Russian artist Michael Zajkov’s skills are so precise, that the dolls he creates look disturbingly lifelike. The dolls are made of polymer clay, hand painted glass eyes, and mohair hair. Dressed in a Victorian era style, they have multiple movable joints. But the most frightening part is their faces. The artist works on every detail in order to delicately bring out explicit features and facial mimicry of each doll. The outcome is fascinating. They look as though they are about to come to life. Continue reading »
Whilst most of Oso Polar‘s handmade dolls are recognisable woodland creatures, some really do leave us guessing. From the weird and wonderful to the cute and creepy – the Russian artist’s ongoing collection of clay figurines demonstrate a unique talent, with every attention to detail meticulously taken care of. Continue reading »
These are not toys, not souvenirs, not decorations. A Russian artist and dollmaker Irina Andreyeva calls them author’s dolls and sculptures. By an author opinion, felt can warm not only a body, but also a soul; and she does these cute and magnificent dolls exactly for the soul. No one can buy them, but anyone can see them at Irina’s exhibitions in Russia. Continue reading »
Nesting dolls (or matryoshka dolls as you may know them) are elegantly created and painted with intricate designs and colors on each, from the largest of the set down to the most diminutive in the collection. The first of these popular dolls were designed by folk crafts painter Sergey Malyutin in Russia in 1890, and since then, artists have set about dressing the dolls in variations ranging from holiday wear to the traditional clothing of other cultures. Continue reading »
Recently, artist Wendy Tsao discovered the work of Sonya Singh, who removes the make-up from Bratz dolls to give them a more natural look. Tsao decided to take this idea further, coming up with the idea of taking dolls ’cleaned up’ by Singh and turning them into models of inspiring real-life women. Tsao’s idea here is influenced by the belief that toys like this can have a huge influence on the worldview of young children.
This has to be one of the best ideas we’ve seen in a very long time. Fantastic work! Continue reading »
Benita Marcussen photographed men who use life-size dolls as partners for her series “Men & Dolls.” Some are married with children, others had never had a relationship with a woman; the men’s situations varied, but she says one thing united them – the dolls eased their loneliness.
Robert and his doll Queen Cathy. She is named that way because she is treated like a queen in the doll community. (Benita Marcussen)
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Stanley Colorite, 41, poses for a picture in his bedroom with part of his Barbie collection in Hudson, Florida. More than 2,000 dolls are spread over four rooms of his house. He has been building his collection for 16 years and it is thought to be worth $80,000 (£53,000). (Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA)
Take a look at fantastic and hyper realistic dolls by french artist Laurence Ruet. Each creation is an original. Details on the face and the limbs are painted with acrylic after cooking. All the clothes, shoes and “pets” are made by Laurence. From 450 to 1350 euros each and above. Continue reading »
A series of paper dolls, based on tv shows/characters, created by illustrator Kyle Hilton.