I've made paper dolls before but I hit the jackpot formula this week and once I did one it was much easier to do the rest. Basically I took a random full lengh photograph and cut that out for the proportions. In the photo the person was wearing billowy clothes so I'm not exactly sure why this worked out so well.
The second step is to make a rough cut on watercolor paper and then draw in the features. I just drew and erased until I got the feeling that I wanted from the doll. The red headed girl is the daughter of a friend and she is going off to college in Iowa in a few weeks so I made her a few paper friends for her to hang around with. It actually looks like her and I didn't have to draw it a million times but when I went to draw her sister I didn't quite get her face right. I do need to work on mixing the watercolors so I can acheive more consistant results.
I use twinkling H2O and the browns are rather strange as most of them have a green base to them and do not do well for flesh tones. I figured out that copper works well as a wash for light tones and piled on for deeper tones.
They fit nicely in the pocket of my overalls so I can carry them around when I am running errands.