Sunday, 30 September 2018

Fae Design Challenge

Well as I mentioned in my last post I've joined in a Challenge run by Art Elements, this months theme was Fairy and as you all know I like Fae. Not only do I paint the Cornish Pixies or bring them to life really. I also make the odd Fae doll, and of course I've written about them with my Sidhe books set in alternate England where Fae exist.
As to Fae in general I like the dark dangerous side of them and I want to try and express that through my dolls. But my dolls being what they are tend to evolve by themselves and turn out completely different to what I imagined. As it was for the three dolls I've made for the challenge, I made a mermaid, a Fae and a witch. Now why a witch in a Fae challenge, well I like witches they are magical and some work with Fae. Like Fae they can also walk the line between light and dark.

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Rue the Witch Art Doll
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Rue

 Rue was supposed to be a bit darker especially with the skulls on her dress but she ended up a bit sweet. And she does have a rather adorable familiar which is a bat called Norman, who she keeps on a chain as he nibbled through his original leather leash and collar.

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Norman the Bat

Next we have Genny a mermaid, mermaids are a water sprite or elemental, and have their dark side of luring sailors to their deaths. Genny was fun to make as I bought myself an inspiration pack and used the materials in it to make her.
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Genny the mermaid
Genny has freshwater pearls on her tail and she's carrying a net of shells that she has just collected to decorate her sea cave.

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Net of Shells
Now the last doll is Fae and her name is Nyra, her body is made from silk as well as her tunic. She's a more simply dressed doll and she did nearly have wings but they didn't suit her. 

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Nyra the Fae
Nyra is carrying something special we aren't sure what is as she won't say only that it can be found in Fae, in a dark enchanted forest. I think I'd like to visit the enchanted forest but I might need a sword and a few fellow travellers to help, like a wizard, an elf and maybe a dwarf.

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Nyra the Fae
I hope enjoyed a very short foray into Fae, maybe next time I can introduce you to some Slaugh, UnSeelie or maybe Elves. I'm off now to see what the other contributors have done for the challenge and I'll leave the links here for you to explore and enjoy.

Guest Artists

Alysen  
Kathy  
Tammy  
Hope  
Alison  
Cat  
Sarah  

Art Elements Team

Jen 
Jenny   
Niky  
Marsha  



Until next time Vic x

26 comments:

  1. I love them all!
    The witch may be my favorite, though - I'm in love with her pet bat, too!

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  2. Your dolls are amazing Vic... I particularly love the mermaid, the colours in her hair and tail are beautiful, and all the little details are wonderful, especially Norman! Thank you for taking part in the challenge!

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  3. These are so wonderful! I love how they all have a story and secrets...

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    1. Thanks Marsha, I do like making stories for them

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  4. They all look so mysterious. ITs really cool that you make your own dolls based on particular characters.

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  5. Oh Wow! I love them all but I think Rue is my favorite! I love everything about her especially Norman:-) I used to make art dolls and your lovely dolls make me want to go make one right now.

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    1. She is my favourite too, I think it might be because of Norman. :)

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  6. All three of them are so mysterious and lovely, and I do think they walk that line between dark and light. All of your little details are enchanting and so thoughtful. This challenge definitely suited your style for sure. Wonderfully done!

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  7. These are utterly beautiful, I love all the tiny details and the stories!

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  8. Wow this challenge was made for you! Your dolls are beautiful and so creative!

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  9. As an Art Doll-o-phile, I love your interpretations and stories! I don't have a fave, each has special details that call to me, but certainly looking forward to what you'll come up with next. Have always wanted to create dolls and you've re-ignited that niggling feeling. Thx.
    Alysen

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  10. Great job Vic, they are full of character

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  11. Oh, I am in love with your sweet witch. And I applaud your wingless fae. I don't think they all have wings! Wonderful work - so glad you could join us!

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  12. I absolutely love your creations here and on your Etsy website. All have such personality! Well done!

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  13. Your dolls are delightful and have such fabulous attention to the smallest detail. Beautiful work.

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