I'm very excited to finally be able to post these photos of a completed Octavia! Though I made many mistakes along the way, I'm really happy with how she turned out in the end and I must admit, I have a lot of affection for her, flaws and all. I think she is too flawed to sell, however, so she'll live in my studio. But I've got the BJD bug now and will definitely make more. In fact, Octavia was a prototype and part of a grant application; if it's successful, I would be able to afford to buy a kiln and would start working toward porcelain BJDs. Even if I don't get the grant, that is still my goal, but it just might take me a bit longer.
This girl can't stand on her own, and the stringing was really tricky. So much to learn! I think my straw idea was not a great in in the end because the straws were too narrow and it made pulling the elastic cord through really hard. Maybe fatter straws? I still really like the idea of not having to carve out all that foam afterward because I think it would leave the limbs too fragile in places if you're making a smaller, spindlier doll.
I think her face is my favourite part. I was worried while I was sculpting her that it might be bland, but I always forget how much painting and wigging bring the doll to life.
Here you can see a bit more clearly where I had problems: the knee joints are too gaping and the legs are too slim for the torso I think. For my next prototype, I'll make an extra joint in the knees and elbows which will allow for greater range, but I was under the gun for this one. And no genitals for my dollies! I'm no prude, but genitalia on dolls creeps me out, especially on ball-jointed dolls, who often seem to look prepubescent and overly-sexualized for my taste. I guess I'll just have to learn to make really nice underclothes! But next time, I'll definitely take the time to refine the anatomy more, because right now the torso is fairly blank and featureless. Again, I ran out of time...
Total non-sequiter: Anybody else panting for True Blood?