Tanyas Dolls – Gallery Examples by TANYA ABAIMOVA
Above is one example from Tanya’s website where you can see her polymer clay ball jointed dolls up close. This doll is so well-balanced in the sculpt that she stands on her own. That’s the true test of a great ball jointed and weighted doll.
The costuming is also perfectly scaled. I particularly love the adorable “over-bite” or what we used to call “buck teeth”. It adds such a sweet innocent appeal to the overall doll sculpt.
Above is another example of Tanya’s work. This is my idea of a true character doll. The whole sculpt is not only pleasing to the eye, not only perfectly scaled, but the embellishments help to tell a full story. I love the holiday walking stick that appears to be a big icicle with a holiday decoration on top. Very original and clever. It’s also a Black Santa, which you almost never see.
And here is another example of Tanya’s detailed character doll work. The beading on this dress appears to have been done after the doll’s outfit was constructed. If it wasn’t, the way Tanya cut the fabric to create this illusion that it was beaded after the fact is almost more skilled than the beading work itself.
The headdress is perfectly scaled, as are the tassels that cascade down the sides of the doll’s head and face. This is no easy task, by the way, for anyone who doesn’t know. Just finding the materials that are small enough to not throw the entire doll out of scale is a mission all in itself.
A Little Bit About Tanya:
Tanya has been sculpting and dressing character art dolls since the early 2000s. She sculpts almost exclusively in Polymer clay, at least it is her favorite. She is an award-winning doll maker and a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild.
Her dolls can be found in private doll collections all around the world. For our newbies out there, the first thing that you need to conquer when “going professional” is getting the doll scale right. That’s the first thing that needs to be perfect in order to be considered to be shown in a museum or doll collection.
Tanya Abaimova’s Doll Purchases:
Her dolls are available from her online gallery which you can see here.