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Bonerotique
12-12-2014, 02:11 PM
Disclaimer: Moved thread. If you're not a collector, do not post in this thread to piss on people who are, and call it a "discussion." I will consider it fucking trolling and will respond as such. Show respect and be polite like yo mamma taught you. And like the RULES say. Kthanx.
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Basically for anyone here who collects dolls and whatnot. Or who want to, but can't afford it, but maybe one day may save up! They're pretty pricy depending on where you get them from, but there are a TON of places to get dolls, and all of them have a style of their own too. It really depends on what you're looking for.

I may be getting my first one here sometime in January, and am saving up for a while. I plan on grabbing one of the Hujoo dolls to start off with and see how that goes. I actually have a friend who has at least two BJD's by now and I'm still stuck in ancient times. So post away with pictures of the ones you have, or the ones you plan on getting from any websites - I'd love to take a look. I'm pretty new to this whole (rather expensive) hobby. I've been checking out sites and such for about two years, just never got a chance until now. Hujoo is really cheap, I recommend it, and its quality isn't low either! It's perfect for me. :3


Mini FAQ:

• Why collect BJD dolls?
Some folks, especially writers I've seen, like to make dolls of their characters. They're awesome because they can be posed, painted, modified, and swapped out for other characters with hair, eyes, and clothes. It's customizable.

• How much do they usually go for?
That's a wide answer, and it depends on the site you get them, whether they're limited or not, face-ups or blanks, and clothing you particularly want on your own. Anywhere from some crazy $1,000 to $35. (Absolute lowest.)

• Where do you buy them?
All you have to do is search on Google for BJD dolls, and an entire list will usually pop up for you. A few popular ones are Dream of Doll, Doll-Leaves, Hujoo, and Junky Spot. All those listed have wide ranges in prices.

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I moved and started fresh. :|

TealMoon
12-12-2014, 03:04 PM
Why'd you quote me with a blank quote?

Bonerotique
12-12-2014, 04:22 PM
Just to show I moved threads and that the other one should just be left to die. This is where the discussion will be held now.

KarlaChan
07-07-2015, 02:47 PM
I am glad there is a BJD thread on here! Hopefully we can find more people who also collect them and chat about them! Since that would be cool! I know it is a creative hobby any way, and many of us have artistic talents. However it would be great to chat to other BJD fans who also arts!

Since sometimes I will straight up draw BJDs with joints. I often draw my characters that I have dolls of too. However I do that I a lot.

However lets do this! Where are the BJD collectors at?

Umbra_Exe
07-08-2015, 10:02 PM
Not a collector, but I'd like to try my hand at making one someday. (Someday... after I've done the other zillion projects I've been wanting to do, hahaha.)

If I had the money though, I'd probably get one of Donn Kinney's toonier sculpts. I love the style, as well the expressions they have.

http://img07.deviantart.net/49fc/i/2015/104/a/b/steve__nails_and_vince_by_donnkinney-d8pqv8m.jpg

Link to his DA gallery (http://donnkinney.deviantart.com/gallery/), if anyone's curious.
He has some more realistic ones here (http://bishonenhouse.deviantart.com/) as well.

KarlaChan
07-09-2015, 05:42 AM
Sculpting is really hard though and takes most people a long time to do, even if they are very skilled at it. It's no offence something a lot of people say they are going to do, but actually can't because of how hard it is.

However single artists sculptors do exist.

I have seen those dolls actually, not my cup of tea personally. But I do think it is awesome that they have gone for a unique style that stands out, and that they have really expressive face plates. I can imagine people who do like them doing a lot with them.

So I can appreciate them.

My own personal taste is slim MSD girls.

Tapeworm
07-12-2015, 04:12 AM
I don't collect them, but there's a couple I'd get if I could.

I'm more interested in making them, I make the art dolls with the sewn body so far, but I have wanted to make a bjd for awhile.
I've been working on making one of This dude (https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1035772/oh-what)

KarlaChan
07-12-2015, 01:48 PM
I don't collect them, but there's a couple I'd get if I could.

I'm more interested in making them, I make the art dolls with the sewn body so far, but I have wanted to make a bjd for awhile.
I've been working on making one of This dude (https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1035772/oh-what)

I do admit that they are a lot of money, since that put me off at first as well. However we all have our different things. I don't have other expensive hobbies so it is not too bad. Also some companies are cheaper then others.

I see, the design is really cool and good luck with that. If you have had past experience then that is awesome.

Tapeworm
07-13-2015, 03:18 AM
Yea, I can easily see why they are with how long they take.
I've heard people say that the sanding on them takes forever and I can believe that. Its taking me awhile to do and I'm not trying to get everything exactly smooth because I'm not gonna be casting it or anything.

This is how they're turning out so far (http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/123961727145/aaaaaa-i-still-need-to-do-his-arms-theressome). I started working on them in late last month.
I'm probably gonna make more, I at least want to make one of my friend's character too.
Most of the experience I've had with articulating stuff in this style is articulating a bunch of hands for a couple of dolls. I think I have pictures of both of them in my gallery somewhere.

KarlaChan
07-13-2015, 05:23 AM
Yea, I can easily see why they are with how long they take.
I've heard people say that the sanding on them takes forever and I can believe that. Its taking me awhile to do and I'm not trying to get everything exactly smooth because I'm not gonna be casting it or anything.

This is how they're turning out so far (http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/123961727145/aaaaaa-i-still-need-to-do-his-arms-theressome). I started working on them in late last month.
I'm probably gonna make more, I at least want to make one of my friend's character too.
Most of the experience I've had with articulating stuff in this style is articulating a bunch of hands for a couple of dolls. I think I have pictures of both of them in my gallery somewhere.

You have come really far. To be honest though I know nothing about sculpting that much. I have friends who make dolls and even sell them. However it is a skill set I don't have. I am just a collector really, and my mine artistic input into it is the photography. Although I base my dolls of characters, ones that I have often drawn.

Tapeworm
07-17-2015, 02:14 AM
ooo could I see them?

KarlaChan
07-17-2015, 06:45 AM
ooo could I see them?

See which ones? My dolls? My drawings? My friends sculpted dolls?

Umbra_Exe
07-30-2015, 01:28 AM
Yea, I can easily see why they are with how long they take.
I've heard people say that the sanding on them takes forever and I can believe that. Its taking me awhile to do and I'm not trying to get everything exactly smooth because I'm not gonna be casting it or anything.

This is how they're turning out so far (http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/123961727145/aaaaaa-i-still-need-to-do-his-arms-theressome). I started working on them in late last month.
I'm probably gonna make more, I at least want to make one of my friend's character too.
Most of the experience I've had with articulating stuff in this style is articulating a bunch of hands for a couple of dolls. I think I have pictures of both of them in my gallery somewhere.
Ooh, that's awesome! Looks very complex. I think I'm just going to start out with a simple humanoid form, for my first doll attempt. ^^; I still have to polish up the character's proportions and such though, for the blueprint. (I'm also basing it off of one of my characters.)

Out of curiosity, do you also draw a "blueprint" to work off of, or do you just sort of wing it? Or, is there some other approach I'm not thinking of?


See which ones? My dolls? My drawings? My friends sculpted dolls?
I guess I can't speak for them, but they probably meant the photos of your dolls.
And if that isn't what they meant, I know I'd like to see some pictures, anyway! ^^;

KarlaChan
08-14-2015, 10:33 AM
I guess I can't speak for them, but they probably meant the photos of your dolls.
And if that isn't what they meant, I know I'd like to see some pictures, anyway! ^^;

I see that is cool, I am quite active in photo taking and I own 8 dolls! I also like to do selfie style posts and RP with some of them too. He is one selfie style picture I took of my newest doll:

http://41.media.tumblr.com/cf2c208a4688ee4f4db92cfde7296555/tumblr_nt2ey6kWQl1uwm4l9o2_500.jpg

Tapeworm
08-22-2015, 02:10 AM
Ooh, that's awesome! Looks very complex. I think I'm just going to start out with a simple humanoid form, for my first doll attempt. ^^; I still have to polish up the character's proportions and such though, for the blueprint. (I'm also basing it off of one of my characters.)

Out of curiosity, do you also draw a "blueprint" to work off of, or do you just sort of wing it? Or, is there some other approach I'm not thinking of?


I guess I can't speak for them, but they probably meant the photos of your dolls.
And if that isn't what they meant, I know I'd like to see some pictures, anyway! ^^;

Sorry for a really late reply, but thanks. I have it done now, I have a couple pictures but I need to take some better ones.
http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/125964588530/i-finished-this-im-gonna-make-some-things-to-for

I just start with a really rough sketch of what I want it to look like and wing it from there. Like this (http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/126203268335/the-dolls-ive-done-compared-to-their-sketches-i)


and yeah, doll pictures is what I meant.

KarlaChan
08-22-2015, 06:56 AM
Oh that is good to know, well here is an old one that magically appear on my Tumblr dash from like 1 year ago: http://malaryush-dolls.tumblr.com/image/127268548616

I actually have so many pictures of them. I currently own 8, however in my years of collecting if I never would have sold any I would have had 11.

Umbra_Exe
08-24-2015, 11:14 PM
I see that is cool, I am quite active in photo taking and I own 8 dolls! I also like to do selfie style posts and RP with some of them too. He is one selfie style picture I took of my newest doll:

http://41.media.tumblr.com/cf2c208a4688ee4f4db92cfde7296555/tumblr_nt2ey6kWQl1uwm4l9o2_500.jpg
The idea of a doll taking a selfie is rather cute. X3 The eyes and makeup on that doll are very pretty!


Oh that is good to know, well here is an old one that magically appear on my Tumblr dash from like 1 year ago: http://malaryush-dolls.tumblr.com/image/127268548616

I actually have so many pictures of them. I currently own 8, however in my years of collecting if I never would have sold any I would have had 11.
I love the markings/makeup on this one's face. Looks difficult to paint something so precise! Eight seems like quite a few dolls, although I dunno how large the "average" collection is. How long have you been collecting them?


Sorry for a really late reply, but thanks. I have it done now, I have a couple pictures but I need to take some better ones.
http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/125964588530/i-finished-this-im-gonna-make-some-things-to-for

I just start with a really rough sketch of what I want it to look like and wing it from there. Like this (http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/126203268335/the-dolls-ive-done-compared-to-their-sketches-i)

That came out great! Lots of articulation in the tail there.
I don't think I could handle the "wing it" approach, I like to plan things out when I do sculptures (unless it's a simple/small one). But I think it's cool when people can just make something like that!

Which reminds me, I still have to finish the turnaround/blueprint of the character I want to make a doll of. I keep starting new projects and forgetting to start on this one. X/
I have some LaDoll clay for the sculpture, some wire, and elastic thread... I feel like I'm forgetting something important, though.

KarlaChan
08-26-2015, 01:18 PM
The idea of a doll taking a selfie is rather cute. X3 The eyes and makeup on that doll are very pretty!



Thanks so much, it is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine to do it. I like to talk in character since my dolls are based on characters and I like to RP a lot about adventures I have got up to with them too. So yeah I find it a lot of fun, and even better if people RP with me as their characters too.

I am happy you like her, she is meant to be a modern day fay. :D I will show you more, since well I am a proper camera whore with her. The first link is mildly NSFW. It is in an adult store, but nothing too extreme. Just the first one though!

http://40.media.tumblr.com/f2c43e72b86933d658f9d13a9ca411c2/tumblr_ntolr0V4GJ1uwm4l9o1_1280.jpg
http://40.media.tumblr.com/2edeb5a50f97111c93dc9a78cd1a7fe4/tumblr_ntebgxgSDB1uwm4l9o7_1280.jpg
http://notallfay.tumblr.com/image/126666056480
http://notallfay.tumblr.com/image/126435130350

Tapeworm
09-24-2015, 01:32 AM
I have a couple more I've been working on, I'm being more nit picky with them and one's starting to get close to being done
http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/129736306950/arm-test
http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/129603375285/gotta-fix-things-i-didnt-like-how-her-hips-looked

http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/129089328465/i-didnt-care-for-the-one-part-air-dry-clay This one's all in pieces right now

sudro
10-11-2015, 11:09 AM
Oh...I'm planning to save for getting one...

KarlaChan
10-11-2015, 03:08 PM
Oh...I'm planning to save for getting one...

That is awesome, when you have saved up then if you want to drop me a message to help you find one then I don't mind. You have to be careful not to buy fakes. Since you will not be accepted by certain parts of the community because of the damage they do. Since the companies are only small.

However they are a few for people at different price ranges, and I think they are honestly worth the money.

sudro
10-13-2015, 01:44 PM
Thank you! yup I interested for very long time....especially for fashion designing and portrait photography training things....
if I have a problem I'm going to drop a help messages here.

KarlaChan
10-16-2015, 05:20 PM
Thank you! yup I interested for very long time....especially for fashion designing and portrait photography training things....
if I have a problem I'm going to drop a help messages here.

I think it is good for both of those, since it is a hobby that there is a lot of skills that can be used in the hobby and it has many outlets. So many people are in the hobby for different reasons. I know it has really improved my photography a lot. I also know of people who are fashion designers as well. However a lot of people if they can do try making their own clothes because how how expensive they can be, so that could tie in with your fashion design.

A company I like to show new people is a company called Withdoll, since they actually are really good and are on the lower end of cost. However not the cheapest, but they also have sales on every so often and as events offer a lot more resin colours than most. It is a company I really like a lot actually.

sudro
10-25-2015, 01:45 PM
Hmmm....I see
I'll check it out! Thank you!

KarlaChan
10-25-2015, 04:23 PM
Hmmm....I see
I'll check it out! Thank you!

No problem, if you need any more help give me a shout!

paroapockinroo
10-26-2015, 02:46 PM
Ahhh I have always loved BJD's from a distance, whenever I see collectors around conventions I just sort of have this longing to approach them just to admire their dolls (I don't want to seem awkward though xD). I have scoured lots of sites and have fallen in love with Blue Fairy's work the most and I suppose one day when it's more affordable for me I'll try saving up for one of those, but in the meantime I've always on-and-off considered saving for a Lutz Zuzu Delf; I've been favoring the frise! I love Anthro BJD's and I love photography as well, I already own a Nikon D5200 so the idea of having pretty little dolls to be my own personal art canvases and models seems really appealing ^_^

KarlaChan
10-26-2015, 02:53 PM
Ahhh I have always loved BJD's from a distance, whenever I see collectors around conventions I just sort of have this longing to approach them just to admire their dolls (I don't want to seem awkward though xD). I have scoured lots of sites and have fallen in love with Blue Fairy's work the most and I suppose one day when it's more affordable for me I'll try saving up for one of those, but in the meantime I've always on-and-off considered saving for a Lutz Zuzu Delf; I've been favoring the frise! I love Anthro BJD's and I love photography as well, I already own a Nikon D5200 so the idea of having pretty little dolls to be my own personal art canvases and models seems really appealing ^_^

I like Blue Fairy a lot actually. I think there dolls are really cute, but they don't "fit in" with how my doll group currently look. So I mainly admire them. I have a friend who owns a couple though, so I live my love of them through her, and photo's.

I would say, oh don't be afraid and chat to people. However I will admit within the hobby people are very hit and miss. Some people will be excited that you show an interest and will be really friendly with you. Probably even let you hold and play with the doll. Others will be a lot more distant and get very funny about other people touching their dolls as a whole. The hobby also has it's bitchy side.

However there are decent people though.

I love the photography too, that is what got me into it actually. So it is really cool you already own a camera.

I certainly think they are well worth saving for, since I do actually get a lot out of them. From the sounds of it, I think you probably would too. Although there are people who chat to people in the hobby, who still don't know what they want their first doll to be.

Tapeworm
10-30-2015, 01:36 AM
I found a couple I might get sometime, I might have said that before. But before I said it, there was only one.

And I also finished another one
https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1135429/fhjfn

I have a third that's getting close.
http://lavalampbelly.tumblr.com/post/132183068715/getting-close-to-finish-this-one-i-might-add

paroapockinroo
11-02-2015, 11:11 AM
It might be worth considering more then! And ah yes I am aware of the finnicky / bitchy side hahah but I don't take it to too much offense, seems a bit similar to the Lolita community, which I am not actively apart of but have dabbled in the likes of in the past. All artists are protective of their work to different degrees is all, I suppose. Anywho, glad to hear about your experiences enjoying it ^_^

KarlaChan
11-02-2015, 11:20 AM
It might be worth considering more then! And ah yes I am aware of the finnicky / bitchy side hahah but I don't take it to too much offense, seems a bit similar to the Lolita community, which I am not actively apart of but have dabbled in the likes of in the past. All artists are protective of their work to different degrees is all, I suppose. Anywho, glad to hear about your experiences enjoying it ^_^

I have actually heard it is not meant to be "as bad" as the Lolita community though, but I do know there are people who are in both hobbies. Which considering the amount of cross over I am really not that surprised actually. It is good you don't take too much offence, that is the best way really.

I think the decent people are worth it though, plus the dolls them selves are amazing. I do think they are worth it personally. Just thought I would give you a heads up, but I like to think the bad is only a small amount of people.

paroapockinroo
01-09-2016, 04:52 PM
It's been a few months, but I wanted to revive this board just to ask a question or two in thoughts that this would be a convenient place to ask ^_^ I've been considering buying my first doll, a ZuZu Delf Frise (http://dec712241.gdreamweb.com/shop/step1.php?number=7339&b_code=B20101202056746) for the past few months now but just had a quick question before going through with it since I couldn't really find the info anywhere else!

Although I'm fairly confident in my artistic abilities, I'll most likely end up getting the company face up when I get it sent to me for ease of use early on, but I was wondering: how long is "safe" to leave a faceup on a doll before cleaning / redoing it? Will it begin to fade over time, how long will that take to happen? Although the resin is sealed beforehand, can a faceup still stain if left on for too long? Is there a recommended sort of time span for faceups / when does regular touchup need done?