Well, it's technically like my 300th doll since I've been making polymer clay dolls for so long now, but it's most definitely my first BJD. It is possibly the biggest challenge I've had as an artist in a long time, but I don't mind the work Just thought I'd show what I have been tinkering with. There's still a lot of work to be done and some changes I want to make, but I thought it would be fun to share anyway. The legs and arms have been completely perplexing me as I want something that moves perfectly but still looks good. Anyway, this is what I have so far; a bit rough but hopefully you'll like it all the same
I've been hard at work trying to create the perfect doll for nearly 8 months now. I've made a couple prototypes since the one I posted above, never quite happy enough. I find working from a sketch or working bottom to top terribly frustrating as I usually work from photographs. I've decided to forgo the advice available for sculpting a BJD and try it my own way, starting with the face and sculpting from a photograph of a real person. I find this comes much more natural to me and is more enjoyable. The face I've done still needs tweaking I feel, but I prefer it much more. I'm so eager to cast something and play with the porcelain but I keep stopping myself so I make the best doll I can. Thank you so much for your compliments galacticat it means a lot. I get nervous posting what I deem to be failures but it is all part of my process, so I share
I always seem to be missing threads lol! She is wonderful, I love all the detailing around the collarbone, and she is a gorgeous shape! It's always so interesting when people share their progress shots!
This new face looks very lifelike, but so did the first. Your doll looks great. And there are many wants to make a doll- one solid doll that is cut apart and joints added, or each piece created seperately are just 2 ways I know. Keep going, but dont expect the first one to be perfect. Thats where I always get stuck!
Your doll looks fantastic already. However looking at the photos - maybe it's just an optical effect... - you might want to check the symmetry of the eyes. I love the shape of the mouth but check the lower lip, it looks thicker on one side. Also, the bust is really well sculpted and the collarbone finely defined but I think you might have an even more beautiful result if you narrowed the ribcage up to the arm sockets. Speaking from experience here. Believe me , there's nothing worse than realizing that there are things you can improve when you have your greenware in hands ;-)