Virginie Ropars creates fiercely fashionable and visually arresting art dolls, she is a sculptor, painter, fashion designer and special effects artist all-in-one. Her characters are intense goddesses, threatening queens, enchanting princesses – magnificent and regal personas. Dressed in fine feathers and lush textiles – they don’t just adorn the figure but seem to meld with it, becoming fantastic or demonic appendages. Ornate head dresses and beaded finery transform these beauties, like butterflies erupting from their bland clay cocoon. Virginie’s sculpted gothic beauties are rebellious ladies and aloof warriors which defy the traditional doll form, in just the way we love.
The character is always guiding me, I always start with the head. Really it gives me everything, I only have to follow what the head’s expression says to the rest of the body. While I sculpt the expression, I always try to focus on what this little head could have in mind, the things I must show, and things I must only suggest. I try to see the character like I would see a real person. In real life, people rarely have one single emotion on their face. The mouth can say something the eyes something else, size of the pupils, position of the eyelids, the chin, twist of the mouth, position of the nose, even the muscles around the ears can tell something. That’s what I seek when I sculpt a head, I’m very sensitive to that with real people, so I pay attention to that in my work. - Via Muddy Colors
LINK: To Virginie’s Website
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