Now that I've been back over a week from my vacation trip to Turkey with my dad, his girlfriend, and my wife, I can finally get back to painting dolls! Before I left I painted my wife's Aimerai QT Melodie in white skin, and when I got back I repainted my own Soom FC Chrom in bronze and I gave my April Story Betty on the NB-SD16 body a tattoo on the left arm and manicure.
Without further ado, onto some pictures!
First up is my wife's Aimerai QT Melodie. This thing was truly a pain in the butt to work on... She does not like to stand or pose very well, and keeps flipping her wings around. And then my wife gave me a difficult concept to work with... carousel horse. I did my best, and she turned out cute, but boy am I glad she's done! I even gave her little earrings, and a mohair mane and tail!
Here's my Soom FC Chrom in bronze with his new face up. I really like the blushing a lot more this time around. His last face up wasn't bad, but he'd chipped the eyebrows by face-planting too often (old SG Soom body, it really can't pose very well...) and he got a new wig.
Here's the comparison to his last face up compared to his current one. He fought me bitterly on his eyebrows and eyelashes, but I persevered and won the war in the end... It took me like an hour of painting and redoing the eyebrows over and over. I even had to take a break because he was being that stubborn about them! I really need to get better white paint...
In the Owner Gallery is a picture of him with his wig and body. Poor thing is unevenly yellowed at this point, but I still love him, uneven coloring and all!
And now, last but not least, are the hands and the left arm of my April Story NB-SD16 girl body. I slaved over that tattoo for at least 6-7 hours, but probably longer. I did it in stages over the course of two days. Now I just need to tattoo her right arm too, but all in due time. This is the first full sleeve tattoo I've ever done and the first full color one to boot.
I'm debating adding a fake ring onto her hand as she's a married character, but I don't have her husband so it feels moot to do it. Maybe this is when they were still dating and her college days. Yeah, I'll go with that!
Here she is, and she definitely needs something on her other arm too, and maybe some cute little tattoos on her hips! I may also swap out her eyelashes for nicer blue ones that I got in from Taobao. I think that would look nice on her!
Anyway, that's all for now, I'm still open for commission and won't be raising my prices until summer so now is as good of a time as any to message me!
Until next time!
I think I finally beat the crud for the most part, so to celebrate I repainted my girl Winter. She is a Soom MD Beyla Romantic head on a Fairyland LTF body with Daisy Dayes hooves. She's a fun little hybrid! I've been meaning to repaint her for several months now, especially since I gave her little wings that I painted for her in December. I need to get some full body pictures of her sometime.
Anyway, onto some pictures under the cut!
I managed to get wickedly sick last weekend and spent some time recovering while also running errands for my family. But I am now well again and able to post my latest face up on a Soom MD Wolf Knight R (human) head! He's in normal skin, and I gave him a generic pretty boy face up as he's for sale from my wife (I'm handling the sale though as he's in my possession at this time).
Anyway, onto some pictures!
He's a handsome head, but my wife is reshelling the character into a different head, and will be getting his twin down the line too. It's easier to make twins with a more readily available head. We're keeping the body at least though!
Anyway, I have commissions trickling in again, one just arrived all the way from New Zealand! I still have a slot open for November if anyone is interested in a face up from me!
Though I do have an FYI:
I'm flying for a week to Miami, Florida in the USA to see my wife for Thanksgiving. So obviously in that week I won't be producing any new work. I'm excited to see my wife again! It's been a little over a month since she had to leave Austria. My family and I are continuing the battle to move her here with me!
That's all from me for now, until next time!
I finished up the two heads from last time yesterday with eyelashes and all. Both the owner and I are pleased with the end result.
Without further ado, onto some pictures!
The white skin head is a Soom MD Beyla Romantic head, and the grey one is a Soom MD Bygg human head.
I had a lot of fun with them, it was an interesting challenge making them so pink since I usually try to keep my blushing more natural. I also almost forgot to take my eyes out of the heads again. I had packed the heads up and everything, so I had to unwrap them and pull the eyes out. Whoops!
Also, I'm not accepting any more commissions for this year as I'm leaving in a little over two weeks for Vienna, Austria to visit my family there for Christmas. I'll be there from December 20th until January 2nd.
And as a last note, happy Thanksgiving to the USA peeps! I'm going to spend the day tomorrow with my wife and my mom having a nice homemade turkey dinner.
Since I didn't have to go to either of my day jobs yesterday, I decided to work on face ups instead from the morning into the afternoon. I worked for about 5 hours non-stop on two heads, a Soom MD Beyla romantic and Soom MD Bygg human head. Due to the freezing temperatures (16ºF and lower), I had to go to my old college campus to work. I sadly didn't take into account that there was an event going on (a pretty big on, the art sale), so I had to hide myself away in a different area to work.
Either way, I'm just about done with the two heads, I just ran out of steam after 5 hours and had to go home. I also got pretty hungry as I couldn't eat in the space I was working in, and didn't want to even try and pack up everything so I could go somewhere where I could eat and come back.
Here are the WIP pictures so far. I need to punch up the pinks along the eyes and lips more, but otherwise they are just about done. I also need to check if the owner would like them to have applied eyelashes, and if so, what color. I'm hopeful I can work on them today to get them done.
Someone asked me on one of the Facebook groups if I had used a stencil for the rose on the Bygg's face because it looks so perfect. That made me super happy because I didn't, it's free-hand.
Also I'm not accepting any new commissions until I get back from Austria in January, 2016. I'd rather not have to rush through them all, or have them sit for several weeks while I'm out of the country.
Anyway, that's all from me for now! If I don't update before Thursday, happy Thanksgiving to all the USA peeps!
I managed to whip up a quick face up on my wife's Soom MD Wolf Knight Romantic (human) head this weekend because his character changed. He's no longer a righteous blond paladin, now he's a sassy purple-haired telepathic lawyer. Obviously that meant he needed a new face up to embody that character.
Anyway, onto some pictures!
I recently got more watercolor paints and one of the colors is a plum purple, which came in super handy when I worked on this face up. I did mix some more blue and white into it to match the wig better. I had to trim the eyelashes big time as they were 8mm long, and that just didn't suit him.
He looks so different in each picture, but I promise that's the same head. It's amazing what a difference a face up can make.
And now for a picture of him all put together.
I've painted this doll four times already, because with each redo I improved and figured out something new skill wise and wanted to update the face up.
The doll I'm talking about is my SO's Soom MD Shale in cream white. He has white blonde hair and the main reason I redid him this time was because I finally figured out how to do really light blonde eyelashes and eyebrows.
Anyway, onto some pictures and then I'll explain the FYI!
Here you can also see how I've progressed at painting him. The second face up I gave him I was learning to use brush rather than watercolor pencils and it wasn't very good... but the third time I had improved already and by the 4th he's looking pretty good!
Now for the FYI!
I'm getting married this weekend to my beautiful and wonderful SO who I've been with for over 4 years. We've been friends for a good 7 years and roommates for 5.5 years. I'm so happy I get to call her my wife this coming Sunday.
What does that mean for you guys?
Not much really, other than that I won't be able to produce a face up easily this week due to being in full on finishing up wedding preparation. There will be at least some pictures I'm sure I'll post once the festivities are over. My dad and uncle are flying in from oversea's to attend. My sister sadly can't make it, but I'll be going with my SO to visit her and my family in Austria for Christmas (which means I'll be closing shop for the month of December).
Anyway, enough blathering on my part! See you next time when I have more to post! Thanks for sticking with me!
Whew! I finally finished up the body work on two of my commissions, one was a Resinsoul Yao body (but just the hooves), and the other was a Soom MD Thera body. The Soom Thera got her torso blushed, a manicure, hoof blushing, a face up, and her horns were painted. I need to redo her horns though as the gloss peeled a little due to handling too early.
Anyway, onto some pictures!
Here are the hooves on the Resinsoul Yao body in the light/coffee tan that Resinsoul/Bobobie offers. I matched them to the colors I used in the face up.
Then here we have all the body work done on the Soom MD Thera in the original cream white. I'll have to repaint the horns because the gloss peeled off a little due to handling them too soon after drying.
Otherwise she's done! Now to work on the rest of my commissions once the weather permits!
I got a good start on the Soom MD Thera and finished up her face up so far. I'm also still working on the fantasy parts blush for the Resinsoul Yao body. I just have a few more layers of color on that one.
Anyway, the Soom Thera I was asked to give her a fantasy face up, and I'll blush her horns, hooves, body, and give her a manicure as well. I did also restring her with new elastic as the old one was worn out.
I'm really happy with the symmetry of the fantasy designs and the blushing of the face. I've gotten much better at blushing white skin dolls.
Due to working two jobs and doing face ups as well, there's going to be some delays in getting the rest of my commissions taken care of. I'm very sorry for this!
I usually just do part time hours at my morning job, but I worked full time shifts several times this week, and the days I didn't I was working at my afternoon job. That one I work at less frequently, maybe 2-3 times a week. I also work Saturday this week, giving me a 6 day work week. Next week I have to work both jobs every week day. Oof... that'll be rough.
Anyway, I did manage to get one more face up done this week in the morning. It was a simple one so it went quick. I worked on a Soom FCE Thera in bronze skin.
I just love the Soom bronze resin tone, it's such a lovely and rich color. I was asked to put white freckles on her, which proved to be tricky and took 2 tries, but in the end it worked out. I'm also really proud of her eyebrows!
This also marks my 199th face up, which means that now I'll have to redo Zephyra, my first resin doll, to mark the occasion of 200 face ups! She was my first and 100th, so it's only fitting she becomes my 200th one as well.
Thank you for being so patient with me getting new work done slowly. You guys are really the best!
Iza's Face Ups
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