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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Ice and a Pillow

It's cold here! But it's a dry cold. We did break another outside pipe, which will have to be replaced when Spring rolls around, and had to replace another gfic outside plug, but otherwise it's been OK. I did try to take photos last night when the ice first formed,but they were blurry from not enough light:

That is the moon back there :D I did get sort of a partial eclipse photo, again blurry from being hand held, and it was around 4 degrees so I didn't feel like standing around:

A rare double moon :D

Since I have had The Cold, I have been going through pillowcases--I thought of buying more but they are fairly expensive, so I took some stretchy polyester that I bought from fabric.com and made a slightly oversized, stretchy pillowcase that I can wash easily. And it's super soft without the fuzziness of a flannel pillowcase :

It matches none of my sheets, but at this point I don't care. The lights are off at night anyway.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Black Lily Nyer at Soom

She's actually like a Tiny Topaz! And this face paint is so full of win <3 She is one of the little fairies,
a Mini-Gem--so you would be wise to buy her clothes and eyes as well, because they are smol. More photos:

Here she is in white. I might like the gray a bit more, not sure. Full shot:

Check out the feets:

(These are the option, it looks like the basic version comes with the normal Mini Gem body)
She's very cute and I would be tempted if I hadn't just had the cold temperatures break yet another exterior pipe (and one that for years was never a problem :p ) and also have yet another external plug fail . Though to be honest, that one is probably 40 years old and was in need of replacing. To be honest, the whole electrical grid of the house should probably be stripped out and redone, and a new modern box put in, but that is..pricey. Like 20 k pricey. Especially when it also needs a new roof and the plumbing should also all be pulled out and brought up to code. Also the illegal insert fireplace removed and all the porch windows replaced. And a floor put in the "master bedroom." And actual fire code drywall put in the basement instead of ancient panelling. And the basement floor tiled.

I've probably forgotten a few things.




Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sicktress' Solaris

Yes, hes a big Granado boy that Sicktress dyed with Rit dyemore*! She's so good at getting it all even, too--and he looks amazing. The dye gives the resin a lot more depth and interest and it wears incredibly well, even on the joints.
I'm pretty sure he doesn't need clothes :D
*Correction from earlier!

More Cat Scams




Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Alice Key Rendered


                              This render is very pink :D You can see the key is scalable!
                                      The character is Arryn, by gypsyangel, at Daz3d.com

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Alice Key

So I actually made something in Hexagon that looks..ok. I now have the instructions, too, courtesy of my friend Andy (thank you thank you) so I will spend less time trying things that don't work and maybe actually get more finished and useful items. This one ended up being 900kb more or less when it was done and zipped (including the maps for painting it) so I am pretty happy with it.

I actually got my taxes done in spite of still coughing and generally dragging around, but I have my fingers crossed all will be well for the doll show in Naperville next weekend! It's always a good time :D

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Soom Idealian Isabel

Looking like the lead in a K-Drama, Soom has issued a new Idealian "Isabel". I'm a little dubious about the lip paint here, but I like the rest of her styling and especially the awesome "shoe-feets" that come with her--these are new shoes, and very fashionable. I won't be bringing her home (Idealians are quite expensive), but for anyone collecting contemporary styled dolls she is a jewel.
check her out here:
https://dollsoom.com/eng/shop/item.php?it_id=1547112733


Monday, January 14, 2019

Buff's Custom Necropiper

He's for sale on Den of Angels (search for Buff in the full-size category) She wrote about how he is put together:

Description:
This is the showpiece for my display at the DragonCon Art Show, last year. He is the culmination of months of work! The head is sculpted by me, and it matches excellently to the white skin SOOM Jack fantasy body, though you can only see a small part of the actual body while he is fully clothed. I only made ONE of this head in White, so he is the only one that can possibly be made like this. His hands and legs have been painted in 3 different shades to produce a really living effect on the fantasy parts. His skull helm has been painted gold to take on the role of a crown. Everything about him is entirely custom. He has clear glass red eyes that can be lit from within. It is fairly easy to do. You remove the faceplate and the switch is hidden on the inside of the head. Then you put the faceplate back on. The eyes are lit with an LED, so the battery life is extremely long, and can easily be replaced if they run out. You need only replace the battery. There are magnets on the inside of his headcap that the horns in the helm attach with, so when he's all together, he is very ssecure. His body is entirely glue sueded and heavily wired, to be very stable. The armor is all leather, and all hand-tooled by myself in the scale pattern, then custom dyed to green, again by myself. The royal necklace is from a trip to Ireland, and actual gold plated. The under tunic is made of a 'hide-like' fabric, that will age very well. His pants are simple, stretchy, and CANNOT BE REMOVED without taking off his legs. This was the only way to make them snug, with a doll with fantasy feet. I put him in the pants first, then strung his lower legs. His cape is hemmed like the wings of a dragon and it is detatchable for both a formal and 'ready to murder' look. He also has a 'Royal Walkway' display stand that is meant just for him. It will need to be shipped separately.

I cannot stress enough that shipping will be significant. He absolutely MUST be well-protected and though I have transported him in the SOOM box, I do not feel comfortable shipping him in just that. I would like to put him in a larger box that would allow me to cocoon the feet to prevent breakage. The doll stand will also require being shipped in its own box, to remain relatively upright.

Alternatively, I am happy to meet you if you live within a couple hours of me.

TONS MORE PICTURES available on request. I also have pictures of his creative process and will be including his 'how I made this' picture book, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

Included in sale:
Custom doll, outfit, stand


Jack as a Soom doll is pretty rare, so he's even nicer with Buff's custom head.
If you are not on Den of Angels, her website is:
http://www.buffdolls.net/

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Doll Chateau Gladys

Gladys (not Glados :D) is a cyborg valkyrie ..a steampunk cyborg valkyrie, so she checks a lot of boxes. I actually like her awkward, skinny body and sweet face, I think she would make a nice fairy  on the doll chateau "human" body (and the extra neck part can be removed if you want a slightly more natural look).

Another pic of the legs:

But for me, the best look is actually unpainted. See how beautiful this is:

The resin makes it look like she's carved out of ivory. I wouldn't want to play with her, she to me looks like an elegant piece of display sculpture. Doll Chateau keeps exploring all kinds of possibilites in the bjd medium!

And mostly unrelated, over at Iplehouse, Miss Soo has a cute new faceup:

Those new eyebrows just gave her about 50 more IQ points :D She's always been "sort of" on my wishlist, but money, Soo and I have (so far) never been in the same place at the same time.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

More Plasma Machine

So here is another render of the Dreamland Models plasma machine, and it's a bit nicer than the last one--it's in a different warehouse, (this one by Stonemason), and it's a bit darker-- and because of fewer windows, also renders faster. But it still wasn't quite what I wanted, so I hauled out Hexagon ( a 3d modelling program) and tried some things. I need to learn more about Hexagon anyway, so it was a good reason to sit and experiment. And I did learn a lot today--I learned how to use the line tool to make cables, which is something I have wanted to be able to make for literally years, because it is the way you also make things like plant stems, and vines. And seaweed. So here is my crude Plasma Machine, but I am going to paint up the new texture maps I made for it and try those out tomorrow--this is with mostly just color applied to the model, not real painted textures:

I think this one looks a little more heavy-duty and menacing--the gorgeous wall and floor are by Danie and Marforno from their "Timeless" set. I still want to build a real platform under it, put a glass cover over the front, and make the plasma flames look a little more like plasma instead of ribbons. I've been struggling with getting things to glow in Daz Studio and it turns out you need to go select one of the pre-made Daz Uber materials, because that gives you the necessary slots to make things "Emit" light--the old "Ambiance" settings are kind of hit or miss in the newest version of the Studio.

Probably the most important thing I learned today was how to load a model with different groups in it into UV Mapper, and then how to Select by Group and then move things around on UV Mapper's generated map so things are the right size, easy to see, and mapped the best way to paint them. I hadn't realized before that once you have a little group in a pile, and you have the Select tool dotted lines around them, you can as UV Mapper to remap just that group in that spot! So you end up with a final map that is easy to use and the different parts of the model are clearly marked in different colors. The key is to be sure that the model that you are loading in the first place has all the parts named correctly, and that you make sure that those names stay intact when the model is exported from Hexagon or wherever. And then when you are happy with the UV Map you have created, you need to to Save Model as well as Save Map, because the model itself is changed by UV Mapper to match the map you made. Rename your model, too :D I usually put a name like tube_Mapped once it gets mapped.

(Also you can keep redoing each section you aren't satisfied with; trying different axis and methods..UVMapper just changes it and doesn't seem to get bogged down with changes. )

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Plasma Machine

I bought a Plasma Generator /particle accelerator* from Renderosity yesterday, and while it is perfectly fine, it looks a little to me like it was built on a budget, so I would like to beef it up a little. Difficulty: my modelling skills. Today's modelling efforts ended up being either very weird or somehow not surviving the dangerous journey from Hexagon to Daz Studio. I will try again tomorrow!

* It says Particle Accelerator, but it doesn't look set up right for that. It kind of looks like a non-OSHA approved fusion reactor. In case you would like to see inside a real fusion reactor, check this out:


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ray Manzarek: Riders on the Storm (the making of)

                                     
                                       He makes it look so easy--and the sound is gorgeous!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mariah Mage

I'm not dead :D I have just had the worlds snottiest cold and I haven't felt up do doing the brainwork required even to write a post, but I DID test one of my friend gypsyangel's new character that will be coming out soon at Daz3d.com. She's Mariah and she comes with these gorgeous fantasy makeups!

I did do a doll thing, too-- I finished one more tiny skirt for Cat, being careful not to handle it without a lot of hand washing. It's wrapped in tissue now so it won't get cat hair on it.