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Not so long ago, photographs of frighteningly realistic toys of mythical beasts were published on various foreign websites. A bit terrifying, but cute and amusing, images riveted the media’s attention.
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Santani on deviantart.com

Not so long ago, photographs of frighteningly realistic toys of mythical beasts were published on various foreign websites. A bit terrifying, but cute and amusing, images riveted the media’s attention.
“The artist has completely mastered the power of cute. It's amazing how incredibly detailed they are.. These colorful creatures look like they could be the cuter cousins of the gremlins in Speilberg's 1984 movie of the same name..,” the media said.

Santani on deviantart.com

“The artist has completely mastered the power of cute. It's amazing how incredibly detailed they are.. These colorful creatures look like they could be the cuter cousins of the gremlins in Speilberg's 1984 movie of the same name..,” the media said.
Surprisingly, the hullabaloo surrounding the dolls was much greater in the West than in Russia, the home of their creator, 23-year-old Maria, better known under her online name of SANTANI. Maria lives in Moscow, and recently graduated from university, majoring in art history and criticism. However, Maria herself prefers craft to the high art of antiquity.

Santani on deviantart.com

Surprisingly, the hullabaloo surrounding the dolls was much greater in the West than in Russia, the home of their creator, 23-year-old Maria, better known under her online name of SANTANI. Maria lives in Moscow, and recently graduated from university, majoring in art history and criticism. However, Maria herself prefers craft to the high art of antiquity.
“I’ve been making puppets for about 7 years,” she says. Maria also paints (graphics, watercolors), and is interested in terraria, zoology, ornithology, the history of art, mythology, fairy tales from different countries, and Japanese art and animation.

Santani on deviantart.com

“I’ve been making puppets for about 7 years,” she says. Maria also paints (graphics, watercolors), and is interested in terraria, zoology, ornithology, the history of art, mythology, fairy tales from different countries, and Japanese art and animation.
“It all started when I still wanted to play with toys, but there was no longer a toy that suited my needs and matched my inner world. Something different had to be done.”

Santani on deviantart.com

“It all started when I still wanted to play with toys, but there was no longer a toy that suited my needs and matched my inner world. Something different had to be done.”
“I was 14 years old, and my first handmade articles were small figurines 8-10 inches high, depicting various animals or fairy-tale characters. Since then, I’ve devoted most of my time to making dolls, toys, and statuettes.”

Santani on deviantart.com

“I was 14 years old, and my first handmade articles were small figurines 8-10 inches high, depicting various animals or fairy-tale characters. Since then, I’ve devoted most of my time to making dolls, toys, and statuettes.”
Mary derives inspiration from  everything around healmostr, but particularly nature, animals, plants, and insects. Movies, cartoons, mythology, and books also make an indelible impression.

Santani on deviantart.com

Mary derives inspiration from everything around healmostr, but particularly nature, animals, plants, and insects. Movies, cartoons, mythology, and books also make an indelible impression.
Her toys are made in fantasy style, but she always tries to add a touch of naturalism to the figures to make them look believable and alive. With that in mind, Maria focuses on the surface relief of the dolls.

Santani on deviantart.com

Her toys are made in fantasy style, but she always tries to add a touch of naturalism to the figures to make them look believable and alive. With that in mind, Maria focuses on the surface relief of the dolls.
“I work on the fur, the scales, the shine of the eyes and nose, the translucency of the skin, and its characteristic tiny folds and wrinkles.” Many consider such naturalism a bit frightening, since it often makes the dolls appear more expressive and memorable.

Santani on deviantart.com

“I work on the fur, the scales, the shine of the eyes and nose, the translucency of the skin, and its characteristic tiny folds and wrinkles.” Many consider such naturalism a bit frightening, since it often makes the dolls appear more expressive and memorable.
“More often than not I use a mixed technique: all the toys are soft-padded with artificial fur and textiles, while the face and limbs are made of plastic,” Maria reveals her secrets...

Santani on deviantart.com

“More often than not I use a mixed technique: all the toys are soft-padded with artificial fur and textiles, while the face and limbs are made of plastic,” Maria reveals her secrets...
The main thing is that everything is made by hand (and therefore the soul). It takes on average 2-8 weeks to produce such dolls. I also make plastic figurines, masks, and decorations in horror and steampunk style.

Santani on deviantart.com

The main thing is that everything is made by hand (and therefore the soul). It takes on average 2-8 weeks to produce such dolls. I also make plastic figurines, masks, and decorations in horror and steampunk style.
February 12, 2014
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