I can't help myself - I just have to share some closeups that I took while working on the Hina Matsuri line-up photos. I love these happy faces!!!! And I'm so pleased with myself that I had a part in making them "work" .... not that I could do it now/again (it's been so long since I learned to do the face painting that I'd have to learn all over again .....) R.
The gang at Joe Pye Towers is busy getting into the Christmas spirit. A slightly older friend called Kate stopped by today to help with one of the Christmas trees .....
Luckily Annie Laurie succeeded in untangling the string of lights!
And then Kate and Marianne spent some quality "girl" time together - it's nice to have someone to brush your hair!!
The tree is looking good!!!
(As a "technical" aside, I've started using a new camera. It is producing much larger file size images than my old camera. I've loaded them "as is" for this post and would be interested to hear if these larger files cause any problems for viewers?)
This is my final post comparing Effner sculpts (having run through all the sculpts that Ashton-Drake has used.) These two dolls use the "Nicole" sculpt.
On the left is a porcelain Nicole, painted by me and on the right is a vinyl Ashton-Drake Alice-in-Wonderland, repainted by me. Both utilize resin ball-jointed Tenner bodies.
Alice has the smallest head of all the Ashton-Drake dolls .... and Nicole has a relatively large head, so they look a tad odd together.
I hope you've enjoyed my presentation of doll genealogy! R.
Here are two dolls that use the "Little Darling 2" sculpt.
On the left is the vinyl Ashton-Drake "Tiny Fancy Shawl Dancer" and on the right a porcelain head, both painted by me. The porcelain head is on a resin ball jointed Tenner body (and just in case you are wondering - no, this wonderful Boneka Korean outfit doesn't really fit the Tenner body, but is close enough to still make a nice photo, I think!) (As always, click on the photo to enlarge.)
And in case you keep track of these things (but no, I don't expect you to!) this is the first portrait of Yuan since I improved the shape of her lips .... much better!! R.
Here are three dolls that use the "Allison" sculpt.
In the center is a porcelain head, painted by me and the two flanking dolls are vinyl Ashton-Drake dolls, re-painted by me. On the left, "Walk for a Cure II" and on the right "Little Jingle Dancer", both with their A-D upper torsos and arms on Tenner lower torso. Alison, in the center has an entire resin ball jointed Tenner body.
Here are two dolls that use the "Madeline" sculpt.
On the left is a re-painted-by-me vinyl Ashton-Drake "Walk for a Cure" and on the right is a porcelain head, painted by me.
Here are Ashton-Drake promotional photos of prototypes of two of their dolls that use the "Madeline" sculpt. I believe there is a more recent Princess doll that also uses this sculpt.
Both these dolls utilize the resin ball jointed Tenner body - Brigitte (my name for the Walk for the Cure doll) retains her vinyl arms and upper torso. R.
Here are two dolls that use the "Jenny I" sculpt.
On the left is a porcelain doll called "Little Playmate" that was painted overseas, made for the 2004 UFDC convention. On the right is a vinyl head from the Ashton-Drake "MaryMary" doll, repainted by me.
Here is a copy of the promotional photo by Ashton-Drake of the prototype doll.
Little Playmate is a cloth-body doll with porcelain extremities. My MaryMary has her vinyl upper torso and arms on a resin ball-jointed Tenner lower torso and legs. R.
Continuing my presentation of Effner cousins, here are two dolls that use the "Bridget" face sculpt.
On the left is the head from the vinyl Ashton-Drake "Little Red Riding Hood" (repainted by me with air-dried paints way back when I started learning to paint!) and on the right is a porcelain head used with a 2007 special edition called "Little Miss Liberty Bell" (painted with porcelain paints by members of Dianna's Doll Dreamers Guild).
Here is a copy of an Ashton-Drake promo photo showing the prototype face-up on the vinyl dolls (which, as we all know, was not the same as the actual marketed dolls.)
My Red has her vinyl Ashton-Drake head, arms and upper torso on a resin ball-jointed Tenner lower torso and legs. Miss Liberty Belle is an entire porcelain body (hence a little taller than my Ann Estelle based chimeras.)
"Bridget" is a tricky sculpt to paint well, in my opinion (but no, I haven't tried it in porcelain). She can easily get an unattractive supercilious look .... R.
(Hey Pup - I think you're supposed to jump over the rope, not sit on it!!!)
Here is a copy of an Ashton-Drake promo photo for the vinyl Goldilocks doll, showing the prototype face-up.
Just today I've been having an enjoyable, light "discussion" about the inheritance of recognizable facial features with a new genealogy friend (she says I have the "Farris" look!) (I say that we at least share a fascination with what makes one face look the same, or different, as another face.)
So it is a nice coincidence that I finished repainting a vinyl Ashton-Drake Effner "Goldie" and wanted to photograph her together with her porcelain relative, Effner's Jenny II (aka Bedtime Jenny and/or Smiling Jenny). I've been meaning to do this with all the pairs of vinyl and porcelain sculpts, so this will be the start? R.
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