Peek Inside the Latest Issue of Art Doll Quarterly and a Giveaway!

Art Doll Quarterly 0815



Art Doll Quarterly is a 128-page publication dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, wire armatures, mixed-media and more. Each issue has a large gallery of art dolls, creative challenges, artist profiles, convention listings, and reviews. In this new August issue, explore the work of Sara Swink in the Doll Artist Profile, read a Q&A with Anna Brahms, and try Lisa Lichtenfels’ tutorial for creating realistic sculpting in fabric.

Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya

 

This doll by Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya is made with papier-mâché that is hardened until it is as hard as wood. She also cuts her sandpaper, rolling them into small needle-like files that she can then use to shape her characters.

“The intention is to make doll faces imbued with kindness and gentleness, as though smiling, glowing from within. It is important to me that each creature creates warm feelings in all who view it. But sculpture’s most difficult task is to find that magic. A doll’s life is focused in the face, and sometimes a head will take months, even years, to create, causing me to return again and again to alter a feature millimeter by millimeter.”  — Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya

The art doll is then completed with oil paints mixed with oil lacquer and ultra-fine theatrical powder, so that the lacquer provides sturdiness and the powder removes the sheen of oil-based paints.

 

Karen Lilly Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Karen Lilly



Karen Lilly’s Mrs. Poe and the Black Cat began with a wire armature covered in paperclay. The head is constructed from a rolled up ball of aluminum foil, then covered in paperclay. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and his story, “The Black Cat,” this art doll incorporates a vintage hat pin cushion and the artist’s love of Halloween.

Stephanie Novatski Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Stephanie Novatski

 

Stephanie Novatski’s art doll shows the Bride of Frankenstein as a child. It is the first in a series of three art dolls that show the bride throughout her life. To begin, the child is dressed in a ‘30s style of dress, similar to Shirley Temple, and has youthfully curly hair. In transitioning to the adult version of this doll, the artist created a sophisticated ‘50s evening look to show the bride as an adult. Stephanie Novatski also created an elderly version of this character, inspired by the dress of a country dowager countess during the turn of the century.  The polka dots, along with the black and white color scheme, are maintained throughout the series to create cohesion. The hair, made from wool, transitions to show age — first with predominantly black wool, and finally with grey incorporated into the elderly bride’s coiffe.

 

Ramona Louise Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Ramona Louise



Inspired by an Art Doll Quarterly challenge to create a Santos figure, Ramona Louise wanted to create these dolls with a twist. Instead of creating the normal, beautiful, young, and angelic figures, she decided to show wise, beautiful women. The dolls she created have concerns and life experience. To show their wisdom and age, she gave them gray hair, softened features, and a story to tell.

 

Tips for Getting Published in Art Doll Quarterly

If you’re inspired to submit your artwork to Art Doll Quarterly, then we’d love to see it. For complete details about sending your submission, please see our calls and challenges page. For all submission questions, please contact us at submissions@stampington.com. Here are some tips:

Things to Strive For

  • Quality Construction
  • Originality
  • Realistic proportions
  • Lifelike characteristics
  • Natural-looking faces
  • Evenly stuffed, clean seams
  • Smooth, seamless sculpting
  • Exquisite costuming
  • Attention to detail

Things to Avoid

  • Too much glitter
  • A gaudy base
  • Plastic flowers
  • Exaggerated features
  • Real feathers
  • Too crafty rather than artistic
  • Not using proper adhesive
  • A “manufactured” look

Note: These suggestions are subject to the style/story of the doll, and some exceptions apply (i.e. abstract dolls won’t be realistic, or perhaps glitter is appropriate for a particular doll and is used well).

Current Challenges — Fairy Tale Dolls

Once upon a time, stories were written that included princesses, dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, magic, and more. They were passed on through the years and became known as fairy tales. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Ugly Duckling, Robin Hood to Tom Thumb, Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin, there should be no lack of inspiration for this challenge! Simply create a doll based on a character in a fairytale using your medium of choice. You can choose a well-known tale or one that’s more obscure  — the choice is yours. Have fun with this challenge. We’re anxious to see what you come up with. Results will be published in our Spring 2016 Issue.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

 

Enter our “The Art of the Contemporary Doll” Giveaway

[This giveaway has ended.]

The Art of the Contemporary Doll contest giveaway Art Doll Quarterly 0815 We’re giving 2 lucky winners a copy of “The Art of the Contemporary Doll” by Sandra Korinchak. To be entered in our prize drawing:

  • “Pin” your favorite image from those featured above.
  • Share a link to your newly created pin in the comments section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  • Tell us why you loved that art doll in your comment.

Winners will be randomly selected from the comments for our giveaway and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 9/15/15 at 11:59pm PST.

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22 Responses to “Peek Inside the Latest Issue of Art Doll Quarterly and a Giveaway!”

  1. Pam S says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/158963061824648208/
    I love Ramona Louise’s Santos figure. The age and grace of the figure, the exquisitely crafted natural materials, and the serene expression all together create a beautiful Santos figure that I want to stare at for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful publication!

  2. Art Doll Quarterly is just an all around awesome magazine! All of the artists featured are incredibly talented and their work is beautifully photographed and presented. I appreciate the wide range of dolls and artists that are in each issue, so there was no way I could choose only one – had to go with them all! Keep up the great work, both artists and publishers!

  3. Suzi Unterzuber says:

    I’m always excited to see what artists are doing with paper clay. Thanks for the inspriration !

  4. Kathy Wood says:

    I fell in love with the eyes and the delicasy of it. Beautiful.

  5. Kathy Wood says:

    Forgot to include the URL. Love these dolls but this one is my favorite. https://www.Pinterest.com/pin/272890058648206269

  6. marilena says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500955158529542109/

    I love her beauty, her nose and the different eye colour. Lovely, warms your heart!

  7. Darla says:

    I love the Mary Shelly story of Frankenstein and the show Penny Dreadful’s interpretation of the Bride of Frankenstein. She has big blue eyes and curly hair like me. I love the artists attention to detail and how the hair is likened to Shirley Temple. Who’s hair mine was compared to as a small child. I would just love to have this doll.

  8. Naomi Shelton says:

    August 14,2015 at5:40 pm
    https:www.pinterest.com/pin/150659550011823715
    I love the idea of the Santos or Wise Woman and I also love seashells. I think the intricacies of shells and the fact that an older woman has developed some “intricacies” of her own just by way of her greater experience and her evolvement from a young person to a person who has been many places and done and learned many things. The combination of the shells as her garment and head ornament and the aging of her face are just right to communicate her character: beauty, wisdom and experience. She really speaks to me and I would like to see her on my bookshelf!

  9. April Esterly says:

    I just love the eyes on this doll. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/533887730804217206/

  10. Susan Spiers says:

    I love the sweet expression on her face. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130534089177098372/

  11. Ginny Markley says:

    My niece plays the cello and this dolls reminds me of her. I love the dolls sweet expression.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/185210603402976653/

  12. Sharon Gullikson says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231231762094649571/
    I like how her face is twisted, I like her hat and hair, but especially her cat!!

  13. I love the composition seen with this doll! Beautiful costuming.
    https://www.pinterest.com/spstuff/dolls/

  14. Emily Nilson says:

    Love all the dolls but I like one by Ramona Louise for the beautiful netting and articulated arms. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262897696974949371/

  15. I love the seaside nature of Ramona Louise’s piece and am especially attracted by the way she holds the shell over her head as a star.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347410558733503919/

  16. Christy Elamma says:

    I like all of them, but for me, Ramona Louise’s doll is the one that truly speaks to me. I appreciate that her dolls are wise, older women. Society is always bombarding us with youth, and acts disdainful of old age, but it is the older generation that has acquired wisdom, compassion and other beneficial qualities. Cheers to the crone goddesses! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/398076054541928179/

  17. Lee Wallace says:

    I love shells! I love Santos! I am a card carrying member of AARP! This doll was made for me!

  18. geraldine says:

    I love them because they are magical…..
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179721841357250902/

  19. Linda Rael says:

    Love Natalya’s cello player. Such delicate arms and legs! The costuming is gorgeous and love those pointed toes.
    Beautiful!

  20. Kathy Seely says:

    I love the image of a wise elderly woman as protector. The artist’s innovative take on the santos tradition is very appealing and the carved wood is something we don’t see much in the art doll world.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525936062713072173/

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Art Doll Quarterly 0815



Art Doll Quarterly is a 128-page publication dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, wire armatures, mixed-media and more. Each issue has a large gallery of art dolls, creative challenges, artist profiles, convention listings, and reviews. In this new August issue, explore the work of Sara Swink in the Doll Artist Profile, read a Q&A with Anna Brahms, and try Lisa Lichtenfels’ tutorial for creating realistic sculpting in fabric.

Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya

 

This doll by Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya is made with papier-mâché that is hardened until it is as hard as wood. She also cuts her sandpaper, rolling them into small needle-like files that she can then use to shape her characters.

“The intention is to make doll faces imbued with kindness and gentleness, as though smiling, glowing from within. It is important to me that each creature creates warm feelings in all who view it. But sculpture’s most difficult task is to find that magic. A doll’s life is focused in the face, and sometimes a head will take months, even years, to create, causing me to return again and again to alter a feature millimeter by millimeter.”  — Natalya Lopusova-Tomskaya

The art doll is then completed with oil paints mixed with oil lacquer and ultra-fine theatrical powder, so that the lacquer provides sturdiness and the powder removes the sheen of oil-based paints.

 

Karen Lilly Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Karen Lilly



Karen Lilly’s Mrs. Poe and the Black Cat began with a wire armature covered in paperclay. The head is constructed from a rolled up ball of aluminum foil, then covered in paperclay. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and his story, “The Black Cat,” this art doll incorporates a vintage hat pin cushion and the artist’s love of Halloween.

Stephanie Novatski Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Stephanie Novatski

 

Stephanie Novatski’s art doll shows the Bride of Frankenstein as a child. It is the first in a series of three art dolls that show the bride throughout her life. To begin, the child is dressed in a ‘30s style of dress, similar to Shirley Temple, and has youthfully curly hair. In transitioning to the adult version of this doll, the artist created a sophisticated ‘50s evening look to show the bride as an adult. Stephanie Novatski also created an elderly version of this character, inspired by the dress of a country dowager countess during the turn of the century.  The polka dots, along with the black and white color scheme, are maintained throughout the series to create cohesion. The hair, made from wool, transitions to show age — first with predominantly black wool, and finally with grey incorporated into the elderly bride’s coiffe.

 

Ramona Louise Art Doll Quarterly 0815

~Artwork by Ramona Louise



Inspired by an Art Doll Quarterly challenge to create a Santos figure, Ramona Louise wanted to create these dolls with a twist. Instead of creating the normal, beautiful, young, and angelic figures, she decided to show wise, beautiful women. The dolls she created have concerns and life experience. To show their wisdom and age, she gave them gray hair, softened features, and a story to tell.

 

Tips for Getting Published in Art Doll Quarterly

If you’re inspired to submit your artwork to Art Doll Quarterly, then we’d love to see it. For complete details about sending your submission, please see our calls and challenges page. For all submission questions, please contact us at submissions@stampington.com. Here are some tips:

Things to Strive For

  • Quality Construction
  • Originality
  • Realistic proportions
  • Lifelike characteristics
  • Natural-looking faces
  • Evenly stuffed, clean seams
  • Smooth, seamless sculpting
  • Exquisite costuming
  • Attention to detail

Things to Avoid

  • Too much glitter
  • A gaudy base
  • Plastic flowers
  • Exaggerated features
  • Real feathers
  • Too crafty rather than artistic
  • Not using proper adhesive
  • A “manufactured” look

Note: These suggestions are subject to the style/story of the doll, and some exceptions apply (i.e. abstract dolls won’t be realistic, or perhaps glitter is appropriate for a particular doll and is used well).

Current Challenges — Fairy Tale Dolls

Once upon a time, stories were written that included princesses, dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, magic, and more. They were passed on through the years and became known as fairy tales. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Ugly Duckling, Robin Hood to Tom Thumb, Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin, there should be no lack of inspiration for this challenge! Simply create a doll based on a character in a fairytale using your medium of choice. You can choose a well-known tale or one that’s more obscure  — the choice is yours. Have fun with this challenge. We’re anxious to see what you come up with. Results will be published in our Spring 2016 Issue.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

 

Enter our “The Art of the Contemporary Doll” Giveaway

[This giveaway has ended.]

The Art of the Contemporary Doll contest giveaway Art Doll Quarterly 0815 We’re giving 2 lucky winners a copy of “The Art of the Contemporary Doll” by Sandra Korinchak. To be entered in our prize drawing:

  • “Pin” your favorite image from those featured above.
  • Share a link to your newly created pin in the comments section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  • Tell us why you loved that art doll in your comment.

Winners will be randomly selected from the comments for our giveaway and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 9/15/15 at 11:59pm PST.

Related Posts: