Welcome to the second in our series showcasing the Winners and Runner Ups of the 2015 3Doodler Awards. We're very lucky to have with us Connie, winner of the Doodle of the Year Award!  As one of the best 3Doodler artists in the world, Connie's vision knows no limits - be it 3Doodled fine jewellery or breathtaking character figures. You may also recall Connie from the Tiffany Candle Holder PowerDoodler Activity last November.

3Doodler: Congratulations on winning Doodle of the Year! Do you feel like you've come a long way since for your first Doodle? What was it?

Connie: "A tiny black bird, rather clumsy, but I keep it for memory. I used ABS Black Belt Black with my first version 3Doodler, bought in 2014."

Connie's First Doodle
Seahorse In Doodle of the Year Seahorse Doodle in Progress Second Stage of Seahorse Doodle
3D: We're glad you kept it! You must have created many Doodles since then, do you have a favourite 3Doodled Creation?

C: "I'm very proud of the Seahorse that won Doodle of the Year. The work was so sophisticated that I was almost exasperated while making it! When I finally held it in my hands I was so happy though, seeing my imagination take form at last."

3D: What made the work on the Seahorse so complicated?

C: "I first had to Doodle every single plate of its body as a flat piece, and had only a rough guess at what angle they’d be assembled after baking them (and curving them) - so there was a lot of trial and error. After baking the pieces I Doodled all the plates and the head together in order to create the two halves of the body, making a nice hollow form. But when finally putting the two parts together, I realized that they did not match, as every plate was unique and had shaped itself a bit differently when baking. The completed halves of the Seahorse did not have identical curvy lines; with one side being curvier than the other. I had to use my hot air gun a lot in order adjust and bend them, fixing them at every step with tape. I had to try hard not to destroy any of the pieces either by breaking or overheating them. I was quite relieved when I was finally able to Doodle the two matching halves of the body together…!"

3D: Your 3Doodled figures are very intricate, do you sketch them out beforehand or visualize them as they're created? Do you use reference images?

C: "Of course I make a draft of every 3Doodled figure. I usually draw the figure from one side view, roughly in its original size. After this, I divide the figure into its parts and plan out each one so that I can first create a skeleton of it, and then subsequently cover up the skeleton. In this way, the figures are all hollow. I don’t use references - except if I want to create some kind of animal (I had a look at seahorses before creating mine) or flower (I had a look at my own orchid before doodling one). I don’t ever use references when making the more fantastical creatures."

Sea Lion Doodle Concept Art
Fairy Doodle Concept
3D: Did it take a lot of practice to achieve such neat detail with your linework?

C: "I’ve been drawing since childhood and I always loved neat detail. So I guess, I've been practicing for my entire life and still continue with it. I have been working for very exactly one year very seriously with the 3Doodler, to the point where those two skills now compliment each other."

3D: You've made several lovely necklaces with the pen. Are the jewels in them 3Doodled as well?

C: "Yes, they are! I try very hard to make every part of the necklaces with the 3Doodler. I like to give the various parts different looks by Doodling, melting and shaping them the pieces with hot air – and sometimes I combine all of those techniques. I also love to use FLEXY – it allows me to Doodle intricate parts that maintain their shape, that also that don't break when worn."

Jewelled Necklace Doodle
3D: When did you first think to use the oven technique? What was your first piece using it?

C: "Last year, after my visit to Venice actually, it came into my mind. I quite liked the look of Murano glass in Venice and was wondering, if PLA could melt in layers too. I mean, it melts at 160°-180°C, that’s a temperature my oven achieves... so I tried it out first on some Doodled pearls and then made a necklace out of them; the butterfly necklace followed!"

3D: What other techniques do you find yourself using regularly?

C: "I quite like to use a hot air gun on PLA; the heat allows the plastic to bend quickly into shape; you can even heat it up until it gets glossy across its surface. I also tried to use a soldering tool on it, in order to create parts and contours for faces, or to smooth the plastic over the surface of my figures."

Smooth Doodle Fish
3D: What have you been working on recently? What's coming up that you're looking forward to?

C: "I still love to 3Doodle figures, so I am currently planning the next one. I also am working on a stop-motion film, similar to the one that I made before with the ballerina, but longer. I am currently also working on an architectural project. So – lots of 3Doodling work to do!"

Be sure to like Connie's Facebook Page and follow her on Twitter @Connie_Doodles to see her latest and greatest creations!

Be sure to tune into our blog again next week, as we continue our 2015 3Doodler Awards Winner spotlights.