Posted in Aimeraidoll, Buu, doll adventure, Dollhouse, Fashion dolls, graphic novel, Jinjur, Lily, Mudoll, Rosie, Underfoot

Underfoot: A visit to the dollhouse

The girls start their adventure in a world largely in their own scale – a visit to Lily and Rosie on the My Doll Adventure set.

They start with a visit to Lily

Then Jinjur stays behind for Lily to try to fix her hair

While upstairs, Buu and Rosie go for a wild dog romp

and share bedtime secrets.

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Seeing in 1/6 scale

I find it very hard to look at everyday objects and imagine what they might be in 1/6 scale. For my main doll adventures, that means I mostly either make everything in their world, or buy readymade playscale objects.

But, for my Underfoot adventure, it doesn’t make much sense for them to have object built to their scale since they’re residents in a normal scale world. That’s left me wandering the aisles of hardware stores trying to look at everything through their eyes and see what they might find useful, in the hopes of creating a Borrowers-type setting for them. But, so far, I’ve been utterly unable to make that transition. Everything just looks like what it is. Maybe if I took my dolls shopping with me?

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What I’ve learned about building a set (diorama)

Here’s the most valuable piece of information I’ve picked up so far from Part 2 on the Stan Winston stop-motion class: you’re building the set *for the camera* and not for normal view. I’m so used to dollhouses – where every item is faithfully reproduced at 1:6 scale, that this was a huge revelation. If you’re photographing a diorama (and not just looking at it) then you want to force the sense of depth perception by varying the size, shade, and details of objects as you move from front to back.

So, start building your set while looking through the camera. The objects at the front should be to scale (or maybe a little over scale), darker, and more detailed. As you move towards the back of the set, the objects should become smaller, lighter, and less detailed, till way in the back you might use a faint picture in a much smaller scale.

Anyway, that just totally changed my idea of what I was doing. I’m still loving the classes. Each one lasts about 6 hours (and I have two more to go this month) and you’re basically just watching the three brothers playing in the (set) dirt with dolls. Really, really great stuff. I have pages of notes, but I suspect if I really start building a set, I may have to invest in the DVD so that I can keep going back to it.

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My other project: Underfoot

I’m just starting a second project called Underfoot.

It has a simple premise – it follows the life of a few dolls who are trying to make their way in a normal scale world. Unlike my main My Doll Adventure storyline, it’s very loosely plotted. I assume there will be a general thread of a plotline, but it’s mainly a series of day-in-the-life.

For this story, I’m using a few 1/6 scale ball-joint dolls. I’ll introduce the two I have at hand, and wait for the third one to enter the storyline when she arrives from China. There’s a fourth member of the cast, but she (he?, not sure) is not exactly a doll. That member should also be joining a little later.

The smallest – so small that she’d almost be in the 1/8th world if she weren’t so obviously a toddler – is a Buu doll from Mudoll. She’s 19cm tall (so, about 4 cm smaller than Rosie, my smallest fashion doll). You’ll have to excuse her slightly stare-y look in the early photos. Her eyes are so tiny that it’s hard for me to manipulate their position.

The largest – a few centimeters larger than Rosie – is Jinjur from Aimerai dolls. I’m still working on finding some hair-like substance that will fit her off-size head, but she’s otherwise ready for her closeup.

I spent an enormous amount of time in the BJD world trying to find a doll who looked like they had something behind their eyes. Most BJDs simply do not make eye contact, no matter how you position them.

Of those that do make eye contact, the small ones (in Buu’s size range) usually look woeful and pleading. I picked Buu because she was able to make eye contact without seeming weak (and, trust me, she’ll look even better when I get her eye position sorted out).

Finding a slightly larger doll to accompany her was even more difficult, since the most common way these slightly larger dolls have of making eye contact is to give a come hither look, which I find puzzling and unsettling in a doll, especially in a doll which is supposed to look like a very young girl.

Deep into my search for a 26cm doll, I stumbled across Jinjur, who has a fiercely protective yet loving look rare in doll land. Being tiny in a big world is tough, but I trust Jinjur to look after her charges. And I suspect that, like Camellia, she’ll set her own terms for her adventures.

So, welcome to my two new dolls, and I hope to be starting their story up soon.

 

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A plot too complicated

I really struggle to make decent photos of my plot complications. I can usually get one or two that please me, but the rest are just mundane pictorial representations in service of an overly-convoluted storyline.

I’m far enough through My Doll Adventure that I can’t make mid-story plot corrections – the twists and turns are baked in, at this point. But in future stories I’ll either streamline the plot, or do more what I do for Rosie and Camellia’s adventures – put them in an interesting setting and then take pictures as the story naturally unfolds.

Next week, I’ll show you what I’m thinking of for a new “plot as you find it” adventure I’m planning starring my two new ball-joint dolls.

Posted in doll adventure, Fashion dolls, graphic novel, Lily

Episode 16: A trip to the past

10 years ago . . . a letter from her son-in-law

Lily receives a letter from her son-in-law

“. . . some devastating news to share with you . . . ”

” . . . she has been unfaithful to me . . .”

“. . . refused to leave him behind . . .”

“. . . took the children and left with him . . . starting a new life . . . asked “please tell mama not to try to look for me””

“Your loving, and heartbroken son-in-law

Now . . .

Lily holds a picture of her daughter

and sees only the sea

Lily tries to paint a picture of her daughter, and sees only the sea

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