I was going to sell this gown... so I thought I'd take some nice photos of it - now I don't want to sell it!
The lovely model is my lplehouse Aria, in light brown resin. She is a couple of years old, and the current light brown is darker - very close to RacconDoll dark mocha (conveniently!).
Her oh-so-beautiful wig is "Aphrodite", by Amadiz Studio, and her earrings are by me.
Oddly enough, the top skirts of this gown are photographing as a lemon colour - which I thought is was from the promotional photos. However, they are actually a creme brulee, which is more apparent in this photo. The model here is my Feeple65 Angela. For some reason, it is easier to get the SID-size MonaeGlow gowns on Angela than on an SID (very tight squeeze - good thing they don't have to breathe!).
I finally got a face-up for Doria that I really, really like!
Here's Doria with a fresh new look from face-up artist Angel Toast; and I just love her soft, gentle expression;
And here is her previous look - also a face-up by Angel Toast, a very striking 'elvish' look;
Not quite as intense with the eyebrows partly covered;
She looked extraordinarily like my Fairyland Feeple65 Angela in this incarnation - here's Angela here;
And here is Doria's first incarnation from Iplehouse, a combination of two of her 'basic' face-ups, which was lovely, but not quite as I had imagined it;
After seeing Chloe in a red wig, I just had to get one for my Feeple65 Angela; this is Jpopdolls wig style "Kye" in colour "Mad Flame".
Incidentally, the Jpopdolls wig sizes used here are 8/9" and comfortably fit the Feeple65 heads which are 9.25 inches in circumference. I have tried this size on Iplehouse EID ladies and they look okay but not fit snugly. In their case a 7/8" would be more appropriate.
Well, it was going to be the end of the road for my old batik pants, much the worse the wear after having been demoted to gardening duty...
I'd downloaded a BurdaStyle pattern for a blouse, and was making a test piece from the pants fabric, when I noticed that the placement of the sun motifs on one front piece and one sleeve looked really great - so I ended up creating a batik tunic instead of the blouse I intended.
The pattern worked out really well - Burda #110, Euro size 36 reduced to 35% of original size (easy to do since the pattern is a pdf file), if anyone is interested. Angelika (Feeple65 Angela) is rather voluptuous so I did add a little more room to the front edge of the blouse to give it more overlap.
This will also fit medium bust SID and EID Iplehouse girls.
I really did like those pants... so I'm glad they're still around. Sort of.
Angelika now has new 14mm glass eyes from HandCraft in green hazel. Her face-up is by Angel Toast.
What a doll!
I just love the Fairyland Feeple65 sculpt Angela, and have been having lots of fun photographing her since she returned from Angel Toast with her new face-ups.
So far, I have been photographing mostly "night-time" Angelika, but I'll do more photos of "day-time" Angelika once summer rolls around and I feel like doing photos of my girls in pretty summer frocks and sassy bikinis.
Angelika wows and sizzles in new gowns by MonaeGlow. She sure is a beauty...
Here is another MonaeGlow gown in glorious indigo. She is wearing wonderful platform shoes from DollHeart. There is no way she can stand on these on her own, so she is supported by an "invisible" stand from Alice's Collections.
Click here to be taken to the sales page for the stand _
Her pretty earrings and necklace are by LyanneNZ.
Angelika was partnered by Griffin (Soom Ender on Iplehouse SID body). He is wearing clothing by Iplehouse. I posted these photos on the Zone of Zen forum and Griffin got a lot of very nice compliments. Well, he is a handsome boy!
Three of my photo on Flickr have been 'explored'.
The first time it happened, I was very puzzled to find one of my photos seemed to have garnered a surprisingly high number of 'views' and I had been invited to join the 'in explore' group.
It took me a while to realize that being 'explored' meant that somehow my photo had been flagged by the Flickr 'explore' algorithm, and that the invitation to join the group was completely separate, and came from the admin of the (user) group and not Flickr admin.
Apparently the Flickr 'explore' algorithm picks 500 newly uploaded photos each day, which it deems 'interesting', for reasons which are obscure and places them in an 'Explore' list. This list is simply to allow users to browse new photos which they might not otherwise see.
A brilliant idea! Occasionally I have a peek in there and I see many wonderful photos which I otherwise would never have come across.
It's very gratifying of course to be deemed of enough interest (even by an algorithm) to be added to the list, but at the same time, deeply puzzling.
Why that photo? I guess I will never know. If you click on the photos below you will be taken to the relevant Flickr page.
Here is the first photo;
The next photo to be 'explored' was a quick snap of Angelika in a new DZ70 blouse which I took with my phone to show a friend how it fitted. For reasons which will remain ever obscure to me it became very popular indeed and quickly garnered over 10,000 views and 100+ favourites. Go figure. I have to laugh given all my attention to carefully photographing my dolls, and then having a quick snap attract so much attention... who knew?
And then, inexplicably, a similar photo was chosen, this time of Iplehouse Doria in the same blouse;
Why? I guess I'll never know - the methodology of the algorithm is kept secret, for good reason, since those Flickr members obsessed with collecting 'followers' would game the system.
But the attention sure is nice while it lasts!
Angelika (Fairyland Feeple65 Angela) came back from Angel Toast, and Chloe departed.
I had purchased another Feeple65 body, so was able to display both Angelika heads at the same time, which is wonderful.
The 'new' body came from a smoking household, so I decided to take it apart to clean and re-string it. I felt quite a bit of trepidation about doing this, because the Feeple65 body has a lot of extra pieces which enable the arms to be removed without having to restring them, and the same is true for the calves. There is an 'event' arm for Chloe which has henna patterns carved into it. I do have one of these arms which I obtained second-hand, and which I intend to paint this summer.
With regard to the calves, the smaller Fairyland sculpts often have alternate legs but this has never been the case for the Feeple65 size.
So I decided to restring the body in a standard BJD fashion using one loop of tension string for the arms and one for the body and legs. I actually photographed all the steps in preparation for putting a tutorial upon this blog - but accidentally deleted the photos from the camera card.
However, I want to tighten the tension strings at some point so I will retake the shots when I do that.
In the meantime, here are Angelika's day and night versions; the face-ups are subtly different and one is intended for a "blonde" and the other for a "red-headed" look;
Top photo is by Angel Toast.
Angelika before she went away;
Fairyland's Feeple65 Chloe is so pretty, but my preference is for human sculpts. Then I spotted a human "dreaming" Chloe face-plate on the Den of Angels marketplace, and I couldn't resist buying her.
As it happens, I had just organized to send my two "Angela" face-plates to Angel Toast Aesthetics for new face-ups, so by happy chance I had an "unoccupied" body for Chloe when she arrived.
What a pretty gal!
Her expression is so sweet and serene. For some reason I thought this was her company default face-up.
I don't know why, as she doesn't appear to have a company face-up. The human "dreaming" (with partially opened eyes) Chloe face-plates were issued as a "event" bonus in December 2010. They were all issued blank. I have no idea who did the face-up but it is very pretty.
I decided that she would have a bohemian persona, and popped her in this Iplehouse EID dress to photograph her. I had tried out my Angelika (Feeple65 Angela) in this dress first, but she has such a direct gaze that she looked like she was contemplating putting a hex on someone... whereas gentle Chloe looks like she's about to waft off to a long soak in a tub sprinkled with rose petals and surrounded by scented candles...
The Feeple65 female body has lovely long legs and this dress shows them off to perfection.
Angelika is a gal with attitude, and would never "waft" anywhere...
She needed support for this pose, but sadly a tuxedo-clad escort was nowhere to be found so she had to make do with a stand.
She is wearing another new EID size dress from Iplehouse, and Iplehouse shoes.
I tried the shoes on Lady B (EID Carina) first, but they seemed too tight, and I didn't want to damage them so gave up trying to put them on her. However they fit Angelika perfectly.
I then tried them on the new EID woman's feet from Iplehouse, and can report that they do indeed fit the new feet! No trouble at all, in fact, although I find it impossible to tell whether the new feet are slimmer than the old. Obviously, they must be.
A bit of experimentation established that the new EID feet can easily wear SD10/SD13 size shoes e.g. Elfdoll shoes, but not SD16 shoes. The latter are extremely slender fitting shoes and can be worn by Feeple65 and the new Soom Super Gem females. However, Angelika can not wear all SD16 styles - I think her instep is higher so low-cut SD16 styles are okay but shoes with a high instep or boots are not.
One of the things I learned in my beginner's photography course last year, is that strong diagonals add strength and attraction to the composition of a photograph.
I can't say that I particularly think about when I'm taking a photo, but I have noticed that most of the photos I've taken that I really like do indeed have a strong diagonal.
Like this one, entitled "Shelter", featuring Angelika my Feeple65 Angela, and Leo, a Soom Ender;
Another Valentine's Day post... this time with Iplehouse Bane and Angelika, my Feeple65 Angela. They seem to go together rather well... although that hadn't been my intention.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.