After being turned away from the hotel in their last episode, Jinjur and Buu take to the streets to find some place to stay the night.
But the big world is not a safe place for little things
Looking for a place to stay, they spot a shop.
And use the mailslot to scramble in
Suddenly, they hear a sound and run for a place to hide
Once the shop owner leaves for the night, they exit the sewing drawer with their new-found goods
As it starts to turn light, they gather their belongings and their new friend and make their way back to the streets.
This may be more pictures than I’ve ever taken for an episode – I really wanted to give them some space to explore, and I wanted to drag out some scenes – like the first encounter with the dog.
And, I managed to finally get my husband into one of the shots 🙂
I’ve spent more hours than I’d care to guess trying to prop up my figures for motion shots. For my fashion dolls – all four of the My Doll Adventure figures – I rely on some kind of stand. For my ball-joint dolls – all of the characters in the Underfoot and Up Above stories, I’d try to keep them balanced while carefully getting them into the position I need.
I still do this if I’m going to use my own background – either a dollhouse room, a diorama, or the great outdoors. But, I no longer try to pose my dolls upright for the majority of my photoshopped action shots.
Instead, I realize that I get far more realistic shots by laying the dolls down and photographing them from above.
Here are a few examples from the episode of Underfoot that I’m working on.
Here’s the finished shot of the “The chase”
and here’s the setup I photographed:
and then I Photoshopped it onto a copyright free image from Pexel. It’s so much easier to pose them this way. Not only can i get the details of their posture right, I can also arrange their hair so that it seems to be streaming out behind them.
In another scene, I have the girls climbing into a mail slot.
Here’s the original scene:
and here they are, again photoshopped onto a Pexel image:
Some shots require that I photograph them with the dolls standing up, like this shot of them trudging through the city:
Once I have objects in different planes, like Jinjur’s suitcase or Buu’s bag, it’s just too much work to photograph them all separately and then put them together. So, I set up both dolls on the carpet, each on a sheet of plexiglass, to give them an even surface, and then spent forever getting everything in right position without toppling them all over like dominoes.
Jinjur and Buu are about to get into lots of adventures, navigating the big city, which will give me a lot of time to perfect my non-action action shots.
Jinjur and Buu arrive in the city, and try to find a place to stay for the night.
(panting, drops to couch and starts typing)
Am I late? Sorry, I got all caught up in house cleaning this weekend (which has been neglected woefully these last six months) and am just getting back to posting now.
I imagine you thought, from the title, that I was cleaning my doll house. Actually, the dolls keep their place pretty neat. What I meant is that I made short order of cleaning my own house by pressing my Underfoot dolls into service.
Trust me, you’ve never had your house cleaned, until you have dolls clean your house. Those sharp little glass eyes! Those tiny plastic fingers!
In repayment, I bought them Jinjur some new clothes, and I have a cute new outfit set aside for Buu. On Wednesday, I’ll share a bit about dressing your ball joint doll on the cheap.
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.