It's been a hot minute since I've posted on here. I have quite a bit of work to share since I had Covid-19 again the first two weeks of August. I have been posting the collages to the Examples section here, along with some new owner pics as well.
Despite this run of Covid being mild, it still fatigued me horribly and it's taken me quite a while to get back into the swing of working on commissions. I have finished 5 faceups, 2 body blushes, and some fantasy parts since then.
Today I will only share the work I still completed in August, otherwise it's just too long of a blog post. Things to share are a Fairyland MNF Alicia, a Popovy Sisters Blue Jay and her body, and a Soom Heliot Fantasy head from the Cosmos release.
Without further ado, onto the pictures and ramblings under the break!
Hello all! It's been a hot minute since I last posted, not for lack of having you content to post, but rather I had a lot of errangs and appointments these past couple of weeks. I am so grateful for everyone that commissioned me through my birthday sale last month, it's been a tremendous boost of confidence and joy!
I am still expecting a few commissions to come in, therefore I am still keeping my slots closed for now.
But in better news, I have a lot of new things to share! I have an Asleep Eidolon Agnes in SD scale, a Doll Family-A Auriel, a Dollzone Ivana set of wings, a Luts KDF Summer Event 2013 head, and a set of Smart Doll hands.
Without further ado, onto some pictures under the read more break!
I finally finished up the Resinsoul Sui, now all that's left from that client is a Resinsoul Nian. The Sui left my whole desk purple, and so many cotton balls gave their life for his blushing! He was truly a labor of love. I could have saved myself a lot of trouble by just learning to use my airbrush, but I'd rather not experiment on client dolls...
But anyway, onto some pictures!
First up, his head. He's in white skin and his color scheme is purple and black. He actually currently has a silver wig, but I think a deep violet or black would be amazing on him too! I fought with the eyes because they are too big (Resinsoul included them). I haven't done scales like this in a while, but they look good on him!
Next up is his body blush. He has muscles on his muscles. This boy is ripped. I extended the scales from the tail onto his back and blushed his body with purples again to match his overall theme. He also got restrung and sueded too!
And to finish up showing his pictures, here's the rest of his fantasy parts in detail. Clawed hands, lizard feet, wings, and his tail. I didn't take a picture of the other side of his tail, but it's just a light violet, nothing too special. You can see it in one of the body blush pictures though!
I'm still very much closed for new commissions. I don't see myself re-opening until late September at the earliest... And I'll have to cut down on how many parts I accept per slot. With working 10 hour days my free time is very small and restricted to weekends only. I feel bad making my clients wait so long on face ups and such.
For this client I have 1 more doll to work on, who needs a face up, body blush, restringing and sueding, fantasy parts blush, basically an all over job. Then for another client I have another 3 dolls to work on, and from a friend I have a smol Doll Family-A Luca dear to paint. Thank you guys for being so patient with me!!
That's all from me for now, until next time!
I finally managed to finish the Ringdoll Fat Happiness and get him approved by the client! This past week was crazy with work and appointments, but I finally had some time yesterday to paint him.
Without further ado, onto some pictures!
For some odd reason my black paint didn't want to show up on him very well. I swear that I did give him painted eyelashes!! He still turned out cute at least!
He was certainly a tough commission for me as I had to sand him head to toe and then dye him, which I'd never done before. I don't think I will offer dyeing as a service though, I'll just stick to small mods, piercings, and face ups/body blushes of course. Either way, he's done and ready to go home!
Either way, I'm hoping to work on more stuff today once I wake up a little more!
Now for an FYI:
I decided to close commissions until the new year because I'll be in Florida with the inlaws from December 26th through the 31st, so I'd rather try to get through the ones I have now before I leave than take on anymore and make the clients wait an extra week. Thank you to everyone to make the year nice!
Until next time!
I decided to offer my services to repainting Monster High Dolls. I know I've only painted 3 so far, but I feel I do a good enough job of them to offer them as a commissionable service. I even added a section in my examples for them.
Either way, I finally finished a commission for a MH doll for a friend. She has a lot of them so she didn't mind me taking a long time on them.
I still need to work on my eyes more for them, this time I only used pastels and watercolor pencils straight up. Normally I paint the eyes, but I'm still experimenting with repainting them. I do have 2 MH dolls myself, one I already painted, and another who I'm now itching to strip and repaint as well.
Here are the detail shots of the repaint above:
I personally am not a collector of MH dolls, but I sure appreciate the variation from sculpt to sculpt. They all have slightly different features which is really neat. I'm glad I got a tip from an acquaintance on how to easily remove the factory paint job. W&N brush cleaner really works wonders on them and doesn't melt them!
Oh! I'll also be holding a free face up giveaway on my facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled for that post.
That's right! I got a lot more done this weekend and a little bit the last one too. I have lots of new face ups to show, including one for myself because 2 more commissions I have on me are more leisurely.
I sent out messages to all the commissioners asking for approval or to give my instructions. I'm hoping for approval so I can pack them all up, invoice them, and ship them back out. I feel guilty that it took me so long to work on these, but life exploded and I was sick for a week as well... Either way, they are done now.
With a beautiful 49 degrees outside and everything melting, spring is finally knocking on our door! Too bad it's going to snow again tomorrow. Fortunately it won't stay with how warm it is supposed to be.
Either way, I have some new work to show! I finished up the modded DZ April and finally got around to working on the Only Doll RouDie as well. I took one of my liner brushes and trimmed it until it was a 30/0 rather than a 5/0.
I'm really happy with how both turned out. I haven't done much with colorful eyeshadow, but I really like how the OnlyDoll turned out. I also really liked the eyelashes I was sent. I wish I could keep the extras, but I'm not, I'm going to send them back. I'll just ask her where they are from.
I'm expecting a few more heads soon, so keep an eye out for new work in the next few weeks!
I've been switched to a new work schedule at my job, so now I have Sunday through Tuesday off, but for that I work 4 ten hour shifts a week. I managed to get through one of those on Saturday, so here's to hoping I can get through 4 in a row!
I finally finished glossing the heads from the last picture, and got a good chunk painted of the modded DZ April head.
I had a lot of fun with these guys, though my eyes were ready to pop out working on the Apple Biki head. It's just so tiny...
I also have some WIP shots of the DZ April head. I was originally trying to match her to her default face up, but that quickly proved to be too difficult with just pastels. I valiantly tried for over an hour, before I gave up and just went to town on the head. She is a fantasy character anyway.
Basically what I did was mod her eyes to dreaming (first mod I've done like that), I just now need to learn how to use my airbrush so I can colormatch the apoxie sculpt parts to the skin tone better. Oh well, I'll do that next time... The head is no where near done with the paint job.
In other news, the pipe burst in our wall again flooding half the living room this time. We also have a new hole in the wall from that. Hopefully this time when they fix it they won't need to punch another hole in.
I was certainly busy yesterday. I painted 3 heads and cleaned up a dreaming eye mod I was working on.
From left to right:
Apple Biki Head, Fairyland LTF Baby Ruru, Hujoo Nano Freya, Dollzone April.
Not much is left on the painted heads, only gloss and they can all go home. The DZ April head is getting painted hopefully today along with another head I received in the mail yesterday from a commissioner.
It's a good thing I bought more MSC recently because I would have been down to just 1 bottle, and that's never enough. I'm safely at 4 bottles now, so I won't need to worry about stocking up again anytime soon... hopefully that is.
I'm still working on stuff! Today on the worktable I had a Soom MD Shale romantic and open eyed head to work on. The romantic head I've worked on before, but I redid him because his face up got a bit rubbed off on the chin.
I also have now done 110 face ups, so you know what that means?
Another collage! It's always fun for me to see how I've improved over the course of the last 2.5 years.
The last commission I was working on I decided to photograph all the stuff I lug with me to face up. Here is everything contained.
And here we have everything unpacked and set up to work.
I labeled everything for the fun of it. All I'm missing from this picture is my sketchbook in which I grind up the pastels. It's expensive being a start up face up artist, but it's well worth it and the materials will pay for themselves after a while. The sad thing is, I still want more pastels...
Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for the Impldoll Xavier I worked on, I just need to document him real quick!
There we go, back in the groove! This time we have a Bobobie Isabella in Fleshtone.
I love doing freckles, so much. And Bobobie's look a lot better with custom face ups than their defaults. They look so lifeless in the grey.
As the title says, I took some good shots of my last commission. She is an Impldoll Kare in dark tan and a voodoo queen. She was a lot of fun to work on.
I was asked to make the skull look old, so I mixed various grays and browns into the white to create a gritty feel to her. I was sent with a description for what he wanted her to look like, which was immensely helpful. I am quite pleased with the outcome, as is the commissioner. She's going home today after only arriving on Wednesday.
Now for the News bit.
I've been trying to crank out the commissions a bit faster because I have so many coming in, and I'm leaving for Europe in a few weeks. Which means that I can't take on any commissions that are mailed after December 14th to my place, because I leave on the 22nd of December until January 6th. And after that I'm going to have surgery so my shop will be closed for a month to a month and a half, because I won't be able to drive on heavy pain killers and need to recover. Thanks for understanding.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have something to be thankful for.
I'm thankful for my family and friends, my loving partner, those that I love and love me in return, my two cats, and I am thankful for having such wonderful people commissioning me.
I currently have a lot of commissions coming my way. Two arrived yesterday (one was a surprise from a friend who doesn't even know yet what she wants), and I managed to paint one this morning.
This is the one I worked on, an Impldoll Kare in dark tan. She's a voodoo queen. I haven't taken proper detail shots yet because I'm awaiting approval.
Either way, I'm about to head off to spend thanksgiving with my family in the states and my partner.
I hope everyone else has a wonderful day too, whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving.
Finished up the second part of the DC Bella commission. I was also sent a pair of cat ears to clean and blush.
I was asked to match them to a wig and make the ear tips golden. I have no idea what company they are from, so currently I'm counting them as unknown cat ears. I've packed up everything securely and am just waiting to be paid before sending everything back to the commissioner.
Iza's Face Ups
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