I am working on these two. I have mentioned before that my next set of Story Time dolls is inspired by the tale of Hansel & Gretel. I LOVE that story. It is one of my favourites from when I was little and I always envisioned the forest, their house, the clothes they were wearing...their fears and resourcefulness were akin to me when I was growing up. Although I never did find a house made of candy. Bugger.
On our last trip up north, to visit our family and spend Thanksgiving, we stayed at my parent-in-law home. There is always a lot of action going on, specially on such a busy weekend, but my daughters love to colour and they are always asking me to draw things for them so that they can colour the sheets, so there was plenty of time spent colouring. There was a big christmas tin full of crayons, and my antsy fingers got to draw. I am always drawing dolls. Always. And I didn't bring my special sketchbook with me in the hurries of packing, so I had to make use of a notebook at hand.
I had thought that my little Hansel and Gretel were going to wear grey linen, and red hats. Imagine that. They aren't. Motivated perhaps by the colours of the Fall, this sketch of them came to be, and I loved it. So much that instead of chucking it I kept it, and it has served as the inspiration sketch for my two little dolls. Their skin tone is different as I chose mocha skin for them, but I plan on making their outfits very similar to this sketch. Wish me luck! I have a busy and rather enchanting weekend ahead of me.