So often I hear the remarks that my dollies must be inspired by Tim Burton. It's interesting to me as I am a fan of Tim Burtons work and do love his characters but I wouldn't call myself a huge fan. I've seen most of his movies once, some maybe twice but that's it.
I think inspirations may trickle down and perhaps Tim Burton was a fan of whom I believe I'm most inspired by, Margaret Keane. Keanes prints were iconic in my youth. I had a number of them on my walls and remember laying on my pink chenille bedspread admiring the artists work and identifying with the images. She was a master at capturing emotion and depth, most entirely through the eyes.
I was feeling pretty excited recently when I created Eleanor. One of the limitations I've been running into in creating my dolls is with their eyes. The element I use lends toward a sideways look, so I have been feeling a bit trapped in that expression. With Eleanor I decided to really play with the eyes and was delighted when I got her to look straight ahead, resembling even more a Keane painting.
Of course I'm not trying to copy Keane's work but am intrigued with the emotion she captures through her big eyes and try to do something similar in my medium. I'm excited to play with this newly learned trick of mine and see what I can create, I feel likes it's opened a door of expressions I wouldn't have been able to achieve before.