Paperdoll Retrospective: 2004-2014

Six paperdolls. From left to right: Anna, 2004, a white female doll with black hair in an elaborate updo. She is wearing a purple robe. Sylvia, 2007-2009, a white female doll with brownish-blonde hair worn loosely around her shoulders. She is wearing a green dress with a flower and ladybug pattern. Iris, 2007-2009, a black female doll with chin-length, curly black hair. She is wearing a purple wrap dress trimmed with white lace. Ivy, 2009-2014, a white female doll with long, wavy brown hair worn down. She is wearing a blue gown and a tiara. Grace, 2009-2014, a black female doll with long, straight black hair worn down. She is wearing a yellow gown and a tiara. An unnamed doll, 2014. She is shown in silhouette.

Within the next few weeks, I’ll be unveiling a new doll and a new series of digitally colored outfits for her. I’ve put some teaser pictures up on my Facebook fan page and Twitter. Curious to know just how many sparkles I can load on one skirt? Better check them out. Also, I’m running a special poll on my Facebook fan page this week. Help me decide what the new doll’s first outfit will be!

Looking at my archives, I realized I’ve been doing paperdoll blogging for about ten years, on and off. That’s not even counting the paperdoll page that I had in high school! Some of you may have been following me for the whole decade, but for those of you who haven’t, I thought it would be fun to look back over the highlights and introduce you to some dresses and dolls you may have missed.

2004: The age of Anna

My first paperdoll blog had one doll, named Anna, and about fifty outfits. I started paperdoll blogging in the summer of 2004, a year after I was married and graduated from college. I was working as a temp and getting back into drawing with colored pencils, after a excursion into the world of Flash and vector drawing. My paperdoll dresses, originally just part of a more conventional blog, barely made it through a site move to WordPress, so now you can’t link directly to an entry and the comments are gone forever. Funny, in my memory this blog lasted longer, but it appears that I only drew for Anna for half a year.

A black ballgown with a large bustle, trimmed with plenty of white lace in various styles and widths. It is decorated with a corsage of purple violets at the waist.
The first dress I did for this new doll is also one of my favorite dresses I’ve ever done, with the lavish lace and the elegant black, and it was very popular. It was based off of a dress description in Anna Karenina, which is, of course, where Anna took her name from.

A gown with full, long sleeves, a fitted white bodice and a long skirt. The sleeves and skirt are colored in purple and pink.A gown with full, long sleeves and a long skirt, colored in blue and green. There is a black vest worn over the torso.
I also particularly like the dress robes I drew, with the gradient effect and the bright highlights. I don’t actually know how I got that to work. I tried reproducing it, years later, and I couldn’t get it quite right.

A dress based on duck plumage, with feathers at the sleeves and hem. A one-shoulder dress composed of marsh plants, with a pink lily at the shoulder and lilypads at the waist.I drew this wood duck fairy and wetland fairy while temping at Ducks Unlimited. My days as a temp afforded more scope for imagination than you might think.

A short green jacket with wide, curving sleeves and a lapped collar. There is a wide black bow at the front with one side hanging down to the knees. The jacket is worn over a wide red skirt-like garment that has the waist near the bust and extends to the floor.This hanbok, as well, was very popular, and if I remember right it was because the page was highly ranked by Google at the time, so it was one of the first things you’d see on a Google Image Search. The silhouette isn’t quite right, but I do like the collar.

A hot pink, light pink and purple gown with three separate layers that can be mixed and matched to create different styles of dresses. The dress I think was the most clever was the “Roses ‘N Ruffles” homage to 80s Barbie fashion. One of my favorite Barbie dolls as a kid was Jewel Secrets Barbie, which has a skirt that becomes a little drawstring bag, a ruffled blue stole which can become the ruffle on a skirt hem, a peplum or a shoulder ruffle, and a sparkly silver dress that acted as the base of the outfit. That’s the sort of thing I was thinking of, and I can see several ways to rearrange the pieces to make new dresses. Can you see them too?

A red cape trimmed with white fur, covering the entire upper body, and a green and yellow striped skirt trimmed with bells. There are red stockings and elfish green and yellow shoes. I reposted Aelinora the elvish princess in 2008, but I actually drew her in 2004 for this blog, and for some reason she doesn’t show up in the list of blog entries with Anna and her dresses. Even with just a holly-trimmed slip and two dresses, she’s one of my favorites, and I like the idea behind her little story. I believe my intention was to make Christmas cards out of her to send to family and friends, but I think that when I looked into it it was more expensive than I had expected.

2007 – 2009: Sylvia and Iris

I didn’t revisit paperdolls until 2007, when I came up with Sylvia, and then Iris. That was right around the time I graduated with my master’s degree, and I ended up getting a part-time job grading essays written for the TOEFL. That left me with a nice chunk of time to draw and study Japanese, and for a fairly long time, inspired by the example of Ze Frank and his video series “the show,” I tried to draw a new dress every day. (Here’s my thought process on that. I wrote it in 2008 and I still need to remember what I wrote to myself.) I hadn’t looked at these dolls and their dresses for a long time, and I had forgotten how much fun I had with them! Since I started drawing for Grace and Ivy, I’ve thought of them as the “good” dolls and Sylvia and Iris as the “old” dolls. But Sylvia and Iris are really killing it in some of these outfits.

A black skirt suit with padded shoulders and shiny, diamond-shaped accents.A figure-hugging sleeveless dress with a white bust, a yellow-green band underneath the bust and a blue skirt. There are white knee-high boots to go with it.Rachel’s black suit from Blade Runner got me posted on Metafilter, which made me happy because I love Metafilter and read it daily. I responded with a Metafilter-themed mini dress, which prompted a Metatalk thread. It’s only funny if you are familiar with Metafilter’s culture, but I really liked this comment about other possible Metafilter-themed outfits.

A two-piece, sleek and sleeveless white dress adorned with gold jewelry and golden decoration on the fabric. Princess Ashe’s wedding dress from Final Fantasy XII was also hugely popular, especially thanks to Google Image Search. Even now, if you search for her wedding dress it will be one of the first few results. I spent a lot of time trying to get the details right, and I like how it turned out. Incidentally, these days I try to do fewer reproductions of existing designs, because of worries about copyright if I try to do anything commercial with my drawings. I’m more likely to do something like an alternative costume, or something inspired by some aspect of whatever media I’m into.

A mermaid tail in iridescent purple, with a tattered red tunic decorated with red seaweed and white lilies, plus a veil. A two-piece white dress with a heavily embroidered top and a white skirt decorated with embroidery and layers of delicate blue fabric.
Because I loved drawing mermaids and my readers loved seeing mermaids, I instituted Mermaid Monday, which is just what it sounds like. (Well, it does include dresses with a marine theme, too.) These are just a selection of what I came up with, to say nothing of the little stories that I posted along with them. For my new page, I want to have one post a week to start with (given that I am still primary caretaker to a highly energetic toddler and have two other odd jobs), but maybe someday I can increase my mermaid output…

A curly-haired hobbit girl with four outfits: a purple traveling cloak over a grey dress, a red dress for cleaning, a springy white dress and a blue vest and skirt over a ivory blouse.A rare stand-alone doll and set of outfits that I created as a present for my mom. We would certainly both be hobbits, if we lived in Middle-earth, although we would admire the elves’ dresses.

A black French court gown with a wide skirt, decorated with Halloween motifs and swags of orange fabric. Since Halloween is a holiday uniquely suited for paperdolling, I did some fantastic Halloween costumes for Sylvia and Iris. Here’s one of my favorites, from one amazing October where I got something like 20 dresses posted in 31 days.

A white off-the-shoulder gown with a cream-colored panel of flower-patterned fabric on the front of the corset and down the front of the skirt.I drew this gown from Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ video because a friend was working on recreating it, and it brought me a whole bunch of new fans of pretty dresses. It’s probably safe to say it’s one of the single most popular drawings I’ve done.

A red princess gown with puffed sleeves and rows of ruffles at the waist, embroidered with roses and bordered at the hem with gold.My poor twelve dancing princesses! I still have the sketches of the original gowns somewhere. I never did finish the story. But the dresses I did for it are among some of the fanciest princess gowns I’ve made, and are quite worth looking at on their own. This is the first one.

A blue gown with a wavy pattern of blue curls on the overskirt, decorated with iridescent crystals.I just love how this blue gown turned out. It was drawn by request. I should note, I don’t take requests any more, because I’ve disappointed people by saying I’ll draw something and never doing it, and I hate that feeling. But this one came at a time when I was in a paperdoll slump, and it was just intriguing enough that I wanted to take a shot at it.

A golden sleeveless gown with a square neck and a green peplum, decorated with scrolls and Celtic patterns.Ah, the Wiki dress! (I did two, but this one turned out better.) We started a small wiki, and let people edit a dress description. After a week, this is how it turned out. I always meant to draw a few other dress descriptions that were produced by the experiment. Someone (not naming names, *cough*Brian*cough*) added in dinosaurs, and I would like to see how that works in a dress, myself.

A French court dress with a wide skirt, decorated with red hotels and green houses from the game Monopoly and split in the front to show a pink lace slip. The overskirt has a jagged line pattern on the edge modeled after the falling Dow Jones, and the bows on the front are made of folded dollar bills. There is also a tall white wig, with a full bucket of water tied on precariously with pink ribbons.I must say, I thought this recession-themed court gown (with a pouf a la bailout) was pretty clever. It’s got the pink slip! The houses and hotels! The falling stock ticker as a design element!

2009 – 2012 (Grace and Ivy)

I always end up feeling uncomfortable with the flaws in the paperdolls themselves, and so I switch to a new set. In 2009, this impulse produced Grace and Ivy, and they’ve served me very well. I’ve drawn around 200 outfits for them.

A green gown patterned with dark green swirls with long, bell-shaped sleeves in delicate purple. The front panel of the bodice is black, with a yellow dragon head on it. The dragon's eyes are red, and its mouth is slightly open. To the left and right of the bodice panel are two large, golden dragon wings, which are fully unfurled and reach well past the shoulders. The waist is bound with a long golden sash, the ends of which extend past the knees, and at the center of the waist, at the point where the front panel of the bodice meets the waist, is a large ruby brooch set in gold. The front of the skirt is a deep V shape, and at each side of the V are stylized white-capped waves, as if the skirt is a boat plowing through the water. Underneath each wave is a row of three ruffles. On the left, these ruffles are deep blue, and on the right they are sea green and purple.I meant to do a series of dresses inspired by the Dawn Treader, and I only ever finished the first one, but it’s likely I’ll do more in the future. (Eventually.) The ruffles on the hem are my favorite part about it.

A dramatic golden gown with a red and black overdress. The golden underdress has long, bell-shaped sleeves with white satin ribbon at the hem and thin black lace panels down the front. It is gathered at the neck, with a choker-style collar. The long, full skirt has several thin black lace panels running up and down its length, and is trimmed at the hem with satin ribbon. The overdress has a shiny black bodice with a V neck, puffed sleeves and an empire waist, and is open at the front under the bust, ending above the hips. Under the puffed sleeves is a band of white ribbon, then a red velvet sleeve, split in the front to show the black lace panel on the sleeve of golden underskirt and about half the length of that sleeve. Under the end of the black part of the overskirt is a red velvet skirt, pleated and higher at the front, then gradually falling to about knee level at the base. The red parts are decorated with a subtle vine pattern at the hem. The black part of the overdress is decorated with white ribbon and has a purple gem set in the front, from which two long white ribbons trail down to the knee.One October, I did a bloody, blue and white dress belonging to a ghost who was called “The Good Queen.” This is what her dress looked like before she became a ghost. I have a long memory for my paperdollverse.

A green masquerade gown patterned with dragon scales at the waist and shoulders, a green overskirt patterned with rich golden swirls and trimmed with multicolored jewels and a flame-colored underskirt. It has delicate green wings and a dragon tail that curls in front of the skirt.This dragon-themed masquerade gown is probably the most glorious dress I’ve ever drawn. It coincided with the most traffic the site ever got (about 1,500 people per day) and I’ll always think of it as my high-water mark for the joechip-era paperdoll blog. It’s also when I first remember my hand hurting after too much drawing, although at the time it took a long time for the pain to start.

A one-shoulder green gown, with a bottle green top that appears to be pulled behind the gown at the waist and wrapped around the back, reappearing at the hem. Under it is an asymmetric grass green layer that ends around the knees, and from there to the hem is an underskirt in a third shade of green.This layered green gown is something that I did quickly and didn’t put much thought into, and yet it was this very gown that became a hit on Polyvore, a site that lets you create digital collages. It’s a good base to add accessories to, I think, because it’s dramatic yet simple.

A brilliantly colored masquerade gown in bright reds and oranges. The neckline is off-the-shoulder and decorated with a gold scroll pattern. The scrolls are uneven, giving the appearance of flames. There is a small ruffle of white fabric at each shoulder, and the bodice is orange. The sleeves are three-quarter and are decorated with more golden scrolls and bright red ruffles. The bodice is slightly open at the bust, showing a bright red ruffle underneath, and there are three blue gemstones at the waist. There is a bright orange peplum, bordered with uneven, fire-like scrolls. Under that is a row of wide, bright red ruffles, then an orange skirt, open in the middle and gathered at each side, with the folds falling gracefully to each side. More wide red ruffles border the skirt, and more golden scrolls edge the skirt. The open overskirt reveals an underskirt consisting of dozens of layers of ruffled white fabric. There is a gold necklace with a blue stone, and a red mask that covers only the top part of the face.The Cursed Sisters: a Halloween story and dress set that I actually finished! I wrote the story first, to make sure that it wouldn’t end up a disappointment like my Twelve Dancing Princesses story. If my dragon dress was my best post, I’ve always thought this was my best series of posts.

A sleeveless light green gown with a deep V neckline, made of light, filmy fabric. The bodice has a slightly dropped waistline and a gathered peplum decorated with a subtle scroll pattern. The neckline is decorated with small silver beads, and there is a belt of gold lilies and small blue forget-me-nots around the dropped waist. There is a semi-transparent overskirt of light green, decorated at the hem with silver beads, which goes over a calf-length underskirt of light green, decorated with a scroll pattern at the hem.I did a series of Lord of the Rings-themed outfits, and this was my interpretation of Goldberry’s dress. Green is my favorite color, and everything about this dress just makes me happy. The transparency! The sparkles! It’s definitely a dress that I love.

Thank you for going on this little trip through a decade of dolls with me. I promise that the best days for this blog are ahead of me! So please like my Facebook fan page, follow me on Twitter or sign up for my mailing list (top right-hand side of the page) so you can keep track of all the beautiful things I make in the next ten years!

Check back next Friday for a dress with colors chosen by the winner of my last contest! Also, I’m running a special poll on my Facebook fan page, so please like it and give me your opinion on what to draw next!

Iris-Colored (ayame-iro) Iromuji Kimono with Gold Obi

An unpatterned purple-red kimono, with a white collar embroidered with purple and yellow flowers. The obi (the wide belt worn over the stomach) is made of vine-patterned golden cloth, and on it is an image of a Japanese court lady with long, straight black hair and multicolored, layered robes, facing away from the viewer and holding up a fan. Tied around the middle of the obi is a thin, violet-blue cord (the obijime), decorated with a piece of jewelry depicting an iris and two cattails, and peeking above the obi is a a thin layer of bright lime-green fabric (the obiage). The ensemble is finished with a pair of black and purple zori (formal Japanese sandals) and white tabi (split-toed socks).Click for larger version (PNG); click for PDF version. Click here for the list of dolls.

As I wrote back in February, when I drew a poppy red kimono and treated you to stories of red dye made out of mythical creature blood, I have been learning about Japanese color words from a couple of books, Kimono and the Colors of Japan: The Kimono Collection of Katsumi Yumioka and 日本の伝統色 The Traditional Colors of Japan. (More for my own amusement than for any practical purpose, as usual.) This is the second post in the series; I asked you (or rather, my readers in February) to choose the next color and Salvia Blue seemed to be the next winner but at the last minute Iris pulled ahead.

Iris (菖蒲色, ayame-iro) is a literal color name: the word 菖蒲 (ayame) means “iris,” so paired with the kanji for “color,” 色 (iro), the name really is “iris-color.” To be specific, ayame refers to one type of iris that grows in Japan, althouh there are two other common types as well, the 花菖蒲 (hanashōbu) and the 杜若 (kakitsubata), both of which have their own symbolic meanings; the situation isn’t helped by the fact that the words have apparently shifted over time, so that the fragrant ayame beloved by aristocrats a thousand years ago isn’t actually the ayame Japanese people know today. (For more on this shift, read this chapter from Liza Dalby’s memoir: bitter herb grows tall.) Nor is it helped by the fact that the same kanji, 菖蒲, can also be read shōbu — which is both another kind of iris and a shortened form of 花菖蒲 (hanashōbu). This iris-related confusion even prompted a proverb, いずれ菖蒲か杜若 (izure ayame ka kakitsubata), which literally means “Either the ayame or the kakitsubata“; the meaning is something like, “Both of these things are so overwhelmingly beautiful that there’s no point in trying to compare or differentiate between them.” It seems to be rather old-fashioned, and most often applied to pretty women or girls. “Which of those two sisters is more beautiful?” “Well, it’s like the ayame and the kakitsubata.” (For more information: Origami Volume 6: Iris (in English), いずれ菖蒲か杜若 (in Japanese), and a great deal of discussion on Twitter in Japanese with my friend Arietty I can dig up for anyone who’s really interested.)

Ayame-iro is a lovely rich, warm purple with reddish undertones. According to The Traditional Colors of Japan, the hex code for ayame-iro is #6F3381. The Prismacolor Digital Color Coordinator says that the closest single Prismacolor pencil is Mahogany Red, which shows the limits of the tool because that one is far too red. I’m seeing Dark Purple as being closer, but I think it is just a shade too red as well. Dark Purple over a light backing of of Violet is, I think, about right. Interestingly, some sources make a distinction between 菖蒲色 (ayame-iro) and 菖蒲色 (shōbu-iro). For example, this page lists shōbu-iro as a darker purple and ayame-iro as a light lilac.

According to “The Iris Garden at Horikiri,” at the time that article was written (1903), irises were regarded as beautiful, but not particularly emblematic of womanly modesty and virtue, unlike other flowers such as plum blossoms; the name “Ayame” therefore was used by geisha more often than by other women. One of my Japanese friends thought it still might have some geisha-ish overtones, although the first word it reminded her of was the decidedly unauspicious, although unrelated 殺める (ayameru; to murder or to wound). Still, she could think of one kid she knew of with the name, so although it seems uncommon it’s not entirely unused.

There was a famous historical Ayame: Ayame no Mae (菖蒲前), a court lady during the late Heian period (the 1100s). One day, the famous warrior Minamoto no Yorimasa (源頼政) caught a glimpse of her and fell in love with her, but she turned away all her suitors, and for three years his poems and letters went unanswered. The situation came to the Emperor’s attention, and he tested Yorimasa’s love by having Lady Ayame and two other court ladies appear in front of him, all dressed alike. If Yorimasa could pick her out, he could have her. But in those days, noble women kept themselves hidden from men, and Yorimasa had never actually seen his beloved face-to-face. Completely at a loss, he replied with a poem:
(samidare ni / sawabe no makomo / mizu koete / izure ayame to / hikizo wazurau)

Now, in Yei Theodora Ozaki’s telling of the tale, the poem is translated “In the rainy season when the waters overflow the banks of the lake, who can gather the Iris?” “The rainy season” refers to Yorimasa’s three years of disappointment, and the waters the many tears he had shed, so many that he couldn’t see clearly enough to discern the true Lady Ayame; this response was so modest and admirable that the Emperor took Lady Ayame by the hand and gave her to Yorimasa personally. In the version Anne Dyer tells, it is translated as follows: “When the June rains flood the pond, how impossible it is to distinguish the beautiful Ayame from common reeds!” The real Lady Ayame was embarrassed by this response, and blushed, allowing Yorimasa to pick her out of the lineup!

Incidentally, I am really into the poetry-filled beauty of the Heian period, but when it starts getting into the Genpei War and the rise of the warrior class my eyes glaze over, because there are so many Yoshis and Yoris and Mitsus and Moris and Shiges all shooting arrows at each other that I can’t keep them straight. Now, if they all happen to have a distant connection with a color name, by the time I finish this series I will know all about them and I’ll be prepared to try to read the Tale of the Heike again.

The kanji 菖 just means “iris.” It seems like it is almost always used as part of the compound 菖蒲 and not on its own, and while it’s not one of the characters students officially learn in school, it is one of the characters that can be used in names. キラキラname, a baby name site, suggests girls’ names like 菖子, Shōko, or 菖花, Shōka; one of my friends pointed out that since the iris is connected with May in Japan, such a name might be an indication that its bearer was born in that month.

Now, 蒲 is a little more interesting; it means “cattail” and is used in a few other contexts aside from 菖蒲. It’s not one of the characters that students officially learn in school, but it can be used in names. I’ve only seen it in last names like 谷蒲 (Kabaya), though.

Nowadays, the word “futon,” if it’s written in kanji, is written 布団; the first character means “cloth.” (団, which usually means “group,” means “round” in this case, as the first futons were round. I guess that’s why 団栗 – donguri, acorn – and 団子 – dango, dumpling – have 団 in them too.) But they were originally made from cattails, and written 蒲団.

蒲 is also part of the kanji used for the word 蒲鉾 (kamaboko), which you may already know if you’re into Japanese food or bentos, although I don’t know if the kanji are in frequent use. Kamaboko is a type of loaf made out of pureed fish, and is sliced and used in dishes such as soup. It can be very pretty, too: in this picture of soup made for New Year’s, the red and white disc in the middle with 寿 (kotobuki, long life) on it and the white disc with the plum blossom on it at the bottom right hand side are both kamaboko. Its name comes from how it used to be prepared: the loaf was spiked on a bamboo skewer, making it look like a cattail.

We are really getting away from irises now, but humor me for a moment: there’s an old slang word, かまとと (kamatoto) that means someone – usually a woman – who’s skilled at feigning innocence. In this case, “kama” refers to “kamaboko,” and “toto” is baby-talk for “fish,” so imagine a girl purposely giving a guy a chance to feel superior and amused by asking him, wide-eyed, if kamaboko is really made out of little fishies. It’s from the Edo period, and it stuck around for quite some time, long enough to show up in books on Japanese written by American men who spent a lot of time in Japanese bars after WWII, but when I asked one of my friends about it, she reported that it was now a 死語 (shigo), or a “dead word” – that is, slang no one uses anymore. (At least, that’s what she said once she stopped laughing. I suppose it’s a rather risque word.)

The kimono for today is an iris-colored iromuji (single-color formal kimono). The gold obi has an aristocratic pattern of karakusa, or Chinese arabesque, and a motif of three court ladies, as a reference to the love story of Ayame and Yorimasa. (But only one shows up on the front – the other two are on the back of the obi. Do you think the one you can see is Ayame no Mae, or is she one of the other ladies?) The obidome – that is, the little bit of jewelry worn in the middle of the dark purple cord on the obi – is an iris and cattail pattern, as a reference to the kanji.

Now, I haven’t even started talking about a lot of Japanese iris symbolism and tradition, such as the connection to a famous story in the Tales of Ise, why the flower is connected with the yearly Boy’s Festival and other fun tangents. That’s OK, it just leaves the door open for an iris-patterned kimono at some point in the future!

Thanks to my friends Tsubasa, Arietty, Sloppie and paopao_zou3 for answering some of my iris questions!

The wisdom of the paperdoll hive mind has picked out a tremendously interesting color for me this time, so choose for me again from another randomly picked five:

Mermaid Monday #14: Purple Water Iris Mermaid with Yellow Tail

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So yesterday was Mother’s Day, and then I go and disappoint my poor mother by deciding to take Sundays off! Well, I couldn’t not do Mermaid Monday, but this one is dedicated to my mom, since she likes irises. (Yes, that’s what those flowers are supposed to be, water irises. You all should see the irises she draws: they are beautiful and look like irises, unlike mine.)

Right now, sadly, I live over 2,000 miles away from my family, but this summer, we’re planning on moving, Prismacolors and cats and all, from Michigan to Washington State where they live. You all should appreciate that, because I have a feeling that once I’m out there, Mom won’t let me get away with any more half-year disappearances! Seriously, though, I will probably end up drawing more because I can get together with her, or my cousin Becky, and just enjoy drawing. So wish me good luck with that, once I get to that point.

Iris, African-American Paperdoll with Lavender Wrap Dress

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So, I want to try to do more dolls, and here’s the first product of that! She doesn’t have a name yet, feel free to suggest one. (Edit: Thanks to everyone who suggested a name: I decided on one of Min’s suggestions, Iris.) Her hair is taken from one of Rihanna’s hairstyles, and she’s from the same base as Sylvia, of course, so she should fit most of the outfits I’ve already drawn — there may be some variations between the two, though, so let me know if anything using her REALLY doesn’t fit right.

As always, doing the people is always my weak point… I ought to practice more, I know…