Sunday, September 7, 2014


Simple Wavy Hairline

Refined Features
Lovely Soulful Eyes
I am reminded that in order to develop the qualities of an Izannah Walker (IW) inspired cloth and clay doll certain features I prefer are to be featured.  I tend to like the above examples of IW dolls because of the qualities I have highlighted.  Sculpting expertise is required to avoid over-sculpting or under-sculpting.  Certain sculpting techniques lend themselves to better outcomes; such as building the head layers with a watchful eye on dimension and fullness.  The IW chin is small with soft full cheeks.  The eyes usually have a downward case with hazel, brown or blue eyes.  The skin colors are soft peaches, oranges, with a touch of rose in varying layers of linen or off-white.  The hair is thinly applied strokes of burnished bronze or blue-gray--rarely blond.  The iconic IW ringlets take practice to create and is best attempted on canvas paper before the final approach (I seem to avoid this step most of the time, and I'm usually disappointed in my IW-like hair styles).  The neck is small and short with narrow sloping shoulders.  The ears can be sculpted with clay, sewed and applied, or as I just experimented with, rolled on using wool yarn and glue (prior to the gesso priming layer).  Dressing the IW dolls should take note to several resources on child and young ladies clothing in the later nineteenth century.  Play things and accompaniments make to complete many IW doll vignettes.  My favorite is adding pet animals from centuries past; exotics, birds, squirrels...It is amazing what was befriended before animal protection laws of our present day. 

I hope you have enjoyed this Sunday's Muse.  I'll try to do a weekly post, now that I'm back from the abyss of graduate school blues.  

All the best, 

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