Friday, May 11, 2007

Every day in May no. 11


Believe me when I say I stepped out of my comfort zone here... Dolls... I don´t know. I was a bit short on time doing today´s drawing, and kind of grabbed what I had in front of me. The colors started to go berserk already from the beginning, and I kept trying to save them for a while, but it all turned into mud in the end.

My father found this doll under the woodshed at our summer house when I was a kid and it has been with me ever since. It is really a sweet doll, but I think there must be a dark side to it. In certain angles she looks like a maniac with her psycho stare and pale face. I think she has a serious problem to relax...

8 x 12 cm, light pencil drawing and watercolors on a small Moleskine Watercolor page.

7 comments:

Laureline said...

I think most dolls have that sinister quality, if you look at them in the right way. Or the wrong way. It's the glass eyes. I remember scaring myself when I was little by staring at myself in the mirror. Not that I have glass eyes. But enough about me, Nina ;D. This is a lovely watercolor and the muted (not muddy) colors of most of it are a brilliant foil for her vivid eyes.

aPugsLife-laserone said...

LOL I see what you mean about the stare, LOL. (Dolls just give me the creeps in general, though.) But you did a wonderful job painting the doll! :)

Africantapestry said...

your doll is well done with lovely brushwork...some dolls do have that scary appearance, like Laura says.
Ronell

Anna said...

Lovely color hues for the skin of the doll - not muddy, just really well done!

gingermoggy said...

hohoho! I love your psycho doll! Like Laureline I also think that, looked at in a certain way, most dolls have a sinister side. It is probably because they just stare without blinking which is a pretty scary thing to see in another human being... I wonder who first came up with the idea that children would like to play with miniature human effigies!!!LOL
Jules.

Lynn said...

I think the skin tones on the doll are lovely. I agree about the eyes, there's something not quite right about the eyes on any doll. Despite that, you've done a terrific job.

Alison said...

I had a doll like this onece - it got cracked and had to go to the doll hospital - it never came back and I didn't miss it at all.