Getting Naked - baring it all behind the scenes

by Sharon Wright

Cat Hammond, over at The Doll Affinity, wrote a really fantastic post in response to my article about 12 Tips To Being a Better Photo Blogger.  In it, she talks about wanting to be more candid and pulling back the curtain a little to show some of the magic in the process of this hobby we love - photography. It really connected with me. I love watching behind the scenes videos and seeing other peoples' BTS photoshoots and whatnot - but I really haven't shared any of my own.

Since Cat sort of challenged others to do it, I thought I would kick it off and strip down to my bare bones. You'll see that I am not a perfect photographer, that most of the 'magic' actually happens in the editing room. 

To start off with, I shoot on a Canon T3i. It's not a super fancy camera, more of an older (discontinued) lower end pro-sumer style DSLR. I have a few different lenses but my lens of choice is my nifty fifty, 50mm. I shoot in full manual mode and usually manual focus as well. I prefer to shoot in RAW as that gives me the greatest flexibility to fix all my mistakes ;) I work in Adobe products for post processing. 

Now, I need to say this because it comes up all the time. It is not the camera that takes great pictures. Yes, it helps, but it is the skill and eye of the photographer and editor that makes it amazing. There are some pretty freaking jaw dropping images I've seen that were shot on a cellphone camera - so there are zero excuses. All the tools are available on the internet for you to learn any skill you want. That is how I taught myself. 

For this challenge, I tried to select a few different things to give you just a simple quick peek at my before & afters.  

Anyway - here goes... 

Brazen Beauty Natalia Fatalé - one of my all time favorite Integrity Toys ladies. She is from the 2013 convention (my first, and favorite, convention of theirs)
Dress by Ursi Sarna

Underexposed. She was shot deep in the shadows and since I didn't want to drop my shutter speed lower (to avoid blurriness from camera shake) I chose to take the darker shot at a faster shutter speed to get a crisper shot.  I knew, since I shoot in RAW, that I would have the ability to easily adjust the colors and contrast in post processing. I could have adjusted my ISO but I was, honestly, just being lazy. I fixed a few crazy hairs and added a bit more sun haze coming from the left side of the shot. 

Intrigue Elise Jolie by Integrity Toys, from the 2014 convention
Dress by Ginny Liezert

Same shoot, same day. This time I overexposed. Not on purpose. I snap a few shots as I'm making my adjustments in the camera. Sometimes the first couple pics end up being good and I want to save them, Again, since I shoot in RAW, I was able to fully adjust and play with the lighting in post. You'll notice that I also fixed a couple stray hairs and the gap in the petals on the dress too.

This shoot is one I did for Mombie & Son (Bo Bergemann and her son). It was an entire series of about 40 amazing, cinematic style images promoting their zombie bjds they featured at the 2015 SDCC. (Seriously, it's pretty damned cool. You can check the shots out HERE)

As you can tell I photoshopped some lights onto the vehicle to add a bit more realism to the 'moment' that was captured. I also adjusted the color levels to get a more creepy/greenish/horror feel to it and a bit more haze to give it a bit more 'tooth'. This was shot during the later half of golden hour and the effect of the sunlight in the hair and the movement in the dolls just really made these shots work so beautifully in creating that "movie moment" I was going for.
Without a doubt - one of the funnest and most creative shoots I've ever done!

Ginny, by Linda Macario. Coming very soon to JpopDolls

This one was really fun. Most people know me for being a mostly outdoor, natural light photographer. I don't do a whole lot of indoor diorama shoots - not that I don't enjoy them - I'm just not great at lighting them or working with flash effectively - but I'm trying to learn.  
I bought this fantastic bed set on Etsy from One Sixth Avenue, originally to use for my Naked Trooper series (absolutely NSFW). However, when I put glasses on Ginny she instantly came to life with this fantastic geekness to her and I knew she would have a bed set like that - and, like all teens, she'd have a really messy room.  
I got two really awesome paper lanterns (that actually lit up) in my 70's themed One Sixth Box a couple months ago and I had a desk lamp from the Dollar Tree that lit up. I used a few LED lamps placed just under the "TV" to give the effect that she was watching something and then placed a small lamp just to the right of the room on the other side of a velum paper window to give the illusion of maybe a street lamp or house light at night.
As you can tell, I did not adjust my white balance well so the original shot is very yellowish. No problem, I can easily adjust the colors when I bring the image in. I enhanced the lights to give them a bit more glow, adjusted shadows and selectively increased the exposure in some areas.
There are a lot of things I wish I still knew how to do better, but over all I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I never really put a lot of thought into showing my process, but after reading Cat's post I realized that I too love seeing the nakedness of other peoples work - so why not bare my own.

I will try to do posts showing my process more. And, if I don't - remind me and I'll make sure to get it done ;)

Oh - and for real - check out The Doll Affinity. Her 1:6 mini-me Cat is the best ever, and she does a dynamic job putting together some truly creative photo stories. 

We'd love to see your shots as well. Are you daring enough to get naked in front of your peers? Post them on our Facebook page under this link. 

To see more of my crap - a.k.a. - the stuff I do when I'm not working on STAND...
Facebook
Instagram
Flickr
All the NSFW stuff ;) 

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Troll Babies are here! Preorder Opens Valentines Day!

The Ugly Woodlings are back, and this time their family is growing! 
Say hello to the TRIPLETS! Ulla, Ugo and Ebba

Charles' Creature Cabinet surprises us yet again with another squeal enducing glimpse of his newest micro bjds. 

Pre-order period is planned for Valentine's Day Tuesday 14 February 21pm CET (Netherlands/Europe)

Check out the pics then visit Charles' magical woodlings website at charelscreaturecabinet.net 

Ugly Woodling Troll Baby 6cm Micro BJD
Ulla (Oola) Pink and Ugo (Oogo) Pink & Glow-in-the-Dark White €259
Ulla (Oola) Green and Ugo (Oogo) Green & Glow-in-the-Dark Green €259
Ebba Tan & Glow-in-the-Dark Yellow €259
Ebba Tan & Glow-in-the-Dark Yellow with "Wildstripe painting/faceup" €289


The Troll babies all come with faceup, random colored glass 6mm eyes, special pillow pouch and card of authenticity signed and numbered by Charles. 

Very Limited Full sets (6x) will be offered including a "Lamb Outfit" handmade by Murjani's Fairy Fragilities. 

Very Limited handmade/felted "Spring Troll Baby Nests" (4x) by Fairy Fragilities will be offered seperately.  
 

The Handmade mohair Troll Baby wigs by Marie Patterson's WeeDollyWears will be available for custom orders through her Etsy store. 

Artist Rises To The Challenge For Kings Of Leon Album Cover

Renata Jansen, of Painting The Clouds, was given the opportunity of a lifetime. She was tasked with creating four portrait heads of the band Kings Of Leon.

We couldn't resist getting a bit of the back story and sharing it with you. In her own words she shares her experience.


One evening in June, just before bed I got an email from Kim Malone at The Dollery. It was so exciting that sleep was then definitely out of the picture! She asked me if I was interested in sculpting portrait heads of all four band members of the Kings Of Leon, the answer of course was YES!

Of course once the initial excitement wore off what was left was panic! I had less than a month to produce four portrait heads and I am definitely not known for my speed! When you have to do something though its amazing how you can find the ability and strength. I started from day one to mark each day off on the calendar to make sure that I finished in time as there are no extended deadlines when you are working towards an album release! I worked every day, all day and just made it, afterwards I slept for about 4 days!

I started by looking for photographs of each band member on the Internet. I was not lucky enough to work from life or photographs taken for the project as the band are very busy. The heads were built around a brass tube which runs from the top of the head to just under the chin. This made it possible to attach them to wooden dowels under the milk for the photoshoot.

I use a mix of Cernit and Fimo polymer clay, it creates relatively firm clay which is good for sculpting details on portrait work. Each head took 4 days to sculpt and another day to paint, extra days were also needed to make eyes and a skull armature for each head. I also needed to take photographs and film clips as I worked so that they could use them to make a short film about the making of the album cover. If you would like to see this it is on the Kings Of Leon face book page. Sometimes I almost forgot to take the photographs, I would get so into sculpting and suddenly realize it had been ages since I took a photo or film clip! I started leaving myself a note on my desk so that I saw it every time I looked up from my magnifier!

I made many pairs of blue eyes in order to find just 4 pairs that matched perfectly. I had to add eyelashes and make sure they would survive being splashed with water and milk. The paint I use is set with heat and is waterproof so that was thankfully not a problem. I didn't need to give them hair because only their faces would protrude from the milk for the photograph.

This was definitely the most challenging project of my career so far and also the one that taught me the most. It didn't always feel it at the time but its was a really wonderful experience which I was extremely lucky to have been a part of!


To see the sculpting process for each head - click the pics below. It's so facinating to watch them come to life!

Visit Renata to learn more about her work
Website
Facebook

Sneak Peek at the newest Troll Babies by Charles Creature Cabinet PLUS a GIVEAWAY!

You all know how much I love to see work in progress shots and Charles Grimberg-Stephan, of Charles' Creature Cabinet, never lets me down :)

His newest creatures are siblings for Aggie & Augie, his tiny Ugly Woodlings. These 6cm micro tiny troll bjds even have the cutest little jointed tails (squee!)

As an added bit of excitement, Charles is doing a giveaway too! Check out the details below and help give the siblings a name!

Micro sized, only 6cm tall, Ugly Woodling Troll Babies in the works. Siblings, baby sister of Aggie Pebbles and baby brother of Augie BamBam. Wee trollies with tiny, tiny jointed troll tails. Coming soon! 

**GIVEAWAY**
CCC's Happy (Early) Spring Event / FUN Contest

Guess* and/or suggest new "Troll Baby Names" for a Boy and Girl.
~Siblings, baby brother and baby sister of The Ugly Woodling Trolls, Augie BamBam and Aggie Pebbles.

*Charles already has picked two concept names for his new sculpts, if you guess these names you have a chance to win. However, when you suggest new names you have a chance to win as well.

A Chance to WIN CCC's upcoming NEW Troll Baby micro BJD!!

HOW:
1) LIKE, SHARE Charles' Creature Cabinet's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/Charles-Creature-Cabinet-41222920…/

2) Like, Share and Comment/write name(s) as a reaction under the promotional image/flyer posted here.

In a week from now we'll collect all the good guessed and new possible winner troll baby names. We'll blindly draw a winner with the assistance of our daugher Julia.

Good Luck to all contestants!

Yours Truly,

CCC Staff
& Charles

www.charlescreaturecabinet.net

Source: trollbaby

A last minute holiday surprise - Wizworx opens preorder for Mia in light tan

Mia in light tan skin tone resin pre order. 
Open until 7th January.


As it is so close to Christmas I will leave this pre order open for 3 weeks. 
Also, if there is a demand I may hold another pre order later next year for this skin tone.

PRICE:

~ $495 with face up. 
~ $455 blank, no face up

PAYMENT OPTIONS
~ Full Payment - $495 (with face up) or $455 (blank) plus postage due at time of shipping.
~Deposit of $247.50 (with face up) or $227.50 (blank) plus postage due at time of shipping Deposit is non refundable

Mia is 13 " tall and wears a 6/7" stretch wig. 
other approx.measurements.......
Eye size ~ 14mm
Chest ~ 16cm
Waist ~ 14.5cm
Hips ~ 17cm
Arm length ~ 9,3cm
Leg length ~ 12cm to ankle
Foot ~ 4.3cm length x 2cm width

 

Mia will come with with random color eyes. She will come undressed and no wig.
I have no control over when Mia will arrive to me after the order is placed. 

After casting she will be sent to Pan, a talented face up artist, to perform her magic.
I have done the face up in these photos but Pan will paint Mia pretty much the same.

Visit Liz Frost's website to order or for more information

www.wizworx.com.au

 

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The STAND Lookbook Volume 4 Cover Reveal and News

The holidays season is upon us and so, of course, we couldn't resist bringing a bit of cheer into volume 4 of the Lookbook - not only that but it's out BIGGEST volume yet with even more pages of spectacular images PLUS an entire Holiday Shopping section to help you get your wish lists together :) It's beyond amazing and I can't wait to share it with you all!

First though, for a bit of news:

Originally, our release date was November 8 - BUT realizing that that is election date, we have decided to push our release to November 10 just to get away from a bit of the chaos that is this election. I know that I will be probably avoiding social media for a day or so till it all dies down so I assume others will too. So, just to avoid getting lost in the mess we will push our release. Trust me, it will be worth it!

Also, You may or may not have noticed that the STAND website has been a bit slow in content lately. That's because we are working on revamping it to make it a bit faster and easier for everyone - not only that, but we are working on getting some fantastic content for you too! Stay tuned, we'll be back to posting very soon!

So, with all of that I am so thrilled to introduce the cover selections for Volume 4! 

Our covers for Volume 4 are:
BJD - Photographer Natsumi  FLICKR
FASHION DOLL -  Photographer Nuneandto  FLICKR

Thank you SO much to ALL of our amazing contributors and sponsors! We encourage you all to visit and support those who support us - without them we can't do what we do!

See you all on November 10!

 

 

 

Integrity Releases American Horror Story - Coven line

The wait has been long and painful for those who are huge fans of American Horror Story. The boards frequently were filled with cries of WHEN???? 

Well, the wait is finally over and the response has been huge - just maybe not quite the way that Integrity Toys had hoped for.  The W-Club board erupted with dissatisfied fans. Most people loved the choices of fashions (Integrity is always top shelf with their fashions) but most did not care for the sculpts and felt they did not represent the characters very well.  I, personally, don't watch the show and was glad to see them create all new sculpts vs using ones they already had. I think the Kyle Spencer/Evan Peters doll really captures his likeness pretty well but didn't recognize the others without looking them up. 

What do you think about the collection?

If you'd like to get one, or all, for yourself - contact an Integrity Toys dealer. The dolls will be released serially. (See below for rollout info).
For a full list of dealers:
http://www.integritytoys.com/authorized-dealers/

Integrity Toys, Inc., under license from Twentieth Century Fox Television, is thrilled to unveil its previously announced, highly-anticipated series of high-end collectible dolls based on the various characters of fan favorite COVEN, the iconic third season of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY series.

Pop culture enthusiasts and fans of the hit TV series alike will be thrilled to take home these intricate collector dolls based on their favorite characters of the bewitching, fan favorite third season of the show! Based on the likeness of the key characters, each one is dressed in miniature replicas of key looks from the show. The first doll in the series based on character Marie Laveau (played by famed actress Angela Bassett) is set to be available via Integrity Toys' network of authorized dealers starting this week!

The full line of six collectible fashion dolls includes:
-Fiona Goode (played by Jessica Lange),
-Marie Laveau (played by Angela Bassett),
-Myrtle Snow (played by Frances Conroy),
-Kyle Spencer (played by Evan Peters),
-Zoe Benson (played by Taissa Farmiga), and
-Madison Montgomery (played by Emma Roberts).

Each 1:6 scale (approximately 12 inch-tall) doll is done in a limited edition (edition size varies by character).

 

Each doll sells for $130

Rollout:

Item # 14086
Marie Laveau Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls Worldwide
In-Stock Ready to Ship/Week of October 24th, 2016

Item # 14085
Fiona Goode Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 900 Dolls Worldwide
Available Approximately Early January 2017


Item # 14090
Myrtle Snow Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 650 Dolls Worldwide
Available Approximately Mid-December 2016

Item # 14087
Zoe Benson Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 800 Dolls Worldwide
Available Approximately First Week of December 2016

Item # 14088
Kyle Spencer Dressed Fashion Figure
Limited Edition of 700 Figures Worldwide
Available Approximately Mid-November 2016

Item # 14089
Madison Montgomery Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 800 Dolls Worldwide
Available Approximately Mid-December 2016
 

BIG Love for Little Ted! Don't miss your chance to bring him home!

Little Ted pre order ~ in light tan or white resin ~ Thursday 27th October 8am ADST

Liz says that this pre order is limited to just 40 Little Ted! So, if you missed him the first time - here is your chance. 

PRICE: ~ $295

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
~ Full Payment - $295 with shipping due when Little Ted is ready to ship.

~ Two payments - Initial deposit of $147.50 with final payment and shipping due when Little Ted is ready to ship DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE


Little Ted will come undressed and with random coloured eyes.


I have no control over when Little Ted will arrive to me after production. 
I do hope to have Little Ted in approx. 120 days after the pre order has ended but this I cannot guarantee as it depends on many factors.
I will then need a little time for shipping

Measurements (approx)
Height……12.5cm/ 5.5"
Bust…..8.5cm/3.75″
Waist…….9,5cms/3.75″
Hips……19cm/4″
Arm length…..4cm
Leg length…..4.5cm
Feet…….2cm x 1.5cm
Head circumference……4″
Eye size…….10mm

For all the details visit Liz Frost at Wizworx

If you know me and follow my photography page then you have seen my Little Ted. I can not tell you how adorable he is in person! I have so many plans for him and just have not had a chance to shoot him lately but you will see more of him soon. 
TRUST ME! You will wish you grabbed him! (and BONUS - he's really great at Uno) 

Charles' Creature Cabinet's "Howling Halloween Squeal Event"

Charles' Creature Cabinet's "Howling Halloween Squeal Event"
**Wolves will howl & peeps will squeal** 

Introducing THREE new sculpts:

Royal Vampire Firefly Boys; Prince Nakal 12cm & Prince Doerak 9cm
Glow-in-the-Dark resin

Nakal = From Indonesian 'naughty'
Doerak = From Indonesian 'scoundrel'

Special Halloween Surprise Release:

Micro Glow Bug - Firefly Pupa Chrysalis POPPY Fae Bug 5cm GID BJD
Poppy Fae Bug is my second stage of the Life Cycle of a Firefly Faerie (Fidelia)
Attaching pictures/flyers from WIP sculpts to Grey Master to final resin doll. 

Release date/time for Flash-Sale & Pre-Order soon to be announced.

I always love it when Charles sends along his WIP shots. (I ADORE his illustrations so much!) It's such a treat to see art come to life. 

You can find out lots more by following the links below
Charles' Creature Cabinet Website
Facebook Page

 

(WARNING disturbing/graphic content) It's ZOMBIE Season

For many people, what I do as a doll photographer is creepy enough. But this...this went to a whole new level of O-M-G AWESOME!  

Going under the name of Mombie & Son, Bo Bergemann and her son created these OOAK (one of a kind) zombies and hunters as part of their 2015 ComiCon panel on bjds.   

They started by taking Bo's beautiful, innocent looking dolls and giving them a Walking Dead makeover... you might just want to sleep with the lights on after this.

And yes, you can actually own one  (or all) of them to terrorize your own home. 

For more info check out Mombie & Son  zombie-art.com

Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention Collection release

The Integrity Toys "Supermodel" convention is in full force in Chicago, IL. Thankfully, for those not attending Integrity Toys sends out emails to make us wish we were there even more, lol.

What are your thoughts? Who would you scoop up first? I'm LOVING Vaanessa, always a favorite with me but HOLY COW does she look smokin' this year! Gonna have to hope I can nab one on the secondary market at a decent price....she will be mine!

Stay tuned, we'll have more later as news is released!

FASHION ROYALTY


The core characters of Fashion Royalty channel everyone's favorite Supermodels of the early 90s! Each doll comes with two complete outfits and is exclusive to the 2016 Integrity Toys Convention!
 



Item # 91403
Cover Girl
Véronique Perrin® Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Véronique Perrin 2.0
Body Type: FR2013
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette with Blond Streaks/Highlights
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No

 

Note: The pictures contained in this email show the prototypes and the final dolls may vary slightly.


Item # 91404
Glamazon
Adèle Makéda® Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Adèle Makéda 2.0
Body Type: FR2013
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Deep Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


Item # 91405
Chameleon
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Vanessa Perrin 1.0
Body Type: FR2013
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


Item # 91406
Fashionista
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Eugenia Perrin-Frost
Body Type: FR2013
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Redhead
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


Item # 91412
Kiss You in Paris
Mademoiselle Jolie™ Dressed Doll Gift Set
Sales Room Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Isha / Mademoiselle Jolie
Body Type: FR2013
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Lux Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No


NU. FACE

With their young and edgy style, the NU. Face girls bring their own kind of glam to the SUPERMODEL arena!

Item # 82077
Editorial Edge
Lilith™ / NU. Face Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Lilith / Eden
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


Item # 82078
Fashion Force
Imogen™ / NU. Face Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Imogen
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


POPPY PARKER™

Eternally young and fashionable, Poppy is one of the first Top Models of our world of dolls and she shows that she was the main trend-setter of her era with her impeccable style! Also in this collection, following the success of Midas Touch Poppy in 2015 and by popular demand, Poppy makes another appearance in the FR Black skin tone!

Item # PP108
Model Living
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Convention Collection Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy Parker
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No


Item # PP111
Just My Style
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Salesroom Exclusive
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention

Doll Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy Parker
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No

COPYING - Is It REALLY the Greatest Form Of Flattery - no, it's bad business!

People LOVE a great idea, and when something new and different comes we all rush to scoop it up. The hope is that you have ingrained your product into their minds enough that YOUR product becomes the name for all others - think of Ziplock, Post Its, Xerox, you get what I mean.

It's different when you are an artist. This is your life, and many times, your livelihood.  It's hard enough to reinvent the wheel, but when you do, most people can't run out and get a Patent, mainly because that shit takes a long time and it's expensive as fuck....but I digress..

You don't get a Patent... so the best thing you can do to protect your idea (and reputation) is to heavily document your progress because, as is often the case, someone will like what you are doing and want to do it themselves. 

So, what happens? The Court Of Public Opinion convenes. 

Well, court is definitely in session, my friends. 

Pasha Setrova may sound familiar to you. I actually did a piece about her, her artwork, and this particular doll she has been creating just a few months ago. (Check it out HERE)

I stumbled over a post and had to do a double take. 

Hello everyone. I just found this picture posted a few hours ago by @rafael_nuri. Is it just me? Or is it too similar? The shoulders...the hands...the dramatic black and white/high contrast motif...If you've been following me and/or my official bjd page @pashapasha_newyork, you'll know that this project has been an intensely long process for me. I've worked so so hard to come up with these shoulders and hands (amongst other parts) to try and do something really different from the other great artists out there. Ive spent so much time, so much money, gone through so many different prototypes, that I'm saddened to see that someone just came up with idea, out of nowhere, with what looks like no progress to show for it, and seems to be taking a bit from my look and hard work. What disheartens me even more is that this is an artist that I really looked up to before. And who's work I really admired, and respected, and thus tried to do something different from. What do you think? 🤕 . . . Привет всем. Я только что нашла фото, которое было загружено несколько часов назад художницей @rafael_nuri. Это я или они очень похожи? Плечи...руки...драматический черно-белый высоко контрастный мотив ... Если вы следите за мной и/или мою официальную бжд страницу @pashapasha_newyork вы знаете , что этот проект был очень долгим процессом для меня. Я работала так так долго, чтоб разработать эти плечи ( как и руки и другие части) и пыталась быть отличной от других художников. Я потратила так много времени, денег, прошло через столько разных прототипов, что мне грустно видеть, что кто-то просто выдумал, из ниоткуда, с тем, что выглядит убеждением, что она работала над этим. И похоже на взятое с моей разработки и тяжелой работы. Меня ранит даже больше то, что это художник на которого я раньше равнялась и чью работу я действительно уважала. И потому я постаралась сделать отличающегося от ее. Что вы считаете? 🤕

A photo posted by Pasha Setrova New York NY (@pashasetrova) on

Rafael Nuri, BiDoll, released images of her new torso featuring articulated shoulders on Sunday.  The images were posted on social media and it didn't take long for Pasha to come across it and immediately become quite alarmed.

Ok, so I had to look further into all this. See, I have followed Pasha for many months and have watched her progression on this new doll. I, personally, have never seen a doll with highly articulated shoulders, and as a photographer that idea intrigues me greatly! I want my 'models' to be as flexible and natural as possible in posing so the thought of the shoulders finally being able to scrunch and lift is just stupendous.

When I asked Ms. Nuri about the new doll and the concept she sent me these, saying "Pasha just upset that her joint is not so cool like mine."

Are you fucking kidding me?


Nuri (Right) Setrova (Left)

In the first image, She features one of her existing dolls next to the Pasha prototype. Clearly they are not copies or even inspired by the other, there is no comparison.  It's not even the doll that is shown in the release. I have no idea why she is even trying to allude that the doll on the right is her new doll when it CLEARLY is not.
In the second image she shows a bit of her shoulder joint next to Pashas, and randomly, a Popovy doll. Not sure why Popovy was included, maybe just wanting to drag their name into it? 

The picture below shows a crop shot of both joints. 

Pasha's doll on the Left, Nuri's doll on the right

Pasha's doll on the Left, Nuri's doll on the right

The joints are slightly different. But - who came up with the concept first? Does it matter? Is it right?
Or...is it really shitty practice?

Now, a couple years ago, Rafael Nuri was accused of recasting and modifying a Dollstown DT18 body. You can read the whole thing HERE. It was then released that the sculptor of the DT18 body said that it was not a copy. Ok, so life goes on and she continues...but now THIS?

Excerpt:
Even if Rafael might have invested time modifying the body, and then casting it in porcelain, that does not make you a sculptor. And Jong Hak needed three years to sculpt the DT18 yrs. When creating a BJD, to start from the scratch is an excruciating work that requires countless hours of adjusting proportions, designing joints, polishing symmetry, adjusting lenght of limbs and, in general, is the main difference between being a customizer or an actual sculptor. It could be easy to think that Rafael only “inspired” on Dollstown work to create her doll, but that’s not true. The uncanny similarities of some hard to render details, like the feet, or the strange gap at the hip joint speak clearly and openly of a recast of a modded DT. Plus, all the shapes and measurements fit when you apply the 17% reduction because of the change of material.

Is it just coincidence that copying issues are happening again? 

So - what say you all? Same? Different? Shitty thing to do? 

Pasha has shown every step of this doll for nearly a year. It is clearly her concept and design from the ground up. I find it odd and disturbing that Raphael just pops up, out of the blue, with this whole new unique design and then is so arrogant and flippant about it when confronted.

But - this is just MY opinion. I'll let the court decide for themselves.

#IstandwithPasha

JooDella makes her debut!

FragileDolls' newest girl, JooDella, finally makes her way to resin.  I have adored her porceline version forever and to see her finally in my hands is such a treat! I was beyond thrilled to get the chance to shoot her and, as you can see, she is everything you expect her to be.

She poses perfectly, her joints are really well constructed, and she can even stand on one leg all on her own. 

She can fit into a lot of the 16" fashion doll clothes but her hips are quite wide so stretchy pants were necessary. I dressed her in some Converse style shoes made for a 12" male action figure/16" female fashion doll. Her coat is by Integrity Toys and her jeans are by Kingdom Doll. Her sweater was handmade and the creator is unknown. 
Overall I had no problems finding items to dress her in - always a bonus! 

I have to say, and it will sound weird, but one of the things I love about FragileDolls is the attention to the feet.  I have Pepe, her first release, and I almost can't stand putting shoes on her because her feet are so great. JooDella, thankfully, kept those wonderful features.  Of course, I don't have a pic of them but I'm 100% sure that JpopDolls will when they open up the preorders.

Preorders for her will begin very soon at JpopDolls.net 

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