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Little info +FAQ

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 3, 2008, 6:23 AM
Doll info + FAQ | Dimensiondolls | Doll photo blog

 


A small info package on my (doll) photo account. I'd appreciate reading this before asking about my dolls.

Photo-account summary
I'm an amateur photographer that doesn't know much about photography itself. Everything I do know is self-learned by trial and error. I'm not attempting to be a professional either, I do this for my own enjoyment only.
I mostly photograph my dolls. Sometimes something else when opportunity arises, but I enjoy doll photography the most.

Dolls?
The dolls I own are (Asian) Ball-Jointed Dolls (no, I do not make them). They're made of resin and are each individually hand-crafted, and thus very expensive. They're also fully customizable, so you can do pretty much anything you want with them.
If you wish to know more, google "BJD" or "Ball-jointed doll" and/or visit Den of Angels.

My doll hobby
This hobby is like it was made for me. I love every aspect of it from getting 'an unfinished' doll to photographing it when it's finished.
I normally order all my dolls blank and nude, and customize them to fit my views; I love making them into unique pieces of art. Yes, I consider these dolls art, even though I don't make them myself. It takes time and skill to fully customize a doll. I even consider posing a doll it's own art form: it's harder than it looks. I never buy company defaults as I find them too bland most of the time. Same with face ups that are too perfect. I prefer there to be some personality in the doll and that usually comes from small flaws.

For more info on my face ups and customizing, visit my work journal.

I also sew for the dolls, especially the mini's, females and the fantasy crew. Not every piece of clothing in my photos is made by me, though. I'd say roughly about half of the clothes my dolls wear are sewn by me. If you're wondering about a particular piece of clothing, you're free to ask me about it.
I began as a self-learned seamstress but in 2010 I entered a seamstress school and graduated in spring 2012 as a seamstress with skill in human sized clothing as well.

Basically, this account isn't for (doll) photography only, it's also for my painting/customizing/sewing work on the dolls.

My dolls:(in order of arrival)
Yen - Dream of Doll Tender Yen (head)
Miy - Dream of Doll Mir / DIM Happy body  
Reiji - Elysium Ban / Luts SDF body
Sebille - Angel Region Diana
Shige - Dream of Doll Too / DZ body  
Fenrir - Elysium Lud-N (head)
Null - DollShe IM-Hound (mod.)  
Somnion - Luts/CP Na-Nu-Ri 2007  
Lin Xiang - K-doll Karon & Kamyu / CP body
Muu -  Elfdoll Catsy  
Cin - Dollzone Mo  
Khepre - Luts/CP Lu-Wen vp / B&G body  
Hati - Luts/CP ss-Lishe (mod.)
Kilbas/Kay - Soom Sard
Seere - Soom Onyx  
Camille - MsDoll Pan
Enki - Soom Glati  
Llyr - Soom Chrom 
Demyan - Dollshe Rosen
Prisca - Withdoll Priscilla
Avis - Bimong Narae 404/406
Delmia - Withdoll Nana
Larissa - Withdoll Rachel vampire (head)
Lilya - Iplehouse Isar (mod.)
Sigrun - Souldoll Paratiisi 
Min Ki - Withdoll Taren
Sindri - Dollshe SA Rosen (head)
Sigurd - Dollshe SA Rosen (head)
Yami - Souldoll Shiva

+guest stars from fuyuhime

Sold dolls:
Avis - Tinyfairy May V
Skoll - Dollzone Floy
Ea - Soom Nor
Chieko - Dream of Doll Tender Zen
Lilya - MNF Lishe
Yen - Dream of Doll Yen
Tanith - Soom Cuprit



FAQ

- Do you make these dolls?
No, I do not. I buy them from their respective companies or second hand from other hobbyists.

- What are these dolls called?
Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls, ABJD (or BJD) for short.

- Where do you buy these dolls from?
My dolls are from the following companies: Dream of Doll, Bimong, Angelregion, Elysium, Dollshe, Luts/CP, K-Doll, Elfdoll, Dollzone, Soom, Souldoll  & Withdoll.

But there are dozens more companies to get these dolls from.

Google is your friend.

- How much do they cost?
They can cost anything from $100 to $2000 and over, depending on the mold&make of the doll and whether it's a standard doll, a limited or if it's been painted/modified by someone popular. And even if you get a blank doll that you paint yourself, you'll probably end up paying at least $60 more for a decent wig, eyes and shoes. Plus more for clothes.

- They're so expensive! How do you afford them?
I'm not rich but I save up and compromise with my other interests to be able to afford them. This is no different from collecting cars or playing hockey. Everything requires money.

- How big are they?
Their size varies anywhere from 5cm to 90cm. I have one 14cm doll and the rest are 27cm, ~45cm, ~60cm, 65cm and 70cm tall.

- What are these dolls with hooves/horns/tails? Are they custom?
They're SOOM monthly dolls www.dollsoom.com/, available only a couple of weeks per month and then never sold again. Each one comes with some special parts. As for them being custom; depends how you define the word. All my dolls are custom, because I order them blank and paint them myself. No defaults in my lot. But I haven't made the hooves/tails myself. Some of the horns though, are handmade.

- Did you paint _______ yourself?
Yes.

- May I draw ________?
Yes, you may. And do link me to the finished picture. :3

- What camera do you use?
All my photos should have the exif info visible, so you can see the camera model there. I've had my Canon EOS 50D since May 2009, so I've been using it since. But that's just the body; the lenses I use are Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro for most doll/macro photos and Canon 50mm f/1.8 for when I want more bokeh and/or fast autofocus.

- Do you take clothing commissions?
Occasionally when I'm not busy and feel like it. I pretty much only work when I'm inspired and will only sew for models I own. You're welcome to ask me, but I won't say yes every time.


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Thank you for reading. ^^

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Please, DO NOT re-post my photos to other sites like tumblr, instagram, weheartit etc.
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Sparkey38 Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so, where do you buy your doll cloths? or do you make those? (because of your FAQ about clothing commissions)
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I explained this right above the doll list. I make a lot of my clothes and buy others.
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Sparkey38 Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aha! im sorry, i must have skimmed over it. thank you!
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Czechmix-sempai Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
do you take gift dolls? (see my note)
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fruitsmoothy Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you would know the answer, but I have a problem :I 
I have been trying to become a member on the Den of Angels website, but I don't know anyone on it. I emailed membership@denofangels.com as suggested on the website if you want to join, but it has been three weeks and I have yet to be replied to at all. >.<
Do you know if there is another way to join DOA? 

Thank you for your help!!!
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I'm not sure, but I think DoA sometimes opens their registration to everyone. I haven't been following the situation so I don't know how oftern that is, though. Your best bet is to have someone send you an invitation, the only problem is that members are ofter wary of who they invite, because if the person causes trouble the inviter could get banned as well. :I You could always ask in your DA journal etc. if someone would be kind enough to invite you.
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TeganEilisCooke Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a few questions for you, if that is all right. Where do you get your dolls clothing from? Or do you make it yourself and if so do you take commissions for clothes? Or do you have an etsy? I am looking for doll clothes are are very fantasy/renaissance/medieval looking, and the clothing you put on your dolls seems to be very much like what I have in mind, so if you could help me out, that would be wonderful.
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Like I wrote above, I do make clothes, but not everything. Roughly half (or a bit over) of clothes seen in my photos have been made by me. I accept commissions occasionally and only for doll sizes I own. Not right now, though. I'm working really slowly at the moment and I have a to-sew list that's a mile long. Many of those pieces are commissions or going to my Etsy. Which I have yes: [link] I just update very irregularly. I only take regular face up commissions so sewing commissions have to be put on hold whenever I have a lot to do.
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TeganEilisCooke Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for answering my questions so quickly. I will check out your etsy and see if anything there so strikes my fancy. Which is very probable. Thank you again.
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gigglesalot Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey! I'm trying (badly) to get my parents to let me get a doll. I know they're expnsive and I've looked at some of the websites you put up here. But I kinda want a Soom doll. The only problem is that the website cannot be found on my computer. lol Do you know any other places I could look where I might be able to buy a cheap, good quality Soom doll? Thanks very much!
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