From Russia with love

Dear friends, happy winter holidays to you!
From Russia with love ♥

From Russia with love

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Video: Changing doll feet with Primavera

Dear watchers!
I’m presenting a video-manual to you on changing feet for Dea Vivente dolls, where I’m showing the process step by step in detail with commentaries. The model in the clip is Primavera the doll.
Happy viewing!

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Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, dear friends!!! ♥
I wish you happiness, luck and more smiles in the upcoming 2016! Let all the intended and desirable things come true!

Happy Holidays!

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Today I’d like to tell about a very special girl whose spirit and character touched deeply personal sides in my soul. Several months of hard but insanely exciting work have been embodied into a photo-painting “Nascita di Primavera” – “Birth of Primavera”, this is how the doll is called, but let me tell step by step.

Nascita di Primavera

I have the most devoted feelings for Sandro Botticelli’s paintings and maidens pictured in them. Their images hold so much depth, dignity, tranquility and wisdom, so that sometimes it’s impossible to tear myself away from their faces and I can contemplate them for hours.

There was no limits for my joy when I got to know that my client’s favourite painter was exactly Botticelli, and she dreamt of having a doll that embodied characters from his paintings, and an especially intimate one for her as well as for me was the character from “Nascita di Venere” (1482—1486) “Birth of Venus”. The client’s offer to bring a similar character to life encouraged me, it was incredibly pleasant to work on this doll and she inspired me like never before.
As you might guess, the doll’s name gives a hint to another well-known painting of Botticelli’s – “Allegory of Spring” (“Primavera”).

I used a light tone of porcelain for Primavera – pale, almost white skin gave her the particular tenderness and elegance incident to classical images.

Enchanting sea of hair

Facial features of Botticelli’s Venus are very different from the face mold “Taiga”, thus to get more similarity with Venus the decision was made to deeply modify the face sculpture right on a porcelain cast. Modifications affected all the areas: eyes, eyebrow ridges, nose, lips, cheeks and cheekbones, chin. Primavera captivated me to the core, and the strong emotional rise from contemplating Venus’s painting was helping me to embody the beautiful goddess’s facial features in a porcelain face.
One may judge the difference between “Taiga” (on the left) and Primavera’s (on the right) faces in the following photos.

Face modifications

To imitate pictorial art, I’ve chosen warm colour gamma while painting Primavera and have made very soft and delicate tone transitions. Due to multilayered painting of the doll’s eyes, they look alive and deep. What’s interesting, depending on the view angle Primavera’s look appear to be a bit estranged and reflective as Venus’s one, or piercing and even a bit sly, for example as in this portrait.


Botticelli’s Venus has an utterly exceptional hairdo: short wavy locks at the front near the face gradually turning into gorgeous thick locks coming down to the knees. I tried to realize this romantic image by imitating a similar hairdo with gradual change of length for it to look natural and realistic. One can see the result in the following photograph:


Primavera’s second wig represents a Renaissance era hairdress. It was inspired by one of Botticelli’s canvases as well, depicting the artist’s eternal muse Simonetta Vespucci. I’ve incorporated certain changes into this hairdress to my taste, and some of them were dictated by the wig’s small scale. For this work beside hair I used some other kinds of materials: coral beads, glass beads, silk ribbons, feathers, accessories.

Renaissance hairdress

At some moment while reflecting on authenticity of the character I was creating and wholeness of its representation, I decided to paint a background with brushes that corresponded to the doll’s spirit and represented the atmosphere of “Birth of Venus”. For the sake of similarity with tempera painting I used artists’ acrylic paints.

Painting background

This canvas was used for the doll’s photo-session and making a photo-painting as well.

Photoshooting backstage

Primavera has already left me and now she is in caring hands of her new owner (to whom I want to say a special thanks for a chance to touch the sublime and to do the least thing I can to pay my tribute to one of the greatest and best-loved artists in the history of painting).

This was a long and interesting work, and Primavera means much to me in the artistic way as well as in the technical one – while working I tried new techniques and materials, and this experience being so priceless for me will be used in future.

In conclusion, I present two art photographs of Primavera to you under a common title “Sensual renaissance” – as an expression of flaming sensuality and eroticism of the Renaissance era.

"Sensual renaissance"

"Sensual renaissance"

You can look at other photos of Primavera in her gallery.

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About Familia mini-series

In these latter days I’ve been busy working and haven’t written anything for a long time, and have completely forgotten to note the end of the first Familia mini-series of 5 dolls. Each of the girls appeared to be special, and I’d like to thank their owners for proposed characters. Here they are, from left to right: Illiana, Zaria Danica, Taiga 4, Celia, Aurora.

While working on this series I’ve rethought the breast’s sculpture. The first version of this part was bothering me – I didn’t like some moments in the anatomical aspect. I wanted to come to sculpting of a new breast more thoughtfully with all my acquired experience, and as a result to come closer to a more anatomically correct and realistic sculpture.

The new model of breast is presented to you by the last doll of the first Familia mini-series (she was completed in December 2014).

For this wig I used wavy hair with small curls. Totally, I’ve made 5 wigs for this doll presenting different characters, among which I can point out one with white hair colour turning the girl into a gorgeous platinum blonde (in the photo below, other photos can be seen in Flickr gallery).

Currently I’m continuing to work on individual orders.

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