Monday, July 30, 2007

Comic Con - Trip Report

My view of this convention is definitely skewed towards the dolls, shopping and the general craziness that goes on. I don't go to the panels or the giant media presentations. I do walk the entire convention floor at least one day...this year it was Friday. I also get out and do lots of shopping in the San Diego area...but that will be a different post.

Comic Con has just continued to grow...this is my 17th year there. My husband, Marv, has been there since its third year so this is 35 years for him. We noticed that it has become even more media driven this year, with the Studios having huge booths to promote their movies. But the book publishers were there too and had bigger booths then before.

There were a lot of free give-aways and a lot of con only toys that you could only buy there...a boon for collectors and ebay! No doubt you will be able to find every give away or special item on ebay today!

I did manage to get the free Harry Potter book bag that Scholastic was giving out at their booth. A friend of mine got in early and snagged one for me. Thanks Scott! I also got an advance reading copy of the new Naomi Novik "Temeraire" book "Empire of Ivory" from the Del Rey booth. This is the 4th book in the series...I was so thrilled to get it! If you are not familiar with the series I highly recommend it. Just imagine the Napoleonic War but with Dragons..its cool!

I also got to see wonderful dolls and Patti Culea and I went through the art show together. There is just so much to see there! I was thrilled to see Dawn Schiler's Odd Fae figures up close and personal and then just down from her Wendy Froud had her fairy figures. Robert Tonner also had a booth of his new comic and movie related dolls. I nearly bought the Harry Potter set..its amazing. He also had an Aquaman doll riding a huge sea cool!!!! And the fabulous goth dolls, "Begoths" were there too with some new releases.

DC Comics is coming out with new figures of the "New Teen Titans", which my husband co-created with George Perez. The sculpts for these action figures are amazing...some of the most detailed sculptural work I have ever seen for action figures.

Another huge part of the fun is getting to see old friends. Marv and I were able to have breakfasts and dinners with East Coast friends in between business meetings.

And the whole event was capped off nicely with Marv winning the Scribe Award in the category of "Best Novel - adapted" for his novelization of the "Superman Returns" movie.

San Diego Comic Con

I'm back home after 4 days at the convention. My feet are killing me!!! I had a great time and will write more is the picture I promised in my weekly newsletter of Patti Culea and me taken at the booth for The Golden Compass movie.

Getting Published part 2

Here is the scan from Art Doll Quarterly of my doll Tribal Madonna. This is my version of Anne Hesse's Spirit Walker doll. She also has a seated version of this doll called Garden Party. I really enjoyed the beading on this doll face...and I don't generally bead!

This picture is from the Summer 2007 edition of Art Doll Quarterly and was submitted by the IOLCC in San Diego from their Dimensions in Doll Making exhibit last year during the San Diego Quilt Show. Its a great magazine and a great doll exhibit!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Getting Published

I am so excited that a doll I made while in a class with Anne Hesse was published in Art Doll Quarterly! I'll have to scan that page in..but until is a pic of me and Anne together at the class. We are holding our dolls..though we haven't added the arms yet!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Okay...not doll related but fun! Marv and I went up to Santa Barbara for the day and took a tour on segways. They are quite easy to ride once you get the hang of it. The tour lasted 3 hours so we were pretty comfortable on them by the end! Santa Barbara is just beautiful and we had perfect weather!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Elle Dee

" Why no, Mom...I am not eating silk flowers that fell on the floor under your desk"

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Paverpol Lady gets a head!

I added a head to the little paverpol lady.
I was going to paint the face but was playing with my victorian scrap stash and decided to give her a paper face instead. I think this face is a bit small for the scale of the doll, but you can get the idea.

Next comes the embellishing but it may be a few days before I have time for that. I think she is coming along nicely!

I also spray painted the entire doll white.

I started with a foil ball, then covered it with airdry clay. Once that was dry I added a paverpol soaked papertowel head wrap.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Playing with Paverpol

So many people are interested in learning about Paverpol that I took a bunch of photos at a play day at my house.

We made little ladies out of paper towels and water bottles!

They will be spray painted later.

Liz dips paper towels in the paverpol.

Little water bottles from Costco.

Finishing Valentine Doll

In January Sherry Goshon taught her "Peace" doll at my doll club's retreat. We had so much fun! My doll was
close to being finished but needed a headdress and a few finishing touches. I had a craft day at my house this weekend and pulled out the Paverpol and finished her up!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Back on the Witch

I have been sketching clothes for the witch. I decided to go ahead and start the underclothes.
I used a stretch ribbed knit to make three tubes;
One for the body and 2 for the arms.
I plan to do a bodice over this with lacings...probably in black.
She will also have an Elizabethan collar.

I wrapped a green feather boa around her head for fun. I haven't figured out her hair yet and will probably wait until last to do it along with her witches hat.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Egyptian Dancer Doll in Progress

This is a class I took from Christine Shively. This is my version of her Collage Doll pattern. I sort of took it off in my own direction! LOL. I used the crackle glaze with a turquoise undercoat and a red clay color overcoat. Christine and I consulted about a face and decided not to do a classic "Christine" face. If I do one at all it will be a flat Egyptian art style face.

All her clothes are paper, except the nipple shield and snake bracelet (which is a ring I re-purposed). It was quite fun to get to sort of make it up as you go along...just my type of thing for sure! As I got started on the paper embellishments I sort of veered off into Art Deco shapes.

Face Is Painted and Bird House is Decopagued

I finished painting the face for the witch. I started with the Kereeditse mold from Sherry Goshon...this is one of my favorite molds....though I have to say I ended up resculpting the nose due to the air dry clay don't blame that on Sherry! LOL.