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.
Hanami has come to visit the Zombuki spa, plus to meet her sister Ume, so I had to get some photos of my strange cherry blossom girls together. Hanami has a new Obitsu and some other tweaks, so now Emily can enjoy Hanami 2.0 (as she calls her). I also decided to have fun with crazy over-saturation, just because I wanted to …
The girls decided to go semi-scandalous as I came to the humbling realization that I have mostly bottoms and almost no tops.
Well, some of you have seen some in progress photos, but this is Ume’s (full name Ume Boshi Dust) first real introduction. Ume is a Zombuki girl that I made for myself, Hanami’s sister, and also very much blossom inspired …
She has a light pink mohair wig, made by lovehaze from the same color as the streak in Hanami’s wig, and very amazing designer feather eyelashes. Her eyes also have a false pupil, which I think looks really charming.
You can click on the photos above to see larger versions. She’s wearing Azone Fairies of Darkness and Jun Planning, in case you’re curious.
For some reason people seem to think I don’t keep any of the Zombuki for myself, I guess they’re just forgetting my darling little Galupe* entirely. Despite this I decided a few months ago that Hanami needed a little sister quite badly, and so I made Miss Ume, full name Ume Boshi Dust …
I just finished her this morning, her glue is drying as we speak. So exciting! What is Ume anyway? Wikipedia to the rescue! Ume has the same pink hair as the streak in Hanami’s, made by lovehaze quite a long time ago, and Shu Uemura real feather eyelashes that I couldn’t possibly love more.
Sorry the photos are so yellow, they were taken in my studio last night, and my desk lamp makes everything look yellow. I’ll be taking a real shoot with her soon but I was way too excited about her not to post something.
Finally an announcement: I am going into semi-retirement. This means that I’m not sure when I’ll do pre-orders again this year, if at all. I’m going to keep making Zombuki, but because of work and school I never seem to find time to make my girls, like Ume. I have a lot of ideas I need to get out of my head and then we’ll see what happens … not that anything will change for most of you, but still worth announcing for some.
* Galupe does technically belong to my partner, but she lives with me