Saturday, October 29, 2011

Improvisations

An OOAK skirt (that still needs tightening at the waist), a scarf from Franklin Mint, Tonner's A Sensible Notion wrap, and a blouse from Ashton Drake's Gene (Love's Ghost). This is the fun thing when you collect things of the same genre. It allows you to mix.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Psykopaint Portrait of Scarlett

Found this new application in the internet called psykopaint (psykopaint.com) and tried it on a portrait. Hmmm...it blends the photo like a painting. Try it. Have fun. Escape.

Weekend reprieve

This has been a harrowing week indeed!! My day work calls for the office to prepare for installations in malls for Christmas. Not an easy task at all. So my hats off to all those department store displays for the holidays. Difficult -- is an understatement. Preparing the installations, talking to suppliers, giving details as to color, style...pegs, pegs, pegs; hoping they all know what they're talking about, and troubleshooting. That's commercialism for the holidays. Where are those Silent Nights, right? As the holidays come so do the money-makers. After all it is a season for gifts. My gift always is the moment I shed off that 9 to 6 mode and move towards my workstation to see my Scarlett. Yep, got no life but this. Pathetic? Depends on the degree on how others regard it to be. This my life. My reverie. My escape. My reprieve. My arm still aches from a strain and repainting has become more tedious than usual. Luckily I was able to retouch an old Scarlett in prep for the coming "Fire in Atlanta" (see previous post on thoughts about that). It's a long weekend here as we all prepare for All Soul's Day. But not for me. I have yet to run after an ad that needs to be released and with a deadline, prepare for Saturday dinner with my family for a birthday and try to catch my sanity back till week starts again. Had I relocated elsewhere I would have gotten a job in a doll company LOL. But I am miles away from where all you all are where all the resources of this passion are readily available. Count your blessings. Anyways, I ramble on because there is need to reprieve.

Luckily, the Scarlett you see  gave me something to do. Another portrait. I like the ruffles on the Franklin Mint Barbecue dress. They look pretty close to the real thing. And I think Scarlett is enjoying the change. Her reprieve.

Have a nice weekend!

Bravo Tonner! There is fire in Atlanta!

The iconic red robe that would make it to millions of book covers, posters and memorabilia is once again re-created by Robert Tonner's Gone with the Wind line. The Tonner version is named "Fire in Atlanta" descriptive of the bursting passion of the novels leads. One night of jealousy and denial leads to the consummation of his love for her and her growing realization of the kind of man she may actually need and want in her life. How would one paint this doll? With a smirky smile? With a bland straight-eyed look? Tonner Scarlett surprises us with a new face paint which as one member of the Scarlett Vinyl Group says (may I quote you Paul): "captures the spirit of the scene".
Looking at the face of the doll we see the changes adopted to capture that spirit: The arched raised brow -- a very Vivien/Scarlett signature. Raised high when in deep thought, when facing challenges or simply in an attempt to be alluring; The eyes seem glancing sideways with eyelashes concentrated in the ends, an effect that gives the eyes the much needed slanting shape; highly noticeable is the flesh color under the eyes which soften the look; the lower lashes rendered now in brown and the lips that are painted in just the right places avoiding the lift at the ends which would have given her a smile -- being ready for passion, why not have it close to a pout? The hair falls on the shoulders in a cascade of curls.
Natalia Sidorova's photo of her "Fire in Atlanta"

I was forever wondering how the actual doll would look like as there are often changes from the PR photos and prototypes to the finished product. Luckily I found the photos of one Scarlett collector from the TonnerDirect facebook group. Her name is Natalia Sidorova and she posted lovely pictures of Fire in Atlanta. Her photos confirm it all. Bravo Tonner! This is the best repaint of Tonner Scarlett we've ever had.
I couldn't help fixing the photos and realized there isn't much to fix about this new face. Congratulations Tonner and thank you to Natalia for giving me a go to share her photos here.
(L) Current Fire in Atlanta, (R) with fixed eyes, lips, background


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Never forgotten: Tonner Melanie Wilkes "Sewing Circle"


One principal GWTW character in the Tonner and Franklin Mint line that seems to have been least of priority is Melanie Hamilton-Wilkes. If Scarlett's wardrobe would be luxurious and glamorous of Hollywood standards, Melanie's costumes would be real as the Civil War was to the GWTW story. Her hairstyle never changes in the entire story and we see that her palette has been relegated to dark or pale neutrals. As a doll she isn't that much thrilling versus her sister-in-law's rich possibilities of ostentatious gowns and yet as a doll representing GWTW and beyond that the Civil War she is a perfect symbol of grace and fortitude. A pillar that still stands amidst the wreckage of war. And so when given a choice of OOAK dresses for GWTW dolls, I never forget to think of her.

This OOAK dress is once again by the seamstress whose passion for sewing is very much evident in the reproductions she makes of the costumes. The embroidery on the apron is charming and the pleats on the blouse as well as the poufy sleeves and brooch absolutely reflect the keen taste and craftsmanship that went into the dress. The only change here is the skirt which I have as an extra done locally. I adore the way the draping falls on the doll. As I always say and once again reiterate nothing is more charming in a doll when we see in-scale details. The material of the skirt is a soft knit jersey material almost of spandex type but thicker. In time I will show you other skirts made from the same material.

The doll has likewise been repainted with additional details which one only discovers with practice. The bun in the middle picture has been made bigger via photoshop (I am too scared to unravel the hair and find that I could not put it back together). Well Scarlett? What do you think of your sister-in-law's new portraits?



Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Experiment in Green

This is a collaboration between a seamstress (who wishes to remain anonymous). She suggested in using the pattern for the final "mourning gown" worn by Scarlett and a top which would use the pattern of the still unproduced "red day dress". We agreed to use green as the color of the dress. The velvet was chosen by the seamstress with 2 colors. The darker color has a pattern that gave the bodice more texture. But the piece de resistance is the hat.



This is patterned after the hat that Scarlett attempted to wear during her first mourning scene. Mammy of course catches her little pet and calls her attention. Those are real feathers on the hat of different colors: red hues, dark with shimmer of green and white/grey/black feather. The bustle is gathered and sewn to give it a pouf. Underneath that was a bustle pillow  (similar to the Final Farewell) I added more cloth to give it a bigger lift.  Below is a medium shot of the bodice and the hat. I forgot to say that the seamstress found a very cute brooch to be placed on top of the bodice. I think Scarlett likes the dress. The train is a trifle long but heck, Scarlett was known for extremes anyhow. This doll is from the Tonner Blue Portrait version.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scarlett break: Tonner Edward Cullen re-repainted

He never ended up like a Robert Pattinson. This is an old repaint attempting Edward Cullen. But I figured I really can't replicate him. So just work with the sculpt. This is one of the few male sculpts I've done. Actually there are two. Stubbles were created and hair has been styled -- although not successfully too. Well, here he is posing the way male models do -- I think. He needs a name too.