Toy Soldiers: Process

I began making the dolls by creating a muslin prototype, based on a sketch, of the arms, torso, head and legs (the arm and leg I simply repeated) and then created patterns from that prototype. In order to convey a more childlike appearance, I chose not to use a camouflage fabric, and used felt instead. I wanted to simplify both the form of the soldier and his uniform, breaking the camouflage pattern down to three basic colors (green, khaki, and brown) and the skin to a generalized, fleshy pink. I  then machine and hand sewed the fabric and stuffed them with fiber-fill.

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