The year has passed so quickly! This is the last of the 4 seasons face-up articles for BJDcollectasy. At this time, I want to thank everyone who participated in the project. It was fun to see so much excellent work from so many talented people!
Shin – Kanojo Kakumei
I’m the kind of person who identifies autumn with faeries and muses, and therefore, I used this theme for the Makeup Project. I chose the doll, a Fairyland Nanuri 2012, because the long ears and delicate face reminded me of an autumn fairy, which I was trying to portray.
Izabeth – Isa’s Face-up Shop
I’ve been looking forward to doing the Autumn Face Up Project and was happy to be contacted to see if I’d like to participate in the final installment of the project. As I sat pondering what kind of face up to do, I realized that I really liked the changing of the leaves that came with fall. For my palette I used a lot of reds, browns, and oranges to bring out the colors of the season. The head has rosy cheeks from the brisk air and a tree that is ready to shed its leaves on its cheek. I also used shimmer powders to create a beautiful glow.
arrowchild – DollSylph
I was particularly excited to work on an autumnal face-up as fall is my favorite time of year! The cool weather and the brilliant colors that fade almost as quickly as they arrive, as well as the rich smell of decaying foliage always inspire me. Magpie, my Domuya Miki, was the model for this, and I chose a strong, earthy palette for her face-up. Loose decorative brushwork, inspired by the shape and movement of falling leaves, frames more precisely painted brows and lashes. I also chose to enhance her sardonic expression with a slightly raised eyebrow to reflect the grim humor that always seems to accompany the dramatic spikes and dips in temperature that we often experience here in autumn.
I think it’s the same for most people, but my favorite part of fall is the leaves, so I decided to make this girl look as much like a changing leaf as possible. The edges of her face are bright red, bordered by brown hair to resemble the dead edges of the leaf, and as you get toward the center of her face and her body you start to see the remaining green. She was a rather fun season to paint, and a fun challenge too since she was the first doll that I’ve painted primarily with my airbrush. I think the thing I enjoyed most was carrying over the flecks fall leaves get and turning them into freckles.
Keysha Costley – Charm City Doll
Fall in Maryland is beautiful in October. The bright green of Summer turns to warm and vibrant hues of red and orange and yellow. If it weren’t for the Autumn leaves, the season would totally depress me! The days start getting shorter, and the nights cooler. Depending on how the weather goes, the landscape can turn pretty bleak by November.
The idea of fading out inspired my Fall face-up. The chocopuki served as a nice warm base, which reminded me of bare trees being exposed by dying leaves. I used hints of dark orange to represent the lovely, but fleeting, leaf-change of Autumn. I wanted to keep the face very simple, because Fall is a fairly monotone season. I thought the green eyes were a nice touch to signify the living scenery that had passed (but still lives on in the background until another season).
Popomini – Rose Bleu
Asella – Noble Dolls
For me, autumn is the season of red colors, oranges, Maroons. After effervescence of spring, the warm colors of the summer, for me the makeup of autumns are soft tones.
Like falling leaves, makeup is discrete, some colors on a romantic background to perfection. It’s the season of first night near the fire , warm shawls on the shoulders and chestnuts!
I love to associate a brown tone to light pink, flesh-coloured pink for my fall makeup, for me, they are full of nostalgia.These are the latest colors before winter white…
Loren – Grotesque Cabaret
When conceptualizing the autumn project, I initially thought of oranges and browns and so forth, but I was feeling rather uninspired by this direction. It was then I suddenly realized that Autumn was the season for the best blue cheeses! Thinking of warm autumn afternoons amongst the changing leaves of an old vineyard, with a cheese platter to nibble at gave me the inspiration I needed to get this project rolling.
Thus, in my finished project I attempted to capture the strangely alluring patterns of a fine blue cheese across the doll’s face while at the same time capturing a hint of the decay to come when autumn fades away and winter arrives.
Nefer Kane – Circus Kane
This toffee Suzy is painted as a mushroom.
she grew up under autumn leaves in a forest and when she wants to hide, she runs under moss and leaves and just lets her head up to watch what’s going around
I love autumnal color and brisk autumn air, but ever since I was a child, the season was my favorite because of my fondness for the scary associations it brings. In fall, I love reading a story by Edgar Allen Poe, making creepy play lists for my iPod, or re-arranging my Day of the Dead collection. Thus, I couldn’t resist including a face-up of my own for the last of the Season series on the site. While the Impldoll head I chose was designed to be a vampire, I was thinking of her as more of a Banshee, a frightening woman with a painful screeching cry foretelling death. The pastel colors used on the face include violet, purple, dark red and pink. The ‘sores’ were added with umber and dark red watercolor pencils then blushed over with red.