This month we are so pleased to introduce you to Art Dolls Only Member
Palma Battaglia aka: Elettra Land.
Elettra, can you give us a little background about yourself? I’m 45 years old, I live in Italy, I’m an employee and sculpting dolls is my hobby, I’m self self-taught in sculpting dolls, I didn’t attend any art school.
Q. Elettra, Please tell us how long you’ve been making Art Dolls and the type of dolls you create.
A. I started to sculpt ooak art dolls in January 2011 when I was searching for a tutorial of miniature food, I found a doll making video, and fell in love with this kind of sculptures, now I create anatomically correct fantasy dolls, that I try to make as realistic as possible.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I am working on a new version of Alice in wonderland
Q. Are you self taught or did you learn another way? Do you have training in any art field that you use in your doll making?
A. I’m self taught. I learned by online tutorials of other doll makers, then I found my personal style and way to sculpt.
Q. Elettra, Can you please share your first doll with us?
A. Oh my God! She is a monster! I have to say Elettra, I had quite a giggle at your response! Your dolls are wonderful and your first attempt is hardly a monster!
Q. So tell us then, how have your methods changed to making you happier with your dolls today versus when you began sculpting.
A. For sure, I improved in sculpting. My dolls are more accurate and realistic and I am more careful in details now.
Q. Do you have a favorite doll that you’ve made?
A. I love her so much. She is my private collection not available for selling. She is the representation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.
Q. Elettra. What art do you most identify with, and where does your inspiration come from?
A. Probably the art of comics, painting art, and modern sculpture is what I most identify with, and my inspiration comes from anything really, from movies, comics, graphic novels, painting, and the people in the world.
Q. What is your favorite part of making your dolls and what is the most difficult?
A. My favorite part of doll making would be sculpting the hands, faces and legs, and creating the clothing . I think the most difficult part is costuming, but I like it very much, so I study and try until I found the right way to make the clothing.
Q. When you are creating your dolls, what part of the dolls you spend the most time on?
A. I like very much creating clothing, so I spend much time with laces, fabrics, paint, ribbons.
Q. Elettra, Every artist has issues with creativity from time to time, how do you overcome a creative block?
A. I try to find inspiration in everything surrounding me: images, movies, people, novels, until something happens in my mind, and I finally find the subject, thus overcoming the block
Q. Do have any doll artists that inspire you? Or other artists that inspire you to create dolls?
A. I love Renata Jansen’s dolls because they seem alive, probably because of how she paints them, and Nicole West’s for the dresses and the originality.
Q. What research do you do before you create a doll, do you use books, videos, or other visual aides when you create a new doll?
A. I search for the pose, I download many pics of anatomy, faces, body, etc. I use many images of faces, bodies, dresses as visual aides when creating a doll.
Q. Do you sketch, write a story, or follow some other practice when coming up with the concept for your art dolls?
A. Sometime I sketch the idea if it is particularly complex, but usually i keep it in my mind.
Q. Elettra, Do you create other types or art or what do you do for fun?
A. I’ve loved painting since I was a child, so I try to paint when I can. In fact very often I create and paint my bases and dioramas for my dolls.
Q. Do you have any tips on marketing art dolls?
A. I usually sell my dolls on ebay or by commission, but I think what really matters on marketing dolls is to make something endearing, original and tidy.
Q. How about tips or tricks to take great photos of your dolls?
A. Usually I use a reflex camera, I put the doll in a big light box with three lights and the white umbrella. I use a dark panel as a background. Sometimes I use natural light, so I move the dark panel outside or take advantage of the landscape (for example the seaside or the forest)
Q. Finally Elettra, What advice would you give new doll artists?
A. Only never stop creating! ! In Italy, we say ” If you stop you’re lost!”
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