Final for 6th StyleIt! Challenge: Toy StoriesDoll Parts
Here is my final for our 6th and final challenge of the year Toy Stories
or should i say my homage to Charlotte Charades.
For this challenge, our #StyleItMP14
(Style iIt! Masterpiece Project 2014) stylers were asked to spend 6 weeks playing with toys then produce a final due at the end of the six weeks which should be a masterpiece utilizing tilt shift techniques. (I will be sharing out the HONORS album from the challenge TOMORROW.)
This shot was inspired by my new toy i'm currently in love with and collecting, which are the Lalaloopsy dolls, and my fav doll so far of the bunch who is called Charlotte Charades! I'm holding her in this shot... That's her in my right hand (camera left.) I did my second study using some of the other dolls here for the Toy Clones
study here which i also think are especially adorable:https://plus.google.com/u/0/109415081471489461426/posts/W4Cp6f4iBsC
Charlotte has hot pink hair...black button eyes and wears a red tutu skirt, a black and white striped shirt and mime gloves. She was sewn from a mime's costume! ;) To do this shot i had to recreate her clothes or 'costume.' So everything in this shot is made by me except the shoes and the wig.
I designed the pattern for and made the shirt out of 4 way stretch lycra and tried to make it big and baggy to mimic all of the lalaloopsy's big tummys and then added stuffing. I knew sewing the striped would be technically difficult as its considered advanced sewing involving lengthy work to make all the stripes match up. Making stripes match with stretch fabric was even more 'special.' After laborious pinning, tracing and calculations i got the majority of stripes on the bodice sides to match and much of the sleeve to bodice stripes matching.
I sewed the tutu, figured out how to make handmade suspenders (hmm but these still need work.. since they kept falling down in the photo shoot. I used a nylon ribbing but now i will try to find elastic).
You also can't see it but i'm wearing some super cool fluffy sparkling black leggings which i made with huge bows and some faux fur giant red socks completely handmade with a giant ruffle. The giant hair bows are also hand made out of the same fabric used for the leggings. Wig
Since the wig is cheap and synthetic, i took two days styling it using curlers. Since you can't use any heat on synthetic wigs, i wetted it with water and styling lotion, set it and had to wait two days to get the wig to produce curls similar to the dolls.
While i do have an airbrush, i really thought i wanted to go simple here.. and utilize basic white face paint. I had zero goals but to cover my face just like Charlotte's (she's the only Lalaloopsy with a white face) and HIDE my mouth and nose as much as i could. I also utilize a bright light to sort of 'blow out' my features against the white to again make them hidden or invisible. Then i added on the pink rosy cheek 'circles' and drew on the black 'threaded' mouth under my lips. The Eyes..
Finally i needed some button eyes. It's the signature motif with all the Lalaloopsy dolls. While i couldn't squash and stretch out my face like the dolls one thing i could do is make my 'eyes' bigger, so i created this button eyes mask with some supper large button eyes. The Shot
I initially intended to go high key with this but i utilized mostly natural light and as it got dark.. i really liked the bright 'stage' light that began to be produced late afternoon through the sliding glass door. To get the tilt shift look, i placed the camera on one of my ladders to create the 'looking down' perspective the way you would look down on a doll or toy and then maximized the tilt shift and distortion using the tilt shift filter in Photoshop CC. Anyway there are more boring details.. but that's the gist of it.
Thanks for looking.. it was a really fun challenge and got me playing and having fun like i did when i was a kid! I recommend it for every photographer on here!
I have more outtakes that i may share tomorrow in black and white.. which i think are also cool.
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