The Challenge this week was "Dolls". This immediately stumped me. I'm NOT a doll kinda girl. I don't do collage or make three dimensional things. I couldn't see myself drawing Betsy Wetsy or another similar winky eyed, fat fingered dolly. As I said, not my thing. But then someone posted their submission and it was a stuffed animal. I thought... "stuffed animals are in the doll category?", "Cool!".
I then started thinking of my favorite stuffed animal, my Honey Bunny. By the time she was retired she'd been stuffed in a microwave, washed a gazillion times, loved and hugged until parts started falling off and dragged around by the ear for years, still being a loving bunny to me all that time. I Googled grubby, floppy bunnies (because a mover lost my treasured friend in one of many moves we did over the years)... but I couldn't come up with anything even close.
Then I thought... "what doll DID I like, since I really wasn't the traditional doll kinda girl?" Then I remembered that my very talented mom made me a very large Raggedy Ann doll. She was as tall as I was at the age of 3 or 4. I LOVED her big time! I remember studying her reverently because MY MOMMY MADE HER FOR ME. I was totally impressed with her perfection, her striped legs, her hair, her perfect face, her wonderful puffy sleeved gingham dress. Yup, true love.
I looked up Raggedy Ann photos and found just the right, kinda floppy, picture. I had such fun sketching her. I used the lightest pencil I have, an F, then I used my new Prismacolor Sepia and started fleshing out the details. I then added Graphitint Russet as a slightly darker color but not as creamy and a little bit harder. It really allowed me to get the shading right. I inked the main lines with the Pitt Sepia pens I just bought and all the products worked perfectly together. I had to be careful as I'm left handed and the Prismacolor pencil crayon will REALLY smudge. This is a good thing, as long as one works from top down so one's hand doesn't smudge the previous work!! Here she is...
|Title: "I ♥ Raggedy Ann"|
Artist: Jennifer McLean