art doll tutorial

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Meet the latest addition to the world Iโ€™m building, a dharkling. These dark faerie creatures are more your spooky fae spirits of old, along the lines of being strictly on the malicious side. Their wicked blades stab at dreams and theyโ€™ve certainly been known to carry out the abduction or two. But we shouldnโ€™t hold it against them too much, itโ€™s in their nature.


Watch the Crafting a Dark Faerie Creature with Polymer Clay


I played around with the design for this fantasy art doll in my sketchbook and I imagine them as a sort of race of dark faerie creatures. They might vary a bit and height and proportions, but they all have a similar look about them and even wear the same drab clothes. The dark upper part of the head was inspired by one of my favorite fantasy artists growing-up, Brom, though I hope I added enough of a twist with giving it a sort of dripping look. I also enjoyed this idea of the hair being these wispy tendrils that constantly languidly drift behind them. I imagine them having this unchanging neutral expression on their faces and they may not even speak at all. One element that Iโ€™m thrilled about is his dagger. I often end-up with a sharps container that little by little gets full of X-acto blades that Iโ€™ll have to eventually have to dispose ofโ€ฆ but I figured I could make them the blades of tiny daggers, so now I can upcycle them into mini weaponry!


crafting a dark faerie creature with polymer clay fantasy art doll


Darklings are said to be comprised of malignant shadows and spiteful dust. They are the Sleeping Emperorโ€™s knives of the eventide. Though others might speculate that their under the sway of the nefarious and secretive Dream Syndicate. With their hateful blades they come and cut away at your dreams if they live you living at all. They come stepping out of shadows and are gone in a whisper. Their faces the most unnerving of all as they gaze at you with a soulless, remorseless visage. Be wary traveler of the shadow that looks as though it is following you!


Shadows Wake

Shadows bide and shadows lied

Shadows lurk and shadows slink

Shadows stride and shadows hide

Shadows trick and shadows prick

Shadows take and shadows wake

-Efraen Childrenโ€™s Rhyme

Prints of โ€œDharklingโ€ are available here:

Open edition print (available until December 29, 2019) https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/thedreamsyndicate/dharkling-dark-faerie/



Thanks for joining me so far and hereโ€™s to the adventures we have in future! To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon. Catch all of my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. And sign-up for my newsletter (in the sidebar) to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!

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I recently wrapped-up making a Nosferatu vampire art doll inspired by the character from the classic film of the same name. I used reference images from the film and also found some inspiration as I did research about the original film, there was one line that stuck with me that described Nosferatu as vermin-like as opposed to the more debonair portrayals of vampire that weโ€™ve had in later media.




One point where my version of Nosferatu diverges from the film version is that the costumers had given him these long, thick eyebrows, which I found to be kind of silly looking, so I eliminated them from the design. Many modern interpretations of Nosferatu omit them, so I canโ€™t be the only one that feels this way.

This is the final illustration that was created with the vampire art doll. If you would like a print, you can get one  here .

This is the final illustration that was created with the vampire art doll. If you would like a print, you can get one here.


It was also fascinating to read that Nosferatu was actually an illegitimate Count Dracula. As many people are aware, Bram Stoker wrote โ€œDraculaโ€ and when he passed his widow, Florence Balcombe, had authority over his works and didnโ€™t authorize a film adaptation of the novel. This didnโ€™t prevent the creators of Nosferatu from going so far as to advertise Nosferatu as adapted from Stokerโ€™s Dracula!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this lurking terror come together! To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon (but because YouTube's wonky, you can also join the newsletter). Catch all of my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. Until next time, make believe!



Making Slimy Slug Art Dolls with Resin Slime ๐ŸŒ

Today we'll be embellishing wooden display bases as we make slimy slug art dolls with resin slime! I'd previously sculpted these polymer clay slug art dolls with super sculpey over aluminum foil armatures, made these handsome display bases, and only recently had the idea of "slug trail" trailing behind them as if the slugs (slowly) made their way up on to the base.

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WATCH MAKING SLIMY SLUG ART DOLLS WITH RESIN SLIME ๐ŸŒ

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I'd already given the slugs a thin coating of two part epoxy resin to give the sculpey art dolls a wet sheen look and I used the material again to make the slimy path for the little critters. Since I've had these particular opened bottles of epoxy resin for a few years, this was a great way to use the older materials rather than wasting them. 

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Slimy Slug Sculptures

These slug sculptures can slime their way to your home & heart.

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How to Craft a Miniature Wizard's Wand

What's a wizard, warlock, or witch without an implement of arcane power?! In this video I show how to craft a miniature wand through an incredibly simple process. When making a mini wizard's wand with my process, there's plenty of room to customize the wand and make it unique to whatever wielder of wyrd eldritch power you like, whether that's Harry Potter or Gandalf the Grey (or White).

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How to Craft a Miniature Wizard's Wand

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This wand was crafted with an art doll in mind that was actually a character I played in the Pathfinder role-playing game, Fabian Faust, a conjurer of devils and demons with a snide, sneering disposition- safe to say he's a bit of a jerk (I'd imagine him talking like Timothy Spall, the actor who played Wormtail/Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies). I'd made an art doll of the character some time ago and decided it was time Fabian had his arcane armament.

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To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon (but because YouTube's wonky, you can also join the newsletter). Catch all of my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!