Good morning and welcome to this week’s Studio Portrait Friday! Last week I had photos from the beginning of this new Zombuki Pullip, and she’s coming along nicely this week. I should have finished photos of her up by the end of next week, I’m thinking, if not slightly after.
Here you can see that I’ve added a lot of gold detail to her cheeks, like flower freckles, and the lips are starting to appear. Usually I paint the lips, or at least the shape, way earlier in the faceup process. It was a little strange to wait until so late, actually, and I ended up changing the lip shape after this because I just wasn’t happy with it.
Eye test! I was almost 100% sure that I was going to use these blue Marshmallow Chips from Cool Cat, but when I woke up in the morning I knew they were too much for her soft design. Side note: Cool Cat has made their Pullip chips smaller (too small imho), and so you’ll need to paint the edges of the eye mech to compensate.
Good morning all and happy Friday the 13th! I’ve been adding progress photos to my Zombuki Instagram account, but I haven’t been posting them here. That’s hopefully going to change though, and I’m going to do my best to bring back the SPF roundups. I hope you enjoy this week’s photos (forgive the quality, my iPhone is old).
The first few layers are being added to my new girl. This Zombuki has a multi-blue/aqua/purple/pastel lime green color scheme with metallic gold details. I don’t have a tan MIO body, however (I actually need two), so if you have one to sell please let me know.
In this photo you can see some of the colors I’m mixing for her. I have a love/hate relationship with mixing colors. I love it because I can get everything just right, but I also hate it because the paint dries out and it’s hard to match the original color. You’ll see this with her eyebrows; I re-mixed the colors so many times they keep getting darker and I have to fix it. Oops!
I thought that the intersection of Throwback Thursday and Studio Portrait Friday would be a good, liminal place for these throwback photos of Zom-Byul-ki Marigold. She was started in summer 2016 after being commissioned by an incredibly nice person, and I worked on her off and on through August. As you all know, however, in August 2016 I abruptly left my job and started a new one (then a lot of calamities happened, which I won’t go into). Completely overwhelmed by life, I stopped working on the doll, and didn’t pick her up again until December 2016. I was so ashamed (and the person who commissioned her was understandably angry) that I never posted photos of her until now.
To paraphrase Toni Morrison, “Anything dead coming back to life hurts,” and some days that’s how I feel about my dolls. Every summer since I started teaching four years ago, I come back to life again, and I start to make Zombuki dolls again. Every fall, well, you get the idea. Sorry this is such a dramatic post, I guess I miss my little monsters more than I thought I did, and I’ve come to realize that my job isn’t something I want to trade for them.
It’s been two weeks since High School (work) and graduate school started up again for me and it’s been very hard to find studio time. I know the next few months will be crazy so I’m just trying to soldier ahead as best I can. Above is an older Pullip custom I decided to finish, Space Babe, inspired by Rudy Fig. She’s very different from my normal style and I tried to do more with pastel blushing and colored pencils in addition to my normal acrylic paint. She’s almost finished and I’ll put her up for adoption when she’s done. Because of the chalk pastel I need to seal her with MSC but Florida has a constant 80% humidity when it’s not flat out raining (at least that’s what it feels like). I worked so hard on her now I’m scared to seal her.
Over the last few weeks I decided to go through my Monster High collection and get rid of a few dolls while reorganizing the rest. This is my “during” photo and everyone is almost organized now. They’re all out in our library, but the boys in the house keep touching them and messing up my meticulous arranging. They secretly love dolls, but are too manly to admit it, or so it seems. I’ve also been buying more custom dolls than stock dolls lately, have to support my doll customizing brothers and sisters, don’t you know.