New Paper Doll Costume: Liz Lemon

My husband and I have been watching 30 Rock lately and so I decided to draw one of Liz Lemon’s outfits for Alana. I can’t remember what episode this outfit is from, but I think it was the one with the flu vaccines. The top is black and floaty and looked really cute. The pants are jeans and she’s wearing what appear to be ankle boots under them. I’ve been really enjoying this show. There’s just enough plot around the craziness to hold it all together and keep it from being too silly. I don’t like most of the characters, but I don’t think that I’m supposed to like them. I do like Liz, even if I don’t always like what she does or says. She’s stupid sometimes, but she’s fun to watch and the barely controlled chaos around her is entertaining. I also like that they get what it’s like to deal with the drama of backstage sometimes. I especially enjoy it when we get to see the crew and hear what’s going on with them!

This outfit and the rest of Alana’s wardrobe can all be found along with the doll herself on her page. She’s got more modern clothing coming up for a little while yet.

New Paper Doll Outfit: Beauty

Today I have a version of Beauty from Sleeping Beauty. This is from Faerie Tale Theatre’s telling of the story. It was a beautiful dress in the show and I’m actually really proud of the drawing, but I don’t feel like the scan really does it justice. This might be partially because the puppy decided to sniff it just before I scanned it and while I didn’t see anything on the paper, the scanner evidently did, and I had to remove a large smear right through the middle! This was probably one of my favorite episodes of the show, though, because it was so interestingly framed. It had the story of the princess being told by a woodcutter to the prince who would eventually rescue her and his squire. The prince tells his own story as well, which we don’t normally get to hear, and then decides to go off and save the beautiful sleeping princess (because he’s hopelessly noble and kind of reckless that way, according to his squire). The prince is played by Christopher Reeve, who does a great job portraying the noble prince unable to suspect anyone of wrongdoing and ever willing to help the helpless and charge into danger. The princess is played by Bernadette Peters, who does a beautiful job showing a princess who wants more than to be married off to whatever guy is handy. It was a great retelling of what is essentially a pretty basic tale.

Serena’s wardrobe, as well as the doll herself, can all be found on her page. She has another fairy tale outfit coming up next and then she should get a much needed modern outfit!

New Paper Doll Outfit: Queen Elizabeth I

This is one of the gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I in the miniseries Elizabeth R. She wore it in a number of scenes as a gown for sort of everyday court business. Not fancy court presentations, but conducting business with her ministers and overseeing the day-to-day goings on at court. The gown was deep green with cream, gold and very few black accents. I think that perhaps the overdress folded back more in the center near the bottom, but there were almost no chances to get much of a glimpse of that part, so I kind of had to guess. This gown took forever to draw, but I’m quite pleased with the result. Sadly, some of the detail was lost or muddled by the scanner, but I still think that you can see it fairly well. This is easily the most elaborate costume I’ve done for any of this current series of paper dolls up to this point. It was fun to do, though, and reminded me that it might be fun to do more historical costumes than I have got for them so far.

Alana and all of her gowns and other outfits can be found on her page. She has some more modern outfits coming up.

New Paper Doll Outfit – Rapunzel

This is another princess from Faerie Tale Theatre. This time it’s the beautiful maiden in the tower, Rapunzel. This dress was originally a shade of brown that washed out many of the details, so I kind of like it better as a line drawing like this! I’m especially proud of the lace collar on this one. Usually I think my lace ends up looking messy, which is frustrating, since I like lace when it’s used to good effect. I have no idea why there were butterflies on this dress, but I kind of like the imagery. Rapunzel might have embroidered winged creatures on her gowns because she wanted to fly free of her tower prison like they could. Or they could have been there because the low-budget show was borrowing a dress from somewhere. Who knows? I really have no idea if the costumes for this show were made for it or found or borrowed, but I’m impressed with the costumer however they were acquired. They were usually pretty good.

Serena and all of her outfits can be found on her page, which is starting to look pretty good. She had such a pitifully small collection for a while that I felt bad for her, but it’s getting bigger. She’s got more fairy tale costumes coming up!

New Paper Doll Outfit: Snow White

This is another interpretation of a fairy tale character from the Fables world. This is Snow White. Snow is not the helpless princess in Fables, she’s a very intelligent woman and is basically running Fabletown at the beginning of the series. While we see her in suits and tailored dresses a lot, I liked this outfit because it felt particularly characteristic of her. Very tailored and sharp, but with a little edge of roughness to it. She wears it in Jack of Fables (a tie-in series) when traveling and trying to stop a major crisis. If there’s a major crisis, Snow is usually one of the people in the middle trying to stop it. She’s very hands-on that way. The jacket was red, the sweater under it was white and the pants were black – a typical color palette for Snow White’s outfits.

Alana and all of her outfits are on her page. She’s amassing quite a wardrobe, although it’s not exactly a typical one by any means. Since her next outfit is one of the costumes I’m most proud of so far, I’m not going to tell you what it is ahead of time!

New Paper Doll Outfit: Mary Ann

Today I have a new outfit for Serena. She hasn’t had very many modern outfits. Mostly she’s had fancy dresses and fantasy clothing so far. So it’s kind of nice that this is pretty much just regular clothing. It’s from the movie The Baby Sitter’s Club, which isn’t very good, but was based on a series that I and it seems that most girls who grew up when I did read. Strangely, the movie was made pretty well after the height of the series’ popularity, although it is definitely still being read today. The books have been out of print for quite some time now, though. There is a new version of the early books currently in print in graphic novel form and they’re pretty good, but they do not enjoy the kind of crazy popularity the original series did. Sadly, the movie totally failed at replicating the charm of the girls and their friendship from the books. Mary Ann was always my favorite in the series, which should come as no real surprise, since she was kind of the book nerd of the group. She was quiet and loyal and smart. This is why her outfit is kind of preppy, I guess, while everyone else was in either psudo-sloppy (this movie did sloppy really badly) or much hipper clothes. But I thought it was kind of a cute outfit anyway, so Serena gets to add it to her wardrobe. Hopefully it won’t get lost among all the long gowns in her closet!

Serena and all of her outfits can be found on her page. She’s got more fairy tale princess gowns coming up. Hopefully I’ll have more modern clothes for her later, but it won’t be for a while. Princess gowns are just more fun to draw!

New Paper Doll Outfit: Beauty

Since Serena got a fairy tale outfit yesterday, It makes sense that Alana would get one today. Hers is a little different, though. Instead of being from the fairy tale itself, it’s from the comic book Fables, which is set in the modern day mundane world. So this is what Beauty, from Beauty and the Beast, wears in one issue of Fables. Beauty is happily married to Beast at this point and they have jobs and everything. I don’t remember much about the issue this dress came from (I mostly chose it because I liked the dress), but I know they were up at the Farm (a place in upstate New York where most of the Fables who can’t pass for normal humans live). This dress was pink. I like the Snow White shoes, they’re cute. This is a much sweeter outfit than Beauty typically wears, though. She’s usually in business suits.

This dress and the rest of Alana’s very eclectic wardrobe can be found on her page. She’s got another modern outfit worn by a fairy tale character from Fables coming up next!

New Paper Doll Outfit: The Princess from The Frog Prince

I’ve been watching through Faerie Tale Theatre lately (thanks Brian and Kathleen!) and I’ve been drawing some of the costumes for my paper dolls as I watch. This means lots of princess dresses. This is the first and it’s for Serena. Most fairy tale princesses seem to be in their teens when exciting things happen to them (sixteenth birthdays seem to be a common time for things like curses to take hold and for magic mirrors to suddenly decide the princess is more beautiful than her stepmother). This dress is the gown worn by the princess in the episode that retold “The Frog Prince”. I considered putting the golden ball in her hand, since it’s posed just right for such a thing, but the ball is huge in this version (basketball sized), so it just looked too strange and blocked too much of the dress. I was never a big fan of this particular fairy tale princess. She’s rather a brat and since I actually kind of like the frog, I always felt bad for him having to be stuck with her. He totally deserved better.

This dress and the rest of Serena’s outfits can be found on her page. She’s got a modern outfit next, and then more fairy tale princess dresses.

New Paper Doll Outfit: Bridget Jones

This is a dress from near the end of the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s from the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding Party scene. It’s a really simple black dress, but it’s very typical of the kinds of things Bridget wore throughout the film. She had quite a few more revealing outfits for work as well, but it seems that this simple, fairly casual style is more what she wears for hanging out with friends, family affairs (when her mother doesn’t choose something for her) and other non-pajama occasions. I did consider drawing her other little black dress from the film (the one she wears to the book launch party), but I like this one better, it’s a more flattering neckline. I really like this movie. It’s just the right amount of silly and serious. It’s also one of the best modernizations of a Jane Austen story that I’ve seen (although, as annoying as the girls are in Clueless, that’s also a pretty good modern adaption of one of her stories!). I think it’s entertaining that the author of the book wrote her Mr. Darcy with Colin Firth’s portrayal of him in mind and then they got him to play her version in the movie. Of course, how do you turn that down?

Anyhow, as always, Alana and all of her outfits can be found on her page. It looks like Alana has some more modern outfits coming up and then something completely different, but next up is a fairy tale princess dress for Serena.

New Paper Doll Outfit: Ophelia

It’s a new dress for Serena! This is a costume from a 1990 production of Hamlet starring Kevin Kline. It was worn for most of the play by Ophelia (until she went mad) and was lavender. The top was a large floral patterned lace while the bottom was a swingy skirt. It was a pretty dress and worked well for Ophelia. The actress playing her did an excellent job as well. Sadly, the production was pretty forgettable. I thought that Polonius was excellent and Hamlet was pretty good, but the king and queen were completely unremarkable. I was extremely disappointed in Claudius. He’s my favorite character (and the one I played), so when he’s so boring that even I’m not interested it’s pretty discouraging to me. Still, there were some excellent performances in this production and they used their fairly bare performance space extremely creatively. And obviously I liked Ophelia’s dress!

Serena and all of her outfits can be found on her page. She’ll have more dresses coming up soon! I’m sorry she’s been neglected for a while, but I’ll make it up to her with some pretty gowns.

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