First Faceup Attempt(s)

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing BJD face-ups for the longest time ever but due to various reasons like time constraint and lack of proper equipment etc, never got around to it. However, my recent circumstances finally allowed me the time to try doing it.

What I used:

In clockwise direction: MSC, Derwent watercolor pencils, brushes, eraser, Volks Zoukeimura pastels, Tamiya acrylic clear gloss X-22

Before I started, I did the typical homework, like filling up (someone else’s) face-up form just so I have a clearer idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted an ‘ethereal, soft, gentle, lady-like’ air to my girl.

Attempt #1:

Volks SWD School A (NS)

Well, okay, so that isn’t quite what I had in mind. Too many wrong things about this faceup, like how the double eyelid crease got hidden by too-thick liner, her eyelids are too flat, the eyeshadow color is too orange, the eyebrows are hideous… I think I could go on forever. I had a lot of trouble attaching her upper eyelashes too, mostly because the only falsies I had on hand were meant for human wear and the slits for her eyes are too thin for me to be able to attach them properly.

I did, however, like the lips somewhat. Even if they look too pursed for my liking. The blushing also looked pretty natural, if a bit too peachy for an ethereal lady.

I also learned that a single thin coat of gloss isn’t really that glossy.

A few days later, I removed the face-up and went ahead with Attempt #2. I referenced lots of pictures and other artists’ face-ups for eyebrows and lower lashes. I also looked at face-ups of other sleeping dolls to see how the eyeshadow should look like.

Attempt #2:

Volks SWD School A (NS)

Much better, I would say! Her eyeshadow looks less flat, you can see her eyelid crease, the eyebrows and lashes aren’t an ugly yellow-ginger mix, she looks more the mild-mannered lady due to less of a cat-tail for the eyeliner, and she is generally pinker and fairer. Her lips are also more defined and less pursed.

I haven’t attached upper lashes for her as I’m planning to order some doll-sized ones but for now, I’m actually pretty pleased with the result. ^^ One thing, though, is that I’ve realized my set of pastels are pretty limited and the colors are too warm for my liking. I might invest in another set of pastels soon.

For now, please meet Kotoha/琴葉, otherwise known affectionately as Hermes, the newest addition to the (alarmingly) growing resin family at home. (*^^*)v

Hermes.

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

Natsumi / 夏美

This blog was originally meant to be lolita-centric but seems like it has now become pretty much doll-centric. ^^;

Anyway, eons ago, I mentioned that a little duckie joined the resin family at home. Since then, she has changed a lot with different faceup, hair and eyes! Here’s her formal introductory post that’s about 8 months late :3

夏美

Natsumi (Volks Lin) is 6 years old and baby sister to Minato (Volks Amelia boy). Her world is very simple and revolves around Minato, Maki (her idol and self-declared future husband), her anego Rie and her single priority in life, food. Yes, she’s a terrible glutton and has a blackhole for a stomach. Fortunately, she’s also blessed with an incredibly high metabolism rate and never seems to gain weight, much to Rie’s chagrin.

natsumi

Minato (read: me) likes to dress her in cute clothes and put her hair into various fashionable hairstyles, so she looks like an angel most of the time. That impression lasts till the moment she speaks, i.e. ask for food. Her persistence in pestering the adults for noms is extremely impressive, albeit exasperating. Similarly, her naive self can easily be bribed just by offering her food but lately, she’s getting smarter and learning to bargain for more. :’D You know she likes you when she offers you something (small) from her junk food stash when you’re feeling down because she’ll never part with it otherwise!