I began my journey into Doll Making and Figurative Sculpture back in 2002. It has grown into such a strong passion that I cannot even imagine my life without it. I have loved dolls and miniatures for as long as I can remember. Sculpting gives me a creative outlet unlike anything I have ever done creatively before; it's a 3D mixed media adventure that has literally stolen my heart and has allowed me to continue to express myself no matter what time of year or mood I'm in.
My Art "Doll" Sculptures are created without the use of any molds and are truly One of a Kind. I will sometimes use molds in other misc mixed media art projects, but never for my figurative sculptures. The only exception would be for making my handmade eyes, in which I have personally designed and created these molds myself!
My miniature glass-like eyes are handmade by myself; they are very similar to the infamous "glass-like" style that so many other Art Doll Artists have embraced throughout the years. They are made from high quality materials that are UV light and heat resistant as well as non-yellowing. I spend a great deal of time creating vibrant, deep, and alluring "wet" eyes to enhance the look and feel of my work. I developed an extensive tutorial showing different techniques and products I use to create my eyes. This tutorial is offered here, on my Etsy Shop, on the OOAKartistemporium.com and Aforartistic.com websites.
My work is best described as Fantasy/SciFi, but with that being said - my work is not intended to ever become "cookie-cutter". I'm constantly researching new styles, techniques, and themes. Although I have my own unique way of doing things, it is my intention to make each one of my pieces to look and feel different than the one (s) before it.
I love to play with different scale sizes, but my full figure sculptures are usually always between 8-12" tall, so typically I fall anywhere between 1:6 to 1:10 scales. I'm probably most known for my display bases and "scene" work. My pieces tend to be a little larger at times because of this, but I really like to create an entire scene that tells a story. I also create busts, plaques, and other mixed media art pieces such as fairy houses and jewelry.
Currently my most favorite polymer clay brands to work with are Living Doll, Premo, and Cernit. I'm also very excited about the new flexible Cosclay that is coming out soon! I've been lucky to have gotten some of this amazing clay from a beta tester, and I'm enthralled by it! I tend to like my clay a little softer because I find it's easier to blend, but I also desire very strong pieces, so I like to use heavy wire armatures and strong professional clay.
I use many different types of paints, powders, glues, epoxies, resins... it would really be hard to list them all. I have my favorites, but, I love to experiment with new and different supplies and ideas on a regular basis - and I love to make review videos and tutorials when time allows. If a certain product gets me excited, you can pretty much bet I will make a Youtube video on it!
My Dolls take anywhere between 6-8 weeks to complete...yes, I know, I don't have the luxury to do what I love full time - yet, but I'm working on it. There are times when I can work faster, but I also breed Alaskan Malamutes, so I juggle my artwork with my obligations to my pack and their pups.
I use Mohair, Viscose, Tussah Silk, Tibetan Wool and other fibers for hair for my work. Not all Mohair or Tibetan Wool is obtained unethically, some can be purchased as clipping which are absolutely harmless to the animal, and done by caring and loving caretakers. However, when the hair comes attached to a pelt or skin...well, you know that didn't end well for the poor animal at all. Due to this, I'm very selective as to where I obtain my doll hair from and will not willingly purchase materials I know caused another sentient being pain or harm.