Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sicktress Transforms Rebecca

So here is Rebecca, who I was considering making into Wonder Woman, but never really got around to it. So I sent her to Sicktress, AND LOOK!

Meet Kleo:

Dye and tattoos all by Sicktress. PURE DOLLIE MAGIC! And now Sicktress gets to deal with the clothes problem, though seeing her photos, maybe this is all she needs. Sicktress is busy making some Sparta/Greek armor as well, I need to steal more pix and show what she is doing.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Souldoll Rini

Souldoll has been doing a lot of msd sized fantasy dolls, this might be their first fantasy tiny. While I am not too crazy about the face sculpt, this is a preliminary and once Rini is dressed and painted it might be a very charming sculpt--I also am kind of meh about a lot of gray in general. I assume the final choices will be tan, white, normal and gray, but it's still in production so we will have to check back later. I do like those little horns and the whole concept!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

MiniFee Iru

Fairyland has released the cutest Minifee boy, Iru, as part of the Designer's Complete line, where you get all the trimmings for a higher price. I haven't looked at Minifee boys for literally years, but they seem to have a new body--maybe slimmer? The old MnF boy body was strangely buff for a fairy, and not really right for this sweet face.

I'm such a sucker for those multicolored Oscar eyes--they are standard for Fairyland but you can just buy them from Fabric Friends and Dolls, though the selection depends on if they have just gotten in an order or not. Oh, and they have a small selection of Mako eyes as well--the one pair I have are very pretty, nicer than the photos would make you think. Anyway, Iru comes in white, normal or Tan. The photos are very satisfying to look at--very much like Fairyland should look like:

And I found a photo of the Motion Line body! It is slimmer:

He's got a tiny 6-7 head too, so keep that in mind if you don't order his extras. The designer of that cute outfit is Cho InSun.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Soo Gets A Makeover (Again)

I think Soo must be one of Iplehouse's favorite girls, she has had FOUR different faceups (this is "D"). Iplehouse has some cute new clothes as well, all the clothes I have bought from them have been of very high quality, if sometimes mysterious to put on.
She is still on my wishlist, though I like the Option B sort of punky faceup the best, but meanwhile I am buying a new roof for the house, so no dolls for a while--though I did a trade with Akutenshi and now I have an Elemander head and a Minifee dryad.  I do have a tiny dress cut out for Bella I need to finish up after the shoes I am texturing are done.

Here are a couple of the shoes:

Ladybugs. :D

Saturday, April 6, 2019

My Friend Pegapup

..she passed away so unexpectedly on April 1st; I am still in disbelief. She was the one who introduced me to ball-jointed dolls (she had a DollZone msd boy, I think a Megu) And I was so amazed at how long his legs were, how smooth the resin was, and how fun his little anime face looked. Pegapup was just fearless sending out emails to people in China, and she made friends with a dealer, Yvonne Sze, who helped us figure out how it all worked and where to find clothes and shoes. And this was typical--Pegapup was charming and generous and had an incredible memory for the personal lives of everyone she met, and people loved her back. So she liked the dolls not just for themselves, but for the way the dolls were a way to meet new people and learn new things--Pegapup was also a talented seamstress and crafter. And dancer, and fount of information on the Roma, and the Gawazi in Egypt (she made friends with the band members of a famous Egyptian folk/dance ensemble, and ended up buying all kinds of amazing things from a friend of theirs--perfume bottles, boxes, chairs, wool rugs, all of which sold or became gifts). She was the first person I made friends with in New Jersey; she was doing a craft fair outside my condo complex and I looked at her stuff and said "You are in the Society for Creative Anachronism" and she was :D So we did SCA events together, and craft fairs, and Pennsic and just everyday things--she went through a marriage and a divorce and her parents passing away, and last year the loss of her son, who grew up with K. She was the person who took me to the airport when I left New Jersey for Chicago. I will miss her a lot.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New Website Who Dis?

Soom has a new website! And it is much better than the old one, it looks like it's on a commercial template so it should be easier for them to update.
If you already have an account, it won't let you log in until you redo your password, and it seems to need to be 12 characters long. So it's not that they have forgotten your account, they just want you to get an updated pass, and then you can log in and see your old account information.

And they re-released Ivory WITH ELF EARS. I like her dress, too. Oh dear where is that lottery ticket/money tree/rich uncle?? I'm not too interested in the Romantic eye version though it does look nice, I like the original open eye version.

This is Original Ivory:

Monday, March 4, 2019

I color Digital Hair

                           YES 40 DIFFERENT COLORS FOR THIS HAIR BY PRAE :D

Since I didn't create the underlying model, I had to make a LOT of colors to fulfill Renderosity's slot for a product. But I made it, plus a couple I pulled because they were too close to another one or just
not perfect. Here are the thumbnails:

I hope that gets bigger when you click on it! It was surprisingly fun--the hardest part was making sure I didn't accidentally pick up any of Prae's textures for my own pack (each color has 16 to 20 slots for maps or setting). I had to import her model, then make it white and blank, save it as a Character in the Daz Studio library in it's cleaned state,close DS, reopen it,  re-import my demo model, and then apply my own setting and maps, and save each one as a short script to load the colors and maps.
 But it passed testing today and should appear on Renderosity on Thursday night. You will need to own Prae's Emerie Hair for G3-G8 for these--these are add-on colors.

Time to color something else :D

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Soom Hoofed Super Gem-- The Colonel Zordic

He's got a backstory! I love those things, even if they are amazingly weird. After all, they match the dolls! He's got a double set of horns and a version with his tongue out, which I am not super fond of, but someone may like--I like the human head and the hands and hooves. He's got a tail, which I would lose in ten minutes, but it's a nice thought. Here is the blank sculpt--which they also put up! I was so happy to see them!

He's got a cool chest gem which is probably the most imaginative thing on him, it looks neat. Sadly if you want just the nice looking human guy, he has a plain chest. You can also just order a cream white of gray body solo if you go to the main page, the order period is the same as the doll (I assume they just cast them all at the same time.) Here is the human version made up:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

River gets a Job

River was last seen in the Soom Idealian store being basically Charles II, the Merry Monarch. He looked pretty glum in the role, so now he has been returned to modern life as a cop instead, and he looks happier now. His full sales page isn't up yet, but it should be in the next two days on the Idealian site. Here is his earlier incarnation:

I don't do Idealians because they are Big and I would look like this:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cold Snap Pix

Negative 18F is pretty tiresome. We had to replace the outside faucet, and everything in the house creaks from whatever tiny amounts of ice were in the boards. It was business as usual for the birds, though:

Cat mode when it's cold:

Even better:

Then it warmed up, and we had an amazing ice storm:

It's hard to tell, but everything has a layer of ice on it..then the wind blew and the ice shakes off, and makes noises like someone throwing ice on the roof--big cubes of it. The roof is looking like it needs to be replaced soon, which I am not looking forward to, since today the hot water heater decided it was old enough to have the thermostat quit. It's always something, it's just less easy in the winter.

Ice chunks. A few were 6 inches long. I'm very happy the cars can both fit in the garage for times like this.

I'm ready for it!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dolls..and Cats

LOL Souldoll has a new Soulkid! They are so nice--I have an older Soulkid body under my Shushu head, and they are graceful, pleasant posers in more-or-less msd size. There is an alternate Victorian form of Eun Woo but I really like the styling of the "casual" Eun..she's so nicely painted. The Victorian version suffers from the wrong eyes, I think she would be nice with the brown eyes of the casual version instead. I have several Souldolls and I am happy with all of them, though I don't take photos of them as often as I should.

These should pop up bigger, or you can use the link above to look at the Souldoll site directly.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

And Now At Soom...

(Now I have to go back to work)

Not Dead :D

No, I have just been really bad about updating the blog. For one thing, it's become a wretched spamfest, despite me pointing out in the titling that comments are moderated, so the comments I want to see get buried in a mass of other ridiculousness. The other problem is that I have been on the computer almost all day, so by the time the evening rolls around, I tired. I've been actually working, though, making stuff for Renderosity and learning How To Do Things, which is fun and exciting. Flat digital dolls are pretty fun, too.

 Luckily the real dolls are patient, though I have been gradually reducing the numbers over time, because of my lack of storage both physical and mental. I can't believe that at one point I had almost 100 SD dolls, it was madness...trying to keep all the paperwork, shoes and parts sorted and cleaned was almost a full time job in itself. Fewer dolls is actually much more fun and they are better kept--I still wish I could unload all the boxes in the basement, but it's harder to sell a doll without it's original packaging...but I may end up tossing boxes anyway. The boxes definitely fail the Marie Kondo test.

As a side note, I killed my Facebook page--I got a good hard look at Facebook's shenanigans and how they are just a way to harvest as much data about you as possible; and I decided I didn't want to give Zuckerberg any more of my money, or time. Luckily I wasn't heavily invested in it and I didn't have much personal info there, though there was an amazing amount of accurate profiling that happened because of my friend's circles. I'm just glad I never had it on a smartphone app. I ran across a fun article in PopSci the other day about other places to leave your data, if you are so inclined ;)

Anyway, we are just trudging through the Chicago winter at the moment, and I hope everyone is having fun in spite of whatever Mother Nature is currently throwing at you!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday Final

I spent today messing around with Renderosity's new Poser girl; I made a new set of eyes for her and I am working on a skin that renders a little faster than the default (you can see the face looks more finished than the neck--the body has a lot of fancy procedural shaders that take time, though they look nice. I kind of like the caterpillar brows :D

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Big Golden Dragon at Soom

He's an Idealian, and he's basically a handsome guy with deer horns. (He's labelled as a dragon, but I always thought dragon horns were stubbier and thicker) (I know, arguing about imaginary animals, BUT STILL.) Anyway, he has a nice outfit and the photos are very pretty:

Google asks if you want to translate the page but most of it is in English anyway.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bunny for sale!

If you are on Den of Angels you can get an adorable Coco Riang for 150.00 plus ship:

Comes with it's box and cert and I can vouch for the seller--I have bought a LOT of things from Jo and it is always a good time :D

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cat Truths

                        And the thermometer on the wall says it is negative 21 F outside. :p

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Naperville Doll Show

This dress came from the show and cost one dollar--and it fits pretty well! A bit loose in the waist, but not so much that a belt won't fix it. Here is another little thing I found at the show (this set I paid full price for, but I liked it a lot:

Normally this Magic Mirror girl runs around in a tiny bikini, but it's a little cold for that right now. There were pants as well but I liked the tights with the top.

Here is the rest of the dollar haul--some will go to Cat:

I did take a couple of photos at the show--they never come out too well (the light is dim and the vendors kind of frown on it). But here is a cool felt old-time Felix the Cat:

A group of girls that look like they are saying "You came to the wrong neighborhood"...

A small Satanic Circle of kewpies (?)

Some of the displays were so great, with antique lace, hatboxes, fancy screens and non-doll props--they really did beg to be photographed, but they will have to wait for when I finally do get a smartphone and can do it a little more discreetly. On vendor told me it took her five hours to set up four tables and I believe it--it was like an antique store shop window. I did take a photo of her sign:

Here's a funny little sourpuss in a cheery flower outfit--I think he's just not feeling it..

It's like they shrank WC Fields and stuffed him in a fairy costume. There was a ton of dolls that made me laugh, but I also spent a lot more time digging in bins than sneaking photos. Here's another pic of the haul, including on the left a whole bag of decent thread for 5.00:

The magnificent little shoes were a gift from Akutenshi. I think several dolls will fight over who gets them. :D I wish I had felt more up to staying longer, but I am still a little run down from the stupid cold and the fact that it is definitely winter here. It was zero when I got out of the car at the show and instantly ice crystals formed in my nose, which is an interesting feature of Midwestern winters :p

Here's Carissa's dress full-length:

You can barely see her blue hooves. :D