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Adding a ball-joint doll to a fashion doll world

I’ve spent more time than I like to admit searching for a new “young Daisy” doll for the second draft of that story. While I love the face of the Rapunzel 5″ toddler doll, she’s very hard to pose, and her scale is totally off (especially when she’s wearing her enormous curly wig.

Here she is with Cado, to give a sense of just how wrong the scale is:

I have a few small BJDs, so I tried them out to see if I could use them in two stories.

Here’s Cosette, from Underfoot (Buu from Mudoll).

Her body is the right size, but, really, her head is just enormous (a problem many small BJDs suffer from).

Ester (my Maskcat doll, soon to be appearing in Betwixt) has a more in-proportion head, but she’s almost as big as the adult fashion dolls.

Plus, I can’t imagine Daisy with a less than sunny disposition.

I’d just about given up when I remembered a doll I’d fallen in love with awhile ago – a very small, very baby-ish doll from Supia dolls named Sena. When I looked at the head measurements, I thought she might be just about right-sized, and it turns out she’s completely perfect.

With her long blond wig, she looks just like a mini Daisy. She’s a little bit younger than I imagined Daisy to be in these episodes, but that’s fine. The only effect is that it makes her age a bit closer to Rosie’s, but that shouldn’t have any real effect on the plot.

The new Wildflower doll is Trudy – she’s going to be taking over the role of the mysterious stranger, and she’ll play a much larger role in the flashback scenes.

With that, I’m just about ready to finish up Daisy’s first episode, with young Daisy appearing in a flashback scene.

 

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Posted in Dolls, Daisy, Fashion dolls

Moving into the dollhouse

I’ve spent the last few weeks redesigning my doll room (what used to be the dining room in my house), and the living room next to it (which is still, at the moment, just a living room.)

I had a very clear picture in my head what I wanted for the doll room and, once I’d gotten the pieces in place, I sent a picture of the new room to my sister.

To which my sister responded. “Oh, you’re moving into Daisy’s room”

For comparison

Daisy sits in her window seat

So, apparently, I am now joining my dolls in their adventures. Which, mostly, seems pretty nice.

*****

I’ve had the worst time this last month or so finding all of the pieces I need to do an episode. First, I was totally stuck on re-doing Daisy’s room. Then, once I decided I’d start her outdoors, I decided she needed a much better camera.

While I was waiting for that to make its way from China, I decided to start on the Betwixt episode. However, I’ve been totally stymied on that by the immense immense-ness of the big guys’ thighs. I mean, they’re just totally huge – much, much thicker than the legs of any doll clothes I can find. At the moment, I have him in a onesie and a pair of 6 mos sweatpants, and I guess I’m just going to have to shoot him in that until I find something better.

Here’s the big guy in his baby clothes.

and his freakishly big thigh.

Fortunately, I distracted myself so long with finding pants for my Vindoll that the camera from China finally arrived. So, it’s almost time for Daisy’s first (redone) episode.

Here’s a few sneak peak shots

In addition to the totally cool 1/6 scale DSLR camera (which has interchangeable lenses and a tiny (non-working) flash), Daisy has gotten herself a new dog. He’s Barbie’s Prince dog who, unlike every other dog I’ve found for her, looks pretty realistic and his legs/head can be repositioned. I’m hoping this is the final dog, and that I won’t have to shoot everything again.

For comparison, here is the orginal version of the Daisy-sprawled-on-the-grass with her previous dog, Annie, along with her tiny, unsubstantial Barbie camera.

Daisy shoots the sky

At the end of this episode, Daisy has a little shock, so I put the Liquify face feature in Photoshop to work.

It’s impossible for Daisy to frown – the most she can do is just not smile. I made her eyes a little bigger, though, and I think the combo of that with the unsmiling face looks pretty convincing.

Posted in BJD, doll adventure, doll photography, Dolls, graphic novel, miniature adventure, miniature photography, miniatures, On Our Own, photo novel, Photography, toy adventure, toy photography, toys

(Re)Begin the Beguine

Well, that didn’t last long. I appear to have redone my redo one day after posting it.

Here’s the thing – there’s a rhythm to a graphic novel panel that just isn’t there where you post all of the photos in a blog. So, take the first panel from On Our Own (which I didn’t change)

I very deliberately set it up so it was 3 good things to one bad, all of which could have happened on a single day. That calculation wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had the idea of a “page” encompassing those four photos.

The second page keeps the pace, but changes the focus

Now the pace has sped up a little – the first three events could have happened in a few hours, as could the fourth (depending on how far she was travelling.) BTW, is any of this clear from the photos? So, on the first page, there’s a sick person in the fourth panel and some idea of happy play in the other three. In the second page, I tried to include enough of the clothing to make sure what was happening (sick person is running a fever, two other people make a phone call, then a new person packs her bags, and she arrives in the fourth panel.)

Now we get to first problem panel.

What the hell has happened to our pacing? Three of the photos *could* have happened in one day, but the fourth? Clearly the person who has died in the second photo could not have been buried already. So, that seems all wrong.

And the fourth panel?

Now we’ve somehow spread it out over at least a month (based on the eviction notice). And, wow, those girls sure have bounced back fast.

So, anyway, I think I was really rushing to get them placed in their trailer, but it really goes outside the bounds of the pacing in the first two pages.

So, I backed off and slowed the pace down. They’ll get to the trailer when they get there, and there’s no time for them to get someone buried in the first episode. I also won’t be able to spell out exactly who died, but that can wait as well.

Here, then, is the (hopefully) final version of the last two pages.

Same two pages are the same, here’s the new page 3.

and the new page 4

Now all reasonably within the bounds of a day or two, and I’ve gotten the characters to the point where they are on their own.

Posted in BJD, doll adventure, doll photography, Dolls, miniature adventure, miniature photography, miniatures, On Our Own, Photography, toy adventure, toy photography, toys

On Our Own: Episode 1 (redo)

In lieu of a premise song (“here’s a story, of three girls named after plants . . .”), I’ve created a premise episode for On Our Own (used to be called Overhead). Done, naturally, in just hands. Well, actually, in hands plus some clothes, because I realized you couldn’t tell them apart with just their hands.

I promise no other episode will be so grim – I just needed to get all of this behind them so that they could move forward. By their next episode, they’ll have started to absorb it all, and they may even feel like dancing again.

So, anyway, here it is.

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From an adventure tale to a story of kinship

My Overhead/Up-Above/who-knows-what-else-I’ve-called-it has gone through its (hopefully) final change. Because I recognize that the treehouse/adventure angle just isn’t where the heat is, I’m going to redo it from the beginning (which I had to do anyway, due to all of the wig changes) to focus on what matters. That is, to focus on the sweet relationship between the sisters.

So, I’m going to go back to the start and try it again, and really place the sisters in a story line so I can look at their relationship. In this case, as one might suspect when three young girls find themselves living by themselves in a trailer, it can’t be an entirely happy story line. But, I’m worn out on drama since all of trauma in My Doll Adventure, so I’m just going to pass lightly over the back story.

What I’m working on now is the premise episode, which involves the death of a parent, the finding themselves destitute, and finally locating the lowest of low cost habitats (in this case, a very small trailer). And, just for the fun of it, I’m telling the whole story with just hands.

For example

or (spoiler alert)

So, we’ll see how that goes. It won’t be all grim, I’ll start off with some normal days before the illness begins (or, as many normal days as I can express with hands alone).

And that will mean that I’ll have at least one episode up from my existing stories. Then it’s just a matter of deciding whether I start Daisy’s story again, or whether I get pants for the big guy in Betwixt and begin that.

Posted in BJD, doll adventure, doll photography, graphic novel, In the picture, miniature adventure, miniature photography, movies, toy adventure, toy photography

In the Pictures: Start of Summer (Redo)

These last two weeks I’ve been working on finishing up the first episode of In the Pictures – where the two sisters discover that one does not simply put a movie away, because it has a way of coming back. I’ve left the first part of the story the same, and added a bit on the end to make it a less abrupt stop. I’ve also moved the action from the front door to a wardrobe (in part, because I loved the Narnia series and the wardrobe-into-another-world idea. I’ve also (naturally) given the sisters a dog – a bull terrier named after the bull terrier in The Incredible Journey.

So here, then, is the new Start of Summer.

Maybe a movie? [dang – doesn’t look like the videos work on this site. You can see the post with videos at my main site

or just see the video

Link to just the video

[dang – doesn’t look like the videos work on this site. You can see the post with videos at my main site

or just to the video

Link to video

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Do overs

As I move all of my episodes onto the web, I’m finding that shots that seemed perfectly acceptable in a blog post just don’t look right when I format them into an episode.

I suspect a lot of that came from my one-episode-a-week schedule. I’d usually take a few shots that I loved, but, to finish the episode, I had to make do with a few shots that were just so-so.

Which is all to say that I’m doing a lot of do-overs. Not much for Underfoot, I find. Other than cleaning up a few of the masks in Photoshop, all of those photographs went straight to comic format.

For my Overhead comic, it’s not the shots themselves that are the problems – most of them are good enough for me. The problem is that I appear to have changed their wigs every episode (and, sometimes, within the same episode). So, now that I’ve finally settled on their look, I have to go back and reshoot a bunch of scenes with their final look. Which is too bad, because I really liked some of those shots.

For my Mia Fiorello story, I have to reshoot all but the first episode (which I just cleaned up) because I’ve made major changes to the plot and cast. I may be able to save a few shots, but I suspect it will be an almost complete redo.

Which brings us to In the Pictures – the episode I’m currently redoing.

I love the shots of the two sisters in their chair, both as they’re sitting bored (like here)

and as they’re watching Night of the Living Dead (as here)

But, when I got to the last scene, where they open the door and see the movie before them, I’d just totally run out of juice. There’s no setup, and the shot is simply my front door, at night, poorly lit. As here.

In addition to all of the aesthetic problems, how exactly is this thing going to work? Are they *ever* going to be able to go outside? How does the last thing they watched/read get communicated to the door?

Anyway, I found it all pretty unsatisfying so, this week, I’ve taken a different approach. Emily has bought a wardrobe, and she puts the DVD in the bottom drawer. Then their dog, badger, starts to get all worked up about the wardrobe, Emily opens the door to show him that nothing is wrong and BAM! – NOTLD is right there in the wardrobe.

Here’s a couple of shots, so you can see the progression.

Here’s Emily going to open the wardrobe door to show Badger he has nothing to worry about.

And here are the sisters holding the wardrobe door closed after seeing NOTLD inside.

I also have a tiny door that I might use instead. In that version, the door on top of the DVD/book/picture opens into that world. I’m going to take a few shots over the weekend to see how that works, but I might end up using that for the Betwixt cast to let them move between worlds.

So, anyway, that’s where I am. I’m going to clean up the Overhead shots, get the girls in just a single wig, and put all of them into one episode, and then I’ll either start tackling the Mio Fiorello redo or do the first Episode for Betwixt. If I get a moment, I’ll show you how the two Betwixt dolls look together. I think they’ve got great chemistry – now I just need a storyline and a pair of pants for the big guy 🙂