I’ve been making dolls for almost 30 years, and I’ve been teaching the art of dollmaking for 20 of them. For this e-book course, I’ve brought together all my experience to create what I believe is the most complete, effective, and user-friendly dollmaking course available anywhere.
This isn’t a class designed to help you mechanically copy one of my dolls. It’s a comprehensive, 200-hour course of study that will teach you everything you need to know to create stunning, artistic, lifelike dolls of your very own design.
You’ll learn about every aspect of dollmaking, including sculpture and painting, framework and body, wigs and clothes, and accessories and supports. You’ll also learn about things like design, color, texture, and stylistic cohesion, to help you approach dollmaking as a true artist.
Each of the course’s 6 e-books includes hundreds of step-by-step photos, along with videos showing different stages of the dollmaking process in realtime, without any editing, so you can see exactly how my dolls are made every step of the way.
Virtually all the techniques taught in the course are my own, and you won’t find them in books by any other author. By following these techniques, developed and perfected over decades of study and practice, you’ll be able to easily do what might have seemed complicated or even impossible before—even if you’re a beginner. In fact, each e-book includes a whole chapter devoted to common beginner mistakes, so you can check your work after every stage, keep progressing, and complete a work of art that will amaze your friends, your family, and yourself too.
I’m so proud of this course. I put everything I know about dollmaking into it—from concepts to techniques to my own personal thoughts and feelings about the art, and even some amusing anecdotes from throughout my career. My hope is that it will help you take your dollmaking abilities to levels you’ve never dreamed of, and inspire you to keep creating these beautiful works of art.
Elena Kunin is a renowned artist and lecturer who is widely known for her work in the field of dollmaking. She is a member of the Russian Arts Union, holds a Masters in Art History and Theory from Moscow State University, and has worked in Moscow museums as a specialist in applied art and the history of costume.
Since 1987, when she made her first clay dolls, Elena has been developing and perfecting her own techniques for working with polymer clay. Her works span a wide range from metaphorical creations to illustrations to portraits, but they are all united in their use of the same material—Living Doll polymer clay. In recent years, Elena has used Genesis Heat Set paints, which she prefers for their exquisite quality and durability.
Elena’s award-winning work has been shown in Europe, the United States, and Russia, and can be found in some of the finest museums and the private collections around the world. Collectors are drawn to the original and sophisticated artistic solutions in Elena’s work, as well as its richness and great technical quality.
In addition to creating her highly valued work, for nearly 20 years Elena has taught the art of dollmaking in countries all around the world. In 2006, she released her how-to book Character Dolls from Polymer Clay, which has become a modern classic among Russian-speaking dollmakers and artists.