Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Paper Dolls for the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show

I am back for my fifth year at the San Diego International Comic-Con Art Show. The 2017 San Diego International Comic-Con (SDCC) officially starts on Thursday, July 20th and art show set-up is this Wednesday, July 19th. However, this art show will be the first year it will not be located upstairs at the Sails Pavilion in the San Diego Convention Center. 

This year (and maybe from now on) the art show will be located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in Grand Halls C&D on the first floor. I do have mixed feelings about this last minute change of location. I really did love having the art show in the actual Convention Center because obviously it felt more connected to the actual SDCC event rather than at a nearby off-site hotel. One positive is that the art show will be open to the general public but nonetheless the atmosphere will be different. All in all, I remain positive about my whole experience of being a part of such a fun event and I am, as every year, excited about showcasing my paper dolls for the art show and all its attendees!

For this year's Art Show I will be displaying 12 paper dolls which again are mostly fan-based paper dolls relevant to Comic-Con's celebration of comics, fantasy, and other pop-culture art forms. I originally made 13 paper dolls even though I knew I could only fit 12 on my display panel. So the one paper doll "Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana" that didn't make the art show cut will be available in my Etsy shop. 

Below are my final 12 paper dolls and their inspirations behind their creations for the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show. Enjoy!


MERMAID PAPER DOLLS

Mermaid Paper Doll #128 - Margaery Tyrell

My "Margaery Tyrell" Mermaid Paper Doll is based on the HBO television series "Game of Thrones" character of the same name and portrayed by actress Natalie Dormer. My mermaid version of Margaery is based on her wardrobe worn during the Season 6 season finale episode "Winds of Winter" where she met her untimely death. Mermaid Margaery wears her stag crown and a demure silver metallic embroidered gown.


Mermaid Paper Doll #129 - Lupita in Gucci

Lupita Nyong'o is such a beauty! She is a favorite of mine in both red carpet fashion and as a muse for my mermaid paper dolls. My latest Lupita Mermaid Doll will be my fourth shown at the SDCC Art Show. "Lupita in Gucci" is based on her gorgeous green gown worn at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Her long voluminous gown featured an embellished floral detail of embroidered crystals and hand painted pink and blush silk flowers. And I absolutely loved her pop of purple lipstick!


Mermaid Paper Doll #130 - Betty Cooper

My Mermaid Paper Doll #129 is inspired by the character Betty Cooper (portrayed by actress Lili Reinhart) from the CW teen drama show "Riverdale" (my latest guilty-pleasure television show). "Riverdale" is based on the characters by Archie Comics. Mermaid Betty is wearing her 1950s retro best with her coiffed blonde hair and her soft pink and floral girl-next-door scaled attire.


Mermaid Paper Doll #131 - Veronica Lodge

Mermaid Paper Doll #130 takes inspiration from another "Riverdale" character Veronica Lodge portrayed by actress Camila Mendes. My Mermaid Veronica has a darker, jewel-toned palette and wears the signature pearl necklace (of Archie Comics' Veronica) but in a more grandiose mermaid-style. I also wanted to give Mermaid Veronica a sexier, more 1970s vixen vibe in comparison to Mermaid Betty's 1950s girl-next-door look. 


Mermaid Paper Doll #132 - Solange in Derek Lam

I am a huge fan of Solange Knowles fashion style! Mermaid Paper Doll #131 is inspired by Solange Knowles' Derek Lam Guipure lace dress that she wore at the 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City. I love the bold and bright contrasting patterns of her dress and thought how awesome it would look on a mermaid's gown of scales!


Mermaid Paper Doll #133 - Lady Hideko

Mermaid Paper Doll #132 was inspired by the character Lady Hideko (portrayed by actress Kim Min-Hee) of Park Chan-Wook's intriguing movie "The Handmaiden". Moreover, the film's costumes designed by Sang-gyeong Jo are equally compelling and absolutely gorgeous! The movie is a definite must-see! For my Lady Hideko mermaid I wanted her to embody the demure and luxurious look of Lady Hideko and took inspiration from her dark blue dress with black lace complete with her petal pink colored lips and loose strands of hair from her intricately braided bun.


Mermaid Paper Doll #134 - Yellow Diamond


These next two mermaid paper dolls are based on characters from the animated television series "Steven Universe" by Rebecca Sugar. Known as members of the Great Diamond Authority, Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond are rulers of the Homeworld Gems and were featured prominently during the most recent "Steven Universe" episodes.


My Yellow Diamond Mermaid is inspired by the character's signature look with short bob and spiked tipped hair style, yellow eyes, short yellow tailcoat-like attire with enormous shoulder pads. The character Yellow Diamond also has a cutout for her diamond gemstone in the middle of her chest. My Mermaid Yellow Diamond has one as well but it is a bit hidden behind the pointy array of yellow sea flowers.


Mermaid Paper Doll #136 - Blue Diamond


Mermaid Paper Doll #134 is inspired by the character Blue Diamond from "Steven Universe". The character Blue Diamond has a sky blue complexion; long, oval face; long, straight alice blue hair that curls inwards at the ends; and slanted, soulful-looking eyes and makeup. She wears a long dark blue cloak and her blue diamond gemstone is located on her chest above the sternum. She appears regal yet surrounded by melancholy.


MENAGERIE PAPER DOLLS

Menagerie Paper Doll - Brienne of Tarth Mermaid

My Menagerie Paper Dolls are composed of an array of miscellaneous rubber stamps. My Brienne of Tarth Mermaid Paper Doll is based on the character from "Game of Thrones". I love Brienne's character and she is brilliantly played on the television show by actress Gwendoline Christie. I had  a rubber stamp made of her face by the Etsy shop Stamplifier

Mermaid Brienne wears blue armor which is the color of her House Tarth. The armor was a gift given to her by her unrequited love Ser Jaime Lannister (see below). She also carries with her her sword known as Oathkeeper which was also given to her by Jaime.


Menagerie Paper Doll - Jaime Lannister Merman

My Jaime Lannister Merman Paper Doll is based on the character Ser Jaime Lannister from "Game of Thrones". On the television show Jaime is wonderfully played by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. My Jaime Merman wears gold-scaled armor as well as his golden hand. The "Game of Thrones" character Jaime loses his right hand and wears his new gold appendage to cover his missing hand. Merman Jaime also carries the sword known as Widow's Wail plus a beautiful bouquet of sea flora for his Mermaid of Tarth (wink wink!). 

Unrequited no more, my favorite soulmates on "Game of Thrones"


Menagerie Paper Doll - Frida Kahlo The Wounded Deer

My Frida Kahlo the Wounded Deer Paper Doll takes inspiration from Kahlo's 1946 painting "The Wounded Deer". 


Menagerie Paper Doll - Frida Kahlo Me & My Parrots

My Frida Kahlo Mermaid Paper Doll takes inspiration from Kahlo's 1941 self-portrait painting "Me and My Parrots" which include her pet parrots. 



I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at my paper dolls for the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show!  All my paper dolls will be up for auction and/or quick sale during the Comic-Con and any unsold items will be added to my Etsy shop Rock Paper Tekla

And if you could stand the crazy crowds down near the Convention Center, definitely stop by the Comic-Con Art Show and come see my paper dolls! I guarantee you they look gorgeous in person!

Cheers!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

My Paper Dolls for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show

The 2016 San Diego International Comic-Con is just a few days away! I am back for my fourth year showcasing not only my paper dolls but now also my zodiac puffy pins. My puffy pins are my latest craft adventure which I wanted to share at this year's Art Show. I will be showing just 10 paper dolls compared to my usual goal of 12 to accommodate for the puffy pins. And like last year's Comic-Con Art Show, I tried to make as many fan-based paper dolls relevant to Comic-Con's celebration of comics and other pop-culture art forms. It will be an eclectic mix of paper and fabric art medium and I am excited to see how this year's Comic-Con Art Show attendees respond to my latest art exhibit!

Below are my final 10 paper dolls and their inspirations behind their creations plus a look at my zodiac puffy pins for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show. Enjoy!


MERMAID PAPER DOLLS


Mermaid Paper Doll #120 - Rose

These first four mermaid paper dolls are based on characters from the animated television series "Steven Universe" by Rebecca Sugar. Both my sons and my husband Carlos are huge fans of this animated show and I made these mermaid-inspired "Crystal Gems" just for them.

Mermaid Paper Doll #120 is based on the character Rose Quartz from Steven Universe. On the show, Rose is the founder and former leader of the Crystal Gems and the mother of Steven Universe. She is indicated as having an all-loving, motherly personality. So to represent her, I made Mermaid Rose with an overall soft and glowing appearance with light watercolor pastels, gentle pink flowers, voluminous pink hair.


Mermaid Paper Doll #121 - Garnet
Mermaid Paper Doll #121 takes inspiration from the character Garnet from Steven Universe and musician Solange Knowles. Garnet is a fusion gem of the two of other gems Ruby and Sapphire. I wanted to give my Garnet mermaid a 1970s vibe with the appearance of fusion Gem's three eyes and pink and magenta colors. Also I thought it would be fun to give her two mermaid tails to illustrate her gem fusion and to kind of give her this look of wearing a pink jumpsuit. I am a huge fan of Solange Knowles fashion style! She often wears pink and an array of gorgeous jumpsuits including the one she wore at her wedding (pictured above).


Mermaid Paper Doll #122 - Pearl
My Pearl mermaid is based on the character Pearl from Steven Universe. Pearl is known to be a perfectionist and has a penchant for symmetry. For my mermaid Pearl I gave her a very simple, yet structured appearance with her peach colored hair and symmetrical pearl headpiece connecting to one central pearl gemstone near the middle of her forehead.


Mermaid Paper Doll #123 - Amethyst

My Mermaid Paper Doll #123 is based on the character Amethyst from Steven Universe. She is described as being fun-loving, carefree, and protective. With mermaid Amethyst I wanted to give her a bit of edginess combined with an ethereal quality to her. I completed her look with her pale lavender hair covering her left eye and even placing her gemstone on her chest.


Mermaid Paper Doll #124 - Queen Cersei
I am a huge "Game of Thrones" (GoT) fan and I am an even bigger fan of that awesome outfit Lena Headey wore for her character Cersei Lannister on the Season 6 finale of HBO's GoT. Costume Designer Michele Clapton designed the dress which was made from lightweight Italian-cut leather and silver and black textured brocade. Her silver shoulder plates were even more impressive - like a knight ready for battle. For my Queen Cersei mermaid paper doll, I wanted her outfit to look like she constructed her textured outfit from black fish scales and her armored shoulder plates from silver abalone shells and white pearls. She was an absolute pleasure to create!


Mermaid Paper Doll #125 - Lady Sansa
My Lady Sansa Mermaid Paper Doll is based on the "Game of Thrones" character Sansa Stark and her Season 6 dress with an embroidered House Stark dire wolf sigil. Her dress was more of a dark blue color on the show but I decided to give her mermaid dress more of an emerald green hue. Mermaid Sansa doesn't have a dire wolf sigil on her dress but instead wears a couture she-wolf bracelet. This she-wolf face is from a stamp my husband acquired when he went to Italy with his family in 1990. The wolf stamp is based on the Capitoline Wolf sculpture feeding the legendary twins Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome.


Mermaid Paper Doll #126 - Lupita in Calvin Klein
I absolutely love making mermaid paper dolls based on all the gorgeous looks worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o. Mermaid Paper Doll #126 will be my third Lupita mermaid doll to be shown at the San Diego Comic-Con Art Show. My latest Lupita mermaid took inspiration from her jade-colored, shimmery gown by Calvin Klein at the 2016 Met Gala. I made sure my mermaid Lupita also had the same amazing hairstyle that Lupita wore at the gala. Her hair style was inspired by "sculptural hairdos from around the continent" and from legendary musician Nina Simone. 


MENAGERIE PAPER DOLLS

Menagerie Paper Doll - Frida Kahlo Mermaid #1
My Menagerie Paper Dolls are composed of an array of miscellaneous rubber stamps. My Frida Kahlo Mermaid Paper Doll #1 takes inspiration from the artist's iconic flower crown and the use of plants and flowers in her art


Menagerie Paper Doll - Frida Kahlo Mermaid #2
My Frida Kahlo Mermaid Paper Doll #2 is inspired by the candid nude photographs of Kahlo by her lover Julien Levy in the 1930s.


BEBE PAPER DOLLS

Bebe Paper Doll #35 - Little Red Riding Hood

My Bebe Paper Doll #35 is inspired by the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf. I thought it would be fun to have my Bebe Red Riding Hood wearing a wolf hat instead of her iconic red hood. Her wolf hat is actually based on my own wolf hat which I totally love!!!

PUFFY PINS

Zodiac Puffy Pins

Cute and totally wearable, my zodiac puffy pins take inspiration from Hello Kitty and the Japanese Kawaii culture. I first designed these zodiac girl heads about 12 years ago when two of my sisters and I had a small t-shirt graphic business called Three Sweet Yams. Although our business was short-lived it was a totally fun business adventure that I will always cherish being a part of with my sisters.


Example of Paper Doll framing for the Art Show

Example of Puffy Pin packaging for the Art Show.


I hope you enjoyed my paper dolls and puffy pins for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show! Art show set-up will be on Wednesday, July 20th and if you were lucky enough to get Comic-Con badges this year, come stop by the Art Show located upstairs in the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center and check out my art exhibit. All my paper dolls and puffy pins will be up for auction during the Comic-Con and any unsold items will added to my Etsy shops Rock Paper Tekla and The Puffy Pin Maker.

I look forward to sharing pictures of my art exhibit as well as my time at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in a later post. Thanks for stopping by!