I've been working on a passion project for the last month and a half and as I'm revealing them tonight I figured I'd write a bit about the process. It's the debut of a new category of repaints, my first "couple", and it's been an interesting journey with these two.
This is a concept I've been kicking around for over two years, since my memory and creativity started to return. It combines my love of the darker side of the supernatural and the artist, Luis Royo.
Art like this takes a while though so I had to make sure I was up for the challenge. I needed time and focus so initially I worked on them while working on other dolls as well, just so they wouldn't be rushed. Eventually they consumed all my time though and I didn't come up for "air" until this week. No computer, no outings, just work.
The new category is called Angelus. I intend to explore the full range of possibilities but I always knew I'd debut with this particular vein and that they'd be a couple. I've painted complimentary dolls before...a mate to a previous work...but never two simultaneously. As a result, they really look like they belong together. However, practicality dictates they be sold separately. Some collectors will only be in the market for one or the other and as a collector myself, I would appreciate the option.
Every detail on these dolls serves a purpose and goes to tell their story. Initially they were simply going to be repaints but Bret's voice kept popping up..."You know you have to make the costumes"..."You know what would be really cool??"..."You know what they need, don't you?" and he'd punctuate it will playing with my hair ONLY when I worked on these two, no other dolls. So now, yes, they are costumed dolls with wings and customized stands lol. And to think I thought I'd never hear those words again. Oh no, he's more persistent than ever! But it's pushed me further than I've been before and I can honestly say this is one of the coolest projects I've ever done.
Before I get back to work, let's talk about these wings. I changed my mind on what I wanted a gazillion times before deciding on what they look like now. There are so many variables to choose from: free form or plotted? Colored or transparent? And what medium?? Ultimately it came down to what it always comes down to: As a collector, what would I want out of them? A statement piece that has versatility. 2 weeks, some engineering, 50 glue sticks and 300 feathers later, they each have posable, jointed, decorated wings that look amazing by themselves or even as props in the background. I can say without hesitation that I will never...ever make anything like this again lol but as a one time thing? Pretty fucking awesome.
I'll post pictures and the links to the auctions tonight.