My Fair Lady dresses from Liana’s Paperdoll Boutique

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A weakness of mine, nine or ten years ago when I was drawing dresses like these for the Paperdoll Boutique, was always letting my desire for perfection (or completion, perhaps) take over, ultimately impeding what I actually wanted to do. It wasn’t enough to have one great outfit from a movie: they all had beauty and value and it was only worth doing if I did them all. Ideas and dresses I felt obligated to do crowded my mind and at a certain point it is easier to accept getting nothing done than it is to accept you can’t do everything you want to do. I do this all the time, and not just with paperdolls; I combat this tendency by drawing one thing a day, none if I’m just not feeling it (like tonight *yawn*) and not holding myself responsible for paperdolling every beautiful dress humans have ever created, or feeling guilty if I can’t draw everything waiting for its turn in my head.

But now I look back and I’m sometimes pretty impressed by the dedication I had to chronicling every single bit of something that I felt needed paperdolling. There are five in this group, here are two: and I guarantee you that at the time I felt bad that I didn’t get her dress from the ball.

6 thoughts on “My Fair Lady dresses from Liana’s Paperdoll Boutique

  1. I remember looking at some of your older paper dolls… I had a whole set, and printed some for a friend. They were all very nice, these are no exception. :)

  2. I’m so glad you found your way back to my new paperdoll project, then! I sometimes think that’s why I never quite let go of paperdolls… I didn’t want the most well-known and popular thing I’ve done to be in my past, never to be repeated…

  3. HI, I found your page by change and I really love it. I need to draw costumes for LARPs (Live action role playing) so I printed your dolls and it is quite easier for me to draw sthing on them then just on a sheet of paper.

    Do you also do fantasy things? Like Barbarians… maybe? You know, leather top and skirt, bracers etc.

  4. Hi Vera, I’m glad you like it (and that you’ve found a good use for the doll, too!) :)

    Do you mean some sort of Xena-type costume? I don’t think I’ve ever really tried… Is that the sort of thing you design for your LARP costumes?

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