Posted in Camellia, Daisy, doll adventure, doll photography, Fashion dolls, graphic novel, Lily, photo novel

Episode 20 – Lily paints disturbing images

Lily holds the letter she received from her son-in-law in the last episode . . .

Lily holds her son-in-law’s letter

and again begins to paint.

Exhausted, she collapses against the easel

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Posted in Camellia, Daisy, doll photography, Fashion dolls

Where it all started: Daisy taking off

Daisy was my first doll, and photographing her taking off was my first step into my doll adventure.

I fell in love with the image of her lying in her bathrobe with her hair sprawled out behind her.

And I loved it even when the lighting was ridiculous and her room was obviously way too small

By the way, she’s still wearing those adorable bunny slippers in the setup that I finally used, they just didn’t make it into the final shot.

In my original series of shots, I had two more images – one where she packs a suitcase, and a final one where she’s holding her bags and ready to go.

Here she is, posing in her ridiculously small room (it’s a living room from a 1/12 scale doll house), folding up her clothes.

and the actual shot (taken earlier indoors)

And here she is dressed and ready to go, although she’s dressed more like she’s heading to New York 🙂

I’m forever taking and discarding scenes. Sometimes because I can’t get them to turn out right, like this attempt to fit all three fairies onto Rosie’s bed.

Or because, although sweet, they don’t have the magic of the best shots, like this vignette of Rosie and Buu reading The Secret Garden together.

In the case of Daisy’s missing “getting ready to go” shots, though, it was just because I’d captured everything that I needed to share in the first shot, so I just moved on to Daisy waving goodbye. I even clipped a very sweet shot of her with my (apparently headless) James Franco exact-relation-to-be-revealed doll, because I felt like it would rob some of the emotion of the shot with Rosie waving goodbye.

Speaking of images I love, I’m also in love with the image of Camellia relaxing on a hammock.

Here with my cat Lulu playing a not entirely benign standin for her panther companion. Eventually, I’m going to get that hammock to Camellia, wherever she is. But it’s going to take some agent to carry it to her 🙂

Posted in Daisy, doll adventure, Fashion dolls, graphic novel, photo novel, Rosie

Episode 19 – Daisy takes off

Daisy has finally put the pieces together, and now her adventure begins.

She packs her things . . .

Daisy packs to go

waves goodbye . . .

Daisy waves goodbye

and as she pulls out of the driveway, someone watches from the upstairs window . . .

Daisy drives off

waves, . . .

Rosie waves

and then collapses in tears.

Rosie collapses in tears
Posted in Aimeraidoll, BJD, Daisy, Fashion dolls, Jinjur

Posing comparison: Made-to-move Barbie vs. my 1/6 ball joint doll

Today I’m going to do a brief comparison between Daisy – my Wildflower doll on a made-to-move Barbie body – and Jinjur – a 1/6 scale ball joint doll from Aimerai dolls. These two (and Lily, who’s on the same body as Daisy) are the best posers in my group.

Starting at the foot, both dolls are able to rotate their feet at the ankle a full 360 degrees (in case you ever have a use for that :))

but Daisy has more range of motion back and forth and can rest her foot on the ground with her leg outstretched, while Jinjur has a limited back and forth motion.

Moving to the knees, Daisy’s knee is double jointed (meaning she can bend it all the way back), while Jinjur is single jointed (she can only bend her knee 90 degrees). Many ball joint dolls are now double jointed at the knee – Jinjur just doesn’t happen to be one of them.

Jinjur’s knee turns a full 360 degrees, while Daisy’s only turns side to side.

Both dolls also have a mobility joint at the top of the thigh – you can see the faint line on Daisy. Daisy can rotate 90 degrees left or right at the joint, while Jinjur can turn a full 360 degrees.

Both dolls also have a joint right below their breastbone. Daisy has limited mobility in this joint, while Jinjur has a wide range of motion both backwards

and forward

And both can get into a book-reading pose.

The wrists are the similar to the ankles. Both dolls can turn the wrist around 360 degrees, and both can move the wrist back and forth around 90 degrees.

In the elbows, both are double jointed

although Jinjur’s joint is harder to manipulate – I always have to fuss with her to get her into that position. Daisy just moves smoothly at that joint.

Daisy has an additional mobility joint at the top of her arm, which can twist 90 degrees in either direction.

Because of the way the Wildflower doll heads are attached, Daisy has limited motion in the neck (compared to a generic MTM Barbie), while Jinjur has a wide range of motion both side to side and back and forth.

In terms of the range of posing, both dolls easily hold any in-between position in their joints. If you’ve only had fashion dolls, this might seem obvious, but many BJDs can be difficult to pose at anything other than 180 or 90 degrees at a joint. That is, you might have a doll where the leg is either straight or bent at 90 degrees, without any ability to hold a pose been those two. This is based partly on the elastic and partly on the stiffness/loseness of the joint. Fortunately, my first BJDs (both Jinjur and Buu) move smoothly between their poses and I can get them into a wide range of poses.

Because of the elastic, though, Jinjur tends to move out of poses in a way that Daisy doesn’t and I find myself fiddling with her to get her locked into a pose.

One area where Jinjur totally shines is in standing. Basically, she stands easily while Daisy stands really not at all.

This isn’t so much a fashion doll vs. BJD thing, though. It’s all in the feet. Daisy simply cannot balance on those tiny things. Moana, with those huge feet, also stands easily.

If I got Daisy a wide pair of shoes, it would give her something to balance on. Otherwise, it’s the doll stand for her.

Overall, I find the MTM Barbie and BJD dolls roughly equal in terms of poseability. The standout feature for BJDs is that most can stand on their own (without a doll stand), while MTM Barbie’s shine in the ease of getting them into a pose without having to fiddle with the joints.

Posted in Camellia, diorama, Fashion dolls

A simple sea set for Camellia

Camellia’s dog rescue takes place on a very simple set. It’s literally just:

  • A black piece of foamboard, with a bit of sand sprinkled at the front
  • Underneath a lovely pieces of stained glass, from my friend Diana
  • In front of a vinyl photo backdrop of a full moon over the ocean.

Here’s the set, in the harsh light of day:

And a closeup of the stained glass, which makes a very believable ocean:

And here’s how it all looked in Camellia’s night shot, along with some grass and a bit of a plastic flower from the dollar store.

All in all, very satisfactory for literally 5 minutes of setup.

We’ll be seeing a bit more of the ocean after a visitor enters Camellia’s world in her next episode.

Posted in Camellia, diorama, doll adventure, Fashion dolls, graphic novel

Episode 18: Camellia and a gift from the sea

As we catch up with Camellia, we find her scanning the horizon.

Camellia scans the horizon
Camellia spots something in the water
Camellia reaches for the object
Camellia rescues the dog
Camellia nurses the dog back to health

I had lots of grand, and even mundane plans for this episode, but they were not to be.

One involved the source of the dog – I’d imagined at first that Camellia would spot a passenger boat sinking and the dog would come in on part of the wreckage. But I couldn’t snag a great shot, and it seemed like quite a lot of loss of life just to get her a dog.

My other idea is that the dog is Camellia’s dog, which seems in character (Camellia draws things to her), and I may still show a backstory explaining how that might happen. But, for now, it’s just *a* dog – the dog Camellia wants with her.

This is the one of the many dogs I auditioned for Daisy’s dog (a role which eventually went to the white plastic dog, Annie). I mentioned that one of the reasons why I’d ruled him out for Daisy is that he’s breakable (the awake version of the dog arrived with a broken ear. But I figured Camellia was in the sand, so not much could happen to her. Turns out I shot this particular episode over a lovely sheet of stained glass (thanks, Diana!). And then, Camellia lifts us the dog to rescue it, and gravity happens. So, the sleeping dog is now without one front paw.


An oddity in Camellia world – apparently, the sky is creased :). I have these great photo backdrops, but they’re printed on some kind of vinyl, so I can’t just steam them straight.


I very much like the Madonna-and-child vibe in the last photo, with all of the animals looking on.

I’ll show you around the new (temporary) set on Wednesday. On Friday, I’ll do a quick comparison in posebility between my ball joint dolls and my articulated fashion dolls.