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.