Test shot of acharacter in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene

I Like Playing with Dolls

I liked to play with dolls when I was a kid.

My dolls unnerved my Father who forced me to join a football team.

The team tossed me after the first game because I stopped in the
middle of a play to pull up my socks.

I hate the feeling of droopy socks; but back to the dolls:

An avatar dressed in the formal male attire of the 1920's standing on a metal platform against a blue backdrop
Test shot of the Valentino character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

I had Barbie and Skipper.

I also had Ken, and GI Joe.

GI Joe was the doll for boys who played with dolls in the closet.

Joe and Ken had a one-off in a foxhole and it drove Skipper to suicide.

She had a secret crush on Joe.

Valentino, Lulu and Rose wait for a train in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.
Valentino, Lulu and Rose, characters in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

I started playing with digital dolls with The Sims and eventually joined one of the online worlds of the metaverse.

I liked to play with dolls when I was a kid.

I still do.

DistanValentino and Lulu sit on a bench as a phantom train arrives
Distance shot of a ghost station as a phantom train arrives. Valentino and Lulu sit on a bench. Image inspired by Hullabalulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

The shots in this post are part of an ongoing collaboration with Teagan Geneviene of Teagan’s Books.

Black and White test shot of the Valentino character and the Gramps character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.
The Valentino character and the Gramp’s character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

34 thoughts on “I Like Playing with Dolls

  1. I couldn’t help but smile at the part about stopping to pull up your socks. It reminded me of son #1’s one and only baseball game at the age of 7. He played with snails he found in the outfield while the ball rolled right past him 😏

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    1. Thank you. I did intend this to be more of an ironic commentary about gender roles and imagination. I’m glad you’re enjoying the art work. I’ve always wanted to use VR as a way to make illustrations and I am so pleased to have an opportunity to do it.

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  2. I love dolls. I have a collection that spans from French Jumeau to Barbie to Madame Alexander and beyond. I never had dolls to play with when I was a little girl…so I went overboard when I grew up.
    What do I think? Pull up your socks and play with your dolls!

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    1. I think that using VR to escape from life is probably not healthy. I think if you use it as an adjunct to the creative process it’s more productive. But that’s my particular truth, it
      may not apply to other people.

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  3. I’m following Teagan’s serial and love your artwork. I also love dolls (but I’m not very visually creative). I’m so happy you still enjoy playing with dolls… 😉

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  4. Rob, not many people could make me chuckle when I’m rushing to get dressed for Mordor. I seem to be procrastinating. I wonder why? (snort). You slayed me with the part about Skipper.
    I so enjoyed seeing the images with your narration.
    If i’m not able to finish my Wednesday post, I’ll reblog this one. Otherwise I’ll add a link to it. Marvelous!
    Hugs.

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    1. Revising my comment, Rob. I’m not going to be able to finish Chapter 3 today. So my Wednesday post will have an intro and link to your post here. This is a “Lulu of a post” so that still fits! And I’m sharing a review of Murder at the Bujou.

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