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Well, Sabik's pending. The buyer is paying for him in money and commissioned clothes for 1:6 dolls. I'm currently brainstorming a list of horrors in which to clothe Anneka, Will and their groupies.

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Curse me -- I'm thinking of getting an Anneka BJD so that my Will BJD would have a friend, and then I could do on-location shoots as a supplement to LHF...
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I finally went to doll club today with Will and Sardonix. Will's clothes reached a new sartorial nadir of horrible fabulousness; I never knew I could create such staggering amounts of fashion-related weirdness with a limited number of items. He also got a new wig from Volks SD Kun, a brownish, ex-blond long straight cut. For once in her life, Sardonix kept quiet and didn't cause any trouble, probably because she was too busy stabbing things with her Vengeance Unicorn.
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Over the past 4 years [ack, has it been that long?], Will has been one of the most physically instable characters of mine. He started off as a default Sideshow Toy general edition Spike 12" doll. Then I put a custom resin sculpt of James Marsters on the same body. Then I went to a Dragon body with CG ankle cups so he could wear high heels. Then I tried to make him a skinny hybrid body, and he was on a weird early Medicom body for a while. Then I got him a modern, shorter Medicom body. Plus I resculpted his hair about 4 times during that period; it went from the default greasy comb-back, to a poofy comb-back, to a meringue-like sort of mess, to a modified bowl cut. I also repainted him about 5 times, each time making his skin paler and his makeup darker.

After the 1:6 modern Medicom body broke, I put the 1:6 Will in storage. Then I got my 1:3 Will.

Then he went digital in October, 2007. Since then, he's gone through 4 reconstructions from scratch and countless textures [or paint jobs]. I need to do a slideshow of him through time in the same way that I collected a bunch of photos of my Frank doll[s].
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If so, fire away. This is about my BJDs only. Questions about the characters' personalities, dolls' construction and decoration, expenses, etc. welcomed. My BJDs are...


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Well, this set was intended to show Will's naturalistic posture in my living room, knees curled up toward his chest, hands in his lap. Instead, I cranked with the levels, contrast and Dark Strokes filter to get these pictures. He either looks like he has skull holes instead of eyes or he's been punched in the face...take your pick.
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I got some new paintbrushes today. I will NOT be storing these bristles down. Anyway, I got out my supplies...



Then I shaved some pastels with my craft knife onto my technologically advanced palette:


Then I made a mess all over Will's face, putting some brown around his nose and on his philtrum and, most significantly, a thin layer of purple shadows [see unmixed blue + red above] under his eyes. Here's a harshly lit shot that shows the additions. I am just now exploiting his darkened eyes in a formal shoot.
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Will had some marks on his nose. I tried to erase them with paint remover. In doing so, I erased all the paint from his nose, forming ragged edges between his paintless bridge of his nose and everywhere where the paint is. I tried to fix this today by applying some shaved pastels to the ragged areas. The result is very messy because I was working in low lamplight, not natural daylight. Also my paintbrush was frazzled. Finally, I have a messy and unfinished style of painting and drawing anyway.

I'm not really perturbed by the messiness. When I first got Will, he looked perfect, pure and unblemished. I admire the high grade of resin used to make the doll, but the appearance of the doll is not accurate to Will's character. Will is supposed to be over 130 years old. While his body has remained at approximately 30, he has suffered over a century of wear and tear. I imagine him as beautiful but also haggard, more like an aristocratic, finely made-up old lady who used to be a pageant queen, rather than a person in his shining prime. My messiness thus takes away his flawless appearance, but he's not supposed to look young anyway.
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I'm purchasing two fake fur wigs from Wicked Wigs secondhand. One is a patchwork of black and orange, the other a twist between white and blood red. Will's wardrobe may never progress beyond leather pants and a black tank top, but he'll have hot-rockin' hair.

Flaming...

Sep. 30th, 2007 03:16 pm
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Especially with messed-up levels and high white contrast.
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When you've been wearing make-up for 100+ years, it becomes very, errrrr, stylized....
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...But it disappeared in my fascination with Will's head.
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For some reason, those song lyrics are in my head. Here are some artsy-fartsy shots of Will with hair that approximates his actual length of hair.
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Here's what my desk looks like in my new apartment. As you can see, everyone is very interested in whatever I do on the computer! [I have no idea why it's so small. I must have resized it twice.]
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More messing around with burn/dodge [on the eyes] and wild skewing of levels and contrast. Will just conduces this somehow.
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When I look at Will with my eyes, I feel as if I am seeing his character the way that he presents to the world. When I look at photographs of him, I can adjust color, contrast, levels and burn/dodge so that I can see his moods, feelings, thoughts and parts of his character's mental state that he keeps hidden. Apparently his mood have lots of eyeliner....
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Sometimes freelancers sell out.
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At the Burlington Doll Club meet today, I enjoyed seeing members that I hadn't greeted in a while. I showed off my new Sabik, and Rosa Palomino's YoSD Ann was interested in his hat.
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Dull comparison for no one except me. Here's a photo of Will next to a picture of a story character that I drew about 7 years ago. The character was originally invented about 12 years ago, and I've been pursuing his likeness for over a decade.
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Now that I've moved to an apartment with more than two rooms, I have an improved set-up for photographing my dolls. My desk now sits in the living room with a filled-in fireplace to the left and two windows to the right. The wealth of natural light + white walls provides soft tones and bright colors, in contrast to my previous apartment, where yellow walls + way too much daylight produced overly warm tones and yellowy colors. These pictures were taken at about 5:15 PM.
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I did some dolly wrasslin' after work today, using 18 gauge plastic coated steel wire to thread through Will's arms. Since I had trouble getting one piece of wire all the way through both arms and the torso cavity [daunted by the curving holes in his upper arms -- who thought that was a good idea?!], I ended up using two pieces of wire. One piece goes all the way through his left arm and out his right shoulder hole, down his right upper arm, while the other runs from his right forearm to his right upper arm. Now he can achieve the following poses without aid from me.
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Frank's in pieces all over my desk and bed right now because finally, after a wait of over a year, I finally have a bulkier, larger set of double-jointed arms, more in proportion with his body, than the defaults than came with the Doll More Model Doll girl body. Yes, the TwigLimbs arms have arrived, and I'm pleased with them.[profile] twigling has balanced an intimate knowledge of musculature and solidity with a pleasingly realistic style. Pictures below.
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Moping looks extra picturesque at night. Thank you, Will. Most of these photos were created by tinkering with greyscale, levels and burn/dodge around his eyes. They're gloooowwwwwing.... First is my favorite.

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I took pictures of Will in the areas outside around my work. He drapes so nicely on stonework and he exerts an irresistible gravitational pull on my camera. He is just as much a pleasure to photograph as Submit [Elfdoll Hana Devil], only more so because he's bigger!
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The world needs more Sabik pictures demonstrating the beauty of this doll, so here's my excuse to talk to Will and show him off at the same time...
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Poor light and a wobbly grip on my camera means few good shots, but I thought I'd post them anyhow. Will does the languid, melancholy and introverted mood very well, I think. Incidentally, he is wearing a black see-through sleeveless that came with the I.B. Hunter outfit, the Dollheart Kala skirt, default black fishnets from Dollmore's Bella Auden and Cheerydoll mixed black shit-kickers. As always, his sense of style is debatable.
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According to the post office, he is attempting to redeliver himself to my work address, at which I am waiting excitedly. Hopefully he comes soon!
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According to the post office, he is attempting to redeliver himself to my work address, at which I am waiting excitedly. Hopefully he comes soon!
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As I was tracking my EMS package this morning, I found out that Will is in the States, apparently just waiting until my work building is open so he can come in! Tracking says that there was a delivery attempt yesterday and a notice left. Since the attempt was to an office building, my work address, I am baffled as to where they left the attempt notice. The receptionist hasn't seen it. Hopefully Will will arrive successfully today, much sooner than I expected! I was anticipating at least 3 weeks between last payment and arrival.

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As I was tracking my EMS package this morning, I found out that Will is in the States, apparently just waiting until my work building is open so he can come in! Tracking says that there was a delivery attempt yesterday and a notice left. Since the attempt was to an office building, my work address, I am baffled as to where they left the attempt notice. The receptionist hasn't seen it. Hopefully Will will arrive successfully today, much sooner than I expected! I was anticipating at least 3 weeks between last payment and arrival.

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I made the final installment payment on Will. $1332.80/$1332.80 is paid! 100%! No more doll debt.... Now I'm just awaiting his arrival. I wonder how long Soom takes to ship items that are all ready to go.
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I made the final installment payment on Will. $1332.80/$1332.80 is paid! 100%! No more doll debt.... Now I'm just awaiting his arrival. I wonder how long Soom takes to ship items that are all ready to go.
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I pared down my Will order again to just the I.B. Hunter doll with outfit and a pair of underwear. New total = $1332.80, with $1097.61 paid, $235.19 outstanding.
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I just made a payment on Will, bringing the total amount paid to $1097.61. I guess I've purchased all of him up to his nipples. I can't wait to get his head!
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I just made a payment on Will, bringing the total amount paid to $1097.61. I guess I've purchased all of him up to his nipples. I can't wait to get his head!
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Took some stuff off my Will order, reducing total to $1437.60. As much as I eagerly await my doll, I'm annoyed that the price for I.B. Hunter Sabik was so ridiculously inflated compared to the initial release and then to Cyborg Sabik. I'm also very annoyed with myself for paying said inflated price.
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Took some stuff off my Will order, reducing total to $1437.60. As much as I eagerly await my doll, I'm annoyed that the price for I.B. Hunter Sabik was so ridiculously inflated compared to the initial release and then to Cyborg Sabik. I'm also very annoyed with myself for paying said inflated price.
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I just made another installment on the Will doll, which brings me to $722.61 of $1498.60 paid off.  I think I've just about successfully purchased his legs, which make up 40 cm of his 80 cm gangliness. Did I mention he was an expensive fucker? I hope he plays fetch, washes my dishes and gives back rubs for that kind of money...
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I just made another installment on the Will doll, which brings me to $722.61 of $1498.60 paid off.  I think I've just about successfully purchased his legs, which make up 40 cm of his 80 cm gangliness. Did I mention he was an expensive fucker? I hope he plays fetch, washes my dishes and gives back rubs for that kind of money...
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I have a Destiny, doncha know? With a capital D. Really! I've got a
prophecy and superpowers and everything.

Supposedly.
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I have a Destiny, doncha know? With a capital D. Really! I've got a
prophecy and superpowers and everything.

Supposedly.
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I'm gonna compare these to measurements for Jareth and see what clothes Will might fit into. The stupendousness is fascinating, huh?

Based on these measurements and the eyeballing of my BJD wardrobe, I expect Will to fit into the following:

Tops: stretchy lace leotard, the black sweater with red trim, the men's white dress shirt with sleeves up, the lace shirt, blank tank, Hell Queen bodice [with some wedging]

Bottoms: Hell Queen velvet bloomers [hah!], Kala skirt, red leggings [legs too short], grey leggings [legs too short]

Shoes: Jareth's shitkickers, Frank's faaaaahbulous pink glitter-shitting boots

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I'm gonna compare these to measurements for Jareth and see what clothes Will might fit into. The stupendousness is fascinating, huh?

Based on these measurements and the eyeballing of my BJD wardrobe, I expect Will to fit into the following:

Tops: stretchy lace leotard, the black sweater with red trim, the men's white dress shirt with sleeves up, the lace shirt, blank tank, Hell Queen bodice [with some wedging]

Bottoms: Hell Queen velvet bloomers [hah!], Kala skirt, red leggings [legs too short], grey leggings [legs too short]

Shoes: Jareth's shitkickers, Frank's faaaaahbulous pink glitter-shitting boots

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I've seen Just The Right Shoe shoe sculptures in tchotchke shops. The designs have attracted me, but the fact that there is only ONE shoe has annoyed me. However, now that I see that they are 4 inches long, I think that there might be an actual use for these frustrating collectibles. You see...4 inches = 10.16 cm, which is about 2 cm longer than Sabik's feets [8.3 cm] and generally about 1:3. Perhaps it is possible to modify some of these JTRSs into fabulous footwear for my dolls...namely WIll, for whom I cannot find a decent pair of atrocious heels to save my life... JTRSs sold here.

Fete miniature shoes are sold through Amazon.

Disco sandal keychains...?

High-heeled pump keychains...?

And these...oh, these...are the ultimate in coolness: Disco Diva JTRSs. Cheap here.
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I've seen Just The Right Shoe shoe sculptures in tchotchke shops. The designs have attracted me, but the fact that there is only ONE shoe has annoyed me. However, now that I see that they are 4 inches long, I think that there might be an actual use for these frustrating collectibles. You see...4 inches = 10.16 cm, which is about 2 cm longer than Sabik's feets [8.3 cm] and generally about 1:3. Perhaps it is possible to modify some of these JTRSs into fabulous footwear for my dolls...namely WIll, for whom I cannot find a decent pair of atrocious heels to save my life... JTRSs sold here.

Fete miniature shoes are sold through Amazon.

Disco sandal keychains...?

High-heeled pump keychains...?

And these...oh, these...are the ultimate in coolness: Disco Diva JTRSs. Cheap here.
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...although, since he is on layaway, the doll will not arrive for a while. Expensive fucker.

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