The Goal

It’s been almost a year since I got my spiffy graphics tablet.  Overjoyed, I plugged it in, picked up the pen and – splat! Much to my dismay, I couldn’t draw a thing with it! I could barely trace! Being the lazy creature I am, I quickly surrendered, and the tablet has gathered dust for the last twelve months.

The neglected tablet in question

So, suddenly, I’ve decided that I need to learn to use the thing, and there is only one way to learn it; by doing.  The only problem is that I couldn’t think of anything to do with it. It’s too slow to let it tie me up on any of my real work, so I’ve decided that I might as well learn to draw with it the way I learned to draw in the first place, and that’s with paper dolls.

Paper dolls aren’t like Barbies, and outfits aren’t interchangeable. I always wanted them to be, so I used to redraw the outfits so that other dolls could wear them, too.  Of course I’d always end up modifying them. It’s been years since I’ve done that, but I thought that would be a good place to start. So, it’s a vintage outfit a day.

(Out of respect for copyrights and such, I’ve tried to choose paper doll outfits that are out of print, so it should be fun modernizing them for my poor doll.)

My goal is to try to turn out one outfit a day for thirty days, and hopefully by the end of that I’ll see some improvement.  Feel free to join me!

(The doll and clothes are all free downloads under a Creative Commons License. You can print them, color them, cut them out, do whatever you want, so long as you don’t say you drew them, or sell them. Have fun!)

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