I'm really excited to share this with you guys, I'm getting a chance to paint this Popovy Sisters, Blue Jey and I'm so excited about it. She arrived the other day and I was so thrilled to get to see one of these dolls in person.

This doll is wonderful. She feels lovely in hand, her resin is smooth and light, but with good heft. She is 42cm tall with sculpted eyes that must be painted (though I believe open eye dolls that take glass eyes are also available), and pointed ballet feet.

Her posing is hands down amazing. I was blown away with how easy she is to position, and how well she holds her poses. The jointing is just so good, excellent range of motion, double jointing in both the elbows and knees, she's very versatile. As a point of reference she poses infinitely better than Fairyland dolls. I don't have the ballet shoes for her though so unfortunately I can't get her to stand.

Anyway if you're not familiar with Popovy Sisters definitely hop over and check out their dolls, they are really amazing. If you are interested in ordering one of these girls you have to contact Popovy Sisters and they will send you a price list and work with you from there.

Check out this amazing playscale diorama based on Wes Anderson's new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's made by the talented, Kyi who runs, My Delicious Bliss. She very kindly let me feature her work here, I am so blown away by how awesome this is, the attention to detail is just stunning! The cakes, the character, the cake boxes! Amazing!

If you haven't seen the movie yet be sure to check it out, it's well worth it. I don't usually like Wes Anderson films but this one is a real gem. While I'm recommending odd little films go see, Only Lovers Left Alive as well. Tilda Swinton is in both and is fabulous.

Check out Kyi's awesome blog for more photos {HERE}

I tried another composite shot like the one I did last week for, Fig and this one turned out much better. Pretty sure I need a better tripod though because mine keeps drifting.

Things I'd change; arm placement, I should have thought it through a bit more and created better negative space, but it's not a big deal.

Can I just say how much I love her hands? They're so tiny but so beautifully sculpted!
Outfit made by Peppermint Circus
Eyes by Candy World (6mm)
Antlers by Sparrow 's Shop
Wig hand crafted by me
Locket, bracelets and roses unknown

Mia is back in her old blonde wig which suits her so well I can't help but wonder why I had her in the red wig for so long!

She is wearing 14mm Mako eyes in AM-014 here, I feel they're a little big but the 12mm Mako eyes were a bit too small. I love this colour for her though.

I've been using my Mako eyes a lot lately, they're pretty and always seems to come up nicely in photos. They give nice whites, which a lot of other eyes don't. I find a lot of other eyes tend to shoot very grey and then are hard to edit afterwards, but the Mako eyes seem to have a whiter, brighter pop to them. I find this especially helpful in dolls with smaller eye sockets when it's hard to get enough light in there.

The pretty colours and sparkles and such are all very nice, but really I love Mako for their whiter than white sclera. I know say this on a semi-regular basis but, I need to get more Mako eyes!

I haven't seen many of these girls around so I thought I'd share her on the blog. She's a Feeple 65 Angela from Fairyland. It's a wonderful sculpt, I have no idea if she was inspired by Angelina Jolie but I felt she had very similar lips.

I also included a shot of her on my desk at the end in case anyone ever wondered what my setup was for taking the final finished faceup pictures. Pretty simple: put white towel on desk, turn on daylight lamps.

I really love that these girls have no hair. They came with the pink wig of course (which is currently being dealt with) but it's so nice to have a clean smooth head for wigs! I have a pink Leekeworld wig that looks pretty cute on the grey head.

Although those fabulous green jelly wings suggest going for a green hair colour, but I'm not sure if those wings will stay on the grey body or not.

It will be a little while until I get to paint these girls, I still have to get a torso for the extra limbs, but I'm really looking forward to it. I am pleasantly surprised by their face sculpts, they're very cute. It's always so hard to tell what's going on under the Mattel makeup, I'm never really sure what I'm going to get.

I've been doing Monochrome Monday for quite a long time now, and it's really helped push me to capture some great shots, and experiment around. By cutting out the colour I find it so much easier to focus on things like composition and story.

You know what's super exciting though? I haven't missed a Monday yet! I think there have been a few close calls, as well as some technical issues where I've scheduled posts that have gone off either too early or too late, and of course not all the posts are BJD related, but all in all there's been a monochrome image for every Monday since I started. Yay for consistency!

In celebration I've added a button to the sidebar that will take you back through time to revisit all the old colourless Mondays!

I ordered this MSD sized barstool from Nine9 Style a few weeks ago and I'm super pleased with it. It's always easy to find props and such for the smaller dolls but the Minis are difficult, especially at a good price. I like it because it's simple and sturdy, and didn't break the bank. They have the stool in three sizes, SD, MSD, and Yosd. I may paint it white so it matches the sideboard I have. 

Speaking of Nine9 Style I've been trying to get my hubby to go to their showroom and take pictures for me seeing as he's in Korea at the moment. Maybe I can convince him to send home a Nine9 care package too ;) 

Anyway, here are some quick snaps for size reference, this is my DIM Miso head on an A-line minifee body. 

What if Fig was like, Gizmo, the Mogwai from Gremlins, and multiplied when you got her wet? Worse, what would she turn into if she ate after midnight? Luckily we'll never know but here's a photo of might have been!

I've been meaning to do a shot like this for a long time, I'm not really happy with how it turned out, I messed up a few things so I'll try it again one day, but it's still a fun shot even if not a good one.

If you want to try this yourself it's super easy. You set your camera up on a tripod (crucial because you want the background to line up exactly in each shot) and then you proceed to take a bunch of pics, moving your doll around in each frame. Then you layer them on top of one another in a photo editing program and delete the bits you don't need. Here's a link to a video that might help {LINK}

Have developed a thing for skulls lately, don't know why, just seem to want to draw a lot of them.

Here's the latest one, plus some WIPs as it travelled from sketchbook to digital. It's not 100% finished yet, but I'm letting it "rest" for now while I think about it.

I might try an animal skull next. Perhaps a bird?

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