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Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction

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I didn’t bother putting masking tape on the walls that would be wallpapered as the wallpaper would cover this. But, bear in mind, if you’re using lightly coloured, or thin wallpaper (such as wallpaper printed on regular office paper), then the paint underneath may show through. Choose your paint Spencer drew inspiration for Barbie’s wardrobe from her surroundings in Los Angeles. Her designs were influenced by the clothes she saw on people walking around Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue, as well the swimwear beachgoers wore in Malibu and Venice Beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psZ0nQuT2F4 Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: How To Remove Dollhouse Carpet – DIY Dollhouse Tips (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psZ0nQuT2F4) So, far in 2023, Mattel has launched dolls representing Anna May Wong, Sasha Calle, Simu Liu and Bessie Coleman. A Barbie doll representing conservationist Jane Goodall was released in 2022. Mattel

So your feeling inspired, but before you put pen to paper or turn on your computer, it is a good idea to have a good long think about the kind of doll you would want to receive. You should try and fully conceptualise your design before you even start sketching! It’s important to have a fully realised piece of work with a cohesive and determinate identity. Answering some of the following questions will help you achieve this goal. Next, cover up anything you don’t want to get paint on with masking tape. I did a major error here as I didn’t do this at first as I thought I would have a steady enough hand to avoid getting paint on the ceiling. I made a total mess of it though and had to paint over the excess paint with white paint. Ok! Finally its time to actually get designing. There are many different mediums with which you can create a design. You can do it the old fashioned way with pen and paper, this way is a bit easier if your not too confident with computers. Also, this method allows you to attach fabric samples directly to the design, making it even more detailed. Of course, creating your design digitally also has its advantages. It makes it easier to distribute and it can look cleaner and more visually accessible. Whether you create your design digitally or not, when designing it is important include lots of detail. Labelling different elements with information about the desired fabric, texture, color or pattern will make your design clear to everyone. A further detail that will elevate your design is some sort of description which brings to light the concept behind the doll. Explain who your doll is, where they live, what they like to do. You could even write a story that comes with the doll! While subtle changes were made to her hair and makeup in each iteration, the doll form itself was kept consistent show off the fashion, Spencer says. After all, Barbie's first job was being a teenage fashion model. So far, Barbie has run for president six times. Barbie first went to the moon in 1965 with Ken. This Astronaut Barbie from 1985 brings her '80s style to outer space. Mattel

A 2010 study of young girls in the Netherlands found that those who played with thinner dolls ate less food when offered than the girls who played with dolls with more average proportions. Illustrations typically use values over 30, while there is a trend toward using lower values for deformed depictions.

TODAY.com spoke with Carol Spencer, 90, who was one of Mattel’s chief Barbie designers from 1963 to 1998, about Barbie's evolution and how the doll has managed to stay relevant. In 2021, another study found that young girls described smaller "ideal bodies" after playing with "ultra-thin" dolls like Barbie versus more realistic dolls.


Within the perspective settings, FOV is a very important parameter, to the impression of your image. Painting a dollhouse is a fiddly job as everything is on such a small scale. The best way to make it easier for yourself is to remove as much as possible out of the dollhouse before you start painting. Remove everything that moves!

I was so at home with Barbie that I just stayed, because I loved her so much, and I loved doing the work,” Spencer says of her time at the company. In 2016, Mattel introduced three new body type options for Barbie, marking the first-ever change in the doll’s plastic proportions. The new doll lineup featured curvy, petite, and tall Barbie dolls alongside the original model. The 2016 line of Barbie dolls included three new body type options. MattelTo date, Barbie has had over 200 jobs, according to Mattel. Some of her career highlights include being an Olympic athlete, a wildlife conservationist, a United States Air Force pilot, a news anchor, and an astrophysicist.

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