Featured Artists: Maryana Kopylova

Maryana Kopylova

Featured Artists: Maryana Kopylova

 Maryana Kopylova is a Ukrainian artist who makes sculptures, paintings and plushies of creatures she calls ‘Krakazyabra’. All of her work she currently is showing regardless of medium is based around the same world and back story that she’s created. Her sculptures are made with mixed media and included elements like polymer clay, felt, plastic, traditional doll eyes, beads, glass and more. Her plushies are usually felt, with beads and hand painted details and her paintings are usually acrylic. There is not a lot of information about her or her work currently but I do hope she will launch a website or a storefront soon as I absolutely adore her toy sculptures and photography of them plus the world she has created. Outer worldly creatures that act as guardians and keepers is a very common theme in artwork but her execution and distinct style is not only colorful but also utterly fascinating and you can’t help but be drawn into her world and want to know more about them.

MaryanaKopylova VK (gallery and updates)
DeviantART (gallery)
Instagram
(behind the scenes)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Maryana Kopylova.

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Featured Artist: Liza Corbett

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Featured Artist: Liza Corbett

This week’s featured artist is illustrator and painter Liza Corbett who currently resides in New York. Her subject matter is usually women who seem out of the darker side of the 19th century during the more pagan and occult period of American history. It’s no surprise that she cites the Summer-Land as inspiration of her work.  I’ve been memorized by her work and love the looming atmosphere. I have one of her dolls and everything about her work whether it’s her dolls or water colors or sketches has this brilliantly crafted atmosphere and you can image the story behind it. It’s fun to get lost in her work and get swept up in the world she’s created. Check out some of her work below as well as links on where to find her.

Liza Corbett (website)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy(prints and dolls)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Liza Corbett
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Saturday Review: Naughty Girls Paper Dolls

Naughty Girls Paper Dolls (3)Naughty Girls Paper Dolls

Naughty Girls is a book of mature paper dolls styled after the pin art of the 1940’s and 50’s. The book contains 5 paper dolls and 35 costume choices for your titillating pleasure. As an enthusiast of paper dolls and pin-ups I fell in love when I saw this book and had to buy it. The artwork is very faithful to the calendar artwork of the pin-up era so flipping through this book will definitely put a smile on your face if you enjoy that era and the styling is bang on. However if you are viewing this book from a paper doll perspective it is disappointing. The biggest concern I have is the paper quality for the dolls as they are put them on the same paper as the outfits, simply meaning not cardstock. So if you did want to use these as proper paper dolls you will have to adhere them to a more stable cardstock or paper. That is a great disappointment for me to find out (damn online shopping). As well there is no way to remove the outfits or dolls besides carefully cutting out with scissors. Although this is not as big of a deal it is nice when makers of paper dolls put the extra effort into creating pages where you can pop out designs or at least put in an outline for easier cutting.  They do however use one sided pages only and have tabs drawn in so clearly they have intended for people cutting out the dolls and costumes. There is even instructions at the end of the book detailing how to make braces for the dolls, however it should be noted that there is not brace diagrams included merely the 1 example one. So my advice if you want to pick up this book make sure you are willing to do the extra work to make these into paper dolls otherwise you will find this book frustrating or like me simply leave it in its book form. For anyone into pinup art only, my advice is buy a book simply dedicated to that as this book is intended only for paper doll use and although the artwork is good it’s better to view the original work instead.

A closer look at the book:

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Pick of the Week: Karolin Felix “Revisited”

karolin felix (4)Pick of the Week: Karolin Felix

Karolin Felix’s shop on Etsy features original artwork and accessories for Blythe Dolls, for information check out my first Pick of the Week for her.  I loved the stamp stickers I got from her the first time so I ordered more and wanted to show you guys. Her work is so lovely, and I love that she’s inspired by Blythe dolls. I’ve long been fascinated with Blythe dolls although I’ve never had the chance to customize one of my own, seeing her stuff definitely inspires me to start. If you want to check out more of her artwork, check out her website!

karolin felix (2)More stamp stickers, how can you not love these mini pieces of art?

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This is a paper doll postcard, you could either use it as a postcard or cut and make into a doll, and it comes with the pins. It toke me about 20minutes to cute out and pin, you have to be very careful but it’s super lovely.

karolin felixHow it got sent, she included a free postcard along with it which is lovely

You can check out these items and more at her store: here.

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Saturday Review “The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer”

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The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist

Paper Doll Primer is a “160 page fully illustrated wondrous oddity – equal parts art and craft book” done by artist Emily Winfield Martin. It explores the world of paper dolls and helps show you how to make your own paper doll and other paper crafts. There is 21 of Emily’s whimsical characters included with accessories and clothing options as well as 16 paper dolls that you can customize and create yourself with her helpful hints and ideas. Her characters are so cute and adorable and the back story that is provided for all of them really sets the tone. Her dolls are much like her artwork and have their own unique personality to them. Its fun to just flip through this book without even taking out the scissors. She provides backdrops as well for the dolls which help creates an overall story. My favourite inclusion though is the customizable dolls,  she even provides useful hints on every page on ways to draw, color and personalize them. There is even clothing and accessories to be customized too and she gives you patterns to use on the clothing. Plus she includes a few other paper activities for you to try. Paper Doll Primer ends up satisfy the sweet tooth for paper dolls you may not even realized you had. I’ve been a fan of paper dolls since I was a kid and have started a small collection of them and was delighted when I found this book from her, especially since I’ve been a long time fan of her artwork. When I received it, it defintly satisfied my expectations. The only downside I could find to her sweet book was that the pages are not made with hard stock, the quality is higher then regular paper (which is used for the clothing sections of the book) but the rigidness is not the type you’d find for most paper dolls. I haven’t had a heart to cut a paper doll out of the pages in the book so I cannot vouch for how sturdy the paper doll would be but definitely it would have been a nice inclusion for some pages to be made with card stock. As well all pages in the book are double sided except the clothing in the first part of the book. It does appears though that the dolls are on opposites sides of the paper to one another so you could cut them both out, however you would loose forever the written stories she created for her dolls as wells as all the tips on how to customize the blank dolls. All of the customized clothing/accessories, scenes, and backdrops are not so lucky, cutting these would mean potential wrecking the opposite side. However the book can be forgiven as its delightful and has so many hints to inspire you to go the further step and trace/create your own dolls on harder card stock. Its simply good to know that Paper Doll Primer  isn’t an one stop shop for paper dolls and if you were wishing to cut into the book you would be potentionally missing out on some parts, however there is plenty of inspiration and ideas for you to start your paper doll project.

Here are some shots of the book:

 

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Pick of the Week: Hanaletters

hannalettersPick of the Week: Hanaletters

Hanaletters or Hanako is a Etsy store that creates “wearable felt portraits of imaginary dolls” done by artist Alian Bunaciu. She makes brooches with whimsical and delightful characters in the portrait style. I adore her style and these brooches are very cute and wearable on all types of outfits and most importantly her style is super unique. I’ve order two separate brooch pairs from her and am so happy with them. My favourite are the bears because the colors go so well with my teal dress, I think I will leave them permanently on the collar. I am really excited to grab more, with so many different doll portraits to choose from it can be very hard, lol to choose. She also runs a blog that shows off the brooches and her making them, here.

hannaletters, ctizen erased photography, citizen erased

Here is a look at my favourite items:

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