It’s time for the second part of our little Drawing and Amigurumi Doll Design chat. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Then come back. Ready? Good. Today I want to talk about how to start drawing and thinking about how to turn that drawing into an amigurumi (aka crocheted doll).
I like to start sketching without anything in mind. My brain doesn’t like anything to be predetermined when I draw. That’s just me. Either way, start sketching your new amigurumi. (Keep in mind I deal with monsters, but this technique works with dolls, animals, etc…) My only advice here is to keep it simple. The more detail you have, the more crochet pieces you will have… and thus the more sewing you will have. I don’t like the sewing part. Some people do.
I came up with this little lady. She’s kind of cute. I bet she would made an adorable monster amigurumi. Once you have your sketch ready, break it down into separate pieces that need to be crocheted. Mine has:
- Body—> Legs
- Eye —> Background Star
Those are all my components for the amigurumi. Please excuse my chicken scratch handwriting.
Then I drew it out like this. (I don’t normally do this step, but I wanted to show you how I’m thinking about the pieces when I’m designing.) Note the monster has already changed. You will find yourself crocheting your shapes/parts and see them change right in front of your eyes. Your sketch is really just a rough draft of the finished doll. That is my favorite part. I love seeing where the doll goes from the sketch.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. You are going to want to keep the body parts’ shapes in mind when doing this. For instance, as cool as the dripping droplet hair was in the first picture, I know that’s going to be difficult to transfer to crochet. That’s why it’s different in the second picture. It’ll most likely change again once I make the doll and start playing with her hair. You might find this happening with each body piece that you crochet.
I’m going to stop here for now. Take some time to practice your sketching and thinking about those shapes. It really is important! In the next Drawing and Amigurumi Doll Design we’ll put the whole package together with the crocheted doll and everything. I’ll also have more examples of my sketches and work to show you.