I'm not one-hundred percent certain whether I should have stayed with the default face-up, which I really like... but I think he will look marvellous anyhow.
I have plans for him and Scarlet (whom I have not ordered - yet); I can see them as partners in a steam-punk adventure, or as my favourite Harmony series (authored by Jayne Castle) couple Lydia Smith and Emmett London.
Right when I'd sworn 'no more big hefty EID men'; along comes Bane, with his narrow, intelligent face. Not a face for everyone apparently, but the more I look at him, the more I like it.
I decided that he was going to be a steam-punk gentlemen explorer, and requested him with a custom face-up - my first-ever from Iplehouse.
He has a small half-beard, and a scar over one eye. Very dashing, in my opinion.
I started with a screenshot from his sales page on the Iplehouse site, and added, as carefully as I could given my limited skills, what I wanted;
Yesterday I assisted Lyanne with a photo-shoot with Sylvie, my Soom Breccia.
Sylvie is on a normal skin, new style body.
It is interesting to see how others view one's BJD's - Lyanne immediately picked out a MonaeGlow gown which I would not have thought of putting on Sylvie.
Add a glowing Monique wig in carrot red, and Sylvie becomes a stunning enchantress.
Iplehouse nYID Oscar was already dressed for a dance-party, so we added him to the photo-shoot. His black and white gear makes a nice contrast to the verdigris and copper of Sylvie's ensemble.
This photo-shoot reinforced my opinion that it is better to hide a distracting background with a dropcloth than try to get rid of it later. Digital manipulation is easy to detect and photos are generally better without, although I generally like to brighten photos up so that they ping off the monitor.
Sylvie looks very lovely. Now, I wonder what her escort is whispering in her ear?
More photos are available in my Flickr album here;
Den of Angels forum member HelenNz who is based in a semi-rural area north of Auckland, occasionally sells pieces of her excellent range of menswear for Iplehouse EID man.
When Scarlet was first introduced in September 2014, her sculpt immediately attracted a lot of adverse comment.
LyanneNZ, a friend in the BJD hobby, has a reputation for creating beautiful photo-studies of her fashion dolls and BJDs.
As an exercise in how some-one else would view my BJD's, she agreed to do a glamour shoot of Angelika, my Feeple65 Angela;
More photos from the shoot can be found in my Flickr album here;
After a refreshing spa to remove some yellowing, Flickr member HelenNZ's White Stella was co-opted into a photo-shoot to celebrate the arrival of a new backdrop and a new outfit - a shirred leather dress from Iplehouse.
Photos by myself and LyanneNZ.
With Spring, comes flowers; whether intentionally planted or not.
With the Auckland spring sunshine being a rather timid visitor, one has to seize any photo opportunity right that moment....
These forget-me-nots popped in the garden and I didn't have the heart to weed them out. Inside they gave me a wonderful opportunity to show-case Marguerite, my Soom SuperGem Red Queen.
Her company face-up is marvellous - she has sunset eye-shadow and two sets of lashes - one set long and red and curling!
Ethan (Iplehouse Edan) arrives, with full-blown attitude problem.
The Edan sculpt was supposed to be issued with limited edition "strong-man" arms, but through a production mix-up it appears that many dolls were made with "normal" arms.
I was contacted by Iplehouse (along with others who ordered Edan) and advised that they could change the arms, but there would be an additional wait as the doll would have to be re-made in entirety. (This would have been to ensure that the resin colour was consistent across each part).
They sent me this picture showing the strong arm next to the normal arm.
I opted to get my Ethan sooner rather than wait any longer.
No regrets on my part!
An acquaintance of mine prefers holes pocked in her lawn rather than tolerate the daisies, but I love their cheerful little face, and their sheer doggedness in the face of the lawnmower.
So Marguerite gets to tease Ethan on a sunny Spring day.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.