SFM Cloth Dolls with Attitude! NZ

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Making little changes.

Someone from Greece asked me to make a doll for her representing a man who has been drinking.  She called him a Drunker man.  She had bought my Innkeeper pattern to make the doll, but was worried about making the face as she wanted to give it as a gift.  She asked me to make the face for her for a portion of the price it would have cost her for me to make the whole thing, so I agreed, and this is what I came up with, according to her specs.  
 I took this photo and sent it off for her approval.  Happily, she liked what I had done, but she didn't like the blackness inside the mouth and said it made him look sick instead of funny, and could I change it. Even while I coloured it black, I could see it was not right, but sent the pic off anyway expecting her to say she didn't like that head and would I do another. I just wanted to know, so I could get on with it!

When she explained what she wanted I thought I'd have a go at changing it with paint.  So I painted all but the fine edges of the inner mouth with white acrylic, let it dry.  I used watercolour paint in a dark red mixed with a little paynes grey to achieve this more healthy colour in his mouth.  I used the black Gel pen again to draw in the teeth, then painted the inner mouth - not the lips - to give it a finish.

The thing is - like everyone, I am still learning too!  It's one thing to be able to  needlesculpt adequately, but getting the colour right is very important to the overall look of the doll.  I am grateful for the feedback I received and to be able to correct it satisfactorily, as well as to learn from my mistake!

3 comments:

Judy McCarthy said...

Yes, although the inside of a mouth looks black, it isn't really. like what you have done with his head, and can't wait to see the rest of his body!
You are patient to fiddle with this doll commission.I just don't have the patience for orders!

The Stitch Fiddler said...

Your needle sculpting skills are great. I've just got to do one of your patterns soon. Maybe after the Christmas Season is over....

Txatxa Txa said...

asi esta mucho mejor