woooooww!!! just read through all the pages from 1 to here! SO GOOD!!!! LOve the backgrounds (even though you keep saying you're bad at it..so not true!) and especially how you do the dappled light effect!! really hooked into this story!!!!! Pleeeeeease keep on posting!
Don't do it! Physical representations of your characters are such leeches, before you know it you will have a box full of blonde wigs that just don't look quite right and the emo fringe is on the wrong size and about 300 pairs of eyes because you just can't find the milk-chocolate brown that you need and you will spend more money on their pants than you do on your own and
hahaha i literally bust out laughing xD Well, you see, the problem is.. i actually need one, because i don't fully know how i want my character to look. I know what she likes and how she acts, what she wears and what not, but i have no idea how her hair is, what color it is, what color her eyes are, etc etc. So having one would help me decide And it would help with anatomy a little, kind of like those wooden manikins, but better. And they're so cute<3
But i'd probably make my own fur wigs for them and learn to sew better to make clothes I wanna do the faceup myself too but if that doesn't work out then i'd have to find someone to do it.
I'm personally more worried about finding a sculpt.. i like so many but when i see one i feel is right, i always find a flaw. So i'm probably going to have to get a close one, and then send it in for mods. Most of them cancel out because their cheeks are too chubby or their nose is weird or i don't like a certain curve in their lip or something is uneven.. ;_; I'm far too picky, haha
Oh also for faceups, once you're comfortable with knowing the process and have all your safety gear then go for it! Your first few attempts will most likely be disheartening, but you can only learn and get better. All but one of my dolls now has a faceup by me, and if I can do it anyone can
haha, yea c: thanks for the encouragement with any luck i'll have a doll, a head at the least, in the next year, maybe a little later. If i get a head i'm going to practice like crazy o: I almost got 2 practice heads for about..70 bucks shipping included? for christmas but my mom said no because my sister.. They were both really cute, and two different emotions, so it would have given me a lot more to work with. One day!! I shall have my little muse!
Speaking from experience it's always good to at least have an idea of what kind of hair/eye style and colour you like before you start if it's for a set character, combined with shipping costs (at least $20 a go from companies) you'll easily be spending hundreds of dollars only to find you may not like how it looks on the doll and then you have to start over, and since it does get engraved in to your brain that it's so important you get it right, before you know it you've spent another hundred or so dollars and have nothing to show for it (They can be difficult to re-sell, too, you won't get your money back) And then there's also when dolls decide they're not who you want them to be, for example my Migidoll Jina was all planned out, I spent months looking for the perfect red wig for him, got it home, put it on him and it looked hideous and since the hair was important for the character; as a result I made him someone else, and now I'm stuck with a red wig lol. (and I'm still not settled on his eye colour I've already spent $100 on 3 pairs + shipping that don't work on him)
As for anatomy I wouldn't count on them to help, I hoped to use them as help too when I first started, but I personally found they're really no good, the poses they can get into aren't accurate representations of how an actual body would move, since they have basic stiff movements, no muscles etc (then again I never found wooden dolls helpful either :'D)
I sound like such a downer, sorry! They really are a joy to have around, but I just wanted to point those things out! I don't even want to think about how much I've spent on wigs, lol.
And I totally understand with the sculpt thing! I've had dolls before that I wasn't sure of certain features they had, but figured it'd be fine, and then you get them home and all you can see is that one flaw and it's really annoying! :') There are hundreds of doll sculpts out there, I'm sure if you keep looking you will find something that will work for you :D if it becomes too much of a pain and you still really want to shell your character, you can always consider a little "chibi" representation of them, that way the baby faces won't matter!
Haha, i know i know, i've been interested in these things for some years now, i think 4 or 5? I want fur wigs though, since they stye nice and they look thicker and softer, so that covers wigs for me since i can just get fabric, heck, even fabric samples. But i do understand what you mean, and that does worry me, but i'd limit myself greatly and if the hobby doesn't work out i'd sell it all in a package deal if selling it individually wont work.
I guess i said that wrong, i dont necessarily want it for anatomy but more so for ideas of what to draw, poses to use, little tips, because i'm not very creative when it comes to finding out what to draw. Basically use them like little muses. And no.. those wooden dolls are HORRIBLE, haha, they are completely useless. i've used them in school and i have a little one here at home.. i hate them xD
that's probably the only thing i'm really scared of in the hobby.. But of course, if a sculpt doesn't work out for me withtin the first week or two i'd sell it so it'd be easier. I don't mean if the character doesn't work, but rather if i see a flaw in the sculpt that i don't like. Although that makes me sound terrible, but they are just objects, and i'm not very materialistic in that sense. I just love art.
Eeehhh..I don't like the baby faces because they all look unnatural. They usually have huge alien eyes and teeny weeny lips and face shapes that don't make sense. xD although granted i LOVE littlefees and such (omgrealpukis<3) but to make an already existing character i couldn't just make a chibi i want one to actually look her age. I want an MSD but they mostly look to unrealistic or too young.. every face sculpt i've fallen in love with was usually SD, and even more so a LIMITED SD... ;__; i want a mnf.. and it's like.. i LOVE chloe's nose, mirwen's eyes, and rheia's lips. but i can't have them all on the same thing.
I've been thinking lately that i'm going to end up crashing and burning into the pit of Miyu's since that was the first bjd i ever saw and i still adore her, she just wouldn't fit my character. So i'd end up making her into a different character and still loving her, which still works for me. xD
Fur wigs are great, yes =u= they always have a slightly scruffy look to them so I wanted all my fae characters to have fur wigs and Finnian to have synthetic, but alas with synthetic you can only choose from the styles available, and they don't have the right shade of blonde, and that's why I have so many wigs =v= trying to find the right one. I also have problems with fur wigs on him being too thick, none of my others have had the problem, but it seems blonde fur comes thick and so he always looks a bit ridiculous =n=; oh well :'D I just bought him another, I hope that one works out. Ohpleaseworkout.
Oohh I see! Yes, they are good for ideas, and say - angles and perspective :> they've helped me with those, and also working on breaking out of same-face-syndrome, I started with this group of characters because of their doll forms, I've studied their different features and tried to incorporate them into my drawings. I've also wanted to try using them as a kind of story-board where I set up a scene, take a photograph and then draw it, since I always struggle with imagining how pictures should look :'D
The good and bad thing in the hobby is being able to resell if it doesn't work out, just sometimes it can take a while to rehome them, especially if it's not a popular doll. Sometimes it's good to take chances though, as with mine I got my first Minifee when I had 2 SDs and when I started having trouble with my wrist they were too painful to work with, the minifee didn't cause me any trouble so I decided to downsize - but I'd already been having trouble shelling Finnian as an SD - and there are so many great SDs out there! He was on his second form and his lips were bugging me SO MUCH, I'd only had him a few weeks and I was eyeing a Feeple and considering gender-bending it but I was worried after what'd happened before, not only did it have to look enough like him but it also had to fit in with my other dolls and not look like they were from different planets. But anyway, now I had to find an MSD that looked right, and augghhh! Van was easy, I'd always wanted a MNF Karsh and he looked just like I wanted, so that was 2 MNF, might as well get Finnian as a MNF too. And then I spent forever doing mockups between Marcia, Chloe and Miyu trying to see which one looked best, and there were things about each one that wasn't quite right :T and then a friend of mine suggested Rheia since she had one, but I wasn't sure because all the Rheia's I knew were bad-girls with bitchy looks and that's so far from what I wanted him to look like :'> but I took the chance and omg, blank Rhiea is the cutest darn thing you will ever see and with the right faceup he was beyond perfect and he's basically staying forever
It is hard to find the right one! Especially if you want an MSD, because as you say there are so many great SDs out there ;x; have you seen Fairylands Feeple 65? Their girls are around 50cm which isn't too big, they're basically large minifee. Maybe they will release a head that suits your character one day ovo
Yea c: fur wigs seem like fun. I already have this bag full of different colors of swatches from this one site :,D idk why i even got them anymore, i was just bored, and it was fun, I would put a hat on and slightly stuff them under and make it look like it was my hair I hope that it works out for you<3 finnian is adorable Maybe if it doesn't work out you could consider lightly dying/bleaching some since they are fur wigs? it shouldn't be too hard.
That's moreover what i meant instead of anatomy, haha. Bleehh. I always explain things so poorly.. i almost bought an obitsu when i was younger but then i realized that they're just not what i'm looking for. I need something really posable and more realistic. So i'm wanting a mnf because of how well they pose, regardless of the odd bend in their back, since i know how to draw that in realistically anyways.
Yea, that's why it's my fear. I'd end up with a lot of little unnamed creatures living in my closet, and i really i don't want more than maybe 2 or 3 at a time. I really would only like one but for the purpose of being able to explore more and give them something to interact with it'd be fun. And cause i actually NEED a guy cause i'm so terrible at drawing them.. Reshelling so much would probably become an issue for me since i'm so picky. So i know for a fact that whatever i get is getting mods once i finally settle on one.
Holy crap!! my butt just vibrated ;_; i had my phone laying in bed next to me and i guess it slid down from me laying here and my alarm went off and it scared me so bad, ahah
I really wish it wasn't such a pain in the butt to find out what i want for Ikari...i might not even make her because of it. It's just that because volks sees "msd" as the younger kids, that's what everyone does.. MSDs are a more versatile size that's over whelming, so i don't get why companies don't make many older msds.. Iplehouse is a god in that sense, and i really do like some of their sculpts, i'm just iffy about the posing, and i dont know how a hybrid with them on a mnf body would work out.. when FL came out with chicline i was happy, but now it just looks like barbies to me.. ;_; I heard FL is coming out with some new scupts this year, so that might give me a better variety, given they make mnfs. I REALLY hope CP keeps up with the style they've been putting into them, The more mature faces like they did on mirwen and chloe. They're really pretty. I'd jump the boat and get a mirwen if it wan't for that weird nose..noses and cheeks are my worst enemies.. one tiny thing wrong and the whole sculpt is wrong. chloe is adorable but she's just too peppy looking for me, and i want a more neutral look, and i see pictures of her way toooo much so i got really bored with her really fast when i don't even have one..
SDs are like the devil's sidekick, they're all so pretty and perfect that it draws you in even when you know you can't deal with something that huge.. I'm already scared enough of MSDs as it is.
Mm..I've considered a feeplt60 actually, i thought they were 60cm, haha :,D ahhh..that name is misleading. But yea, i've heard of them, i'm like a FL purist cause i love their bodies so much. they're so pretty and posable. Granted, other bodies from other companies are pretty, but i want something with a lot of range and not look like it has squares for joints.. Knowing me i'd get the knees modded anyways to sit her back more.. Ah..mods would be my biggest problem probably. I'd have to learn how in fear of the person messing up.. I was thinking if you sand the backs of their legs to be a little different but still realistic, and add in an extra knee cap thingy that gives it a realistic shape like the one on their elbows does, and sand the edges of the sockets a little, then maybe they could sit further back when they're on their knees, but i have no idea, since i don't even have one.
Haha, it's ok, it was interesting. :] and besides, it's nice talking to someone about the hobby. I got banned from DoA, i hadn't been on in 3 years and forgot that you can't make another account so i did so that i could have the same screen name as here and they banned me..I really don't understand what they're problem is with that.. I'm just gonna wait till i move to a new place or till i actually get a doll, then if i'm not moved out of there then i'll just use my laptop at the library every now and then so that it's not the same IP. If they want to go off my laptop IP then w.e, i'm getting a tablet PC when i get my job anyways. :/ I'm like that semi noob that needs DoA, haha. it's more fun cause i mostly like seeing people's projects and i need the marketplace for the future. And back to my original point with this, i got banned, even though i didn't talk to anyone on there, it was nice to read about things that people talked about, things they did, and what not. And the only person i did talk to the hobby about i talked to once about a month ago and we hadn't talked in years before that, and we weren't even talking about bjds, we were talking about her dog and my dog for like 5 mins then she had to go, haha.
And i'm a loner that sits in my room all day so ya, lmao. :,D isn't homeschooling wonderful? (it is actually, for me at least, it makes things a little easier in aspects that i need. Serves it's difficulties but that's ok)
I'd love to try making my own fur wigs, too =u= they are lots of fun, but I'm just so bad at sewing, haha. Fur wig colours aren't really a problem, the first one he had as an MSD (The one in the picture I recently posted here) is pretty much the perfect colour, but you just don't get the right colours in synthetic, they are all either too yellow or too white. To be honest I'd be afraid of dying them :'>
I only wanted one doll at first =u= but got so impatient waiting for him that I bought another. And then I wanted another his size. And then I wanted to see what an MSD was like and... Before I knew it I had 7, lol. I'm down to 6, now.It would have been 5 if MD Jina hasn't cast his spell over me. And I would love another YoSD one day (Littlefee Luna <3) but I can't decide if I want a girl or a boy, because it would make the cutest boy but I want someone to dress in frills and dresses :'> They sneak up on you :'D
I don't see MSDs as younger kids :> (obviously) Everyone that I know has Minifee as adult characters. Some MSDs do look very childlike, though >: Fairyland has Chic-line buttheirheadsaresosmall. And tbh the posing isn't that great, either. It might just be the body that I have, but the arms can't touch the face and the leg is always twisting the wrong way. *Can't restring it hurts my hands ;x;* Keep hanging on! I'm sure you'll find something one day <: as I said before, sometimes it's good to take a chance, I wouldn't have a perfect Fin if I didn't ovo What bugs you about Mirwen's nose and cheeks? Would modding them make it better? :D
I just basically sit and stare at pretty SDs and get all jealous but then remember even if I had one (which I do hurhur) I could never make it as pretty as the ones I'm oogling so stop oogling!
I think they call them 60 because that's the largest they are, but girl versions of sculpts are always usually on the shorter size <: I remember reading that they were around 50cm for the girls.
I like your idea for the knees! It would be cute to have them able to kneel properly, the problem is the only way we are able to sit that way is because our muscles squash together, on MNF to have them able to sit flat you would have to basically sand off a chunk of their calf, and as their legs are pretty skinny to begin with it'd look pretty weird :<
It is nice talking about the hobby =u= I do love to witter on about things that interest me, haha. That sucks that you got banned it's not like you were doing anything shifty >:V I always have to make new accounts on sites I haven't been on forever because I either forget I used to have an account or forget my username and PW. I get that from their POV they didn't know your case and they just do it to try and prevent scammers and such, but sometimes innocent mistakes get caught up with the waving of their ban hammer and that's not fair.
You could maybe try e-mailing them and explaining? They might be able to do something so you're able to go on again (: I loved DOA when I was starting out, it's fun seeing people's collections and the things they do with their dolls customising and art-wise - a lot of the stories were fun to read, too =u= I don't go on there much now unless it's for the marketplace, I kind of lost touch with it, sometimes it's more fun to just share the hobby with friends (: