The Ruby13 Creation Story - How she came about March 18 2015, 2 Comments
It's always about the story. The "WHY" is the best thing. I find the story of "why" Ruby13 was even created interesting. My dad had drawn these amazing pencil pinup girls that were printed in Easyrider Magazine in the '80s. Years later a friend of his told him that his art had a certain "Look" and "style" that was different from others and had he ever thought of sculpting one of these girls. So my dad decided to do that. It took him a few years tinkering with it. He hadn't sculpted before. He got out the newspaper and bondo and just went at it. Eventually he had a sexy blond sitting in his trailer. I came over one night and saw her. Her back was to me. I thought it was a real girl sitting there for a second. She was amazing. He even had painted her a skin tone and had jean shorts and a long blond wig on her. She sat on a little wooden stool. His trailer was small so I had to be careful walking around her. We talked about his process for building her for a while and then I asked him what he was going to do with her. He said that he wanted to make a mold and sell her to guys who entered their Hot Rods into car shows. They could put her in the drivers seat instead of the usual stuffed toy things they put there. I told him he'd probably sell a few that way but had he ever thought about making her into a love doll. What? he said. He'd never seen the new silicone love dolls. I showed him a few things on the internet and he was convinced. It took 2 years to find the right guy to help my dad make the molds he wanted to build. He lost a lot of money in the process but it was his "love" project. Finally after being told that the "sitting" position molds he wanted were "never going to happen" by another dollmaker, Ruby's first mold was ready. Never say Never. Don was convinced he could accomplish this process if he worked on it long enough and he was right. Then after about a year, Don wanted to refine the seams. He wanted them to be gone. He got the guys together and they began the amazing process of "deSeaming" the molds. It took a long time and was a tedious job. Many hours perfecting the seam lines. But again, Don got was he was looking for after a lot of troubleshooting and engineering. He once put a modern engine into a model T Ice truck he told me. "People said it couldn't be done" and so I think this was his last project where he wanted to prove he could do it. A guy recently offered to buy the molds from me and he lowballed me saying that anyone could make the molds so they were only worth a low amount. I know from experience that it's not an easy task. First you have to have a sculpt, a good sculpt, and in Ruby's case it's a sculpt based on artwork that is stylized not a body cast. In fact not a lot of women are shaped just like Ruby. Much artistic license was taken when designing her. But it was done with taste and a true understanding of where ART and the human Body meet without being ridiculous or "Off" in some way. Anyway, some folks here have mentioned that Ruby is a working piece of art. That is about as true as it gets. I am truly glad that my dad lived long enough to get lots of calls and emails from people who were genuinely happy to own one of his dolls. I think he's created a great amount of goodwill which is what we as artists usually want our art to do.