look. Oct 15 was royal, I did a Victorian inspired queen. Oct 16th was beast master. I designed an animal skin costume along with a wolf head dress.  I thought about skin-walkers, those who become the animal.  Oct 17 was Necromancer, so I did some skulls and bones. And last on that page was Music, which i don't love, based on a majorette costume.

The second page has Tech witch, I was inspired by Mech suits and included some solar panels. Oct 20 was mermaid, petty fish design... Oct 21 was Potion Brewer, I did a variation on my merchant witch.  Oct 22 was Knight witch, so suit of fantasy armor.  Finally, Oct 23 was magical girl... which I want to redo. I don't like that design at all.  Forgot to add shading to this page too.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Paper Doll Collaberation Project Vampire Masquarde

 I have today off for Nevada Day, sad that it isn't on Halloween this year.  Can't believe it's the end of October already! Midterms in school right now, super busy!  Anyway, the theme for this month is Masquerade/Vampire.  The cape was inspired by Victorian Fancy Dress, particularity of a bat, .like this one.  I made the overall outfit more modern and pretty stereotypical of the vampire Halloween costumes. I always imagine vampires more conservative and covered up, still sexy but not reveling much skin, hence the gloves and long dress.  I've had lots of fun Collaborating on this project, it's great to see everyone design a the end of the month.

For more outfits for this doll drawn by me click here

Wonderful designs from the blogs below as well!
Paper Doll School here
Paper Thin Persona here
Pop Culture Paper Dolls  here

Will post more of my Inktober witch soon.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Haloween Children Pages

Various Joan Walsh Anglund children pages featuring Halloween themed cut outs and illustrations.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Doll

Might try to add more Halloween Costumes costumes for this doll later.  For now, she has a Snow White costume. Any ideas for outfits?  I was thinking Red Ridding Hood and Little Bo Peep but I'm up for suggestions.

More outfits

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween Paper Doll

Here's a black and white Halloween paper doll using a modified version of the base I used for Easter here
Her costumes include a clown and a witch, along with hats, a pair of shoes, and some spooky accessories.  No promises on coloring, but I will try. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quick Halloween Paper Doll in color

My mom in Prismacolor Pencils (limit 12 colors)

Ink shading

Colored by Me with Prismacolor Pencils

Colored by me with Prismacolor Markers (and some Copic)
Black and White here

These are some various colored versions of the above black and white doll.  As you can see, I used a few different mediums.  My mom also wanted to color so her version is here too.  The paper I printed on is a slight off white, so it scans in a bit odd.  May try to color using Photoshop and Illustrator as well.  If you share a colored version of this paper doll with me, I will post it here along with your name.  Email a jpg or png along with the subject "Halloween Coloring" be sure to include your name.  Kids, get permission from your parents before sending anything.

I've also decided to name this witch, Hazel.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

inktober witch part 2

Can you believe this month is about half over!  Above are two more pages for inktober paper doll. here.  Page 1 includes Socialite, I always imaging someone in a sharp cutting edge of fashion suit.  Seamstress I tried to make a human pincushion.  Blood witch.  And lolita witch wearing a cute pumpkin dress with ruffles and bows.  I also added in a broom and a cauldron bag that can go with different outfits. Page two includes a Wicked Witch, inspired by Raven Queen from Ever after High.  Sun witch, inspired by Sun Goddess Barbie. Candy witch, inspired by Katy Perry, and Pixie witch, whose wings are a bit lopsided because I ran out of room on the page! More to come.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vamps and Villains

So I got my newest/latest issue of OPDAG in the mail.  Issue 118 theme was Vamps and Villains.  I decided to do these two Batman ladies, since they are both Vamps and Villains. Harley Quinn 6 outfits and a 'hat', all of these are from various video games, cartoons and movies.  I was inspired by Bruce Timm's artwork as far as style goes. Just note before you look him up, not all of his art is safe for work.  Poison Ivy has 6 outfits, also from various movies and comics.These characters are owned by DC comics.  I used Adobe Illustrator to create the dolls.  I may add more characters later (Wonder Woman, Cat woman maybe)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017



Brenda Sneathen Mattox

Charles Ventura

Dress a Doll

Shirley Derr

Dress a Doll

Sandra Vanderpool

Dress a doll

Dress a doll

Shirley  Derr
These are some pages scanned from the OPDAG News (Original Paper Doll Artist Guild).  This is issue 34 from Winter 1993 and the theme is Cinderella.  What a great theme! Includes a dress a doll.  All pages are in black and white, not all pages are shown here. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Halloween Finger Puppets

Here's another Halloween Children's Page from the artist Joan Walsh Anglund.  This page features 5 finger puppet figures along with a pumpkin shaped stage. I believe this is from October 1984 or 1985. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

inktober witch paper doll

Last year I did a Ball joint Lolita themed paper doll for inktober but I never posted it because I want to work on the project further.  This year I found a list of prompts here link  and decided that was the themes I wanted to use for my paper doll.  Day 1 was seasonal witch, I choose a subtle fall theme for the base, if she was colored (which I may do later) I'd imagine soft oranges, reds, and browns.  Second day was urban witch, I went for a modern girl vibe with a oversized sweater paired with a graphic crop top, short skirt, leggings and boots.  The 3rd day was Merchant/Vagabond, I decided to make a potion seller.  4th was garden witch,  I went for a homemade looking outfit.  She is holding a squash jack-o-lantern.  I accidentally skipped day 5 (realized this morning when I went to today's prompt) and did day 6 instead, which is Oracle.  I stuck with a traditional Greek Delphi inspired dress.  I tried a few techniques I haven't used before, resulting in some bleeding ink over my lines, but hey, it's practice.  More outfits will be posted about every 4 or 5 days, (until the page is full) for the rest of the month.  I encourage you to also participate in inktober,  There are lots of prompt list out there if you don't know what to draw.  Or just doodle in ink every day at least!