I visit Liana's Paper Doll Blog now and then, not because I print the dolls there, but because I like the wide variety of costumes. I love how she's doing all of these costumes on the exact same base. That doll has all the clothes she'll ever need! The trick to this is making a base with a pose that looks good with different clothing styles, is fun to draw clothing on and is well drawn. I've tried a few times to make a base like that, but have never managed.
Yesterday, I found Paper Thin Personas. She's got some magnet dolls that have some really fun costumes. I wanted to print them out, but found I wasn't very happy with the face on the base. I considered editing them but instead found myself sketching out my own bases. This time I drew a base I actually like quite a lot.
Cute huh? She's not to bad to draw clothing for either.
The only problem I've found is that I drew her too small. I'll either have to scale her up with illustrator's live trace or just deal with 150dpi for her from now on. I haven't decided yet. I think I'd better avoid drawing more clothes until I do.
I made the base's hair super short and close cropped so that I could layer hairstyles on top, but that won't be the best option for hairstyles that go behind her clothes and shoulders. I could do more bases, but that would limit hair styles. Maybe a combination would be best.
This will be fun. I think releasing them clothing in themed 8.5x11 pages in both lines and colored will be the way to go. Whatever I end up with, I think my fridge will be a more interesting place soon enough.