Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Critique PLEASE

Alrighty Please help! I'd so appreciate if you would please critique
this dolls face..This is my first attempt at making a Antique inspired dolls face
Click on pictures to see a larger view..all do that except one...
I am working over gesso , then acrylic base for face..
I use white acrylic for eyes then used water color pencils, I'm trying to shade with out going heavy..which I always seem to do.I'm using the water color pencils and a damp brush

I'm at a total lost for shading for the nose..right now she looks like miss piggy.

I have no picture or book to refer to for shading..

Shading water color pencils Prismacolor sienna Brown and Loew-Cornell Vandyke Brown
I have tried to take pictures of her up close and in different lighting
Since I tend to always go over board and end of with a heavy look..
I do not know when to stop
Do you think she needs more shading under her eyes??
I feel she needs more depth and I don't know how to achieve that look
oh gosh her poor nose *oink*:)
I really need help here!
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for any help!
((Hugs Sherrie))


Anonymous said...

I love it... your area looks just like mine, I am glad I am not alone...LOL... Happy Holidays.. Mo

Linda said...


Kat Lees has a wonderful CD on "Creating Faces With Chalk" that would help you with the shading around the nose and under the eyes. She sells her cd here: http://dollmakersjourney.com/lees.html

Also, she has a LOT of tips on her various blogs. Her Designs By Kat blog is at http://designsbykat.blogspot.com/

Hope this helps.

Have a wonderful holiday season.


Carla said...

I think she is pretty. I'm no good either but here is a great place to look at. http://www.heirlooms4tomorrow.com/

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Mo Thanks sweetie..I know i have allot of growing to do! Hey my friend Wishing you and your family a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Super new Year all year!
Hugs Sherrie

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Thank You Linda!!Your the best my friend..Thanks so much for your help..I will look up Kats CD's for sure..I want to Wish You and all your loved ones a very Blessed Christmas and a New Year full of Blessings and Health and Joy!!((((Hugs)))) Sherrie

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

awww Carla I forgot about Linda Johnson awesome web page..Thanks so much.sheeze I can't believe Linda has been gone 4 years..She sure brought allot of insight and new techniques and shared from her heart to the doll world.It is a blessing her family keeps her web site up for all of us to enjoy and learn from
Merry Christmas Carla you Florida gal you!!
Hugs Sherrie

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I am no painter, so sorry I can't help you out. I think she looks lovely and would be thrilled to bits if one of my doll faces looked that good! lol She looks sweet and vintage to me.
Smiles, Karen

Christine said...

I think she's beautiful.......wonderful job on her eyes. Can't wait to see her finished!

creativedawn said...

What a beautiful doll...beautiful face...she looks human. I am a beginner myself...didn't have any kind of art courses or training but I know what appeals to me. Her face is symetrical and appealing in a human sort of way...for what its worth, my 2-3 cents...lol...Can't wait to see her finished either!!!!

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Karen Thank You bunches your kind words mean so much to me
Have a Very Merry Christmas Karen!!
Hugs Sherrie

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Thank You Christine!I see I have her proportions off and her poor nose eck!But Thank You very much for your kindness..I will post her when finished..Sherrie

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Hi Pam I'm honored Thank You much! Me to b eginnner at this type of face painting..Funny taking some thing new and making it to look like a antique..gotta love it, ya know this sounds so vain..but when I was taking her picture it was though she was looking back at me..I didn't want her to look like a doll or child.I have a lot of growing todo,but do feel I at least achieved a b it of human look Thanks again

clothnclay said...

For all the coloured pencil work I have done on paper, I have never tried them on a cloth doll. You did such a beautiful job, Sherrie, the colours are so deep and rich, I thought you used paint. Yes, beautiful job! Keep going! Becky

Aunt Pitty Pat's said...

I don't know a thing about painting or making wonderful cloth dolls like you Sherrie ... but I love the face on this little gal. I love the intensity of her blue eyes!!! I like her :) I know she will be fantastic when she is completed...

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Gosh Becky Thank You very much my friend..I'm practicing when I can..But now with the Holidays HoHoHo!!! time is limited for sure.But Iam want to dress her and finish her and put her under our tree.becky thanks so much for looking i'm so honored!
Merry Christmas!!!Sherrie

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Awww M you so make me smile..I'm going to dress her..Then pack up my paints til after Chritmas,I still have 3 aprons to make for Christmas presentss so while the Christmas baking is in the oven i will be sewing away!! How about you sweet stuffing are you ready for Christmas?