Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gnome Paper doll sketches

Here are some of the pencil/penned sketches of my Gnome paper dolls.

The whole Gnome family

Mama and Papa Gnome

Gnomes are supposed to have one set of twins as offspring.
These two should look a lot better with paint, they're a little flat at the moment.

He has one slightly wonky eye that I'm kinda in love with.
(I love wonky/lazy/weird eyes on old people if you couldn't tell from
Grandma Hawker in Swan Eaters).

A draft of their 'every day' clothing set.

This is the first sketch I did, it got scrapped and I did the sketches above
instead. There's nothing really wrong with it, except that I hate it.

As you can seen my original sketch was kinda dull and lifeless, and their limbs were entirely too stocky. I'm a huge fan of the Wil Huygen/Rien Poortvliet gnomes, (I assume everyone who loves gnomes is) and I like the look of their design of spindly limbs for quick, light movement. The heavy limbs in the first drawing made them appear more like dwarves. I'm a lot happier with the second attempt.

My biggest design challenge on these was Papa's beard. I love a Gnome with a long, fuzzy, crazy beard (DON'T WE ALL, LADIES?) however, if he had a very long beard changing his shirts/coats/tops would pose a problem. If I left a blank V space for the beard the tops would slide off too easily. And if I painted the beard into the fashions, it would leave a line across it where the clothing layer began and the doll ended. Mama's hair will be this way, but the lines will be much thinner and not, oh I don't know, in the middle of her face.

And so I opted to give Papa short, full whiskers. I think this will make him easier to play with.

I can't wait to create their clothes. I'm going to try and stick to a traditional Scandinavian folk feel. Lots of little embroidered flowers and embellishments, wool looking fabrics, warm layers. And I may create a few pointed hats for special occasions, like parties, harvest celebrations, weddings, etc.

Let me know what you think!


  1. The second try are certainly an improvement on the originals! Not really a gnome person, but am prepared to be persuaded! Look forward to seeing them painted!

    Happy New Year!


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