Cathy Lou Daughter of Cthuhlu Doll
Article by: Geek Girl Princess Nightmare
Princess Nightmare shared the story of the Monster High doll she and her friends made into Cathy Lou, daughter of Cthuhlu...
It all started on night during a D&D Cthulhu campaign. Every time we ran into a werwolf or zombie etc I would grab one of my Monster High dolls from the shelf and all of the sudden we would be facing very fashionable adorable monsters. One day my best friend who happens to be the DM said to me 'just wait next one they will come out with will be Cathy Lou'.
Never give an artist an idea....
I decided to make Cathy Lou. Originally it was just going to be a reroot of Lagoona the daughter of the sea monster...and then the project grew....over 18 hours of rerooting the hair to look how I wanted it to look, the bit of green up front, the black with a significant space but the back with purples and greens with some strewn into the black as well for some more color...and a really big full head of hair.
Of course while working on this I got more ideas. She didn't seem like the type for freckles and to further distinguish her from Lagoona I took those off.
Next of course was she didn't have tentacles so 4 tentacles were to be added to her head on completion of her hair. Two on the sides as pigtails and two in the back low sort of hidden by her hair but still there.
Now that there were tentacles there had to be wings. However, Lagoona's body does not have the holes for wings so I had to start looking around and I found a body from a Create your Own Monster website that did have the openings for wings and a slightly different body type from the original dolls. After that I went in search of limbs that could connect to it which I found from a Create Your Own Monster kit, it even had tentacles on the arms and fins on the legs. PERFECT! But it was dark purple and her head was light blue/grey/green like Lagoona's.
My best friend took over from here deducing how to create the exact right paint color. It took him a full day to figure it out but he did!
He was in charge of then painting Cathy and it was officially our project.
From here we started to give her her personality, she is shy and nerdy, the type that wears graphic tees but with leather jackets, skirt, and boots. She's a nerd and a gamer, my best friend brilliantly came up with her favorite activity is 'houses and humans'
Somewhere in the middle of that I realized how much we were putting into this and how much it meant to both of us and frankly how cool the doll was, so I decided I would like to see if I could get her a following and give her some adventures (visiting Monster High, Boo York Comicon, and some other things). She has both an Instagram
and a Facebook
We continued to make Cathy's bio and finished it right before we finished Cathy with the touches of her green accents, I took apart and took off some pieces and added some pieces an existing Monster High skirt-originally it was suppose to be a skirt made of stingray but the fabric I had was too thick and did not look right so plan B was to disassemble and assemble another skirt, the jacket was an old Bratz jacket which we completely took apart and put together differently with some of the original jacket with some other additions. her shirt is a shirt belonging to Sirena VonBoo the mermaid ghost who happened to be wearing a shirt with tentacles and her other alternate shirt is the Deadfast shirt (the superhero in the Monster High world that the brilliant and geeky Ghoulia loves), her big boots with this ensemble is reminiscent of me and my other best friend growing up being the part goth part fashionable, she loved her boots, I loved my heels and boots. These boots were from the Elissabat doll and cut in order to display her leg fins.
At this point we thought we were nearly done until we realized her hair hid her tentacles so I had to remove some of it.
Following that the only thing that I thought was off were her hands, all sea/swimming creatures at Monster High have webbed hands. However the body I had was from a Create Your Own Monster set which you can not interchange parts except for heads, so we couldn't use Lagoona's hands. After a brief search I found white and pink webbed hands for her that we repainted so she had proper webbed hands as well.
Her finishing touches were her jewelry. As all the dolls have she got a necklace and earrings. Her earrings are re-painted fish bones that were Lagoona's earrings, and her necklace a small chain necklace i made.
Lastly she has a cuff at the top of one of her ears because when I was younger that's what I had and many of her personality traits remind me of myself.
Once complete I couldn't stop. I got onto the Monster High website to see how they did their profiles and made Cathy one of her own. I couldn't match the font so I did it letter by letter, copy and pasting, to begin her profile for the top parts and used a similar font for the rest.
Cathy Lou was on display at our booth at New York Comicon AND You can follow Cathy on Facebook
Mattel is a company I have loved for a very long time, and i have never felt like I have had anything to contribute to them until now. I do hope someday they see this idea, and until then....let the adventures begin!!!
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November 14 2014