Natalie is the next part of the Humanly Posable Armature experiment.
If you just arrived and landed here, you can see the detailed description of the parts and tools here.
The inspiration image was this lovely 1832 portrait by Karl Brullov of Nataliа Pushkina or Natalie (as she was familiarly known) – wife of the acclaimed Alexander Pushkin.
From the technical point of view, the main objective for Natalie project was finding out how to cover the metal joints in clay so that they are a little more graceful without losing their functionality.
There was a lot of experimentation, making, tearing apart and remaking, so I did not take step by step photos, just a few milestone pictures.
I really did not like the doll throughout the process, but kept going thinking that she would do for practice. But closer to the end (after she got her face and hair), I fell in love with her and – that is the reason for a cascade of photos at the end.
Overall result – a good step in the right direction, good learning experience, definite improvement over Anna’s joints and a lovely (I would like to think) doll.
This time I decided to make all the parts removable, so that I can make each part individually and redo it several times, if necessary
Her hands are on steel balls in brass “cups” made out of brass tubing (7mm), with a small 4mm pill-like magnet inside. The magnet allows to pose the hand. This is something interesting and definitely worth repeating. I am waiting for better suited magnets (larger 6mm, stronger, countersunk – meaning “like a cup”). Will post the detailed photos on the next doll.
Thank you for watching 🙂