Been feeling like taking some doll photos lately. I also have an idea for a story (Iria) but I’m not sure how to go about making it happen. It would require props I don’t have so I might need to improvise. But anyway, Sebille (and Null as a bonus) was my victim today. I’m loving her with her new(ish) Withdoll body and I’ve made her quite a bit of new clothes lately, so she gets to be in front of the camera too ♥
As this is a Sebille/Null shoot, it was given that it would derail at some point… and it did. It took me quite a while to move all my props to the balcony and set up and then I spent nearly 2 hours photographing. Would’ve been at it longer had the sun not started to give me trouble. And of course it got cloudy and started raining just as I was taking the set down. Sigh. =__=
I was supposed to do this months ago, but I was lazy. However, today I took it upon myself to clean my doll shelf, so I did this while all the boys were out anyway. Some of them got a change of clothes while I was at it.
I don’t have any current or new boy bodies to compare this to, because all my boys are oooold. My other white skin boys are also basically cream white like the Withdoll body, but they’re so old and yellowed that they make the Withdoll look snow white, although it isn’t. My backdrop wasn’t big enough either, but I made do with what I had.
The Withdoll body I have is still the prototype 62cm version. The 64cm version sold with the basic Alan is taller and has wider shoulders.
So, here we go:
Dollshe 18M Pure (Rosen head) -> Soom Super Gem (Sard head) -> Luts Senior Delf type1 (Elysium Ban head) -> Withdoll Senior male 62cm (Alan elf head) -> Luts Delf type1 (K-Doll Kamyu head)
Not much to say. The Senior Delf and Withdoll are exactly the same height, but the SDF is slimmer.
I’m missing some seaside Saya photos from inbetween but I’ll post them eventually. I should go to my local beach with her soon, so maybe I’ll post those with the new ones -if I manage a shoot.
Today I’ll be posting some Sebille in a forest wearing a dress that’s way too fancy for the location. Haha. I needed a really Finnish scenery for this dress because it really reminds me of Finland (esp. our flag), and I’d had this place in mind for a while. I just needed a really sunny day for this. Usually I like to shoot when it’s cloudy, but this forest really looks best when it’s sunny, because the trees don’t let in a whole lot of light.
I’m really liking this shoot. It’s not amazing and I forgot my reflector so I had to do more editing that would’ve been necessary. But I had fun since it was the first proper shoot I’ve had in months (really slow doll-photography summer for me). I do like the light and colours and theme here. And Sebille is still one of my favorite dolls. ♥ ♥
This dress will be in my Etsy very soon, along with a small update of tops and shirts.
Alright, so I went through the other flower photos too, and edited a few of them. I took these on June 8th. Taking grey skinned dolls to a location with a lot of green is not very flattering, I know this, and yet I still took two of them there, what is wrong with me? These are not amazing, but at least there are flowers? (I’m trying very hard to ignore those damn dandelions, too.)
I’ve completely forgotten to post these (mostly because they’re repetitive). We had a local meet up at the apple tree park in Kuokkala on June 11. There were snacks and plenty of people and dolls around, as well as some annoying disruptions (drone flyers >_>*). However, since we were at a shooting location, most of everyone spent time taking photos of their own dolls and occasionally gathering in the middle to talk. We didn’t take a group photo, but there were a ton of different skin colours, sizes and types of dolls around. :3 I think I only had DDs + Avis with me but because of the lighting conditions, didn’t manage much photos.
I also have some photos from the days before, when I went with Mizya to check out the stage of blooming, but I’m not sure if I’ve even edited those (I need to check them out and post if there’s anything worth posting). It was too sunny all through the blooming season and thus hard to photograph dolls.
These are all different colours because they had to be edited a lot. =__=
I completely forgot to post these from a while ago. I’ve been writing an alternate reality story for Sebille and Null on and off for a few years already and a few weeks ago I got inspiration and got back to it again. I added quite a few chapters to it this time and I think I’m at about 20 chapters and 80-ish pages. I feel accomplished because it’s in two parts and last time I was more inspired to work on the second part, but this time I was able to add some important missing chapters to the first part. :3
I actually have a lot of different alternate reality stories for these two characters because I love them, but this is closest to the storyline I have in photo story form. Only most of it happens at Null’s mansion which has never been seen in photo stories because, well, props. =__=;; Also the initial setting is different and there are tweaks to their past, but the characters are pretty much all the same.
Anyway, due to the writing I felt the need to photograph these two together. They’re less of a pain to pose now that at least Sebille is more stable, but Null still gives me heart-attacks. x_o I also had Seb’s eyes positioned a little weirdly so she’s a bit blank looking but oh well. She’s the hardest to position eyes for out of all my dolls because they’re so big. I do think she’d benefit from eyes that have an iris that’s 1mm bigger but really, I’m not risking it anymore. Over the years, I’ve bought her a ton of eyes and I think I’ve finally found the right colour, size and quality combo, so better not mess with that.
My spring tradition continues. Last year I took Iria to this location and now it’s Sigrun again for a second time. Out of necessity. I’d like to take a doll I haven’t taken there before but I didn’t have a fitting new outfit for anyone else. Hexia would’ve been nice to take because she’s my newest full doll, but I like there to be a long dress or something for this location and she doesn’t do dresses. I should make her some sort of a leathe-badass-warrior outfit set with a hem or something, but I need to design that first. But maybe next year. Her colours would fit right in. While with Sigrun I had to alter the colour tone quite a bit because she only works cold tones well.
I had completely forgotten what an absolute pain she is to shoot outside. For whatever reason it’s really hard to focus on her face, so it tends to be blurry a lot. However, it might’ve been a little easier today since I touched up her face up a few days ago, as it had faded a lot. I also have only once managed to reflect light into her eyes properly -despite a reflector setup. Indoors it’s a lot easier but outside they just tend to be dark blobs, although they’re gorgeous in person. And let’s not even talk about her neck doing whatever it wants although I’ve sueded it. Sigh. I should also re-string her arms. But well, she’s certainly not the hardest doll to work with that I own, but it’s just outside she’s a pain. Indoor photos of her are so much easier.
Okay, I don’t think I’ve introduced my newest girl here yet, although I got her head like last year already. I’ve had a lot of trouble with her and it’s still not all resolved. I love her character (she’s from mine and Mizya’s RP) and the Souldoll Jina head is pretty accurate for her after a few mods. She could be more smiley but trying to find a certain kind of looking Asian female head that smiles is near impossible. Oasisdoll has a lot of smiley girls but unfortunately none of them suit Ye Rin’s features, so here we are.
She’s currently on Iria’s idiotic body which is not helping me any. Despite all the mods on the body, it’s annoying to handle and the super long model legs are really not doing good things for my human characters -with the fantasy ones I don’t really care. Plus her hands are just… ugh (=stupid-ass finger poses you can do nothing with). They’re fine for Iria but not for Ye Rin. Zeniths also have giant feet so I can’t get any appropriate shoes for her (she likes shoes a lot).
Other than the body issues, I’ve had problems with her face up (fixed parts of it but might need to be completely re-done), wig and eyes. I first had her with a temporary fiber wig and that was just horrible, though I managed to make it decent with some styling. But yeah, it wasn’t right at all. I ordered her a custom one and now my main problem is that it looks nice in person but in photos it just looks like a frizzy black blob. But I can’t exactly give her a lighter wig because her hair is black. The problem with the eyes is pretty much the same and I have to brighten them tons afterwards. I might just solve that problem by getting her lighter brown eyes. They’ll make her more expressive, even though they’re not 100% right for the character. Gotta make compromises, I guess.
I am hoping I’d be able to afford to order her a body some time this year because I have some expensive things on preorder later this year, so I’d need to conjure up some hobby money from somewhere. It also has several months of a wait time and I have no idea if it’ll match her skin tone well, but… all of my hybrids are kind of risks and they’ve worked out. Really, I tend to buy them with the research and mindset of “Well, company Y matches my head and X matches Y, so they ought to be close. The shoulder width is about the same as company Z too, okay, we’ll go with that”.
This is the end result right now. With a lot of editing afterwards to get the eyes to show up as something other than black pits. She has kind of too much eyeliner for her character too, but I’m not yet sure if I wanna re-do the face. Cause like I said before: I don’t like painting at the moment. I’d rather try lighter eyes before re-doing the face up. She should also be more smiley, but I can’t do much more with the sculpt.
I’ve had some updates in my Azone collection happening, and I’m getting a long awaited XS girl soon as well. Mostly so that she can wear the outfits I’ve bought for her despite not owning a doll of that size, lol. I couldn’t resist. However, I don’t think I’ll be getting any more Pure Neemo sized girls or boys, although there are a few old releases I really like. But this size is just not for me. I don’t do anything with my 30cm BJD tinies either, because the size is just no inspiring. I like teeny, tiny things, and bigger things, but this is a size that falls just inbetween and doesn’t work for me. My Neemos don’t even get proper names because I’m unimaginative with them.
Anyway, I also managed to find a Rockin’ girl Yuzuha second hand for a really good price… some time last year (oops), so I bought her. She’s my favorite Yuzuha and possibly my fave Neemo as well, so it was a must instant buy as soon as she popped up.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated my blog. At least it feels that way. I haven’t really touched my dolls in months in a photography kind of way. It’s what winter does to me: it’s dark and dull. And once late winter/early spring hits, I go into this coma of hatred. I loathe the part where the sun comes out non-stop and all the snow starts melting and it’s not warm nor cold. I’m just in a bad mood all through that and tend to stay indoors with the curtains closed if possible, haha. But now that’s over. The snows are pretty much gone and things will start growing soon. The days are longer as well. So, hopefully I’ll have inspiration for photos soon. There’s a local doll meet next week, so that might give me a much needed boost as well.
Instead of photography, I’ve been sewing and painting. However, paintings been going slooow and I closed my face up commissions in order to finish everything I had. Unfortunately, now that I’m finally done, I’m not sure if I should open it up again. I’ve been taking commissions since like 2006 or 2007, and nowadays it takes a lot out of me to even paint my own dolls, let alone anyone else’s. I’m thinking I might close up the resin side permanently at least. DDs are different and more pleasant to paint, so I might only take on those commissions for now (and maybe resins for friends). But really, BJD painting is just not inspiring to me anymore. I have 3 of my own heads I should paint, one of which has been a WIP for probably 2 years now. So yes, not doing very well on that front. I also have several dolls with face ups from like 2009 that I should re-do and I just… don’t want to. I really don’t want to. And this time it’s not even that I’m afraid that I won’t be able to do them as well again, it’s just that the effort of painting is too much. It’s not relaxing to me anymore, it’s a chore.
Sewing goes a little better at least, and I often get these boosts of inspiration. Like in the past few weeks I went and made 19 corsets. Yes, 19. I’ve been updating WIP photos to my puclic Instagram account throughout the project. I had to do a lot of supply orders in order to finish them and I’m still waiting for a few, but I managed to finish them anyway.
I also put up a little giveaway to celebrate the coming summer in a spring-like theme:
Hi, I’ve been a little quiet lately. Break from dolls, break from sewing. No break from painting dolls though, but it’s going sinfully slow and I’m really ashamed about it. But hopefully I’ll have most of the commissions done in a week or so, as long as the weather cooperates.
Anyway, it snowed the other morning so I rushed outside for a few fresh snow snapshots with Hexia (because she was convenient). Nothing special but got me off my ass and outside for a good 20 minutes at least.
I got Sebille a new body from Withdoll a few weeks ago. It’s a great fit, and I love that she can now wear different styles of clothing too, because of the differently shaped torso and no more bulging thigh joints. Unfortunately her legs lost a lot of shape, though, and are a lot thinner, which is making her shoes look bigger on her (thin ankles, grr). But overall I’m very happy. It’s much more stable than her old body, too. I’ve even been inspired to sew her some new stuff. :3
She would need a new face up, though, because her face is kind of grey-ish, thanks to the old MSC layers, but I’m just kind of scared of re-doing it, because it’s perfect the way it is right now. And I’m definitely not feeling face ups currently. I have a several of my own dolls I would need to paint, but before I can even think about them, I need to finish a pile of commissions (so sorry I’m being slow!!). I think I will also like to sand her neck a bit to make it thinner -just to match her old looks a bit more. Otherwise the body is quite good. I’m waiting for it to yellow a little to match even better. :D I put her old body for sale in the selling pages for cheaps.
I took this first photo the day I got her together again, and the rest are from today. I got her a new pair of shoes (to share with my DDs) from Nine9Style and there was this awesome doll sized magazine in the box too. Actually, even the package is doll scale, so I used it as is for these photos. xD
“Kilbas was on his way to his home cave from having spent several months on official business in a different dimension, and decided that this was as good a place as any to rest, before continuing onwards. He was traveling light: just his weapons, better clothes, waterskin and a bear hide for warmth. It was all he needed to survive in this harsh winter wilderness.”
I couldn’t resist. It’s been a while since I put any effort into photography, but I got this fur piece from mizya yesterday and it’s been snowing non-stop since last night, so the weather was great for photos, too. And I’ve had this photo idea for a while now. If I had winter gear for some of my other dolls, I would’ve made it into a photostory. But nope, not this time. Maybe some day I’ll find good fantasy appropriate winter fabrics that inspire me to sew for… well almost everyone needs winter gear.
I’m back with another review! This time I have Withdoll’s new senior boy body at hand, as I was asked to review it so that improvements can be made if they’re necessary.
First of all, this body is structually very similar to the female body, I’ve already reviewed here so I didn’t go into as much detail. And because the light was horrible for photos (so sorry about the bad quality), I took some parts as videos (no speech though, I don’t have a pleasant voice) to demonstrate the range of movement.
Please keep in mind that this is a prototype of the body, and the final version may be revised before any orders are sent out! I will be passing all this information to Withdoll and they’ll do the fixes they see fit.
I’ve heard from Withdoll that they will be improving the movement of the elbows, wrists, ankles and hip/thigh area. As well as do some shape changes to the extra hands and feet. The final version will move better but still look about the same. There will also be a taller version of this body released later this year. ^^
Girl vs. Boy
Girl body (ns, small bust, Vera head) & Boy body (cw, Alan head)
He’s very broad shouldered and hefty feeling. I measured him at exactly 63cm.
I finally had it with my DIM GSE body. I have it for Lilya, and since she’s one of my human characters, she actually needs to know how to pose naturally. Especially to sit. (My fantasy characters mostly just stand around so posing for them isn’t as necessary.) And her body is otherwise very flexible, but is has one huge flaw: a boob joint. Not only does it not move well, but when it does it makes her boobs smaller when bending it forward -which I do, because I want her to sit naturally (I wish) and it gives her a ginormous hunchback at the end of the arched back. Which is just downright unnatural.
So, I’ve been playing with the thought of glueing and epoxying the boob joint shut and just sawing her torso in half at the waist. Really, I’d prefer to just buy her a new body, but there are no options for her size. Her face is huge, and anything with shoulders less than 9cm (including arms) is just too small. Her body is too tall for her, way too tall, but again, since she needs wide shoulders there are no options for shorter bodies. Except the one she came with: Iplehouse JID, but I sold that for a reason. I will eventually try to get her a new head which is hopefully smaller than her current one, but I’m waiting for owner photos to confirm that it’s actually smaller in size.
But yes, as I am out of options, I decided to finally just go for the mod. It couldn’t possibly make her worse than she already is. I mean, all her other limbs work really well, so it’s a waste to have a useless torso. And it’s very long anyway, so shortening it is not a big issue.
I was asked to document the process, so I did. You can jump straight to the results, if you’re not interested in watching resin get sawed and sanded.