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.
The sun was out today for the first time in weeks. Unfortunately, just as I got to actually posing these two, clouds came and it got really dark. But since I’d taken the time to dress these two the night before (took like two hours due to having to iron the outfits and change limbs etc.) and set up the backdrop fabric, I thought: heck I’m not gonna stop without getting a single photo! Since it was dark already it was best to lengthen the exposure and I need a stand for that. So, I figured I might as well go all out with the pose (and take my time). Unfortunately it meant that I didn’t get a full shoot since just one took so much effort. So, the rest are pretty boring.
This is also the first time Delmia is wearing a uniform since changing her look. She had a dark theme before and wore a red and black uniform, but now that wouldn’t suit her anymore. Luckily I got this grey one back from Mizya since she sold her Apate in mini size and it suits Delmia well. Yay for not having to sew another one. Though, she does need a skirt of her own for it.
I forced myself to go outside for some overdue winter photos yesterday. It was a nice Sunday so it had to be done. I’m not feeling very inspired despite the nice weather, but I did have a good time at least and it resulted in some decent photos. I should work on her new headdress and do some airbrushing, since I bought more paints on Saturday, but I haven’t gotten to those yet. Slowly, but surely…
Sorry they’re a bit repetitive. I should really take more than one doll out at once, but it’s more hassle and I don’t really have many I could take. Unless I continued my stories, but they’d require some creative solutions. x_x
Hi, it’s been a while since I’ve taken photos of my dolls. Or really done much with them. The end of the year was slow time for me regards to the hobby. I didn’t even get to make use of the holidays sales most companies had, because the company I wanted a doll from did release what I wanted, but refused to add another colour option, so I didn’t get my Cin. I’ve been waiting for a re-release of that doll for 3 years, and nope. Probably have to wait 3 more. Sucks, because the gender balance of my collection is really off right now, and I’d need more guys. Nox needs a body, but so do some of my girls (mosly Ye Rin, but I haven’t done research for her yet). I’d also love to re-shell Lilya (again) because Souldoll released a face that’s quite perfect for her and the head is probably, maybe, smaller than her current head. Which would save my ass. Unfortunately they won’t sell the head separately, but they do sell the body (Vito), so splitting it is probably useless. Sigh. Vito is waaay too tall for her and completely the wrong shape. Her current body is already too tall (46-47cm), so 50cm? No!
My only doll related activity as of late is re-painting Yami. I was never happy with her face up because I just originally painted her as quickly as possible in order to have her all together. Then, I was too lazy to fix her. I’m still not happy with the face because I ended up rushing it, but I do think it’s better than before. Character wise.
Since she has a new face, I took some photos of her. The lighting is bad, with stupid shadows on her face, but at least she works artificial lights decently. Most of my dolls don’t.
Some of you might’ve noticed that my domain was down for a while. This was because some very bored hacker had exploited an old form I had on my page and gotten to my site that way. I got the site back up and running, but unfortunately I had to restore my blog from an older back up (from September) and I lost some content. Most notable the newest story, which I very unluckily did not save on my computer. For the first time ever I wrote it straight into the blog, instead of my computer first. I’m going to have to re-write it when I have time (though it’ll be slightly different), as well as try to remember what photos I’ve posted since… August. Luckily there isn’t that many of those because I haven’t been very active, but it’s still extra work. Sorry about that and bear with me while I try to get this back up to date.
Bored hackers hack random doll sites, lol?
Edit/ Hah, managed to restore the story from google’s cache, but the other entries’ commentary and comments are gone for good, I’ve only reposted the photos for now.
More Hexia. I found this place while taking our cat out for a walk and just knew I had to come back here. Unfortunately, it was kind of dark today and I couldn’t really take advantage of the really pretty stream at the location, but maybe some other time. There was this pond-like area in it that looked like a siren could live in it (ideas, so many ideas). It was really small (doll size) and yet very deep. At first glance I thought the water would be up to my hips, but I tested it with a long branch and the bottom was so soft that I would’ve sunk in it chest deep. It was really quite magical and yet a little bit creepy. I will definitely take advantage of the location again. Towards the end some old dude came to the area and instead of using the ready made path, he decided it would be better to walk on the forest side and he was making a ton of noice stepping on branches all over the place. It was just weird.
This isn’t quite a proper photo story, although I filled the spaces with text, but it isn’t quite a shoot either. So, yeah. Anyone interested enough can read it and the rest can just look at the (slightly repetitive) photos.
Era was definitely a being of light. Any way you looked at it, she belonged out there in the brightness. Even when the sun wasn’t out, she seemed to have a glowing aura around her.