I got my Cuartosdolls Nebo last week and this is his/hers(?) first official shoot. I haven’t decided on a name (or gender) for him, but I’ll be getting there (I’ll change the tag once I’ve decided on the name). Wanted to get him home before deciding on anything and that’s good, since he is a bit too small to be paired up with a doll as big as Sigrun. I had this shoot in mind when I ordered him… or more like I ordered him because I could just see this shoot in my mind’s eye. Though, since his colour theme changed a bit and he’s smaller than imagined, it’s not exactly how I pictured it. The last poses are closest to what I had in mind. He’ll likely end up in the same story with my Withdolls because he’s better sized with them… more specifically Delmia. Oh, I already have plans…
But yes, I ordered him in very pale grey resin, but didn’t realize to say that I would’ve preferred him in the same opaque metallic resin as the darkhorns. Since the sample image was just his head I didn’t realize my mistake. But no matter: I corrected the problem by cursing myself to endless re-painting of his spines (it’s already scratched!). =___=;; By giving him colour, the translucency isn’t as prominent and I like him better. His colour theme had to change too, because silver paint was too cold. He is a very interesting colour: by himself and on my hands he seems very much white, but when he’s put with other dolls or on a certain colour background, he clearly turns grey. At last weekend’s meetup he seemed to camouflage himself into the floors of the room. xD
Oh and yes, Sigrun is the main lead in this shoot, she even has a new dress for it. :’D I’m sorry it’s a bit repetitive. It was sinfully hot again and it literally took me 4 hours to take 100 photos because I had to take several breaks inbetween just to not die.
I have some Yuyu & friends photos from this same weekend as well, but I haven’t managed to edit them yet. It’s a pain sitting in front of the computer.. it’s effin’ 29°C in my room (and it’s even hotter outside) and although I have a fan blowing at me non-stop, I’m dying. If I leave here it’s even worse. =__= Finnish houses are not built to keep the heat outside. I have zero energy to do anything whatsoever, and yet I’d have a ton of things to do. Mainly working on commissions, but it takes all my energy to just not die. I’m not built for this weather either.
Anyway, mizya‘s Ren is visiting in these photos. We worked on her swimsuit together the day before and then took both beach babes to the lake. :P
I took a few trips to the beach with Mizya at the crack of dawn… figuratively speaking as the sun rises before 4AM. On Sunday I had Saya with me (editing the photos later) and we were there at 8AM, and today we went at 7AM to beat most of the swimmers and especially the kids that seem to arrive at around 9AM whether it’s a weekend or a weekday. On both days we first took doll photos and then went for a swim ourselves. Today I had the whole beach and deck to myself for a little while even. :D It’s infernally hot every day (25-30°C) and there are no clouds, but in the morning it’s still less horrible and the lakewater helps, although that too is at 23°C apparently.
Anyway, I was wondering who to take with me today and ended up going with Miy. Mostly because she could make use of the ring float (I was supposed to take the mattress as well but forgot and I’m kicking myself over it) and she hasn’t been maintenanced in a while. Avis would’ve been more handy but I _just_ redid her blushing and re-sueded her. Miy is very limited in her posing and I was pretty much able to only do one pose with the float, so these can get a bit repetitive. Sorry about that.
Doing my spring thing again. With Sigrun for the third time just because I’ve been itching to photograph her in this outfit that I finished a couple of weeks ago. I would’ve like to photograph her somewhere with rocks but I don’t have a place like that close by, except for the landfill area but the road there is still in bad condition after the winter. So, I decided this place is just as good. These are a bit repetitive because she is not a very stable poser and that scythe is heavy. At one point I was really concentrated on posing her and suddenly a frickin’ mouse ran right between her legs (under that fallen tree) all “squeak squeak squeak”! Geez, that scared the hell outta me. And a little later some bird suddenly flew right behind me into the bushes and fluttered around. I scolded it but it didn’t seem to listen. >:/ Like, animals, do u have to do surprise runs by me when I’m really concentrated on something? My heart does not like. (Birds are one thing but seriously, a mouse?)
There’s actually a reason Sigrun has Tanith’s scythe, but I’ve been really useless with my Llyr stories, so I haven’t explained it yet. Not that it’s an amazing reason for anything, but yeah.
Ahem, I knew there was a “snowstorm” coming today, so I was ready for some winter photos. Unfortunately the snow was kind of disappointing: instead of large snowflakes we got these really fast small ones in hordes. Luckily they did show up in photos, but half of them disappeared from the resized ones. < (｀^´)>
I also had some setbacks: right as I was going outside with dolls in both hands and props + accessories in my arms, I managed to drop Seere’s Cuprit crown and it snapped in half. I had to superglue it back on with all my winter gear on and I got all drenched in sweat even before I was outside. And out in the forest my reflector decided to resign. Sigh. Had to fix that when I went back inside but it was no use after the first half of the photos. It was also snowing so much that everything kept getting covered and wet.
Then, the shoot itself took a strange turn, as you can see below. Tanith, look what you’re making Llyr do now that you’re no longer here. (｡•́︿•̀｡)
Saya has something new. A new bust that is. Unfortunately she can’t really take full advantage of it because the DDdy lower torso is so goddamn long and fortified that the chest part just can not move under it. At least her neck and shoulders pose now but that’s about it. (Yes, swapped to a silicone bust.) The bust could also be a bit prettier: I wish there was some more ‘flesh’ in the underboob area so that she wouldn’t get the boob-joint effect. It’s really prominent on her, too, looks like she has symnastia, which tends to be more of a problem with boob-jointed dolls with a small bust, not a large one. But yeah, that’s what she seems to have now. So clothes it is at all times.
Testing her lingerie here. The bra is a prototype and needs some fixes, it doesn’t sit as well as it could. So sorry the colours are all over the place and horrible. Bad background colour and lacking indoor light does it.
It’s been years since we’ve had snow in December. Actually, it’s been a while since we’ve had this much snow all winter -let alone December. I approve. Prisca was the only one dressed for the occasion though, so she was my only choice for photos. But hopefully the weather will keep on being nice this winter and I’ll get photos of my other dolls too. I should do some winter-themed sewing as well.
The days are still super short, but we’ve passed the shortest day of the year, so they’re slowly getting longer again and I should have more inspiration for photos. I hope :3
Prisca has been wading in the snow in less clothing before. I’d link the shoot here but I’m in the process of updating my main site and it’s not ready yet, so I can’t. But hopefully I’ll find the time and inspiration to finish that process soon. I have too many dolls because uploading their profiles is killing me -and I haven’t/won’t even write all of them down in length for now. x_x
I’ve had this idea for years. Actually ever since before I got Sigrun (but after I’d ordered her). I did a painting of her where she was riding a snow horse, so… yeah. Unfortunately I suck at ‘sculpting’ snow and the horse is more like a foal with weird proportions. And it’s tilted. I might re-do this some day or not. But I do like the Sigrun close ups here. It was really windy so her wig was flying and it gave this little extra “oomph” to the photos. :D
I also have a new doll (my grail DD I never thought I’d get), but I haven’t been able to afford to order wigs or think about eyes and I don’t know when she’ll have a body of her own or anything so, we’ll see when I introduce her. It’s not like she can’t borrow wigs but the eyes are a little more problematic. Especially because I’d like her to be at least half-demon and I want specific eyes for her which are nearly impossible to find at the moment. >_>
I thought I’d do a little review of animetic eyes, since I’m personally having a really hard time finding eyes for my Dollfie Dreams. I haven’t bought acrylics for my dolls in years and my dolls don’t wear them (with one exception), because the quality just doesn’t compare to the other options out there, but with DDs I’ve had to make more exceptions. There are urethane animetics out there as well, but they’re mostly very hard to get because the makers tend to be based in Asia and only sell them at conventions. So, I don’t have many different brands right now, but I’m slowly trying out different ones, while trying to find _the_ eyes for my girls. I think I also saw a pair of very interesting oval glass eyes somewhere -directed at DDs and those got me really curious.
But for now this is what I have. I’ll add more if/when I get them.
I tend to photoshop my photos if the eyes go dark due to bad light, but for the review purposes I have not photoshopped these photos at all (except brightness/contrast).
I’ve tried a few clothes on my new girl, whom I’ve named Akari (明空), and put together a season appropriate outfit for now. I’ll have to get her ready for our Halloween meet now, though, so she’ll have another get up for a while. She’s Saya’s energetic little sister. :3
I forgot to take face up photos of her today again, but I don’t like taking off the wig. It’s so tight that I keep killing the hairdo little by little every time I put it back on, so I’ll rather not. You can’t see her cute little freckles in these photos but maybe some day…
Time for the first doll arrival of the year. I don’t have anything for her, except the eyes that arrived two days ago, though she was preordered a year ago already. I was avoiding thinking about it to make the wait easier, so I have yet to even give her a name, or decide whose little sister she is. Haha, but my DDs don’t have very specific storylines or anything, so there’s time to figure things out.
I did a bit of a quick review of her, but no proper photos yet, because I’ll of course be re-painting her right away (though it’s really dark right now). These are just some quick shots of the face, the wig and a few different eyes and wigs on her.
(Don’t mind my lazy attempt to copy the pose, it was cold outside)
Of course she arrived with all her default gear, as Volks dolls do, but I am planning on unloading the outfit on someone else -if there’s anyone that would actually want it. I just pretty much want to be rid of it (outfit+jewellery+shoes -but not the hair thingies). I’ll also probably sell the eyes, though as Volks acrylics go, they’re not that bad.
The woman was standing awkwardly in an unfamiliar room. They’d had their introductions just a moment before outside, after which she had taken off her outer garments in order to accomodate for the warmth of the house.
Oh gosh, my long awaited Gwendolyn figma arrived today. Ive been waiting for this from the moment she was first announced like… 1,5 years ago? I don’t even know, I feel like it took forever. (Same with Shaoran, hurry up for reals!). And she’s gorgeous. One of my favorite game characters and she has such a beautiful design that there was no question about whether I would or wouldn’t buy her. I also have my eye on a figure of her (and Oswald too if it turns out okay).
A lot of people were complaining that she’s extremely expensive because with wings she costs as much as a scale figure, but I think she’s worth every penny. Granted, I’m not a figma collector -if I was it would probably sting more. I’m not planning on getting many of these. I mean, I’d kill for Oswald but I wouldn’t mind Velvet or Mercedes either. And I’m still waiting for Shaoran who is an instant buy. But other than that there aren’t that many characters that tempt me (except maybe Raven from Gravity Rush). Anyway, I don’t know why people complain about the expensive figma vs. figure because they have completely different appeals. I have a few beautiful figures but I’m the type of person that prefers doing something with my collectibles and with figures I may photograph them once or twice but then it gets boring because you can’t change them in anyway -every photo is essentially the same. So posable things appeal to me much more. Tiny things also appeal to me, so posable tiny things = yes! Though this does require quite a bit of delicate finger work (I was afraid of breaking her because I can be a little rough with my dolls).
Anyway, I find her very well made. Some paint slips here and there and it also rubs off on other parts (esp. in the wing attachment area) etc. The legs are unfortunately also a little stiff due to the skirt (although it’s short and bendy) so she can’t do a proper glide pose in the air. Shoulders are also a little limited. The torso joint could also move more, but it’s the price for the looks -with figmas I can forgive the boob-joint because they’re clothed and all that. The wings also have some limitations for said gliding but they work pretty well. Her faces are really nice, though rather than the slightly grumpy default face, I would’ve loved one that’s a little more cutesy/confused like she looks in the game. I mean, I guess she has a general resting bitchface in the game too, but somehow it looks really cutesy to me, maybe it’s the brightness and contrast in it. But I love love love that gentle smile face too, so no biggie.
I really should’ve taken some game-pose references with me but I was too excited to realize that I should. Besides that might’ve ended in frustration because she can’t do them all in the same way due to being taller and slimmer than the game styling -and the limiting joints.
Here she is, mostly straight our of the box. Just changed her to the bigger wings. The rest of these are from the morning with stupid light (the sun was shining, creating strong contrasts) and a few from the evening, but I had to cut that shoot short because I suddenly started feeling weak and realized that I hadn’t eaten anything despite having run errands and stuff during the day. :’D
So, after yesterday’s doll meet myself, tursaantarha, Petunia & umizya headed to this stream called Korkeakoski (literally: high rapids) which is very close to the tea house. I’ve wanted to shoot here for a long time but it’s quite far from my home and not close to any other place I usually go to, so this was a great chance. Though, I would’ve been much happier with rubber boots and the doll I had planned on taking here in the first place. But this was a good preview to what I could do if I get to come back some time.
I got wet, my feet were on ice (took off my shoes and socks) and Yami got wet too. But there were wild raspberries we picked before the shoot so that was nice. xD I also only had a few poses and there weren’t too many possible angles without freezing my feet completely in the ice water so yeah. Some day I’ll go there again. ♥