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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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 My Alvin Ailey Barbie arrived today. As you can see in the first picture, she was allowed to keep her leotard top, but Absinthe claimed her full, fluffy skirt. Absinthe always makes me think of flowers and lace, which is odd, given that she's much more of an anise and wormwood girl.

The second picture shows how different two instances of the same headsculpt can look on different people. On the left, Shaniqua, a kind, cheerful, rather shy person who doesn't really like talking about how thin she is because she's naturally that way and she doesn't think it looks that good. On the right, Velvette, the sterner, more cynical person who can wither bullshit in its tracks and who comes across as tough and self-deprecating rather than just nice.

I love the Mbili headsculpt.  Read more... )

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I just got one because she is hot. She appears to have the Mbili Barbie sculpt, my favoritest ever. [Velvette has it.] She also has a long, layered, white dress that will probably be stolen by someone else. Plus she's articulated everywhere but the ankles...even her wrists! All I'll have to do is saw off those stupid, impractical pointed toes and supply some better feet or really rigid shoes. No, she has no character yet, but that is okay because she is HOT.
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Side stories done and in progress
  • Janet, Velvette and Viktor
  • Absinthe [and Margie]
Side stories planned
  • Susie
  • Little Anneka
  • Little Will
Side stories that would definitely be really interesting!
  • Dom [and Geordie!]: how he got to Newton
  • Zinnia Pascale: how she became a zombie
  • Janet: how she got disgraced
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Another trade with corsetkitten yields a bad-ass doll [photo by Mick Balte] done by Character Options with no designated character...although I suspect she will become Alicia, Janet and Velvette's mom, an ex-feminist porn star turned evangelical Christian and writer of devotional poetry.

After college, Alicia and friends moved out West to start their feminist porn company. Alicia had her kids with some of her fellow start-up dudes in the business, then moved to her hometown area, Boston, to escape the volatile world of Californian porn in order to raise her daughters.

She has a long history of disappointment in her daughters because they appear to take after her own sexually adventurous tendencies. She kicked Velvette out of the house when Velvette started her fetish modeling and fashion designing. Velvette went to live with Janet, who was the exemplary, smart, overachieving, successful, sexually repressed daughter, until the sex scandal that brought her dismissal from MIT. Fearing their mom's disapproving wrath, Janet and Velvette stayed far away in Cambridge, pissing each other off instead of dealing with Alicia.

Like I said, Alicia turned her considerable zeal into evangelical Christianity. She got saved and convicted. She may be an ex-masturbator.  Since both Janet and Velvette are queer, with heavily kinky associations [Janet with robo-sex, Velvette with BDSM], they both pretend that their mom doesn't exist. It's a protective measure because they are sure that she will condemn them. She keeps sending them books of her devotional poetry, which they keep ignoring. It's obvious that the daughters still love their mom and the mom still loves her daughters, or at least they all WANT to love each other, but they stay apart because of painful history.

There are definite class tensions between Alicia and her daughters because Alicia was indoctrinated with the concepts of assimilating, overachieving and being an outstanding representative of her race. She not-so-secretly thinks that Velvette and Janet are not being a credit to her because their behavior reflects a reversion to the "black woman as oversexed slut" stereotype. "I wanted you to work hard and make something of yourselves, not sleep around and ruin it!" Clearly there's an element of bitterness and possibly self-hatred here, since Alicia had kids, which interrupted her hard work on the porn co.

Clearly I'm not going to explore all these tensions in depth in one side story, but, if I can at least allude to them accurately to make a rich, believable portrayal of my favorite secondaries [who are also characters of color]. [I've been thinking a lot recently about, as a white writer, writing believable, convincing, non-stereotypical characters of color, which is hard.] Yay more plots for Velvette and Janet! ...Especially Janet... I think everyone dumps on her, but she has a really interesting inner life and motivations and past [what was that scandal at MIT????] that she never divulges. It's always the quiet ones....

Well, anyway, the Martha Jones doll obviously needs her hair painted grey and her face lined to show age.

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So Doctor over on MWD picked me up some $5.00 Uneeda fashion dolls from an Indianan clearance store. He had previously posted pictures of the outfits from said finds. Amazingly enough, all pieces fit CGs, except for shoes and underwear. Attracted by the neon colors, I sought the Uneeda outfits for those characters of mine without fashion sense. Results are shown below.

Oh yeah...and a note about light. As shown in this photo, my spiffy full-spectrum lights are much too harsh, focused and intense, creating dramatic shadows that I don't need all the time. I must figure out how to diffuse my light sources. And now back to our show.  Read more... )
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She reminds me of Velvette. I think they share the same VitC sculpt.

EDIT: As Andrea says, Velvette [Mbili Barbie] and Kwanzaa Barbie share the same headsculpt, which is named after its first appearance, Mbili. As far as I know, only 3 Barbies have been produced with the Mbili sculpt: Mbili, Princess of South Africa and Kwanzaa. Too bad, as she is my favorite.
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Two years ago, I picked up an idea online for how to make a cheap light box. A light box is a device to diffuse light around objects that one is taking pictures of, thus mitigating the effect of crappy amateurish lighting rigs [read: desk bulbs]. Following the guide posted on Strobist, I chopped up a cardboard box and tissue paper to create the following:

LHF toons

Jan. 20th, 2008 10:28 pm
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So I put my favorite LHF characters into toon form and arranged them all together for a group shot. Their poses and facial expressions, as well as who they are watching, give you clues as to their characters....
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I'm especially amused by this old Onion article because the mad scientists who bring back the dead are from MIT, which is where Janet, who reanimated her sister Velvette, studied. 
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Janet Planet, semi-mad scientist, sister to Velvette Crush and creator of Viktor, shown in a heavily cropped portrait shot because I haven't found appropriately baggy and formless clothes for her yet.



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