July 23, 2014
Busy busy, a dread makers washing line XD

Busy busy, a dread makers washing line XD

July 23, 2014

Special custom wig orders~

So long story short my car failed it’s MOT and I gotta pay for some new break-pads and junk so while I don’t particularly want to take on more commissions at the moment I’ve opened up a few special custom wig orders based on the hair I have in stock at the moment (since I’m planning to do premades with it anyway), so for a special price of $50 (or $70 for crotchet) and free shipping you too could have yourself a sexy one colour dread wig for your doll~

They’re up on my etsy store here~

July 23, 2014

Anonymous asked:

“Hello I'm a new-ish follower, so sorry if I've missed a post or page! But about how much do you charge for your dreadlocks wigs? I think they're lovely and I've been trying to decide whether I want a custom one (and for what kind of doll), and I'd like to know your commission pricing versus pre-made pricing if that's a thing?”

Aww thank you!
I charge the same for premades and customs unless it’s a particularly complex custom in which case I’ll price it on an individual basis.

My prices are;
Regular twisted dread wig (any size, up to 40cm long & up to 3 colours): $60
Crotchet dread wig (any size etc as above): $80

Longer, more colours or extras like beads cost a little extra too. :3

July 22, 2014
dantaliondolls:

{ Hide and Seek } ~ Following all the lovely advice I got yesterday, I took Carlisle out to try some new poses/not shooting center only shots/only vertical shots. 

This shot is fantastic and so damn atmospheric with the light and the angle and aaaah gorgeous stuff!

dantaliondolls:

{ Hide and Seek } ~ Following all the lovely advice I got yesterday, I took Carlisle out to try some new poses/not shooting center only shots/only vertical shots. 

This shot is fantastic and so damn atmospheric with the light and the angle and aaaah gorgeous stuff!

July 22, 2014
kasiaslupecka:

I found this list and I felt like I need to share it with everyone. Because this is so important.
Please don’t feel miserable as an artist. Don’t be that miserable person.
I want to add few words to the first point here. This is very personal for me.
I need to constantly think about this.
Just be better version of Yourself not another version of someone else.
And this is the problem not only mine but I saw many people who feel miserable because they compare themselves to other artists.
They compare the art, the methods of doing, workflows, approach. It just stops You from doing a thing, going forward and makes you feel bad.
You will be noticed because of who You are. Eventually You will find Your way. People will recognize You. Don’t be a copy of an artist who is a copy of another artist. Do Your thing.
Find people who will encourage You in what You do.
Collaborate with another passionate people like You.
Feel good with what You do.
And life will bring You what You want.
Hope this words make a better day for some of You.
Hugs for all!

kasiaslupecka:

I found this list and I felt like I need to share it with everyone. Because this is so important.

Please don’t feel miserable as an artist. Don’t be that miserable person.

I want to add few words to the first point here. This is very personal for me.

I need to constantly think about this.

Just be better version of Yourself not another version of someone else.

And this is the problem not only mine but I saw many people who feel miserable because they compare themselves to other artists.

They compare the art, the methods of doing, workflows, approach. It just stops You from doing a thing, going forward and makes you feel bad.

You will be noticed because of who You are. Eventually You will find Your way. People will recognize You. Don’t be a copy of an artist who is a copy of another artist. Do Your thing.

Find people who will encourage You in what You do.

Collaborate with another passionate people like You.

Feel good with what You do.

And life will bring You what You want.

Hope this words make a better day for some of You.

Hugs for all!

(via andreja)

July 21, 2014

dantaliondolls:

dantaliondolls:

So, I just got some (unsolicited) con-crit on my photos. The person who gave it isn’t a BJD photographer, but is an artist/graphics maker and doll owner. They suggested that I could try a ‘tiny bit of level/ colour editing’.

Apparently, this was not all they meant to say,…

Not at all ~ I’m not getting at you by mentioning it by the way, it’s definitely less of a confidence drainer when the massive levels of feedback/positivity are being directed towards someone whose photos are at a way higher level than my own. It does make me wonder if it’s worth putting effort into my own photos, but then somehow I’ll get excited over a new outfit, or wig, or something, and end up posting pictures even if they only get a few notes. 

I’d definitely be grateful for any more technical help. Especially, regarding how to edit more successfully using Gimp, or different settings to try on my camera. Also, perhaps how to use better angles/get more inspired set ups. I do feel like I fall back on the same ‘safe’ shots since my camera is a bit temperamental, and I’m not very confident about shooting in the first place. 

I still feel really bad for helping making you feel bad on any level though because I would never want to discourage anyone from trying to improve their photography or just plain enjoying it. :<

To be honest I’m not familiar with using Gimp since I do all my editing in lightroom and PS but I assume most of the functions are similar. Then again I don’t think there’s really much you need to do editing wise that you’re not already doing since your exposure and the like are perfectly fine. Like the other person suggested tweaking your levels, curves and contrast might help the colours to pop a little more since they can be a little flat in a few photos but not enough for it to be a massive issue. There is other stuff, like playing around with colour overlays and masks  I think you’ve got a very strong grasp of what your camera’s capable of so I wouldn’t be too worried there if I were you.
My main critique would actually be that your composition is pretty consistently centered, which can work but doesn’t really lend itself to a dynamic photograph unless it’s a really deliberate choice. Try having your dolls off center (the rule of thirds is great to keep in mind for that) so that the eye can travel through a shot, rather than just sitting in the middle of the photo. Or maybe shooting from a different angle or lower down since from the looks of it you favour shooting looking down. There’s other rules of composition that might help give you ideas for livening up your compositions too. ^^  I find that things like fashion magazines or even the visual language and choices made in tv shows and movies can be a good way of getting ideas too, especially if you’re looking to introduce some narrative into your photography.

There’s definitely nothing wrong with being excited about new stuff and wanting to share it, it totally sucks that your shots don’t get many notes but I don’t think you should let that stop you from sharing or from pushing on, that’s part of the joy of the hobby after all and I’m always happy to help if you want more feedback but I know you’re more than capable of getting where you want to be ; 3;

July 21, 2014

How to Take Con-crit.

dantaliondolls:

So, I just got some (unsolicited) con-crit on my photos. The person who gave it isn’t a BJD photographer, but is an artist/graphics maker and doll owner. They suggested that I could try a ‘tiny bit of level/ colour editing’.

Apparently, this was not all they meant to say, but I countered with the idea that it’d feel worse to spend hours editing a shot only to get very few likes/reblogs/anything at all on Deviant Art (am I tagging my photos wrong, because I’m getting zero comments etc over there, so it’s becoming a waste of time already).

Hearing someone else mention that their most popular photo got over 4000 views made my motivation completely deflate -_-; I’m happy for them, and it’s very deserved since their work is gorgeous, but still….

I do not take con-crit well, I don’t ask for it not because I don’t want to improve, but because I either get defensive/angry, or really disheartened, and believe my photos are shit. (This is reflected in their lack of notes, but at least a very small minority like them for which I’m grateful.)

Anyway, I’m trying to become more able to handle criticism without getting upset/losing my motivation. So, I guess if fellow photographers want to offer it to me via ask (not reblog please!) then I won’t bite anyone’s head off.

For reference, here is an unedited and edited version of one of my photos. I do try to make them look decent, but I am novice at using Gimp, and also not artistic/good at sensing what is ‘right’ for anything.

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I just want to apologise profusely for contributing to making you feel bad about your photos. That wasn’t my intention at all and I’m so incredibly sorry, I just mentioned the number to give an example of how unpredictable it can be with what does or doesn’t get attention when it comes to BJD photos. It wasn’t meant to put you off and I’m so, so sorry ;_;

Learning to take critique can be hard as hell, and it can hurt a lot no matter how much someone’s trying to be helpful, especially when it wasn’t invited but you need to remember that critiques are just opinions, it’s your choice if you want to act on it or not and if you even agree with it.

Personally I really enjoy your photos, I’d be more than happy to write up some constructive crit if you wanted some but you’re not in a terrible place with your photos at all, sure there’s room to grow as a photographer (As there is for everyone no matter their skill level, some people are just at different stages of the same journey) but as it is your photos are pretty solid, you make great use of depth of field and your dolls are gorgeous, you’re far from being a bad photographer ; 3;

July 21, 2014

etnikangel:

geekisthecolour:

snowgraybeautywhite:

truebjdconfessions:

I’m so excited! Monstrodesigns is starting wig production again! Yay! They’ll release all the old styles next week.

~Anonymous

Just FYI, Monstrodesigns / blinkeke / voodootox is banned from DoA and owns recasts.

Well shit I didn’t know that… >.< Guess that’s one more store to avoid, which makes me sad because I like her stuff :<

Still buying from her… who cares? I’m in for her products not to juge her personnal choices in life

And that’s your prerogative. Personally I have zero interest in potentially funding the purchase of more recasts, which is my prerogative. I would rather not have anything to do with people who are funding something that’s damaging the hobby and the artists who’s work we all supposedly love, especially on a fiscal level.