This life size baby doll is one of the largest dolls that I have ever made.
His mask is molded from stretched cotton and plaster.
The body is sewn entirely from old sweaters and knit socks.
I’ve included many snapshots here that show the mask at different angles. When painting masks, I feel it is best to treat them like portraits. I think about the coloration of a actual head at different angles. I add subtle lighting affects in order to recreate a life like appearance in the doll.
Here is the backside of the doll.
A close-up shot of his stocking cap.
I chose to add an unusual, large, black button the the baby’s stocking cap.
The baby’s coverall straps are actually just applique.
His booties are wool and old-fashioned lace.
His outfit also has additional leather buttons sewn onto the front.
There are flaps on his stocking cap to keep his ears extra warm in winter
My Chinese baby’s mask was painted with acrylic paints and then sealed with a tough lacquer finish. I gave him to my youngest daughter one year for Christmas. I think he is a very “life like” snow baby!