When I run across an artist/person that has something to offer the world, I feel obliged to encourage that person to move forward. Sometimes we lack the confidence to put ourselves out there. "What happens if they don't like my work." "But it's not perfect." "I'm not ready, yet." All things we tell ourselves to keep us from moving forward. So that is where I come in. Lately I have run into a couple of unique artists that have something to offer the doll world, especially in the arena of ethnic dolls. That is still an area that is sorely lacking, in my opinion. How many of us have complained about the lack of ethnic male figures available today? I use the term ethnic, because it is not just African-American. It is Asian, Hispanics, etc. The current doll world is not reflective of the new changing world that we live in. Another thing that some of us complain about is hair. Don't get me wrong, I like some of my dolls to have long flowing hair, but not all of them. Where is the variety? That's why some of us 12" collectors were so happy to see Trichelle from the S.I.S. line. And how many little AA 3 year old girls you know are walking around with hair down their butts. (Note to self - start that AA Kelly reroot soon). Bottom line is, we can't wait for Tonner, Wu, and Mattel to make these changes, it just may have to come from within the ethnic communities. And what's wrong with that. Can anyone see the incredible business opportunity that is there, besides me?
This brings me to SonofEllis. Some of you may know him. He is an incredible artist that works with 16" fashion dolls. Here is a link to his Flickr photostream. He does incredible transformations with the dolls, particularly the male dolls. At least that is what I noticed the most. His dolls look like people you see walking down the street. I swear I have dated some of those men in his pictures. (Or at least wanted to. I could never get the pretty boys.). Not only does he transform the dolls, but he designs and makes clothes, shoes, and handbags. I have not seen anyone else out there doing what he is doing. His dream is to design his own doll and fashion line. There is only one problem. He doesn't think he is that good. This brother has an incredible gift that the world needs to see. It is my belief that he is "that good". Now I just have to convince him of that. (I know what some of you may be thinking. I also need to convince him to do some 12" men. That may be a harder sell, but I will try)
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So what do you think?