Doll artistry is very much like paintings. There’s colors, there’s texture, there’s subject matter. Now the painters use paints to create their subjects, and to apply textures by using specific brush strokes. Doll artists use different types of fabric to help with creating a subject matter and to add textures. Another thing that paintings and doll paintings have in common, is the technique of contrast. Painters use paints to indicate lights and darks. The same, applies to doll artists, using fabrics. All contained in a frame. Let’s take a look, further into this doll painting called the The Steampunk Lady.
The Lady is mounted onto a canvas made of smooth cork. It’s the kind of cork you get from bottles of wine. Only this cork is nice and flat. The doll is made of a soft cloth, lots of red hair, made from strands of red cotton threads, twisted into curly cues. The doll is captured from head to waist, so viewers like yourself can get a nice look at the doll, and see the actually technique of contrast being used, face to face as it were. Even if you don’t realize there is a technique of contrast, you can definitely see the differences in lights and darks. You can feel it, in your bones.
The style used to create this painting is steampunk, using the iconic cogs, watch parts to decorate her hair. She is dressed in a red satin type blouse, with a black lace and satiny material, layering together, underneath as a unique ensemble.
When you look at this doll painting, is there anything you see? Any message? Only if you feel there is one. But what is being presented here, is the idea of contrast in texture. Here you have some smooth cork in the background. It has a feel of marbling or inlay kind of texture. Where there is lights and dark shadings in the crevices of the cork. You have the red hair, of the Lady, which is hugely bright in color against the cork. The cork, really brings it out doesn’t it? It’s the doll artist way of showing this type of contrast, and about ways to emphasize a particular color. And in this case, it’s the magnificent mane of hair. Her skin is snow white, which is more so, in this painting, because of her bright red hair, and also due to the background of the brown cork. Finally we have the black and a wine color blouse. This also brings out the countenance of this doll, because it’s dark in color. Lace and satin were also used to give a different feel in the texture.
So this doll would be what you would call a three-dimension painting. And it’s done beautifully, with the help of textures, shades of lights and darks, and of course colors.