This article I found online is the best description I have ever read about exactly what makes an Art Doll. I had to share this with you. The links to the other artists are absolutely beautiful. I know that if you like Art Dolls, you will love the work of these artists. What I enjoy most about Art Dolls is that each one is an individual, much like people. Each one has its own story, and presents itself in specific ways to the viewers. For me, this is part of the mystique and encourages the viewers to interact with the dolls themselves on a very adult level.
One-of-a-kind handcrafted doll 22" tall
by Alice Watterson
Art Dolls, by and large, are the artist’s own interpretation of the human form. It can be abstract, impressionistic, mechanical, representative of an idea or notion, altered from a normal doll (like a really far-out barbie doll), or not even look like a doll. That is the fascination of these dolls. They are in galleries, private collections, museums all over the world. The originality of each doll is unique to the creator…but sometimes the creator or artist takes a left turn and just when you think the doll is made by an artist you can always recognize, you get a glimpse of a new and wonderful direction the artist is taking. That is amazing…instead of a world of a gazillion dolls that all look alike you now have a world of one-of-a-kind creations that can literally blow your mind.Some of my most favorite artists today: Akira Blount, Kim Goldfarb, Alice Watterson, Olga Rohl, Dima, Karen Flanders, Lynn Sward, Marge Hennen and Charla Khanna…and many, many, more wonderful artists who see the world just a little different. Viva la Difference!I invite you to experience this art form by checking out art dolls at Gallery Five. by Nancy Napier
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have recently begun a fascination with art dolls and have been reading blogs all over the web. I devour all I can find that describes not only what an art doll is, but also how an art doll becomes. There are quite a few art doll artists that I find myself returning to over and over.Art dolls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
When I first started reading about this subject, I found this clip to be a good starting point. After reading this, I felt I had learned, at least in part, what being an art doll artist meant. I also felt that I had gained some understanding of what all was involved in this fun and addicting art form.
A doll artist must be proficient in many skills - including sculpting, painting and costuming. They need an understanding the various clays used create a human or human-lie sculpt. The figure or doll is usually dressed or draped in fabrics. Costuming can be elaborate or simple. Sewing and color sense is very important. It is similar to a composition if this were a drawing or painting. It adds the sense of time and place. Portraiture is another skill a doll artist must possess. The face is the most important feature. An expressive face or telling smile can elevate a doll to art. Just like the Mona Lisa rises to the level of fine art. A well crafted figure figure rises from doll to an art doll.
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