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One of the most exciting and rewarding things about being an active member of a creative community is all the amazing people to meet (and by whom to be inspired). Many of the artists we feature here, and befriend in real life, are multitalented individuals with interests in a variety of crafts and trades outside of the creative work they do for a living.
That is totally the case with today’s featured artist, Andrea Eames Mitchell, aka A Cat of Impossible Color. She’s a published author, brilliant cosplayer, a resourceful friend, and an overall rad human being. But the thing she does over which I’m currently swooning is this fantastic repainting and sculpting of dolls into one-of-a-kind works of poseable art.
The first pics here below are a before-and-after comparison of the Monster High doll she began with, and the fairy it became.
When I asked Andrea about how she got started and what inspired her, she offered, “I’m a novelist by profession, but staring at black words on a white screen all day drives me crazy unless I’m also doing something involving color and texture and working with my hands. I started doing these doll repaints a
couple of months ago after seeing a couple on Pinterest.”
As someone who also dabbles in painting, and makes unbelievably detailed miniatures for doll houses, it’s no surprise that Andrea wasn’t intimidated by the new challenge. “It seemed easy
enough, so I plunged in and started work, and soon became addicted. My first finished doll was the white unicorn girl, and I have also made a variety of different faeries and pixies.”
“People started commissioning me to make dolls — my favorite commission project so far has been Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max.”
You guys, I have a special soft spot for Furiosa fan art, so this one make me extremely happy!
What’s next in Andrea’s doll-altering adventure?
“Currently I’m obsessed with making a series of Game of Thrones dolls — I’ve made Petyr Baelish, Sansa Stark (the Goth version!) and Daenerys Targaryen so far, and I’m working on Jon Snow, another Daenerys and another Sansa (the not-Goth version!). I’m not sure what will be next, but I definitely see a lot more faeries in my future. It’s a fun way to express my love for a particular fandom or to create a new character.”