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. ♥
We had another local meet at Teeleidi today. I didn’t take much photos at the meet itself, since most of the time was spent talking and eating/drinking tea. Most of the dolls were on another table because the dishes filled the one we were using. But we did take the traditional group photo and then spead out to the garden to take some photos of our own dolls. xD
The bigger dolls were hanging out on the side table while we were conversing. Yami’s hand was slowly edging sideways, lol.
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: