This is a two-week follow up post to Zombuki Iwa-Naga’s last studio post. Since it’s been two weeks there are a lot of photos, and she finishes her journey to being completed (scroll to the bottom to see her finished photo).
My favorite part of customizing dolls is doing the little finishing details; I never feel like I’m comfortable with the design until this point. It’s my ah-ha moment. Iwa-Naga’s smaller dot pattern, which is started here, sort of resembles butterfly wings that fold out from her eyes.
One last eye test! I wanted Iwa-Naga’s eyes to match her sister’s, so they’re the same style and were only foiled (no pupil) to keep that similar feel.
Happy Friday, everyone! I skipped last week’s SPF because I’ve been busy (end of semester stuff) and haven’t worked on Iwa-Naga as much as I would have liked. Instead of two tiny SPF posts I decided to save last week’s photos and do this longer one instead. Here you can see her with her very short lived purple lips. I was planning on having grey lips, but got impulsive and made them purple, then immediately changed my mind again. I suppose SPF shows you how often I change my mind while painting the Zombuki girls.
Finally! The ‘eyeshadow’ shape shows up, I’m so much happier with her in this photo. The pic above I’m like “What am I doing?” but this photo I’m like “Yay! She’s coming to life!” The grey lips, I think, are a much better fit. I see so many doll faceup artists that are posting these perfect, complete dolls every 2 days and I’m like how? I’m a bit of a slow rambler I guess. I need the dolls to speak to me, and that takes time.
Hello all and welcome to a new and slightly belated edition of Studio Portrait Friday! It was delayed this week because it was my birthday weekend, so I was busy celebrating with my family. This week I started a new Zombuki doll, Iwa-Naga, the sister of Konohanasakuya-hime (Zombuki Sakuya). Here is her sketch; I’ve been coloring in sketches lately so I can be sure to get the colors just right. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to mix custom colors again, only to end up hand mixing almost all of her colors.
Iwa-Naga is going to be on a natural skin tone Pullip MIO, so a bit more pale than Sakuya. She’s supposed to be the ‘ugly’ sister, associated with stone, so I’m determined to make her stonily beautiful. This wig is so integral to her design, more details on it below, but I love that it’s a Hime cut since she’s a real mythical princess.
Last week I posted part two of my studio photos of this new Zombuki Pullip doll, and today we have the last set of photos. As you can see above, a lot of new gold details have appeared and the lips have a top layer that’s a mix of pink and gold. I wanted her to be super detailed with lots of gold, but I got very gun shy about adding the gold to the eye design. In the end, though, I’m glad I did.
Here’s a photo of her getting close to the end, I put them together with the eyes and wigs many times to make sure the colors look right. Her eyes are from Cool Cat and her wig is from Leekeworld in the season limited color Bright Leaf. I’ve had it for over a year, so I think this particular combo is sold out, but they have been making the color available now and again.