Monday, May 28, 2012

My First Doll Faceup!

I've recently delved into my creative, artsy side.
Because of this I bought my first two resin, ball-jointed dolls. They are fully customizable as long as you know what you are doing. Although my dolls came to me with a faceup, some dolls come completely nude and without a face/makeup, I wasn't happy with my most recent doll's face. She is a white skin and had a faceup that had red undertones. Therefore, she looked like she had allergies and her eyes looked very irritated. The artist also got waaaay too happy with the red blush and gave her rosacea! >_< Haha...

Here is a stock photo of her with the default face up:

As you can see, the face up has a lot of red.  While it looks good on this particular skin doll (I think it's an island skin) it looked HORRID on the white skin.  So after a lot of fretting and researching, and I do mean A LOT, I decided to undertake my first face up!

First I removed her default face and sprayed her with Mr. Super Clear to protect and help the pastels and watercolor pencils adhere to the resin.

Then I did the blushing with flesh and light rose tones.  I made sure to get inside the nose and ears as well as lightly dusting the contours of her cheeks.  I also colored in the lips with a very pale pink and darkened the inside of her mouth with a deep rose color. 

Then came the eyebrows, the inner eye liner, lip lines, as well as a little hint of pink at the inner corners of her eyes to give it a little more depth and realism.  The eyebrows were pretty hard to do and I'm not completely happy with it but it's the best I can do for now considering it's my first time.  I'll probably end up redoing this face up once I get better at it.  (I'm thinking of buying a used head on Den of Angels, a BJD doll forum, and use it for practice face ups.)

Next came the eyeshadow, winged eyeliner and drawn-out bottom lashes.  The bottom lashes were HARD.  I practiced and practiced on a piece of paper till I got the lines and pencil pressure just right.  Not bad for my first...

Then I attached new eyelashes to her eye sockets and put a little gloss on her lips as well as the inner corner of her eyes.  It's really coming together now!

VOILA!  I'm finished.  This is what she looks like with her eyes in and wig on.  Not bad right?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Into The Woods We Go

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugI am absolutely in love with using natural light in my photography.  I like my subject to be surrounded by nature.  This is why I was so excited when I got my first BJD.  I pictured Alythia as a druid or wood nymph.  Her look isn't complete.  I'm playing around with wig styles and color as well as eyes and clothes.  I'm still working with another artist on her outfit.  In the meantime, I'm not going to stop photographing her when I get the chance.  The weather was too good to pass up and I was in a beautiful garden setting.  Hope you like it!