Stray Doodles

bjdconfessions:

how the hell do people use black pastels for face ups? as soon as i try it goes everywhere and the whole face up becomes dirty like i rolled it through coal! no other pastel colour seems to do that… what am i doing wrong?

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If black is the only one doing this, check your pastel itself, or maybe buy another one to compare it with. Black is a heavy pigment, so you’ll have to be careful with it, but if your black is more powdery than your other pastels, that could be affecting it. It’s also one of the only ones I only take directly from the pastel and never scrape off the pigments, even then, I have a designated black pigment brush, i brush it over the pastel, and then gently tap it over my scrap paper or directly over the black pastel so I’m only applying a little at a time. When dealing with strong pigments (black, certain blues, certain reds in my experience) I suggest gloves, possibly several pairs to switch through. You might also put a large cotton ball or tissue INSIDE the head, so that any pigment going through when working around the eyes or an open mouth will catch and not end up falling through onto your hands and on the back of the head (big problem for me).

On the occasions I used black (I’m more a lots of color person, but my cousin wanted darker colors on her girl), I actually started with a few layers of grey, then switched to black. I tend to do this with a lot of colors.  My theory is that by adding more than just one flat color, it allows the curve of the eyelid to be shown a little better. I tend to use 3-4 colors on lips in various sections of gradation to make them pop a little better (I also tend not to add lines or the mouth-corner dots). 

See if any of that helps? 

bjdconfessions:

This will probably sound weird, but I wish dolls had more nose diversity. I think noses really make a face unique, but I think most sculpts have pointier noses. Which is fine, but I’d love to see more button or defined noses!

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bjdconfessions:

Please please please people if you use or live with someone who uses marijuana please list yourself as a smoking household! I don’t care what you do in your personal life but I do need to be prepared for the smells and stains that your items will most likely have. It’s still smoking even if it’s not tobacco.

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Reblogging to emphasis allergies.

If someone lists they are a no smoking household, I expect it to be a no smoking of anything household. I have severe instant reactions (within seconds) to tobacco and marijuana smoke, even if it’s just on objects. It’s gotten worse and quicker over time so I no longer can be tolerant of the risk.  

Similarly, I have pets with dander and hair, so I make sure to mark that I have pets. I’d feel awful to be on either end of an exchange where someone got sick from opening a package. 

So far, I haven’t run into this problem, though I’ve had friends with family who smokes kindly place an item into a ziplock before giving it to me with a heads up, so it can be quickly put into the wash and limit my exposure. 

I’m beginning to wonder if some of my customers are thinking I’m a bit cracked. I regularly answer questions about the weather with “oh yeah, I can feel the rain” or similar, which is really really weird to them to have not an old person do that. 

Then I get on average about six questions a day about “those rings on your fingers” and either thank them, explain they are medical if asked what they are, and if if someone’s still asking, I’ll demo that I can dislocate with my pinky, as well as explaining I can dislocate all of my joints, including ribs and spine…with my bizarre since of pride and customer service cheer. 

If they ask if it hurts, I say no, it doesn’t hurt me to pull it out only a little but some dislocations really hurt, or have tearing of the ligaments, and it does come with acute chronic pain. If they ask what I do about that, I super excitedly tell them that due to my allergies, I’m getting to become a cyborg with an implant soon! 

I’m pretty sure they think I’m missing more than a few marbles. 

Ah the weird joys of what EDS does, and so far, I think I cope a lot better by just owning it. 

Generally, I don’t have an issue with people asking me about my condition, though certain aspects are kept private, and other comments receive disgusted looks (eg, “you must be like the indian rubber man!” [comparing me to a circus sideshow is totally inappropriate] or “wow, your boyfriend must love you in bed” [nevermind the sort of politeness, but unintentionally dislocating one’s hip or the inane behavior of my nervous system is not sexy] ), but a lot of people can’t seem to either stop themselves from asking or get very embarrassed they asked at all. I think my openly answering 90% of questions makes me somewhere in the “this is how I deal” and being a small bit of an advocate for awareness in my own strange way. 

So glad my boss thinks it’s funny.

bjdconfessions:

bjdconfessions:

#BJDDay Bi-monthly, the second Saturday!

Post a photoshoot, photos from a meetup, a photostory, what’s on your workstation, a faceup or modification in progress, something you’re sewing or making, even just doll selfies. Don’t forget to tag so everyone can see!

Don’t forget, BJDDay is today/tomorrow depending on your timezone :D

mechaniqueknight:

icemutt:

Teddy’s a brat.

Cyynn

Off-topic from BJDs but being that “Cyn” is a shorthand of my actual name, and how fast this reblog happened….I stared at this response for a bit in total confusion trying to think of who this trying to get my attention is before it finally dawned on me that mechaniqueknight probably isn’t actually talking to me.  XD  
I believe I may need breakfast before I get to work. 

mechaniqueknight:

icemutt:

Teddy’s a brat.

Cyynn

Off-topic from BJDs but being that “Cyn” is a shorthand of my actual name, and how fast this reblog happened….I stared at this response for a bit in total confusion trying to think of who this trying to get my attention is before it finally dawned on me that mechaniqueknight probably isn’t actually talking to me.  XD  

I believe I may need breakfast before I get to work. 

Teddy’s a brat.

Teddy’s a brat.

trucetmuche:

Today on Tutorial Sunday: How to make a BJD Corset with pattern (for SD)

this is PART 1

Part 2 here

Arrow = Grain line

julystorms:

gentlemancrow:

tmirai:

Foam and Worbla armour MEGA TUTORIAL

Tutorial by AmenoKitarou

Super duper awesome and helpful! I am totally going to try this out for my Garrosh cosplay.

YEAH GONNA NEED THIS FOR SYLVANAS HELLA

holy shit

I’m curious if I can find thin enough foam to make stuff at doll scale. 

trucetmuche:

Hello~

Today on Tutorial Sunday: How to make your own stencil

Perfect to embellish doll clothes and less expensive than transfer paper ^ç^ 

You can use either Laminator paper, thick paper or transparent paper; You can wash the laminator paper; therefore you can use it and reuse it as many time as you want; the paper can be used once or twice… 

(You can also bleach your doll’s jeans using a stencil it’s quite cute)