Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2D Roombox: The Garden

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So the idea is pretty basic. I have a small obsession with roomboxes and since I can't build any 3D models, I thought it would be cute to draw some. First one is based on the scene from Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away, where Sen invites No Face into the bathhouse. Dun dun dun!






Almost done!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Doll Chateau Grace Arrival



Back in September, I got my Doll Chateau Grace in but never took the time to do a good review. She is my first DC doll and I also go her in their brand new green skin.

She is the elf version on the new centaur body (K-body-16). I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the head sculpt, but I do like it better than most of the DC girls.

I ordered her in May 2016 through Mint on Card and paid in full. I knew DC’s wait time was around 6-8 months so I settled in for the wait. During the initial release, a free Ada doll was given as a gift for all Grace orders. I was pleasantly surprised that it was Ada with both the four-legged body as well as the tummy piece to make her a two-legged doll.

Grace arrived to me days before my birthday very well packed. All DC dolls come with “sleeping bags” which are basically thick, padded drawstring bags, inside of a box. Ada had her own tiny little bag which was a gorgeous purple, and Grace had a very large bag that’s a nice orange. Because of the shape of Grace’s elf body, it doesn’t fit as well in the bag as a normal body, but it actually sits pretty snug with some creative bending.

I would also like to note that DC packed the box with no wiggle room so all contents were very secure during shipping. And they used pink, heart shaped bubble wrap! I am on a hunt for that bubble wrap now. I just loved it.


The first thing I noticed about Grace was that she’s gigantic. I’ve never had a doll taller than 42cm so she was massive at 52cm and four legs. When I stood her up on all fours, she was almost as tall as my dog.


Her back legs were really kicky right out of the box. I also noticed that as I manipulated her into different poses, these clear white rubber nubs were falling out of her. Not sure if this is a normal DC thing, but it seems they drilled several recesses in each leg joint for these rubber nubs to sit and provide friction for the joint. Unfortunately, the nubs are loose and just set in there, so it didn’t take much to knock them out.



Even after hot glue sueding, I find the legs were difficult to post. Theres not enough surface contact in the hip joint area for the sueding to grip when you try to manipulate anything another than standing straight. I also have hot glued her knees or the extra ankle pieces yet, so she still poses like a newborn fawn. Those legs just want to buckle and bend. I'm thinking she's going to need wiring. I've ordered some kips and will hopefully be able to hot glue the rest of her joints soon.



My favorite thing about her is her hands. I’ve always had a soft spot for the hands with single jointed fingers. I’ve always found the fully jointed hands, where it can bend at each knuckle, to be really ugly. Some DC kids have hands that only bend at the knuckle closest to the hand and I find it so aesthetic and fun. It was quite a bonus that she came with these.

The body is very sturdy, despite how tall and thin it is. I find the human version to be so beautiful, I almost wish I had gotten her human form. The green resin is a beautiful, bold medium mint color. It’s not super pale but it’s not a dark green. I did not see any marbling or resin issues.

As of now, I still don’t have any specific plans for her. I’ve been playing around with concepts for her character but I’m just waiting for my favorite faceup artists to reopen commissions and some free time to start sewing her clothes.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post some progress here soon!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Withdoll Eliza - Darjeeling Aesthetics Faceup

Last spring, I sent my Withdoll Eliza head to Kai Kwong (Darjeeling Aesthetics) as an artist's choice faceup commission. She sent me back this beautiful girl and I never got the chance to share here.




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alpaca Fiber Dye Test

Just dropping a quick picture of the dye test! This is using two colors for solid and ombre effects. Not bad.

I think I'll post a tutorial soon showing the steps from raw to finished using a single lock.

Be back soon!

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jointed Collection - Illustrations pt. 2


I wanted to do something outside of just drawing doll after doll. I decided to touch other aspects of the hobby like doing faceups!

I really admire the faceups artists out there. It's something that I've tried my hand at and just can't get a feel for. Weird right? I contour and paint 2D faces all the time but 3D throws me for a loop. However, this piece is best of both worlds! Also note, I'm left handed so I drew the "artist" holding the brush in their left hand as well :P

This one was a quickie. I was much more focused on the doll head than the hands or general composition of the picture.

Be ready for the next installation in this collection! The planned drawings will be "me and my doll" and "tiny angels".

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jointed Collection - Illustrations pt. 1

I'm working on a small themed collection of illustrations as part of a trade. Hopefully I can finish at least four by my deadline, shooting for five. My schedule is not quite conducive to doing anything but sleeping and chores outside of work, but fingers crossed.

First drawing completed: Dandelions!
No particular inspiration or company that I based the doll on. I just drew a pose and added joints that I like (single torso, double jointed elbows and knees). I maaaay have flaired the hips a bit more than I usually do, but I love dolls with sharp hips. <3


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Resin Smell: Fairyland Fantasy Art Line Rus FS


Today my Fairyland Rus arrived after a pretty short wait. I ordered Rus through DDE on June 18 so it only took 2 months from my order being placed to delivery at my door. I was really hesitant to order another FL doll after my experience with Liria but I can say that Rus has definitely renewed my love for the company.

The box is a new size so they didn’t repurpose a Minifee box or anything. I know some people were getting Realfees that were loosely packed in Littlefee boxes or crammed into Pukifee boxes. However, the Fantasy Art Line Rus did not have any foam cutouts so it was just packed in tight with lots of bubble wrap.

I ordered the Fullset Rus in violet resin and got the RLF Sira event faceplate. It’s actually pretty cute, but I’m not sure I’ll be using it since I don’t really like the RLF size that much.

Rus has some serious weight but poses like a boss. It was really hard to pose at first, because I couldn’t tell where there were clicking parts and if I was bending so hard it was about to break something. I had to rewatch the Youtube video CP released that showed how far the joints can bend.

Rus is strung very well and doesn’t need sueding, although I can imagine that sueding would make it a perfect poser. I was able to get the handstand and one leg stand right out of the box. That's the famous Fairyland posing that I love.

I was very happy with the quality of the resin. Rus is violet and there was no marbling ot discoloration. I was say the violet is a very pale violet, almost like an off white. Hopefully blushing will bring out the colors. Also, I didn't find any scratches or bubbles in the resin. I only saw a few seamlines on the entire doll and it's pretty inconspicuous. The parts are easy to interchange and the magnets are strong.  Zero complaints. And he’s a perfect size to be a pet for the Minifees.

I only wish I had ordered another in Agra tan. >_< Maybe I’ll try to get one second hand off the market in the near future. Current faceup plans include some experimental pigments that I’m hoping to use for an iridescent finish. Some galaxy themed since I still haven’t gotten over that kick. Heh.


Can’t wait to sit down and get started with it! Oh man my wallet is going to hurt when they release another Fantasy Art doll. Now all that’s left to come home is my Doll Chateau Grace and Ada. They should be rolling in around Christmas.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go Safety





Pokemon Go has brought millions of people out from their living rooms and into the great outdoors in the past week. I haven’t seen a social force as strong as this game in a long time. The number of bikers, dog walkers, pedestrians has increased dramatically and I think there are some safety points to put out there.

As a fellow player, I’m happy to see people walking in parks, getting together with friends to play. As a police officer, I see a concerning trend that permeates all players to some degree: a lack of situational awareness.

By now, you’ve probably read articles about how PG players were targeted by robbers in St. Louis and the number of drivers stopping in roadways or involved in accidents while trying to catch a pokemon. It’s so easy to say, “Oh, but I don’t play when I’m driving” or “I pay attention to where I’m walking.” That’s great, and I believe that a large portion of players are doing so safely.
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So tips for continued safe playing:

Look up!

Easy enough. Even when you’re walking in a park, don’t stare at your phone. Aside from looking like a total zombie, you aren’t aware of your surroundings. I’m not saying you’ll miss the potential mugger in an alley, but you don’t want to step off the path and roll your ankle.

This is probably the biggest concern for players (and non players). I’ve seen people walk into parked cars, into roadways, and pretty much anywhere you really don’t want to be. Don’t get hit by a car. Or trip and fall down a hill. I’m not looking forward to working on any vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

Don’t play while driving.

Kinda like texting, you don’t need that distraction no matter how good of a driver you are. Also consider the fact that if you are in a car collision and it’s discovered that you were playing on your phone, you may face criminal and civil lawsuits and penalties.

Also, don’t be the jerk that’s driving 10mph up the street trying to get steps or hit up a Pokestop. You are impeding traffic for everyone else who is trying to get to work or pick up kids.

Pace yourself.

The whole point is to get out and go, but don’t overdo it. If you’ve been pretty sedentary up until now, you’ll find that it’s not hard to walk miles and miles but a few days of doing this will take its toll. Your feet will ache, especially if you’re not wearing good shoes, and so will your ankles and knees. Work yourself up to walking 10km, or take frequent breaks. No point giving yourself any plantar or joint issues.

Hydrate!

I hadn’t thought about this until I watched someone fall over in a park from dehydration. I’m not sure where you are, but here it’s upper nineties and sunny every day. If you’re sensitive to heat, not used to outdoor activity, or just not drinking enough water, you may find yourself experiencing some medical complications. Drink water before and after each walk, and bring a water bottle too. The rule is: if you start to feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Some signs of dehydration:
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Not sweating – this one is important. It’s hot out, you’re moving, but you’re not sweating or you’re only clammy? Drink water!
  • Dizziness
  • Exhaustion or sleepiness
Also, be aware of heat stroke which has similar symptoms.

If you begin to feel any of these symptoms, make sure you find shade or shelter and drink water. Gatorade/Powerade are also good, but avoid sodas and juices.

Safety in numbers.

I’ve seen a lot of Facebook groups where people set meet up times at local parks and anyone with free time can join. If you don’t have any available friends to walk with, go find some kindred spirits to meet. Watch out for each other, make friends, and share your awesome catches.

Be wary of going out alone, especially at night. While you’re buried in the glow of your phone, anyone who wants to get a jump on you knows exactly where you are. Even bringing your Chihuahua on the walk is better than hoofing it alone.

Pick your hunting grounds wisely. 

Be considerate and smart when choosing which Pokestops tovisit, or which buildings to hunt near. While many business and organizations have shown public support for PG players, others see the hordes of people as an obstruction to business or school. If you’re asked to leave, leave. Don’t give them a reason to dislike players even more by arguing or loitering.

Law enforcement reaction.

Obviously law enforcement all over the nation are aware of the game. Some love it and play (like me!) and others see it as a nuisance and increase in potential crime. Either way, be courteous. Don’t go hanging around inside or outside police stations, around patrol vehicles, etc. unless you’re invited. There’s already enough concern over officer safety, you don’t want to put yourself in a bad situation for misunderstanding.

There’s been an increase in calls for suspicious person and vehicles and a lot of it is PG players hitting up Pokestops at night, or wandering into a nearby schoolyard while chasing a Pikachu. If an officer comes to check on you, don’t take it personally. We’re just doing our job.

That being said, lots of officers play on and off duty. You might find that the officer coming to see why you’re crawling through bushes in the dark will pull out their phone when you tell them there’s a Snorlax in the area!

Play safe, and if you see me out and about, feel free to say hello!

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