A new panel! I’ll be showing a presentation on otome media that will talk about otome visual novels, other types of games, anime, and manga. ) I may hand out some of my DRAMAtical Murder prints as a prize.
LP2 @ 3:00PM - Face-up Demo (Resin and Vinyl Dolls)
My usual panel that I’ve been doing a few years now— I’ll do a face-up demonstration while explaining what works for painting resin and vinyl dolls.
Workshop 1 @ 4:00PM - BJD Swapmeet
This is a new-ish swapmeet— it’ll be the second year for it. Bring anything related to dolls to sell! There will be tables and chairs set up around a meet-up area in the center.
Hello! Do you have any tips on doing faceups on vinyl? I just got a ddh-06 head for my DDI body and I've spent most of the day just staring at her face wondering where to start. I'm more used to resin to be honest. :'x
Hello!!! :> Face-ups on vinyl are similar to face-ups on resin. Vinyl feels a little weird right after cleaning and washing, so I usually let it rest until it’s at its usual firmness and texture before I coat it. Do not use ZM Spray or Purity Seal on it! Those do not play nice on vinyl at all. MSC works great! I haven’t tried Testors or airbrushing matte medium on it yet. After you get the MSC on right, it’s the same as resin face-ups! Just don’t squeeze the head too hard if it’s made of a softer vinyl, haha! :> Good luck!
OTHER THAN MSC, face-up supplies pretty much last forever. I haven’t had to replace any of my supplies other than sealant and brushes since I started. As a result, it’s a good idea to invest in decent pastels and paint. You don’t need very much for face-ups. I do not suggest buying a spectrum of…
I know I've pestered you with faceup questions before, but I'm hoping you'll indulge me with your wisdom once again. I'm working on a CH Little Jr Mars right now, and I want to paint teeth into his adorable little mouth. Have you ever done painted teeth in anything by an L-Bi/Lusis? If so, any tips, or if not, do you know someone else I might be able to ask about it?
Yeah no biggie! With Mars, he doesn’t actually have teeth so you have to fake it! What you can do is— since his mouth is fairly deep— get a thin but long brush and have just dark-ish paint on the tip of it. Fill in a shape carefully and use light layers so it’s not gloopy. Then after it dries, take a white-ish color (I never use pure white— I usually use an off-white, because it looks more natural to me) and then paint within the dark colors you did. :> Angling the head will make it easier— try to make sure that you’re moving the head to get to the spots you need to get to instead of bending the brush, so your brush isn’t going all over the place and getting the rest of the lips dirty.
Hello everyone! I’ve decided that after I finish this current batch of face-ups, I’m going to close up shop for a while. The biggest reason behind this is actually that I’ve had my airbrush for almost a year now, but have still barely broken it in because I’ve been doing face-ups. Feels like such a shame, considering I invested so much money into it but haven’t gotten to really enjoy using it!
I have decided that I want to concentrate on practicing with it for a while by doing face-ups for myself, my family (sister has dolls, some relatives are interested in getting started with some too— exciting for me!), and close friends. I will still, however, do the free face-up giveaway this year— maybe two more times before the year is over.
I may or may not open shop next year, as a result. We shall see! Things may change. Thanks for your support and patience.
Anyway, I think I’ll do the next free face-up giveaway mid-August. More info then!
My sister suggested setting up a shop today, so I did. What do you guys think? It doesn’t work (you can try, but I’ll cancel your order) because it’s not fully set up yet. I know that a couple of artists have moved their commissions off of places like forums and websites and set up webshops too. I’m considering switching to this also since being limited to painting only for the DoA crowd does not seem best for business (I have my slow months too, after all, where I don’t get any commissions). Plus, the PM system on DoA is cranky sometimes haha! :)
If I get this shop up and running properly, I can set it to restock to 5 face-ups a month (first Sunday of each month?) and people can purchase their face-up on the shop easy-peasy. I’ll figure out some kind of wait-list system. I’ve had a lot of people flake on me in the past year (eeeeek) and I’ve had many friends suggest to me that I should start doing deposits so that people will take their waitlist position more seriously.
So maybe instead I can do something where people can buy their $5 waitlist position and then pay the rest of the face-up later after their doll has been shipped to me and I’ve started work on it. Shipping will then be invoiced separately as usual. Also, communication will then be moved to email— which is nice in a way too because I have a smartphone so I know right away when I get emails.
The nice thing about the shop too is that it’s a place where I can put up my repaints for sale and other things. I actually do have a few extra dolls and parts hanging around, so it wouldn’t hurt to have somewhere to sell it nicely with a good checkout system.
Just a thought, anyway. Etsy and Ebay are great for bringing over traffic to find your stuff though. However, I think I could possibly get by through posting up my stuff on Flickr? Maybe. Hmmm.
If I do get this shop up and running, I’ll try to think of some kind of promotion for it as an incentive. :)
Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this, actually. There aren’t that many face-up artists out there with webshops, so I don’t really know how well it works for the customers and the artists.
Hey everyone! Just wanted to say that because recently I’ve started painting vinyl dolls, I’ve become more interested in Dollfie Dream style heads. Please message me if you have a Dollfie Dream style head (Volks, SQ Lab) and maybe we can work something out. Since I have not painted one before, I am unable to guarantee how good the results will be— hence why the face-up will be free. : )
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