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’m taking a deep breath to welcome in the fall season, and as the pumpkin spice fills my lungs, I’m overjoyed to see the number of amazing Halloween offerings that are already appearing. Thank you, September! An early standout is this upsettingly good Skelita Calaveras (Monster High doll) repaint by Xhanthi. It’s currently being auctioned off on eBay, ending September 27th 2017. I have no doubt that it will sell for a pretty penny, and with good reason.
The detail on this piece is remarkable; the mummified skin around the teeth is enough to make me bow down to her skills. I also like that Xhanthi decided to mix traditional horror elements into a Dia de los Muertos theme. Dia is fairly well-trod at this point, so it’s always nice when people mix it up. This includes me, by the way; I’ve done a few Day of the Dead dolls, but always want to do more. Just today I was thinking, “What can I do that’s a little different?” This doll accomplishes that.
Throwback Thursday! June 26th is Zombuki Galupe’s birthday, and these photos are from her first birthday in 2008. I cannot believe that Galupe is 10 years old. She is still with me – only 3 Zombuki dolls are – and while I’ve kept fewer over the years, I know Galupe will always be with me. In fact, she’s in the studio with me right now getting a little touch up after a decade of existence.
This is my favorite photo shoot with her, too, with the Electric Mush shoot a close second. Galupe does live with me though, so who knows? Maybe there’s another photo shoot in the future that I will like even more.
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.