Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cover Alternate

This was the alternate sketch for a cover I just finished. This version is actually not complete- but I still like it, sketchy as it is. Once the typography and cropping is done at the publishers I will put the "real" cover up on the blog, it was for Kevin Weir's Endless Hunger. The books sound a lot like a Harry Dresden so I am anxious to read it :D (No, we don't get the manuscript ahead of time, just a para or two and some descriptions.)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Baby Goat Elves

Tiny tinies at Soom! About palm sized:

The best part is the tiny hooves. You can get an awake one, the human head has open eyes:

If you have a bunch of Soom hoofies, this one would fit right in!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Dance Music--Jain's Dynabeat

                                             Trippy fun! (Still building a city in Photoshop.)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Impldoll Aries

He's a fun, rather crabby demon guy in a beautiful shade of Sandy Brown, and like the rest of the Star/Idol line, very affordable at 380.00. But you will probably want him painted :D You can get him direct from Impldoll or through Alice's Collections or Denver Doll. I suspect shipping is fastest if you buy him direct. He's limited to 50 pieces and he's a big 72 cm tall. Check out his nice clothes, too!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Souldoll Juno Elf

Confusingly, Souldoll also has a new "Juno" doll, though this one is in it's Kids line. I love this size of Souldoll's--I have my Shushu head on a Souldoll Kids body and it is very nice--and a good poser. The body that Juno is on is the even newer Double Kids body:

The new version looks very flexible, and the legs are a little longer, and the neck a little thinner. Here are the measurements:

Juno herself comes with 2 heads if you get the horns and the wings. The wings may or may not come with the feathers shown in the promo pix--it's not clear as the sales listing shows just the resin "bones" without the feathers.

The photos are so pretty. It's hard to remember that if you order her, she will just be a little pink thing in bubble wrap and not an instant Magical Girl in a box :D


Monday, December 11, 2017

Storm, the Ruler of Forest at Luts

Isn't he fun? He's 65 centimeters tall and you can get Brown resin for the same cost as white or normal; faceup is 64.00. You also have the option to buy the human rolling head for 91.00. Here are the two heads:

Here is the human head on the satyr body:

I didn't see a listing for the clothes, but that may come later. More photos:

Love those clear horns :D

Akutenshi said she liked the photos because they look like owner photos and not shop photos, and she is right. I love the shot of Storm and Breeze just chillin' in the woods together!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Doll Leaves Dragon

'Tis the season for cute things, and when I went to Alice's Collections to see if there was an update on my Loongsoul Cuckoo, I found this little dragon. It's  In Stock and surprisingly affordable at 60.00USD (but add shipping as well). There might be just the one, too; so I wouldn't wait around.

I think my Cuckoo Fairy will most likely show up in the Spring. Which seems appropriate.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Soom Afi And Ai

I'm not crazy about their faces (they are cute but derpy, IMO) but I am crazy about their little fantasy feets :D You can buy the horns separately during their order period. Also the outfits are darling. Here is the other one (I am not sure which is Afi and which is Ai):

If Soom does Christmas cards, this is the image I would put on them:

SO cute :D

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tiny Cuties at Luts

Here they are in all their hoofie splendor--fauns and centaurs! There is a rumor that there will be 60 cm versions of them, but Luts only has the placeholders so far, no photos. But you can see for yourself here:

http://www.eluts.com/index.php

I keep having to remind myself NO TINIES. :D

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tiny Taylor Swift

She is done up as a brunette in Mocha, but she is cute as a button. More pix here--she is Fashion Doll Sized, as are all of Raccoon dolls. Her faceup is nice!


Little Kitten Comet

Here I learned how many frames I needed to do a fade out (it's about 5) and that if you want to edit individual frames once you set up the animation in Photoshop, you seem to be out of luck. (That is why the comet tail is so bad--you can see where I clipped it off the original painting). This is about 26 frames long with each frame at one-tenth of a second, and this time I remembered to check the "loop" button. I need more kittens :D Painting is mine.
I'm trying to keep the file size under 1.5 megabytes--I can make smoother animations by adding "tween" frames, but the file size gets big fast. More than 500 frames apparently bogs down on mobile viewers in the .gif format. There is a lot to learn :D

I'm tempted to try to do some small animations in Poser now, too.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Soom Does a Little Gem Free Choice Event

Dear SOOM fans,

Hello.

We will organize 2017 Free Choice Event - Little Gem soon !

Please check out details below. 

Order Period : Open on December 07th (Thu) 2017 A.M 11 ~ Close December 21th (Thu)  A.M 11 _Korean Standard Time

* Sales for one head + one body as a set; make-up is available.
  (Ex. Ordering one body with two head is not possible)

* Make-up and body blushing will be same as original version; however, these will be done according to it's skin type.

Read the notice here. And thanks to Akutenshi for spotting this! This is who is available:

(Clicks up a little bigger) Fun starts Friday :D


Monday, December 4, 2017

Arlene Marks' New Book

It's The Relativity Bomb and it should be out Very Soon Now. Working today on another cover :O

Sunday, December 3, 2017

"My Dolly Adventures" Interviews Crocus Lee and Ikaru

Here's the intro to the My Dolly Adventures interview:

INTERVIEW WITH GRANADO

Last month of the year, means a new interview! First of all, let me whine of how fast time goes, 
as this December, my blog is hitting 5 years! I cannot believe it!! 5 years of dolls and blogging,
 amazing!! Anyways, today's interview is with Granado Doll, and the questions are answered
 by Ikaru (the manager) and Crocus (the sculptor).

As always, it is available in English and Spanish, and all photos are used with permission.
 I hope you will enjoy it! Let's start! 

http://mydollyadventures.blogspot.com/2017/12/interview-with-granado.html

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kitten Animation

I spent way too long today re-learning how to make an animated .gif in Photoshop, and then saved it-- without telling it to be saved as a repeating loop. So if you want to see the kitten land again, you will have to refresh the page. I think.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Iplehouse Vanessa

Iplehouse just released a new SID sized girl, Vanessa; and I really like her, because unlike some of the more static sculpts Iplehouse does, Vanessa's expression actually changes as you move her around:

This is something that I think Iplehouse has struggled with--they do beautiful people, but some molds, like Stella, just have that one expression no matter what angle you look at them. (It's partly because Stella's face is very symmetrical). The Souldoll sculpts that I love most often have one eye higher than the other, and a lot of other subtle mismatches that give their sculpts a lot of life and sparkle. So I am excited for Vanessa, and I wish I had lots of spare money to throw at her. I hope she will be popular!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sariel

He's out at Granado, and he might be my favorite of the Angels so far; unfortunately in the options I want he comes to almost 800.00, and I can't justify that for myself at this time. The blank head is 170.00 but I love the faceup almost as much as the sculpt, and that is another 80.00. But he really is beautiful. He does have an unlimited number of casts, so that makes him a little more accessible: order period is December 1st, 2017 (in USA notation), to January 5th, 2018

Here is his amusing backstory:


I hear you about the low pay, dude. :D

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Small Soom Mermaid/ Soom Nive

She's cute! I am not in love with her faceup but that is something that can be changed--she has a fancy tail and really elaborate ears!

I prefer cloth tails over legs myself, but I do like her!

Bob Ross Remixed

I forgot how fun it was to watch him paint--plus it's a cute song!

Also, he is a wizard with a palette knife.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Iplehouse Auction

It's actually a few days old, but that pretty Yui is back and SO CHEAP-- and there is a Lawrence, though he is Mighty Pink. Also I have been doing digital art and not doing dollie stuff, though I hope to get back to it Wednesday, so that explains the semi-lame post.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hypnos

Another god for Ganglieri's Grove, this time Hypnos. The original model was "a Man on Pinterest" and a close up of a human iris. :D

Thrift Store Joy

An oldie but a goodie. I do have stuff to post, just no time at the moment--tomorrow things should get back to normal here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Souldoll Head Sale (Men's Heads)

Yes, it's all those classic Souldoll heads for sale as rolling heads, for a reasonable price! (Including the fantasy Souldoll Chiron head).  Here is the notice:

And yes, they are redoing the Zenith boy body, it will be interesting to see what the new body looks like. Here is more heads:





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Long Nail Idealian Ball-Jointed Hands

During Sullivan's (Evil Amber) sale period, you can order the long nailed jointed hands on their own, without buying the whole doll--at 178.00 they are not cheap, but they are very nice and the nails make them a little unusual. I ma not sure how the size works with the new Soom Male body, but since it is a larger body than the old one, I am assuming the size is pretty good. Sales period ends December 3rd.

Lennu

Public Service Announcement courtest of K, who is visiting along with my in-laws. I am already full of food :D

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New FID People at Iplehouse

Iplehouse used their shrink ray on Vincent, Isis and Vera and they all look cute--I especially like Vera's new faceup. Iplehouse is also offering the usual 10% for anything over 500 and a couple of other discounts for larger amounts, which is nice to offset the cost of shipping. Maybe they are hoping you will buy 2 of these little cuties at the same time :D

Egyptian D20

For K. It's in great shape too!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Beyond the Horizon with Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A little inspirational music while I struggle with a new dress for Sicktress' Aya and some tiny shoes for Andy!

Also, check out what Denny's is cooking in Japan:
https://www.dennys.jp/

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kor Tools

So there I was on Pinterest, wasting time, and I saw a sheet of tiling patterns. I am always looking for tiling patterns for 3d projects, so I clicked on it, and it turns out not to be a digital texture/resource seller, but an art supply place called Kor Tools. Kor seems to make two things right now-- pattern rollers and pattern stamps. They are designed to jewelry scale and are meant to be used with the metallic jewelry clays you can buy. I looked at them and thought they would be fine for sculpey, but then I realized I was also looking at doll-scale fabric printing rollers--a small scale version of the Indian woodblock rollers that are used to make Indian cotton bedpreads and clothing patterns. Woot!
Here is the pattern, made by a roller that is approximately 5 inches across:

I suspect that the master is created with 3d printing, then cleaned up, and then the rollers are cast out of acrylic. The rollers are something I would call "finger rollers" without handles, and look like this:



The website loads a little sluggishly for me, but it works. I decided that this roller (the Pebbles) looked like it would be useful enough to give it a try, though it was not cheap--with shipping it came to 15.00, and that is shipping from Wisconsin. Once it comes I will try some stuff with it and take photos. They have some pretty awesome designs, and the tiny scale is exactly what I was looking for to print doll fabric. If it works well, I have my eye on this design too: