Part of the reason I created this new blog is because I found myself branching out from 19th century topics and comic books into other popular media. Also, I just like ruminating on film and books and whatnot.
While I still intend to work on some historical paper dolls, you can see from the photo below that we’ll be wandering into uncharted territory. I watched a lot of TV this summer as I was on sabbatical, and so in addition to more comic book heroes and villains, I started futzing with television characters. I don’t know how many I will do, but for now expect to see Empire, The Walking Dead, and possibly the X-Files.
Hopefully something for everybody!
Black & White vs. Color
In the past, I used to paint all my paper dolls. The thought of working in anything but full color was anathema! Maybe if I had all the time in the world it would make sense to continue in that vein, but painting is an intense endeavor and it causes more frustration than delight sometimes, which is antithetical to the philosophy of the playground.
So while I absolutely love the look of painted paper dolls, line art is just a lot quicker and that’s what you’re going to get here, by and large.
It can take me 2 or more hours to paint the outfit that I can render in ink in under an hour. Black and white just makes more sense. I can produce work faster, fix calamities more easily, and let’s face it: it saves wear, tear, and expense for the printing on your end–and you get to color the finished product to your liking!
I might still post colored versions of some dolls and work in color now and then, but you can expect that most of what you’ll find here as far as printable paper dolls will be black and white.
The Posting Schedule
I have a small backlog of dolls that assures a regular posting schedule for at least through the end of the year. But I want to stay well ahead of things for when we hit the holidays and whatnot, so:
- Thursday: at least 1 new paper doll plate.
- Sunday: a review of some kind.
I might additionally throw out a process post or other rambling, but these two days I’ll hold sacred. A couple of days a week is plenty for updates, right? The choice of Thursdays for the paper dolls is a nod to Kathleen Taylor’s “Thursday Tabs”, by the way.