I just got home from celebrating easter with my wife and my family, and it was quite lovely. We created a giant photo collage to commemorate my late step grandma who just passed away this week. The funeral is on Wednesday, so I took that day off from all work.
In happier news, I did get around to painting my giant mermaid girl from Dollzone. She's a hybrid with a Minas head on a Sawarieda body. I painted her yesterday in the morning, but didn't get around to documenting her until today.
She turned out quite pretty in my opinion, though I'm not entirely sold on the teeth on this sculpt. I normally dislike my dolls having teeth, but this was the only head I liked from DZ when I ordered the Sawarieda within a week of her release. I'm still sad that Dollzone discontinued all of their old dolls...
Anyway, I'll eventually blush her body too, but that's going to be quite the under taking! I'm going to buy alternative sealant like Purity Seal or Army Painter Matte Varnish to do it with so I can save my MSC for face ups.
Here's a picture of her currently taken last night with my cell phone. She's a massive doll and doesn't even fit on my work desk. I dread taking her apart for blushing! Her name is Sam, and she's my siren character. I'm tempted down the line when I eventually repaint her to mod her little buck teeth to pointed and give her long fin like ears!
Either way, happy easter!
Yesterday I decided to finally blush Winter's hooves. It was a bit of a challenge because they are so stained.
When I bought them second hand I didn't know they would be so stained because they were covered in about two layers of acrylic paint. I first scrubbed off the first layer, and then I soaked the hooves in rubbing alcohol for 24 hours. That got the rest of the paint off, but they were still rather stained because of how porous the resin is due to the hand cast nature of them.
Either way, I decided to challenge myself with the fantasy blush of them, at least a little bit. I originally wanted the hooves darker than the fur, but I got a bit impatient so I simply painted cracks on them. I experimented with my pastels a bit and managed to even splatter them like acrylic paint. Now once I learn how to paint on eyelashes and eyebrow hairs without the watercolor pencils I feel like I'll level up!
And here she is before and after. It's amazing what a difference a face up and wig makes. That is literally the same doll, there you can also see her original hoof blush. It looked nice from a distance, but not so much up close.
Well, looks like my plate is pretty empty again. All I have now to work on is personal projects that I always somehow put off. Two face ups I need to redo on my dolls, but I need the process documented for my new face up book.
Anyway, if you have a head laying around in need of a new face, don't hesitate to message me! I'll be raising my prices by $5 in October since it's been a good 6 months since my last price raise. So if you want a head painted at my current prices, now is the time!
In other news, my floating DZ Miss Kitty head finally got her new DC kid body.
Seeing her put together like this makes it hard to believe she was ever a YoSD. I do have to do some modding on her neck hole so that her head will sit better. DC bodies are interesting to dress because her torso fits into YoSD clothes while her hips are better suited
When I came home from work on Tuesday, I found a crazy hybrid on the doll dresser. My partner and a friend had decided to take the body from one doll, who was getting a new one anyway, and stick the head of another doll on it that I was intending on selling.
The end result is this:
This hybrid is made of a Dollzone Miss Kitty body with the head from a Dollzone Chinese Dragon Girl and her feet as hands. The wings were made by me and are in fact resin. I love this hybrid so much that I'm going to do a small mod to her butt so I can put her tail on! The magnet fell out of her butt so what I want to do is put a small hook screw into the hole to attach the tail elastic on to.
So this is one of my craziest looking hybrids right now. I have a lot of hybrids (6) at this point. The only sucky thing is, that I have this thing about having an even number of dolls. Now I have 11 again. I didn't want any more dolls, but unfortunately I found one to be a new character of mine. So I might be ordering a Souldoll Juana in the near future.
Also, is it bad that I want to wipe her cute little face up and do my own just so that all my dolls have one of my face ups?
Iza's Face Ups
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