I have several new dolls today! The first is a friend of mine's character from an Amber game we were in a while back. Her name is Anges and she was such a cool character that I decided to doll her! I hope that's ok, Kat! The second is Beauty from the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast". She was sort of inspired by an illustration I found online for the story (artist unknown). The third doll is wearing the outfit that Brittany Miller of the Chippettes wore (from the 80s cartoon "Alvin and the Chipmunks"). I don't know why I was in the mood to doll her, but I was. The fourth doll is wearing an Alexander McQueen fitted suit that I loved. It took forever to make, and I'm not entirely happy with the shading on the skirt, but the jacket is great! The fifth doll is Sara Crew from A Little Princess. I'm really proud of her. I think that she is adorable! The last is a Princess Bride Barbie.
This doll has been entered in a contest at Ham Studio. The contest asked you to put your name or screen name into a program that gave you back a fairy tale character, a fantasy class (like D&D character classes) and a side (light or dark). Then you were asked to create a doll of the resulting character! I got Snow White as a light-side bard/dancer. This is the result!
I've decided to host my first contest. The theme is "The Seven Wise Princesses" and details and rules can be found Here
Here is my example doll:
I've entered some new contests:
Katrina was entered in a Disney Princess Contest at Eden Enchanted run by sleepylily
Venus was entered in a Goddess Contest at Diamond Flames
Desdemona was entered in a Shakespearean Characters Contest at Moon Child Dolls
I got a welcoming gift at Eden Enchanted from Nocturnica! Yay! Isn't she cute? I created a page under "Pixel Dolls" for gifts! Yay!
Four new dolls! The first three are the three witches from Macbeth. I know, they look nothing like the descriptions in the text, that is intentional. The designs were done with the idea that they look totally different (different ages, skin tones, everything) each time we see them. This would be one scene (possibly the first). The fourth doll is Desdemona from Othello, complete with the strawberry handkerchief.
This was made for an Alter-ego challange at Eden Enchanted on a base by Mumsy.
Two new Disney dolls! Jasmine in her totally-not-convincing disguise and Alice!
Today I took Gracie to visit Grandma. So I was driving, with Gracie, listening to my iPod. This was fine until we got to Middleton Village (where Grandma is). Gracie recognized where we were and imediately jumped into my lap. She was instantly tangled up in seat belts, me and the cord for the iPod headphones! And to make things even more fun, she was stepping on the iPod, so it was randomly changing songs, volume and pausing and unpausing. And she's Gracie, so of course she was wiggling the whole time and making matters worse! It took a few minutes to untangle everything sufficiently so that I could open the door and we could go see Grandma! So today I learned that Gracie and iPods definately don't mix!!
Today I'm adding a doll of Cinderella in her pink, homemade dress for the ball (before the stepsisters get to it), Cruella de Ville wearing an outfit from a costume sketch seen in "102 Dalmations" (the live action sequel to the live action version of the story), a doll inspired by the Botticelli 1483 painting "Venus and Mars", and four new mini Barbie dolls.
I have another new contest entry! This one is my version of Tinkerbell as a human being. I had fun with her! The contest is at Embrace Your Inner Pink.
I have a new contest entry! It's a Famous Lovers contest at Only Forever. My entry is Natasha and Pierre from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
I have a new contest entry! It's a rose pixie! She's for a contest at Seishou Heaven.
The first three dolls are Katrina from Disney's "The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad". There is a doll in a Georgian 18th century gown, which I think turned out fairly well. I did a doll based on the Caravaggio painting "Madonna with the Serpent" and I'm very proud of her. She turned out very well. And there are a few more mini Barbie dolls.
New dolls! Two pixel-drawn castles, a Noah's ark, a doll in a wedding gown, and a bunch of little mini Barbie dolls.
This sorceress was completely hand drawn, with no bases. She turned out very well and I'm extremely proud of her!
Several new dolls. Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Jasmine in her wedding dress from "Aladdin and the King of Thieves", Anna Karenina, a wedding gown, and four new mini Barbie dolls.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Today I have a bunch of tiny pixel dolls based on Barbie dolls. I think they are cute!
Two new dollz: Anna in her teacher dress from the animated version of "The King and I" and a doll inspired by a painting by Adolphe Weiz.
I have another contest entry! This time it's just legs. It was a fun little project to do! Contest is at Night Potion Pixels.
I have made a gift for Random Dialogue, Michael's website. It's a "Katie in a Bottle" so that there will always be a little me on his webpage!
I just made a cool pixel picture of the twelve dancing princesses and the gardener/soldier at the wedding at the end of the story. It has been entered in a contest at Willow's Treasures. I've been working on this one for a long time and I'm really proud of it! The base is from Yume Studio
Alan pointed out that I didn't give a link to the contest that I entered Dorothy in, so here it is! The contest is at Dolls, Etc..
Sorry about that!
I've entered another pixel doll contest. This one asks for a character from The Wizard of Oz! My entry is Dorothy in her Emerald City dress from W. W. Denslow's illustrations.
I've made two dolls as an entry to a contest at Fate Sanctuary! The contest asks for shoulder angels and devils. So these are my shoulder angel and shoulder devil. Michael just asked me what the devil tells me to do. Her instructions usually involve running into things. I try not to listen to her too much.
Four new literary character pixel dolls! Dorothy Gale and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Little Red Riding Hood, and Moyra from the Knights of the Silver Dragon series.
I've added a page of pixel dolls that I have adopted from other sites. Some of them are great, I wish I had that kind of skill! Check them out!
When I was a child all the girls my age either had or wanted Pleasant Company's American Girls dolls. Each doll was set in a different time period and place (my first AG doll was from 1854 and lived in Minnesota) and each came with a book or set of books telling her story. Since then the company has branched out and now makes dolls from other countries, Angelina Ballerina dolls, baby dolls, and modern dolls with books you can write yourself.
For the past two years there has also been one modern doll with a book written about her as well as character-appropriate accessories. This year's character (the third in the series) is Marisol, a hispanic girl growing up in Chicago. Normally the American Girl books are as wholesome as apple pie and no one complains about them, but Marisol's book has been surrounded by controversy since it was released a few weeks ago.
Apparently, the girl's parents decided to move in the book because their neighborhood is not as "safe" as they might like. The problem is that Marisol's story takes place in a real neighborhood in Chicago. Understandably, the people who live in this neighborhood are angry. The company seems to be largely shrugging the complaints off, but this is the kind of thing that can quickly take on a life of its own. It's an interesting development. I hope that they don't stop making the book or change it because of pressure, but you never know what will happen.
I finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger the other day. It was an amazingly good book. It had the kind of brilliance that Possession had. The characters were incredibly real, despite the extremely unusual circumstances they were in. The book kept making me think back over the experiences of my life and relive the joys and pain. The author was able to portray emotions incredibly well, from the excitement of a new discovery to the aching pain of being left behind to worry. As unusual as the circumstances surrounding the characters were, it never seemed like science fiction or impossible.
The writing itself was masterful as well. The references to random works of art and literature and the sprinkling of other languages throughout the text felt perfectly natuaral and very appropriate. Niffenegger is clearly a very intelligent and creative woman and I would love to read other things she has written. I was very impressed.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It was brilliant and well worth the time!
Black words on white pages
Lead me forward by the hand.
Memories turn to nothing
And solid begins to flow,
Black words on white pages
I've added three new pixel dolls. Megara in her regular dress from the movie "Hercules", Megara as a teenager from the TV show "Hercules", and Anastasia as an orphan from the movie "Anastasia". They have been added to the Pixel Dolls page and the base for Anya is from Pink Land.
Ok, those of you who know me are probablly pretty aware how upset I get when it comes to censorship. I've posted stuff about it and about first amendment rights on here before. This one has upset me more than usual. There is a group of parents in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas called the Citizens for Literary Standards in Schools. They are fighting to remove all manner of wonderful books from the classes taught in their children's schools. Books like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", "The Awakening", "Brave New World", "Catcher in the Rye", "The Color Purple", "Crime and Punishment", "The Crusible", "Death of a Salesman", "Frankenstein", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Great Expectations", "The Great Gatsby", "Hamlet", "King Henry V", "The House on Mango Street", "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Inherit the Wind", "Jane Eyre", "Julius Ceaser", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "A Modest Propossal", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail", "The Once and Future King", "One Hundred Years of Solitude", "Othello", "The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Pride and Prejudice", "Ragtime", "Romeo and Juliet", "Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead", "Saint Joan", "The Scarlett Letter", "Slaughterhouse Five", "Sophie's Choice", "A Tale of Two Cities", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Things Fall Apart", "The Woman Warrior" and "Wuthering Heights". They say that the school is selecting these books for students to read "over time-tested classics". Ok, when I think of "time-tested classics" I think of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, and Tolstoy. All are represented at least once on their list (of which I only listed a few). They state that:
"As Shakespeare's characters work through their humorous, tragic, or dramatic roles, they teach us something about true character and a tremendous amount about the art of creative writing. No, we do not oppose Shakespeare. We consider his works to be an obvious cornerstone of a fundamentally sound education in English literature."
I noticed several works of Shakespeare on that list. All the big ones, certainly! So, how can they say that they aren't opposing Shakespeare? And what about Dickens? How more "time-tested" and "classic" can you get? Last I remember there was no explicit sex in any of the Dickens I've read (and I've read quite a few). When was the last time you read a Jane Austen book and said "Wow! What a lot of swearing, sex and adult concepts"? I mean, seriously! What is there that is so objectionable about "Pride and Prejudice"? Ok, "The Scarlett Letter" is about a woman who committed adultary, but does anyone remember any descriptions of this? It's barely said straight out what she did!
I don't understand the purpose of these parents' complaints. And if they are disqualifying Shakespeare and Dickens, what is the "time-tested classic" literature that they propose replace it? And I did notice that several books, including "Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre" are on both their list of books they disapprove of and their list of books they wish their kids were being required to read.
In many ways their list of "approved books" is as odd as the list of books they are complaining about. I read "Anne Frank" several times as a kid. I remember there being far more explicit sexual concepts and such in that book than in "Pride and Prejudice". Where do they draw the line? How do they draw the line? What are they exactly objecting to and what are they looking for? I don't even know what a reading list they approved of would include! Their website is here if you are interested.
There is a very good article by a fifteen-year-old girl who is in this school district and opposes the parents who are trying to ban books. You might want to check it out as a good example of a thoughtful response to all of this. I would also point out that she has read many of these books and doesn't seem to be an amoral, distructive, suicidal nymphomaniac.
Sorry for the long rant, but I get very passionate about this stuff. I'm thinking about writing a letter to these people dispite the fact that I know it won't make any real difference. If you can think of something that will, please let me know! As is, I'll just have to content myself with working with groups like kidSPEAK!