Friday, July 25, 2008

Esther, Sonja, Marsha and the Steppers are here!

Our newest paper doll books arrived this week! The advance orders have all been mailed so if you're waiting for one or more of the new books, you should receive your package in 1-2 weeks. All four books are lovely! I'm especially pleased with the Esther Williams book as it was a group effort and came out positively gorgeous! Reproduced from the 1953 paper doll/coloring book, it has eight clothing pages, four of which were hand-colored by Marilyn Henry. She's so skillful at rendering fabrics--her silk looks like silk, taffeta looks like taffeta and so on. David Wolfe wrote the biography for this book, as he did with our other star books. And our newest edition to our paper doll family, Pierre Halé, helped with the page restoration work in Photoshop. He also applied his Photoshop skills to our next three books.

The Sonja Henie book is lovely, with eight pages of clothes for all occasions. A highly sought-after paper doll from 1941, it's nice to offer this as a reproduction. The Six Little Steppers is another group effort with six pages of clothes, digitally restored by Pierre, plus two additional dress-up clothing pages by Judy M Johnson. The cover art by Charlot Byj is too cute too resist! Finally we have the beautiful Marsha Hunt paper doll illustrated by David Wolfe. Filled with costumes from her 1930s and 40s movie roles, this book was created in collaboration with Marsha herself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Paper Doll Studio Issue 91 has been Mailed

OPDAG's Paper Doll Studio Issue 91, featuring Lingerie, Loungewear and Sleepwear, was mailed on Tuesday, July 9, 2008, so subscribers should receive their issue sometime in the next 1-3 weeks. I'm happy to say this is our very first issue with a full color cover! This issue is filled with lovely theme related paper doll art plus a dress-a-doll. David Wolfe offers a look at "Hollywood Undressed" featuring memorable lingerie and loungewear worn on the big screen. Johana Anderton offers some drawing tips and Sylvia Kleindist provides a photo review of undergarments through the decades. Our featured artist (and cover artist) is Charlotte Krause.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

New Logo for Paper Studio Press

I'm delighted to finally have an honest-to-goodness logo for my publishing house, Paper Studio Press. The design is courtesy of David Wolfe. While vacationing in Palm Springs, David cut the accordion of paper dolls, which was later scanned into Adobe Illustrator by our computer guru, Pierre Halé. Next Pierre, prepared a page of different logo ideas, each using the row of dolls but with different typestyles and layouts. Some of the designs were contained inside a frame, but I chose a logo with a more open format, giving me the opportunity to show the logo rather large on our letterhead. Although Pierre had some great font ideas, none of them seemed quite right. I didn't want anything too modern, as my product line is filled with nostalgic paper dolls. But I didn't want anything too decorative either. In the end, I found a font in my own font library and set it in place. So the final logo is a group creation and I'm very thankful to David and Pierre for all their help.