One Artist's Approach
by Robert McKinley
An indispensable reference book for both aspiring and professional doll artists, "DOLLMAKING One Artist's Approach" by renowned doll artist Robert McKinley is now available in a long overdue second edition.
Discover all that master doll artist Bob McKinley knew about the exciting and exacting art of fine dollmaking.
"Dollmaking, for me, is a complete art form. From concept to completion a doll requires me to be a designer, a sculptor, a painter, a dressmaker, and a hairdresser." ~ Bob McKinley
Using over 250 step-by-step photographs, patterns and diagrams, McKinley carries you through every stage in creating a finished, one-of-a-kind doll. Every nuance of his unique dollmaking style and technique is documented in the order in which the doll was made: From sculpting the head, hands, and arms in Super Sculpey; creating a body pattern and armature for the torso; his unique method of constructing legs and feet that match; to the detailed painting of the face and hands.
For the final stages, Bob shares his secrets for finishing the figure -- making realistic leather shoes, fashioning a wig and dress, and setting the "stage" to display the doll.
"DOLLMAKING One Artist's Approach" is an invaluable addition to any doll artist or sculptor's library and a tribute to Bob McKinley, the well-loved and highly respected artist whose generous spirit lives on in each figure created using the techniques learned from this book.
"If you are an experienced dollmaker, perhaps you may glean an idea or two as I do each time I see another artist's work. If you are a novice, I envy you the adventure upon which you are about to embark." ~ Bob McKinley
Soft cover, 7" x 10", 167 pages, Black & White interior
(Painting the Head and Hands chapter has tipped in color photos)
Published by McKinley Books / Second edition (2012)
Printed in the USA.