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Underfoot 05: Underfoot and Under Bed

In our last episode, Cosette befriended a rat, and the whole team spent the night in the sewers under Paris. We continue our story on the next morning.


For all of my fussing about Mathilde this week, clearly my (surprisingly) calm dog, Sydney, was the star of the episode.


What I learned this week is that it’s (not surprisingly) very difficult to photograph dolls under a bed. First, in its normal state, under the bed is a fearfully dusty place – full of lost items which are better to remain lost. Second, it is very dark down there. Third, photographing small objects under the bed necessitates lying on the floor with aforementioned star dog Sydney sniffling around ones’ head.

That said, I think they look pretty darn cute down there. The only (slight) misadventure is that, after my first day of photographing them, I was unable to locate Jinjur and her dog, until I realized that I’d left them under our bed all night. My husband, normally calm and supportive about all of this doll foolishness, seemed a little creeped out that he’d spent the night with dolls under the bed. So, note to self, collect the dolls before going to bed.


Next week, I return to the In The Pictures story. As a clear-eyed look into my “process,” know that I have not the slightest idea at this point what the story is going to be about. The only little snippet I wanted to weave in is having Bodger retrieve a Rin Tin Tin video and attempt to jump into it. Beyond that, who knows. Hopefully the dolls have some good ideas.

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Betwixt 02: The rescue


I was worried all week that the pieces of this episode wouldn’t come together – right up until the last few days, I didn’t actually have a plot – but, in the end, I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out. My one remaining concern is that this is an awfully truncated version of a story. If I’d had this plot in my original doll adventure, it would have dragged on across many episodes. And, there’s a cost to this truncation – the whole thing plays out before you really have a chance to get involved.

OTOH, I didn’t feel like I had anything to add beyond the plot. I *could* have played up the rescue scene, so that it wasn’t clear until the end whether they’d get away. But, really, I know things turn out well – why put everyone through all that trouble 🙂


This is the episode where I painted (using photoshop) the background photos. For the characters, I just put them through a simple Photoshop filter to make them look more like drawings, so they’d fit in with the background. I like the painted effect, and will probably use it in other stories when characters leave the real world (as they so often seem to do, in my stories.)


I really love how different the three main characters’ faces are in this series. The big guy is all angles, the pixie is all eyes, and the kid just looks like a kid. The dolls in my other series all share some kind of family resemblance. These three look like they come from different worlds.

Next up is the Underfoot episode, where I’m thinking of moving them under my bed. We’ll see whether that photographs well 🙂

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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.