Happy (belated) Birthday, Tsuyoshi!

It seems like I only take proper shots (read: non-Instagram shots) of dolls when it’s something important. With Tsuyoshi, he doesn’t even make it into my IG on a semi-regular basis, despite him being my absolute favorite. A few months ago on 29 January, I finally took one of him because it was his birthday, lol.

Happy Birthday, Tsuyoshi!I find that this sculpt is really hard to take photos of… I have no problem ‘bonding’ with him because I love his features very much and I can’t even imagine selling him away, but I just can’t seem to take good pictures of him. It’s always the same old angle and that’s kinda really boring? I also have no idea how I want to style him, even though he’s been with me for a few years… He’s been in this outfit since forever, LOL. *sigh*

I’m also still on the quest for the perfect wig for him. His hair is supposed to look like Maki’s in the following manga cover, in the same color and style:

Himitsu #11

While the color is common, the style isn’t. There are many short wigs with a long tapered tail but it’s that puffy fringe that’s the real problem here. Synthetic fibre just doesn’t sit that way…

Another example of the hairstyle as sported by hyde in Lies & Truth PV:

Hyde: Lies & TruthTsuyoshi’s wearing a DollMart wig in the top photo. The general puffy tapered shape is right but sometimes it sits weirdly on him. I have no idea if it’s because his head is on the smaller end. The color is too different too; the blonde is too light. When I tried a darker shade of the same wig on him, it looked like this:

Happy Birthdaym Tsuyoshi! (2014)I think it looks alright? It’s perhaps the closest to what I’ve been looking for that I’ve found. Recently, I managed to procure a Switch Chocolate Cut for him too:

Tsuyoshi in Chocolate CutHe looks rather different just with a wig change, doesn’t he? XD But this is also very different from the intended style. oTL I have one more wig for him coming in in my next Taobao order. Fingers crossed that it’ll work!

“What are you thankful for this past year?”

X-posted from Flickr, where I got tagged!

TAG Rules:
The end of the year is a time when many people take a moment to reflect on the past year. In your “doll life” what are five things you are thankful for?
If you would like to play this tag game, please take a photo of one of your favourite dolls, list five doll-related things you are thankful for, and also tag the person who tagged you along with at least five additional people :)


1. Volks Michele! I’ve wanted one for years but the price tag always stopped me. I’ve lost count of how many auctions I’ve watched and/or lost -___-;; Last month, though, I finally managed to win her for a slightly more reasonable price! It’s a bit of a pity that I’ll be wiping the faceup (I always feel bad wiping default faceups…) but she really needs one that suits her better.

2. Getting suitable eyes for Tsuyoshi, Kazama and Hibiki. I’m so picky about their eye color, so I’m glad the ED eyes I ordered for the first two worked out so well. @_@ Must really thank all the owners who shared so many pictures of the eyes they ordered, because they were really useful reference when I was deciding which color to get. I also managed to get some suitable clothes and wigs for Rie this year, so I’m super pleased about that. ^_____^

3. Singapore Doll Carnival 2013. After The Doll Affair died/on indefinite hiatus???, there hasn’t been anymore local doll conventions. I was still very new to dolls during TDA times so I didn’t get to really enjoy it as a doll owner. However, going to HKDP the past couple of years have made me really enjoy the atmosphere of a doll convention! It’s great looking at everyone’s beautiful dolls that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise.

More importantly, it let me have an opportunity to finally try having a booth, i.e. the birth of anemone, my small little brand for handmade dolly stuff. I also got to meet a few other local doll owners in person, so that was really great. :)

4. More doll friends! I think having people around you interested in the same thing helps a lot to keep the interest alive. It’s also more fun and less lonely when there are people who understand what you’re saying and don’t think you’re weird to be into dolls to share your joy with. That’s why looking at everyone’s pictures on Flickr and Instagram makes me very happy.

5. No doll drama in my life. I’ve had enough of drama from past hobbies (well, just that one, actually), so I’m glad there’s no such rubbish happening within my time in this hobby!

I know I haven’t updated for half a year XD;; I have a few big things that I should be writing about, hopefully I’ll update with those soon. 8D;;;

10 Things About Maki!

I wrote this for a doll meme on Flickr. :D

10 Facts About Maki!

1. Contrary to what (I think that) most people (may) think, I actually fell in love with his sculpt first instead of Maki Tsuyoshi the Himitsu character. It was because I went to look up his sculpt that I knew of the manga and started reading it and subsequently fall in love with the character. So he has like twice the amount of love that any other doll could possibly get, I suppose. XD And this is why Maki is very likely to be my favorite, LOL.

2. His background and age etc is highly influenced by the manga series but has been tweaked and modified to make life less bleak for him, LOL. His job is still the Police Superintendent of Division 9 and he still looks at dead people’s brains for a living, but there’re no bad people after his life and all that to silence him. He also has family members (3 sisters, 1 brother) and he’s younger than the manga’s specified 35 years old. How much younger I haven’t actually decided yet but he’s probably around 28!

3. He is an incredibly S person, frequently making his subordinates break into cold sweat with his words when he’s angry. (“What’s wrong? You haven’t eaten that ice cream that you wanted to eat so much that you sent someone to specially get it during this period of severe manpower shortage?”)

4. He is a very strict person but has a soft spot for Rie and lets her get away with more things than other people.

5. He was in a rock band as lead vocals when he was still schooling.

6. He is very intelligent and is the youngest to be appointed Police Superintendent to date.

7. He is fluent in a few languages, including French and English.

8. He has a complex about his (lack of) height.

9. He is surrogate parent to all his siblings because their parents MIAed on them to go enjoy life in the African wilderness when they were all still young. Randomly, the female teachers of Rie and Hibiki all love Parents-Teacher Day because Maki always has to attend as their guardian.

10. He is a superb marksman and has won several competitions.

I think I kinda cheated a little on this because a few facts are adapted from the Himitsu manga but my Maki is sort of modeled after him anyway. :3

edge style [Volks Maki Tsuyoshi]

Ever since Maki came back from his face-up, I haven’t had the time to take any proper photographs of him at all, what with work and all. He came back looking a lot younger than before, which sent him into a sort-of identity crisis (not that he wasn’t already having one). Even till now, I’m still trying to figure out what kind of clothes he usually wears. orz

Everytime I take pictures of this boy, I just fall in love with him even more. ^__^


Maki Tsuyoshi

I was trying to achieve some sort of brand ad shot-in-studio look with this one but I’m not sure if I succeeded… I’ll probably be trying this again another time.

And a couple of standard portraits of him wearing Teresa‘s pimp shirt, lol:

One of my personal favorites of my own work thus far :)
I think I still have much to learn about negative space! :x

I have a srs love-hate relationship with his face-up, lol. oTL

I do like the default face-up by Volks that he currently has, especially the color palette, but the lips aren’t done to my liking. :( He’s due for a new face-up in April and the artist is really good at natural face-ups (Hibiki’s is by her!), so hopefully it’ll turn out well. :D