Next Step in the Sculpt-a-long: Heads

March 18, 2018: the head. The head is arguably the most important part of the doll. The expression on the face can make or break what you are working on. Got some tips or want advice on some challenges? Let us know. Please post a picture of your work in a comment to this post by the deadline.

Spectrum 25 artist list announced

Familiar names Forrest Rogers and Virginie Ropars are among the artists who have been selected to appear in the 25th annual Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. If you aren’t familiar with this book series, it is a year book that celebrates the best of fantasy art. It includes the full span of 2d and 3d art, traditional and digital media, published and well known art and unpublished art by relative newcomers. It has generally included doll art every year.

You can learn more about it at their website.

The photo is Octopoid Descending, by Forest Rogers.

Gofundme for Lisa Lichtenfels

Many of you are probably aware of Lisa Lichtenfels amazing work. You may also be aware that last year she had breast cancer at the same time she lost her husband. She’s recovering well from the cancer, but has developed arthritis that is making resuming work difficult.

Lisa’s artwork is incredible, but when I met her I was so impressed with her as an individual my overwhelming impression was that I would have been just as impressed with her no matter what she did. But the artwork! They are often mistaken for photos of real people, but they are built with layers of batting over metal armatures. Her dolls have souls.

If you aren’t familiar with her work, you can find pictures at

Connie Smith just posted an update on the gofundme she started to help support Lisa. Lisa has started to work again, but it’s tough and her house needs many repairs that were delayed for years.