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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dolls

While I did not have any intention of embarking on any major Halloween projects this year, I did fully plan on finishing a few things that I sort of started last year. One of the holdover projects involved a bag of three different sized plastic baby dolls. (and nothing reeks of true, twisted Halloween more than turning a cute, peach-flesh baby into something far less adorable.)

Creepy dolls are nothing new and I have already done several, both baby and also the more Victorian-looking girl dolls in dresses. But the girl dolls really look best with only slight alteration, mainly involving repainting the face and hands. The baby dolls, however, offer far more possibility. Here are the three I just finished:

Besides repainting the entire thing, I switched the hands to a pair of sinister-looking action figure hands, cut out the eyes and stomach, filled the hollow with steel wool, and added a kind of techno-alien insect parasite.


Switching gears to something more surreal and demonic, this doll was an indulgence in how many places I could add the leftover eyes from my other doll projects. I also re-used the hands from the previous doll along with some others I had laying around. I also gave this one a pair of wings left over from one of my old action figure projects.

The last doll was quite large and its body was all soft cloth and stuffing. Initially I planned to paint the cloth, switch the soft holofill to excelsior and add protruding mechanical skeletal limbs poking out from the stuffing.........a lot of work. So I just said "fuck it. I'm making you into a candy dish."

I had the brain on my table already, and it fit perfectly. Currently the cavity is filled with Milky Way bars and the brain is resting on them like a loose lid.

7 comments:

  1. I love your dolls! So cute and creepy!

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    1. Thanks, Merry. I think my favorite is the one I did a couple of years ago: the baby on the swing. Only he has a claw prosthetic, a protruding wire where one eye should be, and the seat of the swing is covered in long spikes that are digging into his baby-butt. (I tell people it's a safety feature for keeping children from sliding off the swing and getting hurt. LOL)

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  2. Wonderful creativity. Sick minds can be so entertaining. Tim Burton needs you on his team - he needs his edges sharpened.

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    1. Thanks, Tomy. I wouldn't mind working with Burton. I went to an exhibit of his work a while back and mused how some of his earlier ideas and doodles reminded me of my own from high school. Actually whenever I see a horror movie with a great set, I fantasize about being their set designer and how satisfying that would be!

      And I agree about Burton......but remember his edges have always been tempered by his long association with .......Disney.

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  3. Hi KD, these are all wonderful in a gross sort of way.
    We mostly don't do Halloween here as there is already too much scary stuff in the world without adding to it. Even so have a happy and spooky week.

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    1. Thank you, Don. I definitely draw a line of distinction between "fun/fake scary" and real world scary. And while there is too much of the latter, I find the former to be another great way of escaping from it for a while. But I do see your point, and so apparently did the populations fighting WWII. It is a cinematic fact that the horror movie genre that broke so much ground in the 30's, fell flat during the 40's and didn't fully revive until after WWII was over and another generation started up with sci-fi in the 50's and then horror in the 60's.

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