preparing for details -

November 30th, 2007 by _d2_

so i’ve got the torso most of the way down – it’s about the size i want the finished piece to be, and i’ve started on the shoulders and arms.for details i’m going to follow some of the examples in “modeling the figure in clay” by bruno lucchesi and margit malmstrom — it’s a great refrence for the muscles and details – the figures are simply gorgeous! of course i’m still working from yoshida’s are just a couple quick pics -rough torso next steparm holesbody and arms

torso halfway there —

November 28th, 2007 by _d2_

the torso is going well — i’ve sanded some parts and will be sanding more as well as building up the fine details.rough torsohere’s a comparison with my only mini girl torso — a bw dollzone girl bodytorso comparison1torso comparison2torso comparison 3i also got straws to be the arms and legs – the straws are a little longer than the dollzone arms, but i think it’ll be fine. otherwise they work great – and since they have the bend in them, i can use that as a shoulder guide.straw armsstraw arms comparison

further progress hindered temporarily….

November 24th, 2007 by _d2_

well, things have progressed and backtracked….i’ve finished cutting out the styrofoam pieces -mini body styrofoammini body styrofoam 2and started to put paper machie on the body for the paper clay to stick to -paper machieand started to put the paper clay – a mixture of premier and la doll -claysonly to have the torso snap and realize that i had done the shoulders wrong as well as the paper clays not sticking to the arms, so i’m going to have to redo it around straws or something like body claymini body clay 2i’ll have to wait for the torso to completely dry before carving the shoulders back and sanding it down to add more detail.

a change in plans -

November 21st, 2007 by _d2_

well, i’ve been thinking a bit about how crazy it is to make two different sizes at once – so i’ve decided to stick to just the mini sized body and get a mnf luts sleeping chiwoo head for oblivion and make her a mini.i’ve also come up with a few other ideas for mini dolls i want to do – a male who is playing a violin which has become a part of him (hope to have a pic of that up soon) and a female who is partially invisible in the style of the sci-fi cyber girls who seem to be partially out of glass – parts of her will be cast in clear resin. a very ambitious idea but one i hope to achieve.i’m also thinking of doing a few animal inspired ones – namely chinese crested werewolf like creature and at least one anime inspired cat you can see – i’ve got a lot ahead of me, but the paper clay came today and while i wasn’t able to do the paper machie today, i’ll do it tomorrow and start the final sculpting as well — though i need to draw out the arms/legs/hands/feet for the mini’s a big change in plans, but i think over all it will be for the best by helping me focus more.

updating –

November 20th, 2007 by _d2_

but sadly i don’t have pictures… the light disappeared before i finished.i’ve finished sculpting both torsos out of the styrofoam, as well as arms for the larger torso.the project is going along surprisingly well/quickly — my next step is to cover the parts in a light layer of paper machie so the paper clay will adhere to the piece. my mom’s kindly ordered a ton of paper clay for us to work with. so hopefully the paper machie will go one tomorrow so that friday after the holiday i can start the sculpting.i’m following (mostly) the steps in ryo yoshida’s book “yoshida style : ball jointed doll making guide” as well as all sorts of wonderful tips i’ve gotten from den of angels and the wonderful dollmakers on there.

sculpting part one, step one –

November 18th, 2007 by _d2_

perhaps the hardest part of it all is working with the stupid styrofoam to create the inside shape of the piece (the hollow part in the finished piece).with oblivion’s torso i had cut out the piece only to realize i had cut the back and neck at the wrong angles, and so had to cut her into pieces and tape them at the right angles.front viewyou can really see the difference between the original sketch and the finished cut outside viewbut at least i was able to learn from my mistake and when i cut out the outlines for the mini torso i was able to cut it out correctly -mini sketchesafter tracing around the outlines i started to cut the piece away from the larger block of foam only to have it break ><;;;;;;but being impatient – i glued it together, stuck some pins in for support, and then worked on cutting it out anyway… only to realize i really did need to wait for the glue to dry.partially cut outpartially cut out 2it’s going to be a lot of work — and now i have a deadline of june next year to finish the bodies because my mom said i could go to niada with her if i had something finished by then… no pressure, right?at least xmas break is coming up…..


November 16th, 2007 by _d2_

okay,so i’ve got scans of the sketches of the body for oblivion(who will be about 60cms tall and her head (and probably hands) will be bought from luts – i’m planning a modified sleeping chiwoo) as well as the first sketch for my own line of 45ish cm dolls similiar in size to unoas and narindolls.i’m going to try for the ball joints in the hips to be attached to the torso – while it is less natural, i find it more aesthetically pleasing.sketch onei hope to make three part joints for the elbows and knees to create better mobility -arm sketchleg sketchand the 45cm body sketch – i need to still sketch out the legs, arms, hands/feet, and heads for this size. i going with a face plate like system because i find them easier to bodyand if you’re curious for the concepts for the dolls, you can see them here -rag man – the idea for him is a ragdoll who’s slowly sewing himself back together. one arm will end in a bobbin with thread. whether or not the final doll will be frozen in place or will have thread in his stitching is still unknown.yukito – a gothic interpretation of the white rabbit from alice in wonderland — he’ll have a broken watch inset in his chest. this is a piece i’m really looking forward making.thorn queen – i’m not sure where she came from, but her crown and hair will be an interesting challenge.mirror – the biggest challenge on her will be the four arms and making sure they’re positioned right so as not to interfere with the other arms. she’ll also have half her face hinged so that it will open like a door.


i've been drawing for as long as i could hold a pencil and art became my first language. though i've only been sculpting since 2007, i fell in love with the idea of being able to bring my drawings to life. i am heavily inspired by medieval macabre artwork, japanese yokai, and oddly enough, sherlock holmes. currently i'm living just south of beautiful portland oregon ^^