Yes I love Shinichi Yamashita too. I want to create something like Francine or Yamashita's work but have no idea of where to start so for now I admire what can be done with the human form be it BJD or mannequins and watching people here on Deviantart
well if you want to learn to sculpt there are many tutorials online that can help. jointed dolls are not the easiest thing to start with while learning. but simpler projects are just not as stimulating! you could find a doll or statue on ebay something inexpensive and practice altering.drill ,saw, paint glue on art.. add things like Shinichi has done. This is what I want to do for Defiance batchixs doll.
you can find manniquins too if you like to work big. Im using epoxy clay to re-sculpt parts of her and a dremel to cut away what I dont want
Thank you for all of you wonderful advice, it really helps. I've been looking at a few mannequin torsos on Etsy and at statues at the dollar store to mod and play with. For Christmas I want a dremel so big projects will have to go on hold till then. Thank you again for your tips and keep up the amazing work.
Thrifts stores might be a good place too. found items you can tear apart like lamps and jewelry. Dremel is very handy. they have cutter disks for sawing. grinders of all shapes like sphere ones for eye holes ,buffers and tiny drills.
Thanks. She will look less horrible creepy. i think.. I paint her face white in order to see the shapes easily then sand some more revealing ghastly dark fiberglass ha. She will get a final primer coat and paint for uniformity but I still want signs of wear and of decay since she survived the sea.
i just lost a long comment i was writing on this one, ugh !! it all boils down to : me likes a lot, you a mad scientist, bringing back to life creatures long dead ... we all shall pay for this ! (some of (very fortunate) us shall do it litterally. )
thanks! The inside of the original dolls wasn't as clean, although I'm a lot better than I used to be. Weiju has a master sculptor that will clean up the joints and even them out. I've learned a lot from them by comparing their finished joints with mine.
I also started, recently, 3d printing my sphere halves, so I get a hard, perfect half-sphere every time. I then took those and made molds of them so that i can cast my joints. Not much different than how I was doing it before with the wooden balls, but the new resin is more tough than the stuff I'm sculpting from, so i don't accidentally warp the joint when I'm sanding.
ahh! thats what I need! I only had Briar made so far and Dollfair didnt clean her up that I could see. Twigling did make a cool double jointed knee but ,that version didnt even get available. Sounds like you got a good set up. I am tempted to go to wood carving for my future work. Resin half spheres also wont have wood grain and can be drilled nice and clean ..no chips etc. Sweet!
oh gee I kinda do want but, then I dont know what Im going to be making anymore. Im so frustrated with past bad experiences with bjds. I guess I do need to finish Vanessa and I wanted to send her away to be fixed and molded but I need a preorder and I shes not camera ready. looks like hell really. I wanted to give her a new sphere hip joint like Bellmer has on the hip instead on on the leg.
It's been a hard road for me as well. There's no where to really advertise about our dolls either, you know? When i was down in LA I wanted to see about getting some gallery space to put all of our dolls... get some of the people there interested in them as art doll pieces... but i never had the energy.
yeah I know its tough and now there are so many doing it. when I made Briar I made her Asian like just so I could be in DOA. I got sick and didnt think Id be able to get her done but Therese helped me there. I hear ya on the energy power it takes to get things done!