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Tool-a-thon! (fullly tooled doll workshop)

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:52 pm
by Caitlincaitiecait
Hello there! I will be running a fully tooled doll workshop. I will cover everything from the sketch phase down to editing the base and finishing details. I will take on up to 5 people, but no more at this time as it will be a pretty long workshop (I'm guessing). Here's a rundown of the process we will be going through:

1) Choosing a base and concept
2) Sketching phase
3) Choosing a cohesive color scheme, blocking in colors
4) Shading skin/hair
5) Shading clothing/armor/etc.
6) Adjustments
7) Tying it all together, finishing comments

If you are interested, please let me know by responding to this post with the following:
What you will be dolling: (this can be a brief description, just so I know the general feel of what you are going for)
Problem areas?: (if you have anything you specifically want to develop, let me know here!)
Best way to contact you: (Skype? PM on Glam? DA? etc)
Tablet?: (y/n)

Let's get down to business! ( defeat the Huns, ofc) :bob:

1) Belladoggy (Bridie)

Re: Tool-a-thon! (fullly tooled doll workshop)

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:37 pm
by belladoggy
Name: Bridie
What you will be dolling: Thedollpalace is hosting its annual Miss Mary Sue contest (where the goal is to create the most atrocious Sue ever), and though I know this won't be completed in time (due date is July 25th), it is the only inspiration I have atm.
Problem areas?: I have never tried to FULLY tooled a doll, and I have only used the brush and smudge tools, but I hear there is a whole 'nother world out there. I would like to learn how to make different fabrics look like, well, different fabrics instead of all the same.
Best way to contact you: Probably on dA (PsychoPyro813)
Tablet?: No

Re: Tool-a-thon! (fullly tooled doll workshop)

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:53 pm
by Caitlincaitiecait
Bridie, here's assignment #1!

Step 1: Choosing a base and concept-
First, pick a base and pose (if you'd like to go baseless, that's fine too, but still think about what type of pose you'd like). Concept out in your mind what you'd like the doll to be like and try to pick a pose/base that conveys the personality of the character you are dolling. Is the character sassy? Shy? Bored? Energetic? For the sake of this exercise, try to pick a base that has an interesting pose. A base (or pose) is very important to the outcome of a doll, in my opinion, as it is...well, the base that you'll build upon. It's the foundation. Also, if you are used to working with smaller bases, try to pick something a little bigger. Medium - large bases are the best suited for tooling, in my experience.
Next, think about what you'd like your finished doll to look like, and find some reference pictures to help you in your journey. We can always come back and find more reference pictures, but getting them now just saves you some time.

Also, step 2 is right in hand with step 1, so I'll jot it down for you too!
Step 2: Sketching Phase -
I'd like you to start sketching now. I usually lower the opacity of the base layer in my document (which is in the layer panel) and sketch my clothing on top on a separate layer. Sketch however is most comfortable to you, though. Here's the challenge in your sketch - make it refined and give yourself options! I feel like a good, refined, clear sketch is a great jumping off point for a really nice doll. Make sure to clean up your sketch so that the lines are as clear as you can get them. I even sometimes do a little preliminary shading on the sketch, because in my mind, folds sometimes feel awkward being marked out by lines. Also, and here's the kicker - do multiple sketches. I'd like to see at least 3 different sketches of the same character. Play with different clothing or hairstyles, alter things until you come up with something that you really love! Sometimes the best way to find a great design is to just play around!

Re: Tool-a-thon! (fullly tooled doll workshop)

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:58 pm
by belladoggy
Posting reference links here :) I found a base I want to use, too! (I have used it in the past, but not this particular pose. Actually, this is probably the most "interesting" pose I've ever chosen.) (Fourth image block down, top row, furthest to the right)

I'm not sure why, but I'm very inclined to do a fashion design inspired by wildlife, and since this stage is all about concept design, I'm finding some elements of animals in fashion that I like, as well as reference of the animals themselves. ... etails.jpg ... -Heels.jpg ... 00x450.jpg ... 1345559303 ... In_May.jpg ... 8051_2.jpg ... 005_3_.jpg ... styles.jpg

I know all of these might not end up being useful, but that's kind of the mind-splosion my brainstorming process is. Now to work on those sketches!

Re: Tool-a-thon! (fullly tooled doll workshop)

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:48 pm
by belladoggy
I hope it's okay that I'm double posting...anyway, one of the sketches:


These are not the colors I will use; this will just make the sketch easier to break into layers later. For the version without censor bars, click here. I just wanted to cover her lady bits since I don't know exactly which colors I'll be using yet.