Saturday, April 21, 2018

Perlendraches

I was rummaging around on Pinterest, looking for Egyptian bead necklaces and motifs, and I saw this cool thing. He's got a wire base and I think that he came from a Etsy store, but their search engine is
not great and the best I could do was find a similar item in a store in Hanover, Germany, called Perlendraches. Now if the photographer had put the store name in the photo it would be a lot easier to locate the artist. (Cranky face). But it's awesome anyway, and I love the colors.

It might be from this artist too--Alena Litvin (Pinterest/beadsmagic/jewelry). She has a lot of glorious beaded things..and comics:


So relatable :D
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The shoes are in the Renderosity queue :D


Friday, April 20, 2018

This is Fine

Though today I woke up and there was no snow! Maybe Canada has finally shut the freezer door.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Little Steampunk Bird

It's like a baby Galena :D Soom has dug around in the parts box and come up with a pretty darn cute little bird. I don't collect this size, but I have to admit if I did, I'd want to bring her home. I love those sparkly eyes!

Also, if you happen to see this bird on Ebay, please contact the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, as they have lost one (and several other things):


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Whoa, Tuesday Already!

But we have shoes!! Actually there are even more shoes but the package was getting so huge no one in their right mind would want to download it, so some shoes got tossed into the closet. I actually thought I would do some matching hose next, maybe a dress... I can't tell you how much fun this is to do. I shouldn't because then people will want me to do it for free, so I will say it IS a ton of fiddly work with files and I don't like that part, but it's necessary for other people to be able to use them. A side benefit--here is a cupcake photoshop brush for you to screen cap and stamp on your own stuff:

It's on the inside of one of the shoes :D

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stacy's Pink Ocean Sale and a Sequin Brush

Alice's Collections has marked down some of the clothes from Stacy's Pink Ocean as part of their Spring Promotions. I love her clothes (they are very well made) and especially her ability to choose and mix patterns and textures. It's worth a visit just to look at the photos, and there are 113 items to look at :D Now that I have run out of room for resin, it makes sense to actually buy the poor dolls some clothes. I have been using the fabric I have here for design ideas for virtual fabric, so it has slowed down my already glacial sewing; it's much easier to photograph cloth textures when the fabric is flat, than when it is sewed into something!

I did manage to make something with just a photoshop brush--sequins!

If you open up this render so you can see the detail better, the bow on the black and white shoe has clear sequins on it. And this is how they are made:

First you make a simple brush:

I think if you screen grab this, you can take it into Photoshop and select it, and "define brush".

The default is black, but I made the brush white and put it on an empty layer; above a black layer; above my "fabric," to make both the heightmap and the "this is shiny" map. I use Photoshop's File/ Save As choice to make a .jpg screen capture of my layered .psd:

Then I hid the black layer, and then used an adjustment layer to color the sequins. Having the color on a separate layer from the sequins lets you make them any color-- so you can re-use the maps, slotting in other fabrics underneath. Layers are awesome. Here is the .jpg I made using the colored sequins and the fabric:

Then I took it into poser and put it on a blank square. I had to add a cheat map for reflection, but other renderers (including Daz Studio) don't need this. Here's the finished sequin fabric:

The scale is a little off, but you can see how it looks. The map was 1024 pixels across so pushing it up to 4096 (standard gaming size), would make the 60 pixel brush proportionately smaller and in better scale--and since the sequins aren't attached to the fabric image, it's easy to scale things up and down.

And this is where all my time has gone :D




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Iplehouse Little Hoofie!

The pictures aren't sized for web, so they take forever to load, but Iplehouse has a new child-like JID body to match the scale of the bigger dolls. And Faline has tiny hooves! And she is such a cutie! You can get a human version of her as well. Here is a cute close-up of her head:

She's a bit in styling like the souldoll Fairy girls, but I think Faline is sweeter. The only downside might be those tiny feet make standing hard..but she looks like she is standing unassisted in some of the promos, so maybe she is well balanced. Soooo cute! Here's human Faline:

Awww :D

Monday, April 9, 2018

OK, all reformatted....

I had not realized that when I pushed the Tropical Theme button, away went the mobile formatting and the sidebar went bananas, so I spent some time this morning a) trying to remember the name of the theme I was using before, and b) how to set it up again. Now it's mostly normal again, though I still have a useless Home button on the side. But you should be able to read on the phone again. (Swirly eyes icon)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

XiRuo At Loongsoul

In most parts of the Northern Hemisphere it's Spring. It's not here, is supposed to start snowing again again, and snow all night. Yesterday morning when I went out to feed the birds it was 25 degrees F.
But Loongsoul has brought out a Spring Flower Fairy to get the party started anyway. She is Xi Ruo and has a glorious outfit and crazy great ears.

She is also on sale at Alices Collections, and you should use the money you save to buy ALL THE THINGS. I say this because I regret I cheaped out and did not buy Zi Gui's fullset when I had a chance, and though she looks fine in her scarves; her actual outfit would have been so much better. And her shoes. The only thing that the Loongsoul girls have that is mildly substandard is the sculpt of their feet, which are sort of vestigial, but can be stuffed into shoes easily. But you need to actually buy the shoes for that to happen.  Here is Xi Ruo's price page from Alice's:


Her face reminds me so much of the Resinsoul Mei that everyone loves, but she is much taller. She is also a good poser! I am so happy with my Zi Gui, even though it was a long wait, it was worth it, and she was flawless. One more photo of Xi Ruo:

(I am looking forward to getting some flowers here-- that aren't from the grocery store!)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Clam and Passion at Soom

The splash page has this typo too, and I looked at it for a long time since it's in Mistral, which is never easy to read, and decided, yes, the word was "Clam". It's actually surprising that Soom does as well as it does with English, which is a messed-up language with a different alphabet than Korean. They can also blame it on April, that month notorious for jokes.

Adonis himself is a re-release, and an Idealian--too large for me, but I do like his face. I'm not crazy about the Ringdoll-style officer uniform, but I do like this gender-bender version  a lot:

Heel feets!! Those are so awesome, it opens up so many fashion possibilities, and yes, amazing boots.
I have been busy with my own heels here:

The shoes, left to right are "Conspiracy Theory", "Steam" and "Candy." Candy has the chain and the bow hidden--it turns out Daz Studio has an option in the material pane called "Geometry Cutout" which is a way to hide different named groups. Its not only good for texturing and getting more out of another person's model; as a model maker it's handy to check what is going on under a part you are working with. I'm coming to actually like working in DS, though I think the light previews are still rubbish and they need a "select all materials/delete all materials" button. Also colored slider bars--they have gray on gray teeeeeeeny tiny ones now that are hard to see and grab.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Vermont Chick Makes a Doll Wig

I have made a few wigs myself--the only ones I have made that I liked were yarn wigs; I am all thumbs with mohair. But Vermont Chick made a nice and rather romantic one for her Fashion Sized Dollshe, and you can read about it here. (I love her blog, she posts usually on Sunday and mostly sews gorgeous, very small dresses). You do have to click at the bottom to expand the post, there is just something about the layout she has for her blog that keeps part of it hidden.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Elesa Hagberg Makes a Steampunk Gun

It's mostly a oil-based paint called Rub n Buff, but the effect is great! Read about it here and see some of the other projects she has done:
http://www.elesahagberg.com/2011/10/are-you-going-to-gun-show.html


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Iplehouse Leah and Anagord's Digital Leah

Iplehouse has a new Creaa girl up--when they first came out I found them a bit creepy, but Leah is just cute and elfin, with her little ears. For some reason I did not realize that the Creaa's were tallish and slim--here are the measurements, they are like slim msd dolls:

There are a ton of new clothes for her at Iplehouse as well, it looks like they had fun making clothes for her. Here is a longer shot of her:

Aww, what a sweetie!

Meanwhile here I have been painting shoes and test rendering them. I did these today--the model is amazing, it's by Arren and Anagord:

It's the Shellie heels from Renderosity.com, and I just hid the distinctive chain that runs around it, because there are already a ton of textures for these shoes with the chain, so I am making some without the chain. The heels are translucent in my version. The digital doll who has been modelling these is also named Leah, and she never falls over (though strangely I have had wig problems with her too --she has a biggish head:

Here's Leah with her Giant Butter Pat (or failed petit four), modelling another color set for the heels. And Leah's sculptor is Anagord, so it makes sense that she looks good in the heels. :D

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dika Doll Pan

Isn't he pretty?? I had a Dikadoll years ago, a 60 cm one and while I loved his face, I wasn't crazy about his body aesthetically, though it worked perfectly well. Now Dika has an improved, taller male body (this guy is 73 cm) and I am quite impressed! Pan's fullset is glorious too:

Just so nice all around. Really great faceup too:

And he's good even blank!

Dikadolls, while not cheap, are not as expensive as Iples, you can take a look here on Alices' Collections:
http://www.acbjd.com/pan-p-11680.html?cPath=44_46

I think he would be excellent with jointed hands, also from Dikadoll (listed in the sidebar of Alices' Main Page)

If I had room for him I'd totally put him on layaway. But I would have to do a major selloff to do that..which I probably should do anyway to pay for some house stuff.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Soom Ondiin...Reindeer..Vampire.

I can't even.

"Mom?"

This is how the Platypus was created...on the 6th day, God was tired, dug around in the bottom of the shoebox for whatever bits were left, and tada the Platypus.

I will say the NS version is cute:




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Supervillain Alice

Maybe she is a Time Lord :D This is the most toylike of all the Thrones and one of the most fun. It's up for sale now at Renderosity, but I am having a little trouble letting go--I keep thinking of new patterns and styles for it, including custom ones for friends. But I have other things I need to finish, so I need to multitask. Also do laundry. :D

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Vigor Body Crowdfunding!

Granado has an awesome new body, less ripped than the Evol--it's currently Way Too Tall, but Granado hit on
a plan to diversify the sizes by having a sort of Kickstarter for it. Details are below. "Prize" is a typo--
it's "Price". Sooo tempting but I need a mattress first. And gutters, a cell phone and a new car.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^






Dear VIPs,
We received so many requests that customers want to order our Vigor body, but the size doesn't fit what they want, so we thought up this deal.
Since Vigor body is a 3D model, we can print out any size you want.
If we received at least 5 orders for 1 size, we can start making it.

Vigor body's crowdfuning works as follow:
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Crowdfunding period: From 28 / 03 / 2018 to 28 / 04 / 2018

You can choose a size first, then click to order it with deposit. ($100)
When we reach 5 orders for 1 size, we will send you an E-mail to ask for the remainder.
Then you can make the full payment. (without shipping fee)
We will ask for the shipping fee by mail after we made the doll.

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Different size prize is like above picture.
If we cannot reach 5 orders for 1 size before deadline, we will refund your deposit.
Thank you very much!

 
Regards,
GRANADO

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

And Now A Word From Tumblr

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As part of our commitment to transparency, we want you to know that we uncovered and terminated 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency or IRA (a group closely tied to the the Russian government) posing as members of the Tumblr community.
The IRA engages in electronic disinformation and propaganda campaigns around the world using phony social media accounts. When we uncovered these accounts, we notified law enforcement, terminated the accounts, and deleted their original posts.
While investigating their activity on Tumblr, we discovered that you either followed one of these accounts linked to the IRA, or liked or reblogged one of their posts:
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So I have no idea what I reblogged but if it was a mermaid pic, I think I will keep it :D Flagging posts would have make it easier to spot, I think! 
More problematic is Facebook--it's a nice way to see what my relatives are up to, and to see doll companies new things, but maybe it's time to actually use email instead.
PS If you have an Android phone with the Facebook app, Facebook has been logging your calls.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Snow in DC, and a Soom Wig

It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it looks lovely! M sent me this photo of his backyard from last week and it looks like a postcard. I think he needs goats or sheep to add to the rustic charm.

I think I forgot to put this up--I received my Heliot wig from Soom and it's a really nice wig--to offset the cost I bought one for Cat as well. The fibers are heavier than the Kanalon that Monique uses, and I find that it tangles less. Plus I love the mixed colors--you can't see them too well here, but there are blue and purple in the black strands:


Blurry photo of the label:

Aww, those cute ears! I should take some more photos of Clyde, the Heliot that Cat sent me, he's so cute; and almost decent,  though his "sweater" needs a bit more fixing up.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Random Wednesday Photos

This is where all my time has gone--look at this shiny thing :D There is even some wear on the "seat velvet", so I am learning stuff as I go along. The set is almost ready--I am doing promo renders and I have found some flaws now that I am rendering at larger sizes, but once those are fixed, the set goes to the testers-- and then hopefully on sale.

I also have fixed the washing machine. It was getting slower and slower to fill on the cold water side, and the plumber said there was a filter at the end of the hose that was probably clogged. A really simple fix--except that the plumbing in the house is so fragile any unscrewing of hoses has to be done very, very carefully (when shut off, the cold water valve on the wall leaks, and the shutoff handle is crusty with rust. If the handle broke off, it would be another call to the plumber, and all the house water would have to be shut off.) So I got the hose off, and the filter was a mess--some of the washer inside the hose had broken off, so I cleaned that up and put the hose back on, and ran the washing machine--and it worked great, aside from the fact that now the connection to the machine leaked. So we went to Home Depot, got a neoprene washer, and Very Carefully shut off the valve again, replaced the washer inside the hose, screwed it back together, and as of right now, 15 hours later, the machine runs and is not leaking. It also gets the clothes washed in under 25 minute, instead of 40.

More pix--Akutenshi found me a Monster High Lion Fish!:

I'm sad that Mattel is doing so poorly, and losing ToysRUs as a distributor probably won't help--Monster High was so fun and imaginative, you can tell that the creative team was having so much fun developing these! And of course a lionfish would have cat ears :D

I keep thinking Spring is here, and then it does this:

We don't have the snow that is going on in Philadelphia and DC though! But we do have daffodils coming up, and the little prairie buttercups are up and blooming:

And the amaryllis that I sat on last year has bloomed again. Those things are tough--I keep forgetting to water it, and it just keeps on going.


The Soom 2016 Body

Soom SuperGem Body 2016 and 2012 So here is a new, 2016 Soom Male Super Gem Body (formerly under a Brett, I think) along with Bird, a S...