Hi Bill!, et al.
My latest harebrained inspiration is to use tuxpaint to make paper dolls.
I'm thinking of two series at the moment. Some garments based on fashions
from Harper's Bazaar from the mid to late 1800s, and some simplified kimonos
derived from some 19th century Japanese woodcuts. I'll redo them all as
original works, but the sources of inspiration should be out of copyright
I'm also planning a couple of colouring book starters based on these
Ideally it should be simple to use, but versatile. And preferably without
turning into a humungous download. I'd like the users to be able to:
1/. Print a doll that they could assemble into a free standing
2/. Print clothing, and maybe wigs and accessories, that they
could attach to the doll model via paper tabs.
3/. Use the doll in tuxpaint via the stamp tool, and stamp
clothing,wigs, etc directly onto the doll image.
3/(a) Modify that (dressed) doll image, and print it out
so that it can be assembled into a free standing model.
4/. Use the dolls, clothing, wigs, etc as regular tuxpaint
I can think of two approaches to this. The first one is modular. I would
make some base doll stamps for each series, plus stamps for frocks/wigs/etc.
Then I'd make a stamp a piece for the plinth, brace, shoulder and hip tabs,
etc. Users could use these to assemble their own dolls.
The second approach is just to be redundant. I'd make two copies of each
stamp. One with the plinth/tabs, and one without.
There is only minimal difference in the workload between the two approaches.
Personally I favour the first approach. Its the most versatile in that the
user can assemble what they want, as they want. They would also be able to
use the plinth and brace stamps to convert the colouring book starters into
free standing models. It will have a smaller footprint in the stamps
scrolling list, and less impact on the size of the download. On the down
side, it will take more planning on the part of the user. And more adult
supervision, particularly for younger users.
At a WAG, and assuming nothing crops up to further complicate my life and
eat my free time, I estimate about 4 months to turn out 2 Japanese dolls, 2
Harper's dolls, 4 kimonos, 4 frocks, accessories, and 2 starters.
I'd be interested in hearing any comments, opinions, or suggestions.
Particularly about which approach is preferred, and why. Also if anyone
knows any reason why we shouldn't do this (I'm hoping no one has been
granted a patent on using a computer program to make paper dolls).
I've attached an .svg of the outline rough for the first doll, to give
people a better idea of what I'm rabbiting on about.
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