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Dumpling 1 by Sleetwealth Dumpling 1 by Sleetwealth
here's lil Dumpling again edited contrast of the photo
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Angel-gotic Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Stunning :heart: 
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punksocks Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
this is an amazing piece, i do prefer smooth skin but the texture on the face is interesting and gives it somewhat of a paper effect. I love it ^_^ the facial structure is somewhat of a little girl and i just love it ^_^ so amazing and inspireing
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. the tooling of the skin is a style choice like a seamless painting or one where you can see brushstrokes. Its under appreciated and rarely done in realistic art dolls. So , I champion it. On some I do smoothing:)
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punksocks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
i think i undestand what you mean, i also prefer painting that have texture ^_^ and your art is so awesome
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kirstenbakker Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in love with this piece.
Absolutely stunningly beautiful.

I also love what you did with the skin structure.
Funny how most sculptors seem to go for perfectly smooth skin and you don't :)
Works out great!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I find utterly smooth skin dullish in most cases.nothing catches your eye. though I probably make less money than those who smooth smooth smooth. Ive been told that my work looks rushed or unfinished.but I like to leave "hand" to glance off light.
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kirstenbakker Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have to disagree with those people then :) Doesn't look unfinished to me... it looks rough and edgy which really adds to the feel of the piece.

Smoothed out skin can be beautiful too, but would not work as great on this kind of sculpt. She's just not supposed to look silky smooth like a factory doll.
Sometimes imperfection can be perfection too.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes thats what I hope. indeed it can. its just my oddity that I have to fuss at it.
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mearessa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Digital Artist
I love this. It's so heart breaking... I think this is my favorite from you. Absolutely unbelievable. :heart:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you. She does have such a sad face.
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mearessa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011   Digital Artist
You're most welcome. You did an amazing job!!! :heart:
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cattieloves Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
I see something in her chest that might be a trick of the light, but I hope not. Is there a black hole where her heart should be? Personally, I've had a bit of emotional damage follow me around most of my life, and it feels exactly like that. Like there's a big aching hole where your physical heart is, swallowing everything within reach. If that was the concept here, you just totally nailed it in a beautiful, painful way.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes thats a heart on her chest with a big hole in it.The heart is also nailed to her chest. The name Dumpling is a play on words. A dumpling is a lump of dough ..like clay and is a cute term of endearment. A dump-ling.. a child dumped or abandoned.

A couple of my child pieces have holes in the chest and symbols of pain if you look closely. I have a lot of emotional pain and I turn it beautiful and help let it go with art.
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MammaLion Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
That certainly explains why nearly all of your achingly beautiful pieces have a haunted or sad or even pained expression. Coupled with the various physical distortions added on and I'm having some serious cognitive dissonance coupled with uncanny valley moments right now.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup,but I also like to work in their strengths, courage and beauty. Its much more poignant and touching in my child figures that my adult ones.
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cattieloves Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Yeah, that's incredible. It's amazing when someone nails down exactly how you feel or have felt in a piece of art. The best I've been able to express it was in poetry, and even then, not very well. You've just completely nailed it here, even with the name...it's like you were spying on me when you made her, hahaha.

It might help to know that my particular emotional issue I was referring to is that my father abandoned me before I was born, and it's kind of haunted me all my life, always whispering in my ear that I'm not good enough, that everyone I love will eventually leave.

Anyway, again, amazing job.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I think some symbols are universal. Its the same in dreams very common objects appear.

See I think we are similar. My father was not in my life physically or financially. I saw him once briefly when I was six.

My mother is paranoid,drank and was into religious cults. I was neglected,took out of school and closeted. She talked about giving me up for adoption a couple times.

I feel not good enough all the time and validate with art that I have value. At least I have one person who loves me now I trust will never go.
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cattieloves Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Yeah, I have the blessing of someone like that in my life, too. The poor guy, though - my heart still has so much trouble believing it's worth loving that it almost pushes him away to test the limits, to see if he'll leave. He seems to be sticking around, though, and I have hope that it will sink in eventually. He's my best friend.

Thankfully, my mom was and is a good, stable parent, but somehow my dad's leaving still left some sort of mark on me (which seems strange, since I've never even met the man, never talked on the phone, never got a birthday card, not even child support, nothing). I know what that kind of horrible emptiness feels like, that physical aching for arms and love and for someone to just grab you and put their hand over your heart and stop the bleeding and tell you you are worth something. I'm so sorry you've felt it, too, but I have hope for healing for the both of us.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My man is my best friend too. its not perfect we have troubles,but hes stayed even when things were the worst.
Love is worth risking for.And anything you try to do to avoid getting hurt makes you weaker. Life is about loss,bittersweetness ,pain and growth. it gets you whoever you are no matter how good you have it.
yeah I got nothing too not even when he died when I was a teen. Its hard to believe a person could not even put themselves aside for a moment to send a card or whatever for the sake of a little girl.
yes theres hope. Im healing already by expressing them and you will heal too:) :hugs:
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EmpressRara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very very nice. Like the contrast.
I would love for you to take a look at my work,
XO. Alexandra
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your dolls are really great. i like your style :)
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nk-chan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors in this are so gorgeous, and the textures too~
I like how her lips and nose are polished smooth.
What is her hair?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. The clay works really well you can make matte and shiney areas where they should be by buffing.
The hair is mohair dyed strawberry blond.
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FORGOTTENDOLLS Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Increibleeeee (amaziiiiiiiiiing)
A little darkness is growing in your dolls... more and more! I loooove it!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much:) I worked as a fairy maker for a couple years ,but always wanted to express more darkness and emotions.
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Feral-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
I am lost for words, but i'll have a go. Amazing, awesome, insparational, fan-dabbie dosie, painful and beautiful. I have looked all through your gallery and I am totally in awe you are so good its obscene. I look foward to seeing future sculpts and you are my insperation and i will endevour to reach such a dizzing height of skill. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love everything about this peice,you do excellant work!!
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awoken-alone Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
So gorgeous!!
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larkin-art Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you're a fucking genius.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw you say the sweetest things!
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larkin-art Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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ViBlue Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Student General Artist
omgah, I love it, you're so like a great artist ._. I love it so much. When I get a home I'd like to buy you stuff ._.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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ViBlue Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Student General Artist
You're totally welcome xD
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Dezhire Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I love the lighting, she is so great!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This one makes her look all glowy soft. I used sheer paper tissue to take the glare out. The other shots are direct light.
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Dezhire Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
OOooooh, interesting. I am so terrible at taking photos of my sculpts. This is just wonderful!
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