Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies!!! by Artist and Author Valentino Zubiri

I took pictures of this group of 9 dolls many months ago, but I don't think I posted their progress.
I'm very happy with what I have done and learned from this group.

I should have posted pictures of my progress months ago, but I had a family problem which bogged me down. I'm writing about this in another book, and I will announce this later. 

For now, here are the 4 links to the ebay dolls, and then about 25 group pictures of the 9 dolls which I call Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies!!!

Once again, for the sake of Google's search engines, I'm just going to mention my name, Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies by Artist and Author Valentino Zubiri... (heeh)

My book, Dollman the Musical, A Memoir of an Artist as a Dollmaker is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, the Apple Store, so please go to your favorite online bookstore for it. I am working on other book projects. I am still sticking to my "hunch" that by writing books, my memoirs, written from the perspective of an artist, I will garner interest in my art, especially from serious investors!

Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie - A collection of 6 dolls by Artist & Author Valentino Zubiri

On Ebay, I have posted 2 of the dolls from this collection, Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie on ebay and two dolls from Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies. The following pictures are the group pictures of Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie I took a few days ago. I am posting the pictures of Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies in the next blog entry.

Here are the ebay links: 

Please check out Dollman the Musical, A Memoir of an Artist as a Dollmaker, available online on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and the Apple Store. I have a few book projects in development, and most of them are also memoirs from the perspective of an artist, namely meeeh! heeh. 

I finally have a name for my first batch of 6 dolls: Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie

I have named my first 6 dolls Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie. This is a tribute to the movie with Ann Margret, especially when the ensemble danced in the soda shop to the tune of "Lot of Livin'." Check out YouTube for the clip. They wore tight outfits and sleeveless blouses! I love playing the musical number over and over. 

I have about two motivations for giving it a title. First, is my "latest good news," which is that I now have 9 new dolls, with a different theme, and because of this, I finally saw my work in batches. I'm so amazed by myself. lol because I never thought that my styles can change in a really obvious manner. What I mean is that when I did this first group of six dolls, in order to be efficient in costuming them, I had to stick to the same approaches and techniques in making patterns, varying them only to a still efficient degree. I also stuck to the same materials, cotton fabric, and this also helped me sew fast. What resulted is the group of 6 dolls that all looked like they hung out!

The second group, which I just finished last week, around February 14, 2014, I started making fabric jackets made of upholstery fabric, because they presented a challenge, being that their textures varied. However, after finishing two, I felt confident enough to touch my faux fur fabrics, thinking that if I did this later, I would have fur coats that would be seen in the springtime! So I started making fur coats.  Then it occurred to me that if I left the dolls naked, the porcelain would show more, and the fur coats would be a great complement to the naked bodies! The moment I dressed the 9 new dolls with fur coats, the style of the batch became obvious. I also varied the faceups (the painting of the facial features of the dolls), and this also made a difference.

Another important thing to mention is that I was used metal springs on the Series 1: Bye Bye Birdie group to keep the joints connected, and this time I used cloth covered elastic string, which is the traditional way of stringing the doll pieces. More differences.

So all this made me decide to name my groups. I know in the future that if I decide yo make dolls individually, naming them in a series might change. 

Midway between finishing 9 coats, I felt confident that I have enough dolls to sell on ebay. However, it seemed to me that I would have a better ebay store and ebay visitors would perceive me as an artist better if I can show not only a good number of work but also a good variation in my styles. So I approached my collector and asked if I can also sell on ebay what he already owns, and he said okay!

So now, looking at both groups, I finally began to appreciate more the importance of naming each collection, especially for the convenience of the ebay visitors and potential buyers.

So the second motivation to start naming my groups of dolls is ebay! It is for the convenience of everyone!

Here is the third motivation for naming the dolls. While doing the fur coats, I told my friend Jaime what I had been up to, and he just suddenly commented, "Fur Naked Ladies!" which sounded like it was an offshoot of the familiar band, Bare Naked Ladies! It stuck to my head as I was cutting and sewing, that I had to use it.

So I'm naming the next group of 9 dolls, Series 2: Fur Naked Ladies!

Here are my ebay links: 

I had to take a new set of pictures for ebay, following their guidelines, so I am posting the new pictures in the next two blog entries.