Thursday, June 16, 2011

My latest and greatest challenge: The amazing miss Sally (custom Natasha Moore SBL)

Sally is my most extreme custom girl so far, and is very dear to me. She is inspired by Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the sweet, sultry, sassy ragdoll extraordinaire. She loves her momma Betty and she loves her man Jack. Gorgeous mohair reroot by Sadi/ sadifairy. All other customizations by yours truly.

Here she is:

and here is how she came to be...

Sally started out her life as a delightful Natasha Moore named Nate. Here's Nate shortly after her arrival, getting acquainted with her new body:

All sanded down, here's the last glance at a blank Nate (punny, I know):

Sally's eye carving before and after-- I tried to capture the essential shape of Sally's eyes. This was as wide as I could make them while maintaining the integrity of the shape of the Blythe faceplate and having the eye mechanism in proper position (all images from The Nightmare Before Christmas do not belong to me, and were borrowed for personal brainstorming use and inspiration only).

Carving step 1: It's difficult to see the shapes extremely well here, it'll show up much better once painted. Also, these aren't her proper eyelashes.
with a little photoshop on the eyes to give you an idea of what one set of her chips will look like.

and a first hello from Sally :) (I just think this is cute):

The lovely painted lady in pieces before detail work (about 4 coats of painting and fine sanding here):

Unretouched outdoor photo of Sally's faceup:

After her stitches :)

All put together, but not quite ready for her public:

Getting the eyemech all ready for her custom lids (a surprise for her mama):

And the lids when finished:

Sally's pull charms for her sleepy eyes (she's also boggled and gaze-corrected):

Sally's eyechips--one of the things I love about this girl is that the same eyechips in different positions can create such drastically different expressions.

And now, for a few fun photos of Sally, fully formed (with her patchwork dress that I made and some awesome boots that Betty found):

from the shadows...

such an intense little gothic beauty:

who can also be a little accident-prone, just like the real Sally:

But is also one HOT dolly.

Goodnight, all, and thanks for visiting!

Dabiniere Violette (custom Punkaholic People RBL)

I'd been wanting to make a custom mohair girl for myself for a very long time, and since Amelia was my first Blythe and I absolutely LOVE her complexion, I decided to get another punkaholic as my base for this girl. It was pretty darned cute seeing them as twins, but I was thrilled to see this girl's transformation as well!
I partnered with the lovely Sadi (sadifairy) who did the work on her reroot, and ended up specially customizing this girl for a dear friend instead of myself.
Her new mama named her Dabiniere Violette :D Very sweet for a sweet girl, and I know she's loved very much!

Here are some photos of her transformation:

Amelia's twin arrives (Amelia's on the left, of course):

Showing off her new pulls after her "sleep-eye" surgery (and gaze correct):

Here she is after getting her new hairs, with the first of the 3 sets of handpainted eyechips I created especially for her:

And with each of the other two sets:

And finally, with some special lush lashes I added and some lid art I created with pastels, acrylic, and watercolor pencil:

And there's miss Dabiniere! :)

Abby (custom Cassiopeia Spice RBL)

Abby arrived at the very end of 2010 for a super-fun makeover :) She came for some carving and a whole new faceup including some unique lids and bright colors instead of earth tones. This fit her personality pretty well, since she's a very artsy girl who LOVES Hello Kitty :) She was lovely to begin with, just ready for something new.

Here are some photos of her transformation!

Abby's arrival:

Abby's carving, coloring, and lips before her faceup:

Abby's carving
after careful makeup removal and gentle sandmatting,
I got my carving tools out and reshaped Abby's nostrils, carved her philtrum and lips, and smoothed out a few rough spots in her factory eyesockets :)

A fresh, light new look for Abby (I LOOOOVED doing this girl's lips):

and, another view of those LUSCIOUS lips ;)

Abby's mom requested, as an artsy girl, that Abby have a "paint splotch" for her lid art. Looks really cute with her pull charms and bright new pullrings, too ;)

And here's miss Abby after her makeover, lovely as can be!: