Thursday, 24 May 2012

Coconuts and Laine

The title is a bit weird no? So here is a mini update of my crew XD and an update on face-up kehehehe, this is my personal collection so I might have quite a bit of rubbish to be sharing with you guys, although I probably write too much hahaha~

Right so the coconuts is in reference to 'I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts' by Merv Griffin and I've been singing it for quite some time now hahaha, I even sing it at work!! But one day I mentioned to K about doing like a few photos of all the floating heads I have all in a row like how the lyrics are and just be like I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts XD So here you have it, a picture of my lovely bunch of coconuts~!

There are a total of 11 there XD and there are 2 missing heads~ You can probs tell what sculpts they are and you probs can't I dunno hahaha but I'll be revealing them one by one as I work on them, I'll be a bit slow, as I usually am when it comes to my own personal collection. I take it really slowly cause working on dolls is a way for me to relax, especially when it comes to my own collection. Also yer... Recco and Mito are still floating heads =X I feel bad cause those two are actually my oldest dolls well at least Recco is the oldest out of the lot, he's been with me throughout the 3 years that I've been in the hobby, he was my 2nd purchase~ I'm looking into getting him a Spiritdoll Elegance body, just need to save up faster then I'm spending hahahahaha~

So who have I worked on first~ I have worked on Laine first seeing as he was the first of the new lot to arrive hahaha~ He actually went to K's place first, and then came to me afterwards, cause K modded him. Laine is one of our Rebane family characters, that interlink with both her and my dolls. He is the bastard child of Kasai (I probably spelt it wrong) depite the fact that Kasai is well... he's tanned hahaha and Laine is NS, it works out somehow due to genetics and all that palava. I put it down to genetic fault hahaha~

Unfortunately I don't think I have pictures of him when he arrived to K, and after she had modded his scar and pictures of him being blank... I dunno you might get lucky hahaha, I haven't checked out the folder yet to see what pictures I did actually take of this boy. And well unfortunately there is no pictures of him being a blank *sighs* I should take pictures of the dolls being blank but sometimes I forget hahahaha. Oh before I forget Laine is a heavily modded Volks F-16~

Right, so here is a lil insight to what I thought when I got him, I had a lil marmite moment with Laine, cause his head is just so bloody big!! Like seriously... he has such a fat head, and I was like eugh.. his head is so fat... it's weird... but~ and this but was bound to happen, after I worked on him it was like awww ok maybe you're not so bad~ Oh also a friend said to me that she didn't recognise the mold cause his eyes were different and had been modded, but the thing is when I look at him there are no signs to say that his eyes have been modded bigger, although whoever did the mod could have just done a very professional job, but to me it doesn't look like it's been modded apart from that scar which I really love~ I blushed him a burn scar as well, it's pretty faint, but I didn't want to make it obvious. It ties in with that eye injury, he was trapped under a burning beam when the house was burning down.

I also have a nagging feeling that I've done his eyebrows a bit too high, but at the same time they look alright to me *shrugs* it kinda adds to his sweet look, because he has the sad eyebrow arch which I didn't want to follow, cause I don't want Laine to be sad looking~ I like happy dolls. But yer, his eye isn't the only thing modded. K shaped his nose a bit as it was previously sanded down so he had no shape to his nose, and I also gave him a bit more of a Philtrum. I love deep Philtrums~

So there you have it, Laine Rebane~ I have yet to work on his older brother Koit and then get their bodies sorted as well DX so much outgoing money that I need more incoming money~!!!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Loads To Share

OMG! I have so much to share, well technically three things, but I've been working quite a bit on dollie stuff. The weather has been awful here in the UK, constant rain, which makes it hard to do face-ups. Can't seal anything in the rain DX so I've been sealing dolls in the bathroom, don't tell the mother that, she would murder me XD, but it's the only place with an extractor XD

So first off is a Nanuri 06 head, I've actually slightly changed the way I do the eyebrows, also another thing to add, SofieB* she's one of my regular commissioners which I'm quite happy about, cause she's lovely to work with. But what I wanted to point out is that if she took a picture of all the face-ups I've done for her, you can actually see my development XD But yush, she wanted purple to pink eyeshadow with peachy lips, star tattoos down the side of the face and freckles. For some reason I had it in my head that she wanted a very pink face-up =X

As you can see, very pink~ She came back to me to let me know she had wanted purple in the eyeshadow and more peachy lips. Looking back at the reference image she gave me, indeed it was purple to pink eyeshadow and peachy lips =X my bad =P no worries I fixed that very soon~

Here is the final thing with freckles, tattoos and all XD The freckles worked out a lot better this time round, I found a better way of doing it =X always experimenting I am XD but hey~ it's all in the name of getting better~!! Also as you can see there as well I've started to detail out the eyebrows differently, I dunno if I will be keeping that way *shurgs* I mean it works find my own way and this way, just this way makes it that tad bit more realistic, cause well... eyebrows do kinda grow that way XD

Right next up~ This was something I was supposed to do for K like 2 months ago =X I'm pretty useless XD Sorry K~ I love you too~!! Hahahaha yer I proclaimed my love XD But yush it was to blush a pair of Soom Nor wings, and the feet too. I only managed to do the wings before I handed them back, the reason being was because K had wanted white to be like the dominant/main colour. But I had a slight problem there XD I mean the wings were fine cause I was blushing on top to cover the way it was painted on, yes I painted white on. You see if I owned an airbrush it would be easier, bit due to the nature of having to paint the white on, I wasn't able to do the feet as it would have looked kack! You would be able to see my brush strokes which is very ugly especially if on doll parts. So, yer. I only worked on the wings.

K thought I used black, but I didn't, the dark bits on the inner side of the wing are actually blue. You can see it better in person, but yer also my lighting wasn't all that great XD honestly I had fun, and I really do appreciate anyone whose crazy enough to blush bigger parts by hand using chalk pastels, cause it takes a century!! XD It's hard work and takes a lot of concentration as well as patience. I got some pictures of the wings back on Rex during the London meet which I will post as well XD I won't post every London meet image, not that I took all that many hahahaha I was preoccupied with the fact that I was feeling sleepy XD

Ya know what.... all these photos are of K's and Aku's dolls... LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL next time I will try and take more XD I was just tired, which happens to be what I am all the time lately WAKE UP JATZU!!!!

Last but not least the final thing I have to share~ I just finished working on a Hujoo doll, I've never worked on one before so it was a good experience n_n I had fun and the commissioner was easy to work with as well n_n

Again with this one I did the new style eyebrows~ I also took a bit more time to work on the line work, which I think worked out in my favour hahahaha~ Also I have a feeling I'm gona be known as the face-up artist who does really brightly coloured stuff cause well... lately all my work has been very colourful XD

So that's it, hopefully I'll be getting more face-up commissions, it'll help me develop more of my style XD which I would love to improve on and get to a really good stage XD maybe as good as Andreja, SDInk, Lightlybattered (Gabriel) and many more, they're just the ones that I can think of from the top of my head XD I'm sure there's more like Belladonna (The sisters the only thing I can link them up to) hahaha erm... there was also property of uchiha and carousal (not the actual name just the word I remember from her name, she does really dark face-ups) so yer XD as you can see I get inspiration from a lot of other face-up artists, but maybe just maybe I'll be up there with them one day XD as if pffftttt!!! Dream on Jatzu XD