Thursday, January 7, 2010

Peter, Peter, PummKin Prototype

So remember my trusty sketchbook that I blogged about some time ago? (see "The Mashed Potato Files" 1/12/09 post). Well, the other day I was perusing thru the pages looking for an idea to inspire me and came across some sketches that I did early last autumn. Of course, these sketches were very haphazard---I must have gotten a stroke of inspiration while waiting in the dentists office since they were doodled on the back of my daily "to do" list and then subsequently scotch-taped inside my sketchbook. No one will ever accuse me of being too organized.

Anyway, here is the sketch I started out with. As you can see, I started with the basic idea for the head and then added the body/limbs later as my idea evolved. I knew I wanted to use a combination of fabric and wool felt for this doll cuz I love texture--plus, I hand-dye most of my own wool felt so I get some really cool mottled colors.

After a couple attempts, here is the first prototype of my idea brought to life. The face is 3-dimensional--a machine-stitched trapunto technique that I stuff and then hand-paint with acrylics. He stands about 7" tall which includes the hand-painted wooden base.

I'm pretty happy with the results but I most likely will be tweaking some things. I didn't do the exact face as my original sketch, but probably will on the next one. I also want to try some different color combinations, maybe a slightly different body shape and perhaps elaborate a bit more on the costume.

It's still a work in progress.


  1. of course i'm partial to orange so i just love him. he has the sweetest face, it just draws you right in. are you submitting him to publication?

  2. OMG he is just so cool. I wouldn't mind owning one! I love your faces...Peggy

  3. Thanks Dove & Peggy! I'm working on several more now--each a bit different. Woo Hoo! Look at me....I'm making dolls again!