Elena Loukianova

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I’m so jealous of today’s artist. Elena Loukianova’s work is alternately adorable and elegant, exhibiting an eye for composition as well as a delicate handling of the human form. She has a background as a two-dimensional artist, which shows in the sophisticated color palette of her dolls’ costumes.

I love a well-executed doll costume, and Loukianova’s work doesn’t disappoint. Take a look at the beaded bodice on the doll pictured below; the scale-like texture of the pearls is really surprising and fresh. All of her pieces are expressively posed, too, which is one of the most important qualities in a professional doll.

So why am I so jealous? Because Loukianova’s only been sculpting since 2006! I’m reminded of my late friend, Elizabeth Jenkins, who was invited to the New York Toy Fair to exhibit the first doll she ever sculpted. Some people are just born with the talent, I guess.

My only complaint is that there aren’t enough pictures of her work on the internet, but then, if she’s only been sculpting since 2006, these may represent her entire body of work. I expect we’ll see more from her as her career continues, and I can’t wait to see how it matures.

Loukianova is originally from Belarus, in Eastern Europe, but seems to live in Canada now. You can see more of her work at her elegant website and at the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild.

Programming note:

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