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Paulina Chinea : thoughts, art, video games, and arguments with myself.

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Wednesday, September 21, 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.

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.


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!


Friday, June 3, 2016

My First Speedpaint Video!

Testing out some software and other speedpaint options. I set up a LiveStream account for those random bouts of creativity. For those who are interested, this video was made using OBS Studio for the screen capture, and VSDC for the video editing. Music from Bensounds.com.

It's not too difficult of a process. I'm going to test out some settings for another video and see if I can clear up the resolution up a little more. Anyway, enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Twas the night before Anime St. Louis...

I was hoping to have more information before typing this but I think I have everything for the artist alley that I'm going to get at this point. No idea where my table will be, but all the artist tables will be in the main lobby area of the convention center so I won't be too hard to find.

Anime St. Louis will be my last convention. My career is taking a different turn and I won't be able to participate as an artist at future events.This weekend, I'm bringing new things such as paper doll sets, the galaxy glass jewelry, and a ton of ball jointed doll shoes and props.

Did I mention BJDs? I didn't see much of anything on the schedule for dolls, but I'll be bringing my entire crew minus one.
It's nighttime so excuse the flash ^_^

Hope to see you guys there!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Galaxy Pendant Tutorial

Hope you guys find this fun and useful. 

If you use this tutorial to make anything, please share it in the comments and tell others where you found it! I can't wait to see what you make :)

Most are readily available at any craft store or can be substituted with a generic item. I don't use everything photographed in this tutorial but the colors and designs are up to you. Cabochons, glaze, and jewelry parts were bought from Sun and Moon Crafts.

  • Paper towels - cut into small pieces
  • Bead tools or toothpick
  • Paintbrush
  • Glass cabochons
  • Jewelry bail
  • Nail polish - metallic colors, glitter
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pearl Ex mica powders - pearl, gold
  • Liquitex gloss varnish
  • Sun & Moon Glaze 
  • Non-slip material to keep glass from sliding (blue silicone doily)
 Optional/not pictured:
  • White paper
  • Tape
  • Cling film

Step 1: Prepare the glass

You’ll want to clean the back side of the glass. If they’ve got oil from your fingers or something else on them, you’ll want to use a little rubbing alcohol to clean it off. Otherwise a quick wipe on some clean fabric will do.

Make sure your work space is free of dust. Just wipe it real quick with your hand to get the fuzzies away. A non-slip item is really nice to use for working on because it keeps the glass cabs from sliding or spinning when you’re painting them. I use a silicone doily coaster.

Step 2: Big stars 

 If you want big stars, add them first. I use a ball tool to put drops of white paint on the glass. A toothpick will also work for this. I put random dots on the oval cab, but I wanted the Big Dipper on the heart cab. Remember to reverse the constellation so it appears correct when viewed from the front. To make things easier, I drew out the constellation on paper and taped the cab over it for reference, then dotted the paint over it. Let dry.

Step 3: Glitter nail polish
 Doesn’t really matter how coarse or fine the glitter is, as long as the polish is clear with light colored glitter in it. Don’t cover the entire cab. All you need is some swirl or random blotches. Don’t worry if the polish is thick and leaves texture or blobs.

Step 4: Blot white paint
 For this part, you can use a folded piece of paper towel or the little make up sponges work well. I suggest paper towels only because you’ll use a piece for each color.
 You only need a little bit of paint for this. I suggest blotting the paint on another scrap piece of paper or something before applying it to the glass. Blot quickly over small areas on the glass. If the paint is very faint, you can wait until it dries and apply a second layer. Be modest with the amount of white you use because you don’t want it to overpower the colors later.

Step 5: Mica powders
Mica powder is optional but I highly suggest it for the stardust effect. I used Pearl Ex brand in macropearl. If you’ve never worked with pigment powders, beware of even breathing too hard around it. The stuff gets everywhere.

I taped a piece of cling film down and poured out just a tiny amount of powder. To make application easier, I used a half drop of Liquitex gloss varnish. A paintbrush or Q-tip works well for this. Concentrate the mica powder on the glass instead of spreading it out. Feel free to cover the entire back of the cab or only small sections. I covered most of the back. 
Front after mica powder has been applied.
Step 6 – ∞: Adding colors

This can be one color or ten. Use the same technique as with the white paint to blot your colors. Make sure the layers are dry before adding more. Plan your gradient out before hand so you know which paints you want in what order. 

Start by blotting the lightest color on top of the white and expand it a little. You may want to apply a second layer for a stronger color, but there’s no need to make it opaque unless you want it to be bright at the end. If you’re using nail polish, you’ll need to work even faster because it will dry very quickly and you don’t want a brush-shaped blob of solid color.
This is all you need to start!
First layer of color #1.
Added second layer to brighten the colors.
Gradually apply each new color in the same fashion, making sure to overlap the colors. Since you’re blotting with a paper towel, there will be some spots with less paint where the next color will show through. 

When you hold the glass up to the light, there will be some areas that have very little saturation and that’s ok. The colors may look faint right now but once we add the back layer, they’ll pop out. The easiest way to check the boldness is to hold the glass against something dark (or against whatever color you plan on using) to see if you like the way it looks.
Applying metallic nail polish!
Up to the light, you can't even tell the metallic purple is there...

You can kinda see it on the back. Look at all those bumps from the glitter.
Step 7: Black background
Once you’re satisfied with your color blend, it’s time to apply the last background layer. For most galaxies, you’ll want plain black. Generously cover the entire back of the cab in a thick layer of paint and let dry. Finger painting it on works better than brushes.

With the black back, the colors aren't so pale.
If you’re using lighter colors and want a cloudy look as opposed to space, use white.

Step 7: Attach bail

Use a small drop of the Sun & Moon glaze to attach the bail to the back of the cab. So the bail sits flush, I use a thin stack of paper to level the cab on the bail while it dries. You can handle the cab after a few minutes. 

Step 8: Finishing glaze

With your cab on a level surface, pour on the Sun and Moon glaze. You only need enough to cover the back. Don’t use more than that because the glaze doesn’t dome once dried so it's a waste. This will take at least 4-6 hours to dry. I suggest leaving it overnight because it might still be a little tacky after 4 hours, especially if it’s humid. The milky color will dry to a crystal clear.

Step 9: Admire your work!

Additional Tips:
·        If you don’t like something you’ve painted with acrylic, just wait for it to dry and scrape it off.
·        If you want a solid color in the initial layer, the paint doesn’t stick very well to the glass. First apply a layer of the gloss varnish and let it dry so you have a surface that will catch the paint.
·        Each pendant can take 15-20 layers so make sure each layer is dry before adding the next.
·        Use metallic nail polish/paints as accents or backgrounds. Flat paints are gooooood.
·        If you don’t want to use mica powder, you can substitute it with different sizes of glitter nail polish or fine glitter from the craft store.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Glass Galaxy Pendants

I've been playing around with painting glass for pendants as well as making more doll shoes. With Anime St. Louis two weeks away, I figured I should actually bunker down and get to work. I've been able to get my hands on some new feet sizes for doll shoes, so be sure to check out my commission page for which sizes I can make :)

I'm still in love with anything and everything galaxy and tried my hand at painting some galaxy glass pendants. I originally wanted to use actual photos of nebulae and space, but it seems so run-of-the-mill to slap an image onto a pendant.

To make these pendants, I used nail polish (metallic looks awesome), acrylic paint, gloss varnish and mica powder. The mica powder does absolute wonders for a subtle shimmer. The glass cabs and necklace parts are all from Sun & Moon Crafts, which I did a tiny review of in February.

I wasn't sure how these would turn out so I didn't take any progress photos for a tutorial, but I will next time! Been a while since I did a tutorial so this should be fun. I also have a few new tools to review for all you aspiring artists.