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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween everyone.  Here is my broom dancer making her way back from the past to give a little scary appearance here on the old blog.  She was one of my earlier grand ladies.

I hope you all have a spectacular Halloween and may it be safe as well.  The weather here in Cincinnati is supposed to be a bit stormy and rainy.  Kind of appropriate for this day I supposed.  See you all in November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sprucing up some old doll photos.


So, I have been going through some of my old pictures of my grand ladies and decided to resurrect them and give them new life.  I am able to do this thanks to some new software I have  been using recently.  I am loving the life this process gives my old girls.  I am also, really looking forward to bringing a new series of these ladies to life soon.


Hopefully, you don't mind revisiting my past creative efforts with me.  My new ladies will all have legs and a little more detailed in the costume department too if I can manage it.  I have eight figures started with a completion date in early December for our next Essex Studios art walk.   In addition to these I have several other projects I hope to debut during that show.  So, I am going to be a busy little bee for the next six weeks.

Thanks again as always for taking the time to stop by and say hi and see what I am up too.  I do love your comments so don't be shy.  I am planning a giveaway soon so stay tuned.

Friday, October 11, 2013

More Exploiting my Doll Making Past

Wow!  Another post in the same week.  I must have a fever.  No, actually I wanted to post a few more of my photographic manipulations of some images I took during a past doll making frenzy.  I am having such fun playing with all this new software I recently purchased.  Oh, and I decided to treat myself to a little pocket camera so as not to load up my phone with too much memory eating pictures.


It wasa bout seven or so years ago that I created a whole series of dolls I lovingly called "Grand Ladies". They were a basic stump style doll which means they have a cloth body shaped somewhat like a doll in a dress.  There were no visible feet as they are usually implied on this style of doll.  They had heads made from Model Magic or Sculpey.  Their hands were generic vinyl hands purchased through a local craft store.


The heads and hands were painted and detailed.  The cool thing about this type of doll is that ultimately it was bout the costume and the character that came out of that experience.  So, I took some in progress pictures with the intention of creating this behind the scenes dialogue with the dolls.  That's were the cations on the pictures in the last post were derived from.


All of these pictures were processed as an HDR or High Dynamic Range process.  That really bumped up the color quite a bit.


I know these shots are very similar to one another.  But, I wanted to show the process a bit.



Here is one of the grand ladies, her name is Elizabeth.


This fine looking lady is Geraldine.



Last but not least silent movie star Claudette rounds out the finished examples of my grand ladies.

I hope you have enjoyed my little diversion down memory lane.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

What's old is new again.

Well, it has been a bit long since my last post.  But, I have been playing around with some new photo editing software.  I have purchased two different software alternatives to Photoshop.  Not wishing to keep upgrading to infinity and paying such great cost, I opted for some highly recommended pro programs.  OnONe Perfect Photo Suite collection and NIK Photo collection.  Both of thes software packages offer some great versatility.

SO, I am going to post a few of my fun little redoux's for your viewing pleasure.  My subjects are some heads awaiting bodies and partially completed doll projects from the past.


This series of images was created by processing them in the High Dynamic Range module from the NIK collection.  This first picture is entitled Judging from behind.


This picture I have titled "In Search of Peace".


This one is called "Oh?"


Here we have" Eunice trying to say something meaningful."


"Gossip."

I hope you have enjoyed my fun little diversion.  I am really enjoying the heck out of my new found love of photography and it's creative potential.  I am posting a photo of the day over on my Facebook page.  If you haven't checked my page out you can find me under my name.

Have a great rest of the week my friends.