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Basic art doll tutorial by ZombieHun Basic art doll tutorial by ZombieHun
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starter kits available on etsy! [link]




If you buy any of the starter kits and still have questions, please note me and please show me what you do with your doll. I'd like to post links on here ^_^

I didn't cover painting or sculpting. There are plenty of resources out there to find the info you're looking for

forgive any and all typos

*Magweno and my friend *Eviecats have poseable art doll tutorials that you can reference. I recommend reading them both. Use these basic tutorials to get your head start. Whatever is not covered in either tutorial it is up to you to experiment. My advice to you is to pour over every tutorial you can get your hands on. Even if it doesn't seem relevant. There will usually be at least one method or material you discover by looking at seemingly irrelevant sources.

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LYINGSAGE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so good!
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patknez Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tutorial :)
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NerdEcrafter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much ZombieHun!
Would you have any patterns of where to sew the arms? =D thanks la in love 
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No patterns for that I'm afraid. Just do what looks good for your doll ^_^
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NerdEcrafter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks hun! I will do my best. I'm so nervous about it lol
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Coeurlregina Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! Just one question, why not use a brush on silicone rubber instead of a pour one? It always seems that when people make pour molds there is always so much rubber that is wasted for nothing more than as a space buffer. I prefer using a brush on silicone since the layers don't have to be so thick and I can use plaster(which is much cheaper!) to keep the silicone rigid after the original has been removed. I use Rebound 25 since it has very high tactile strength and is not prone to tearing as the OOMOO line is when brushed.

You make beautiful dolls by the way.
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is for beginners. That's why no brush on molds.
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Coeurlregina Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, I see why, I always got the impression brush-on molds were easier, since you have more control over the silicone, but that's just me I guess. It' a great tutorial nonetheless :)
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Pokabuu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I've always wanted to try my hand at this and now you've explained it, and made it sound really easy!
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Morague Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial, thank you! I can't wait to start my first doll this weekend :happybounce: 
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is exceptionally helpful! Thank you! :3 Especially the eyes- I would have no idea how to do those without this.
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Kill-me-sensless Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm... the eye part was quite interesting. Thank you for sharing. :llama:
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xxice-maidenxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! I wanna make something like this soon, but school's starting. DX
And im not sure if I have enough furry fabric...
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TawnyMutt Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are my hero for making this. Seriously. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I've been desperately trying to get into this. I've had a few sketches and heads sculpted out, but never got much past that.
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CryingForTheStars Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome, I have project in my ceramic class that is a mix medium assignment, and I really wanted to an art doll of one my creatures. So you're tutorial was a lifesaver because I've never made an art doll before. Thank you much.

Question though. for the mane, where you used black pieces of fur, did you attach it any where else other than head or did you just leave it as a flap?
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U can leave it as a flap, every doll has a different treatment for the mane depending upon how dense u want it.
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BringBackTheDodo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Thank you so much for this tutorial and for sharing your experience! I am really itching to try this on :D
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If u choose to make a doll, I really want to see it :3. I love seeing what other people come up with
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BringBackTheDodo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I promise I will write a comment when I have a made one. I am curious myself to see what it will look like. :)
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Sovriin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial thanks! :D
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Technicolour-firefly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this - I've been looking for a tutorial for a while! I have a half finished art doll, I just couldn't decide on the best way to attach the clay to the fur. Thank-you for sharing :)
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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
One thing I would like to add is that cutting fur fabric is super easy and not as messy if you use an exacto knife, or razor. When I work with fur for hats and such I simply trace my pattern with sharpie keeping in mind the direction of the fur and cut it out. It makes sure you don't shear the fur or leaves tons of tufts everywhere!
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Roxxelle Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really just want to say that it is amazing that you made this tutorial!!! Thank you heaps!!!

I've been working on my first art doll for 3 months on and off and this just really... oh boy you make it look so much easier then I'd been thinking it was!!!
particularly the part of adding the sculpted parts to to fabric. I've been struggling with this part really bad lol


Im curious though about how well the hot glue holds it all together???
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
better than you'd think
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Mine came today - VERY excited ;)
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
omg I love you so much for the casting tutorial ...*wiggles*
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Color-City Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Oh my god finally! Thank you so much for sharing!

~EggRoll
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SailorMiniMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is very interesting. Thanks so much for the share!
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Soooo helpful!
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PrinceofPride Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Crap, now if only I had seen this tutorial before I started on my first doll. My first doll came out nice and all, but seeing this beforehand would've made things a lot easier. :XD:
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stosphia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Oh my gosh! I'm so excited--I can't wait till we get to cast stuff like that in the casting class I'm taking at school! Not that I'm likely to make a soft doll, but who knows.

It was really awesome of you to make this tutorial
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GoodGollyGoblin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to help out my future endeavors so much, thank you for sharing what you've learned! :heart:
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ApostacyArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is fantastic! I've always wanted to try making one of these but gave up because I had no idea where to start. It's a fantastic tutorial and so generous of you to share. The starter kits are a stroke of genius! :heart:
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Killslay-steelclaw Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
if you were wondering, the best way to cut fur fabric is by using a craft knife or razor blade the back. make sure it is very sharp and then only cut through the backing. this way you are less likely to cut the pile and less will become loose and get up your nose :)

just a tip i thought i'd share. this is a great tutorial, i hope many others will find it useful too
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mypetmoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Not sure I'll ever make a doll like this but I love the way they look and there are not many tutorials out there. Thank you for making this!
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Koffinn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My Hat is off to you. Not many Artists have the brass to even sell their patterns let alone give free tutorials.
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think they're afraid of how simple-stupid it actually is. And I did state in my intro that half the battle is finding the materials to use them in a unique manner :) So, the biggest hurdle is actual crafting skill and just staying one step ahead of the competition with using unique methods :) I think thats their other insecurity (although they blatantly list off all their materials in their doll description and from there its not that hard to do your own research lol)
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Koffinn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough and I agree with you, a little imagination can go a long way material wise.
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Lost-in-the-day Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a great tutorial, very useful for beginners who aren't sure where to start! :D
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Nakumah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is amazing tutorial. BTW. I might be able o take up on your offer soon :D.
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UtauxIkuto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cool! Y'know, I don't see why people freak out about others supposedly "stealing" their idea just because it's slightly similar. Even with these great tutorials, it doesn't necessarily mean that someone can even make it right, especially me since I'm crap at crafts v.v I might at least try this though :)
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont understand their mentality either. They weren't the first to use certain things or create certain features for their own dolls. Its all been done before or certain motifs have already been expressed in different mediums. Its so hard to be original, but its not hard to be unique :)
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CAHampton Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
YES! Thank you so much for this! I will be buying a starter kit as soon as I get home!
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Derranged Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh wow... Thank you SO so much for a tutorial like this, I GREATLY appreciate this! My friend and I really wanted to try making these types of dolls for ourselves, but we were unsure how to go about connecting the sculpted parts to the plush parts, because I haven't been able to find tutorials explaining it. This is so wonderful, thank you Zombie!! ;v;
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Savvy-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
YES! So few tutorials out there. Thank yooouuuuu. :D
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Dangit, a horse is what i wanted to do DX WAAAAAH! lol JK

This is an awesome tut ^^ its great to see what you go through doin all those amazing dolls. Major thumbs up to you :D i hope you get alot of buys
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