I too started making my own doll, in June this year, I had absolutely no experience in sculpting/modelling, nor did I have an artistic education, it was, and is, hard work, time-consuming and a little bit frustrating at times, but it gave me a lot of patience, which I'm very thankful for, and I actually began to like modelling the super-sculpey clay.
I'm now making the legs (my fifth pair - the others were discarded since I was not content with them), but I think I will have yet to make another pair of legs, and knee joints as well...they are thicker on one side than on the other (as intended at the time), and the correspondent part of the leg mirrors this...I'm having doubts wether they will fit well, after the porcelain casting process... so I'm asking for advice...
It is based on my own leg, except it is chubbier...in fact, the whole doll body is being made after my own body, more or less (I did measured the lengths, and converted them to the doll), but it looks more chubby...I'm a skinny girl (45kilos), I wish my forms were somewhat rounder, and I uncounsciously translated that desire to the doll I prefer it that way anyway
One year ago, last December, it came to my mind to make two porcelain dolls, one after me and one after my sister, and present the pair to her, and that's what I'm trying to do (but I have no idea when it will be accomplished). When my sister arrives for the christmas holidays I will try to convince her to let me take pictures of her body (that is elegant like mine but of a different form altogether), and measure her, she used to be quite prude, let's see if I can do it.
Using yourself as a model is a very good idea. My partner did this for the first doll she tried to sculpt. It's easy to check what something should look like, just look in the mirror or take a picture!
I also like the idea because I think many people, especially women, are taught that their bodies are not quite right in one way or another. But when you sculpt yourself (even if you change it a bit as you are doing), then you show that you appreciate your body enough to make it art. I think that's amazing!
I think this is fantastic (you have great legs by the way lol!) I hope your sister lets you! I really love the idea of a doll being sculpted to represent a real person's body. What a special treasure these dolls will be to you both! I am really looking forward to seeing more updates from you
You will have issues with alignment, I say make a more prominent notch with the knee and leg so it knows how to fine its way back when you are moving it. Also you will have issues with the ball joint, the knees are really challenging since it wouldn't be an exact ball in order to move precisely. It will function but at the very least it needs to be centered. But the joint I recommend is using a bigger sized half a ball, then cut both sides evenly to fit on the leg, and smooth the ball out. It is hard to describe but a lot of artists use this method. You can dig out the center and smoosh the ball against the leg to make the socket.
allurose: indeed it is a good idea, and also, I wanted a more natural body sculpt...I didn't want to copy an idealized body, nor did I want too much unproportionality...as I'm not concerned about making something the will sell well...I just want to make something that will represent me and my sister, two ordinary girls...yes we are elegant, but we have different body shapes and I appreciate the form diversity.
I agree with you, I think everyone should love their own body...but I also believe people should lead an healthy life...respectful of them, of others and of what surrounds us...
Bibarina: hihi thank you! My mom doesn't like my lower legs (too scrawny! She says I have turkey/chicken-like legs, kiddingly), she prefers I do something chubbier still, like her own legs!
Lazhielle: Thank you very much for your reply! I spent the morning trying to understand it (it's hard for me to make sense of more technical explanations, english is not my first language, and also I have not experience in doll-making), I still do not grasp it all...but thank you for your effort in explaining, I truly appreciate it!
I finished making a new pair of knee joints last night (they still did not go into the oven so as to make alterations if needed), the flesh around the inferior wooden ball is equal in each side, so I guess the ball is centered...but this inferior ball is smaller than the superior ball, as my leg tapers a bit ...
the knees are really challenging since it wouldn't be an exact ball in order to move precisely (...) But the joint I recommend is using a bigger sized half a ball, then cut both sides evenly to fit on the leg, and smooth the ball out. It is hard to describe but a lot of artists use this method. You can dig out the center and smoosh the ball against the leg to make the socket.
I found it by chance, there are several on deviant art I think...I should really have searched for more tutorials (never did it before), I was more-or-less following the Woodland Earth Studio tutorial...it's very good and comprehensive, but it is always nice to know of other ways of doing things...