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To anyone who is not savvy in Daz speak, this means that I just learned how to use an option in Daz Studio to reduce the resolution of Victoria 4 and Michael 4, thus generating figures of a smaller file size appropriate for backgrounds. This is great news because I need some diner patrons and amusement park patrons that don't hog resources. This is basically like using cheap dolls for crowd filler and saving the expensive, exquisitely detailed ones for the closeups.

In other news, I also discovered the polygon editor, which means that I can delete parts of models I don't want. For example, I wanted to make a cyborg with partial flesh-mimicking plating [like winston1984's Fembot]. Looks really cool, but takes a very long time to render, as the skeleton has all the same joints and rigging [= articulation] as the human model. Thus a cyborg with partial cladding ends up requiring as much power to render as two human models.

Solution: Select only certain areas of the cyborg to be open and delete all parts of the robo-skeleton that will not be seen. For simplicity's sake, I chose to open up the abdomen of the human figure. Thus I only needed the robo-skeleton from about chest to thighs. Everything else, including the demanding and complex articulation of hands and feet, disappeared, thanks to the polygon editor. Result: A robot that is less of a resource hog.

I love the polygon editor. It allows me to perform one of my favorite tasks -- hacking things up, reassembling them and taking sloppy, effective shortcuts -- in digital space.

Speaking of hacking things up, Andrea recently referred to sticking on one of her dolls' heads as "the ModernWizard 'hot glue can fix everything' approach." Hee hee hee! Hot glue -- it holds the universe together...or at least my corner of it. ^_^
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Andrea writes on her Tumblr that she recommends my blog for more reasons than just my trenchant rants on the lack of 1:6 scale electric wheelchairs. One of these reasons, apparently, is such gems as my admiration for crotch jewelry Adzan's Solar Solace for Hiro 3. I'm not sure which is more entertaining -- the fact that someone recommends my blog to other people or the fact that "Invisible Suspenders" is what makes my blog recommendable. ^_^
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Here's the base for Sylvia, also known as Andrew 2.0.Read more... )

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I don't want to rehab the Pocahontas doll from scratch for such a minor character. I got the idea this morning, though, to recycle LHFer Andrew into Sylvia. 

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Over the past week or so, I've been customizing dolls for Isabel with the aim of creating as many articulated dolls for her as possible. Like me, she works quickly and rather messily, using a lot of hot glue and not worrying too much about matching skin tones. :p

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I mark the beginning of my doll customizing career with my first 1:6 scale Jareth doll, which I created in November and December of 2001 as an Xmas present for Jill. [After all these years, she still has him! He hangs out with her 1:6 scale dolls who use wheelchairs.] Let's see how far I've come....

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Here is Cola [short for her given name, Nicola, which she does not like]. She's a High School Musical Sharpay [?!!] head repainted by Andrea [of course!] in the style of Nicki Minaj. She came to me on a Fashionista body with repaired left hand, dressed in the leotard from Toy Story 2 Barbie. Read more... )


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As the Andrea tag indicates, I've had countless clothes made by her, dolls customized her and trades done with her. I'm amused because I've just looked around me and discovered how many dolls of mine she has a hand in:

At work:
  • She rerooted, made clothes for and enhanced the faceup of Steampink AJ.
  • She did body mods for, airbrushed the body of, repainted and made clothes for Peekaboo.
  • She made the peach-colored faux snakeskin sofa that Peekaboo is sitting on.
At home, out and about:
  • She rebodied, repainted, rerooted and made clothes for Prunella.
  • She sold me Theophany.
  • She made parts of the following people's outfits: Isabel, Carter, Novella, Brandeis, Béatrice and Chaz.
  • She repainted, rebodied, repaired and redressed a High School Musical Sharpay head on an articulated Barbie body, which I am in the process of acquiring.
At home, in storage:
  • She head swapped and did body mods for Andrew.
  • She repainted and rehaired Rori.
  • She repainted and rerooted Dom.
  • She made parts of the following people's outfits: Janet, Davry, Marabou, AJ regular.
In sets and medium-size things:
  • I sold her Bering Lusk, who she then eventually gave back to me. She also made most of the clothes Bering is wearing.
  • She sold me the yellow mini Panton chair.
  • She made many of the book dummies.
  • She sold me the microwave.
And I haven't even tried to encompass other clothes or Rements from her that are currently in storage. And I would be foolish to essay a full accounting of all those things from her I used to have, but no longer do.

^_^    ^_^   ^_^

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I got a package from Andrea yesterday [the first at my new address, yay!] containing, among other things, Prunella Jones. She came to me under the name Gavali, a repainted, rerooted High School Musical Gabriella head on an articulated Ballerina Barbie body drilled to accept action figure hands. Naturally, Andrea did the reroot and repaint, as well as the custom zip-up jumpsuit.
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Andrea sent me a link to the following Flickr photo, where a user rehaired a Mattel Mad Hatter [not Johnny Depp] and used it as an old woman. I clearly need to do this, only with a bulkier articulated body for the figure and a repaint for the head. There may also be fats involved....
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One was Bering Lusk, my Harumika mannequin who went to visit Andrea a while, then came back when I decided that Isabel needed a lifesize doll. I discovered that Bering's arms popped out of their sockets, so I was able to dress her in actual clothes, as opposed to the strange tuck-and-wrap fabrics she was sold with.Read more... )
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Vitra, a company that designs furniture, issues 1:6 scale replicas of famous modern chairs -- their Vitra Miniatures series. Meticulously crafted and true to scale, these pieces are truly beautiful. I happen to have a yellow Vitra Mini Panton chair, shown in the foreground below, only because Andrea gave it to me.

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There's really no other way that I would end up having any Vitra Minis because their prices soar far beyond what I even pay for human-sized furniture. For example, they make a lovely rocking chair of wicker and wood replicating Kohn and Thonet's 1882 Schaukelsessel No. 9. It can be yours for only $755.00 [free s/h!!] at AllModern. Jesus, for that price, I'd buy a dozen 1:6 scale action figures instead.

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Isabel got the two shirts and dolls shown from Andrea today. Isabel clearly likes coordinating her hair with her outfits.

Farking around with the "bloom" effect in Photoscape produced the halos of light around her head. Read more... )
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As I have mentioned many times before, the first 1:6 scale BJD I ever loved was Soom's Mini Gem Uyoo. I went through several cycles of acquiring her and getting rid of her, ultimately always unable to resist her big-eyed, wondering expression.

At this point in my life, I've realized that Uyoo is the BJD equivalent of Takara CG02. I have an unreasonable attachment to this headsculpt, which leads me to own multiple exemplars. Just as I have a default AJ, I also have a default Uyoo, that is, one with the Soom faceup: Theophany [the annoying]. Just as I have an altered AJ, Steampink, so I also have a customized Uyoo, Novella, my Romantic one, that I faceupped. I also currently have a third Uyoo, MacKenzie, a Quite Rabbit LE who is up for sale on the DOA marketplace and who has never appeared except in whole-population shots.

Anyway, here are my two Uyoos from the same universe, i.e., Zombieville. On the left is Novella, a Romantic Uyoo in white skin, faceup and wig by me, outfit by the grab bag with help from Andrea.  On the right is Theophany [the annoying], a regular Uyoo in normal skin [fucking racist resin color names!], with a default Soom faceup, outfit by the grab bag with help from Andrea.Read more... )


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Andrea sent me a picture this morning of the stuff she made for me. How cool!!Read more... )

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Andrea sent me some possibilities of printed cotton for some 1:6 scale clothes she's making me. I put check marks on the ones I prefer.
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Finally got around to making Mellifer his truly elaborate skirt out of some fabric from Andrea and a safety pin. While I was at it, I gave him a headdress made of a scrap of the same material held on by some clear rubber bands. Even though I like the effect, it's not what I'm looking for, so it will go away as soon as he gets hair.
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Oops. I realized after taking these that none of them really show his skirt, which was the whole reason I was supposed to be taking the pictures.


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Along with Theophany [and a bag of underwear] came Peekaboo, a custom dolly from Andrea. I believe she's a Mattel Lea head on a Volks something-or-other Liv body with enlarged breasts, added horns and tail. Don't forget the red skin! I like how she looks inquisitive and mischievous at the same time. She's coming to work with me....
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They eat your bank account and spit it out.

In BJD news, Nathaniel is leaving, and Béatrice [that's bay-ah-TREECE, the French pronunciation], a Tinybear Bonbon, is arriving in partial trade. As I've mentioned before, while I do have 1:3 scale dolls, 1:6 scale is my first love. Swapping a 1:3er for a 1:6er benefits me, as well as the buyer darthmissy, who is extremely excited about having a Volks Emma.

I now have a nice chunk of change in my Paypal account, some of which will go toward bubble wrap and s/h for Nathaniel [who is going unstrung in a large flat-rate priority mail box to save on shipping], the rest of which will go toward...

Jareth: "...My wardrobe, obviously! You'll have enough to get me everything on my wish list and then some!"

FLE car: "STFU noob. $350.97 of that is mine."

Theophany: "Yeah, plus she still owes Andrea $106.50 toward me. Wait your turn, person who cost an ungodly amount of money to put together!"

Putative doll based on Elfdoll Doona Ryung: "Yeah, quit pissing and moaning! I don't even exist yet. I am definitely a higher priority than another pair of demandypants for you."

Me [thinking]: I should take a picture of Jareth looking at my checkbook with the caption "SOON..."

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...the closer to God! I found this site because Andrea saw this wig and thought of Mick.

After poking around the site, I realize why the stock looks so familiar. Given the problems of scale, these 1:1 wigs on 1:1 heads look very similar to 1:6 scale wigs on 1:6 scale heads. Any time you try to do curls, waves or any sort of updo in 1:6 scale using 1:1 wig hair, it inevitably results in something that looks like pagodas or minarets formed by hairspray. Check out pretty much any wig on Monique Trading Company's site for reference. O_O
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I've been paying her off since September 17th, which is ages ago, as far as my impatient self is concerned. I have two $35.00 installments left, and I so want to pay her off early and get her here, but I've already promised a portion of tomorrow's paycheck to Theophany, the other incoming Uyoo [from Andrea], as well as some other stuff from Andrea that just had to come home with me.

This is the dance of excitement + antici...PATION!

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Andrea is selling me Eudora, her NS Uyoo with a default faceup. I regret getting rid of my own NS Uyoo with default faceup some time ago, so this one is a substitute, and I will not let her go. Her name will be Theophany [thee OFF a nee], which I much prefer over the English bastardization, Tiffany.
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Look who I found in a box in my closet today! These are Verity [left] and Kami [right], two Groovy Girl dolls by Manhattan Toy. [Incidentally, they are sitting on a sofa made for 1:6 scale figs by Andrea. It's made out of a tissue box.]

Anyway, Manhattan Toy launched the Groovy Girls line in 1998. They are a series of 13" plush, unarticulated girls and boys that are supposed to be between 9 and 13. Every single doll has its own unique name, skin tone, hair color, hair style, embroidered facial expression and outfit. Goorvy Girls' outfits characteristically feature bright colors, large patterns and a cheerfully flagrant disregard for coordination.

Groovy Girls are clearly made with love and attention to detail. Look at the different shapes of Verity and Kami's mouths, noses and eyes. Look at the pale pink undertones in Verity's skin as compared to the light brown undertones in Kami's. Look at the slight blushing at the ends of Verity's smile. Look at the "dyed red" sections of Verity's hair and the dark brown [but not black] yarn ringlets selected for Kami's. Finally, please note that Verity has three silver studs in one ear. While Groovy Girls are definitely mass-produced toys, each one is clearly designed as an individual character with her own personality and her own style. I can tell that the Manhattan Toy designers have fun thinking up designs for new Groovy Girls. ^_^
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I have acquired a pair of Soom Galena lower legs and talons in grey resin. Thanks, Jess_kane!
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After inveighing against people who buy recast, knockoff, bootleg dolls, I just bought one myself unwittingly. Since Millie's seamless Phicen body broke an arm when I breathed on it, I purchased her a pale TTL large bust body with standard, visible joints, which came yesterday. I was very pleased with it. Then Andrea told me that it was a recast of the CG 2.0. Pooooooooooop. Now I'm back at square one because I have to get rid of this TTL body and find an ethical replacement.

In good news, the guy who sold Millie to me, Sith Lord McGyver, offered to replace her broken body, so I'm trying to find out what that would entail.
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Again, August is a Buddy Doll April winking, and N'Yenya is an Integrity Toys Monsieur Z Fly Girl repainted by Andrea. There are subtle differences, such as N'Yenya's longer face and slightly upturned nose, but they are remarkably similar!

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18 of 26 dolls that I want to get rid of have been spoken for! This riddance is going much better than I expected!

I'm also...uh...acquiring a 1:6er. Watch this space. CURSE YOU, ANDREA! :p
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11 out of 26 1:6ers have now been spoken for! [Thanks, Andrea!] I'm glad that others can use and/or enjoy the fruits of my labor that I no longer want.
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Ellery and Lucian's clothes from Andrea came today! Sadly the jeans and the underwear did not fit because the measurements that I gave Andrea were too small, though I took them from Lumedoll's Web site. Regardless, here's Ellery the geek with her questionable sense of style and Lucian the sly, finally with pants. Bonus picture of them together!!Read more... )
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How do you think Ellery looks with long blond hair? She doesn't look right to me...too severe..... [Wearing a dress by an42!]
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Andrea finished up Ellery's clothes recently and sent me pictures of the final products.
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Andrea showed me Ellery's underwear and one of her many pairs of sleeves today. "Semper ubi sub ubi...." Tee hee hee!
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Andrea is making some of Ellery's clothes. Here's what she has so far. Look at the incredible little patchwork skirt!!
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I went to my parents' house today to unpack and bring back those things from my 1:6 amassment that I will need for starting off Me and My Muses. First off, here are the tertiary characters that I brought home. From left to right, Jo, MacKenzie, Melinda, Avery, Kristen. Everyone's wearing something by an42!Read more... )
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Searching for "blythe sports shoes" on Ebay brings up a selection of footwear <$10.00 a pair that will accommodate Lumelight fems' feet.

Andrea [who is God] tells me that Momoko and Pullip clothes will very likely be too small for Ellery and Jessica, so I have commissioned someone [=God] to make a stylistically clashing wardrobe for Ellery.

My ideal wardrobe for Ellery would be
  • a tiered skirt of mismatching layers
  • some underwear [bra and briefs]
  • a T-shirt that says FEMINIST
  • a T-shirt that says GEEK
  • a pair of jeans that go up to her waist
  • a long-sleeved shirt to wear open over the T-shirts [i.e., doesn't need fasteners] and
  • as many as possible pairs of sleeves with all different patterns and colors.
Meanwhile, I have given up on my search for a French maid outfit for Jessica Jamisia. I will just use a dress [Ebru's] and apron [Materyllis', shown under her felt apron here] from Andrea that I already have, and I'll leave it at that. I'm already laying out quite a bit for the 4 main dolls themselves and Ellery and Lucian's clothes, so I'd like to save where possible.
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What do you think she's writing about?

Her dress and necklace are by the inimitable an42!!!Read more... )

More Sarah

Oct. 13th, 2010 06:07 pm
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Before I send her head off tomorrow, here are a few more shots of Sarah, showing her current fabulous outfit!Read more... )
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Behold her now with incorrect faceup, eyes and wig. Soon her head will be off to Arianne02 for repainting; she'll get some green eyes and brown hair [and pink hair!], and she'll be set. For now, we get some pictures. Lovely, fashionable outfit is by an42 or DollsAhoy.

Note to self: Get some 12 gauge wire for Sarah's arms. Read more... )
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Just two more photos of my new AJ.Read more... )
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I painted Sophie's eyes black this evening in an effort to make her features stand out a bit more. What do you think I should do to her lips to make them more visible? In these pictures, she's meeting Ebru, my YNU Group Mixi Houda, who has a new hat. Both of them are wearing an42 dresses!Read more... )
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Just a few people [six] came to doll club today, so the meeting lasted shorter than usual. I brought Tamsin, a doll customized by Andrea and wearing a combo of dress, apron and stockings made by Andrea, sitting in a Vitra mini chair from a package from Andrea. Tamsin's multicolored hair and detailed paint job were much exclaimed over.Read more... )
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I bought Tanzen, now named Tamsin, from Andrea, and she [Tamsin, not Andrea] came in the mail today, barefoot, with a bonus off-the-shoulder red knit dress. I took a few pictures of her rainbow hair and, as I did so, she opened up, but still remained shy.Read more... )


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I brought Shaniqua [top] and N'Yenya [bottom] to doll club to show off their dresses by Andrea, where they were much exclaimed over.Read more... )
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Ebru shows off yet another one of my spoils from Andrea's package. The package contained about 30 items of clothing for $25.00 total, and I kept 19 items, making each item just about $1.32, which is a bargain for clothing by my favorite designer for 1:6! As you can tell, the population is very happy with the results too. I think I need an "andrea" tag, just to keep track of the clothes and packages from her that I showcase here!   Read more... )
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Anneka shows off another garment from the big batch of Andrea's partly showcased yesterday on N'Yenya, Shaniqua, Materyllis and Janet. Dress is by Andrea, and sleeves are from a Barbie dress by Andrea.  Read more... )
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I bought a bunch of various dresses off Andrea this week, and now some LHFers are modeling the results. From left to right, there's N'Yenya, Shaniqua, Materyllis and Janet. My favorite article of clothing in the picture is N'Yenya's dress. Janet's shirt is adapted from a Barbie-sized dress. It, of course, has robots on it! Now if only I could get Janet to look at the camera... Read more... )

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