Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Artist Spotlight: THE NAMELESS DOLL

Disclaimer: All images and video links in this blog post are the property of Roosa Karlsson, aka The Nameless Doll. Please support her through the social media links listed at the bottom of this post.

I wanted to promote an artist I've been a fan of for a couple of years now. Roosa Karlsson, who goes by the online pseudonym The Nameless Doll, is an editor, digital compositor, illustrator, and film writer. She's an incredible artist with an eye for detail that puts my own nitpickiness to shame. Her work includes not-for-profit edits of animated characters to see how they would look with different body types, altered hairstyles, or more realistic proportions. Her edited images and video clips are so painstaking and seamless that at first glance, you might not realize the images were altered:


I should note that Roosa does not disparage the animation styles of these cartoons and films with her edits. Her work is purely explorative, experimenting with different styles and content. We can still love the classic Disney movies and be curious about how these same movies might look or unfold with alterations to character design or plot. In a Huffington Post article, Roosa is quoted:

"With these edits I am not in any way trying to criticize animated movies that chose to have an extremely cartoony look. Because that is the beauty of animation. There are so many different styles, which gives something for everybody."

Roosa is a very popular artist in the Non/Disney community. Non/Disney (an abbreviation of Non-Disney/Disney crossover) is a fandom that focuses on crossovers between Disney films and/or films with a style similar to Disney, such as those made by Pixar, DreamWorks, or Don Bluth. In the Non/Disney fandom, characters from different franchises are brought together through fan fiction, fan art, manipulated photos, and edited videos. Roosa herself has composited quite a few pairings, such as Captain Amelia and Jane Porter from Treasure Planet and Tarzan respectively:



One of Roosa's most noteworthy projects in the Non/Disney community is an ongoing video series titled To Belong. In this non-profit crossover series, three homeless siblings Sinbad, Anya, and Jim search for a place they can call home. The story takes place in a fantasy world where everyone can shapeshift into animals at will, each person having their own particular animal form. The characters and settings in this crossover series are collaged so seamlessly, it really looks as if they all belonged in the same movie.

The positive reception to this non-profit crossover series has inspired Roosa to create a pilot for an original cartoon series that follows the same storyline with the roles of Sinbad, Anya, and Jim now filled by original characters Terren, Isaia, and Frey. Roosa crowdfunded the project through Kickstarter, her campaign having reached its funding goal this past year. The official To Belong pilot is currently in development.


Roosa continues to produce image and video edits, accepting commissions from her fans and online followers. For the past couple of weeks, she's been working on a piece commissioned by yours truly, which showcases my OC's Angela Thorn and Ezekiel Blake as Disney-style characters. Roosa posts videos of her editing process on her "Random Nameless Channel" on YouTube, and she posted her process video for my commissioned piece today.


Follow Roosa Karlsson on social media, and if you are so inclined, please support her To Belong project through Patreon or by Liking/Sharing her videos and artwork.

YouTube (The Nameless Doll)
YouTube (Random Nameless Channel)
Tumblr (The Nameless Doll)
DeviantArt (The Nameless Doll)

Website (To Belong)
YouTube (To Belong)
Tumblr (To Belong)
Patreon (To Belong)
Kickstarter (To Belong)
Facebook (To Belong)
Twitter (To Belong)

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