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aneemal
December 2nd, 2015, 08:31 PM
I took a couple of work-in-progress photos of the blushing that I've been doing on BellaBronte's doll.

One thing I feel is true, especially with these dolls, is that 'less is more'. The detail in the sculpt means that only a hint of colour is needed to accentuate the contours of the body - because there is already shadows cast in those areas.

I will try to go back and do a step-by-step post with tools and tips etc., but for now here is where we are! Can't wait to start the face!

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/604/23443380306_38233bcfba.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BHBsdb)
Blushing rED (https://flic.kr/p/BHBsdb) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/573/23173752840_fd404c3b4b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BiMxmL)
Blushing rED (https://flic.kr/p/BiMxmL) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

What do you think, so far?!

Amoreen
December 2nd, 2015, 08:36 PM
Wow!... you are absolutely right. The right balance between the sculpt and body blushing. Good job!

Bibarina
December 2nd, 2015, 08:58 PM
It's looking really good Amal. I agree with you, less is definitely more, and she is coming on beautifully. Looking forward to seeing more progress pictures!

Eiko82
December 2nd, 2015, 09:04 PM
WOW!! That body blushing looks amazing. So beautiful and soft <3

allurose
December 2nd, 2015, 09:29 PM
I agree with your theory of blushing! Contour blushing was begun as a style in dolls to give the impression of sculptural detail that wasn't actually there. So it was important to add shading for the sake of illusion. Now many dolls have a detailed sculpt and strong shading is not necessary. Instead I would rather see blushing that shows the colors, patterns, and textures of skin. Veins, freckles, etc.

Your hands are perfect. Show us her fingernails too! I always find those the hardest to get right in color and style.

annina
December 2nd, 2015, 09:47 PM
It's looking lovely Amal! I also agree, with all these details, less is more! I think you did it really beautifully! Looking forward to see as you go along!

Fitz
December 2nd, 2015, 11:17 PM
Did you take her apart to blush her? I took mine apart and am still unable to regain the tension in her strings.
Nice blushing job also. I personally think the areola could be a bit lighter or variable in color- but that is just a preference.

Sabrina
December 3rd, 2015, 12:22 AM
She looks great! You can still see blushing behind that snowflake lol!

merrijane
December 3rd, 2015, 12:42 PM
Lovely work Amal!

aneemal
December 3rd, 2015, 12:45 PM
Thank you so much, my lovelies! <3

Amoreen, Bibarina, Els and Annina I'm so glad you agree and approve so far!

allurose, aha! I didn't know that - but it's very interesting and makes perfect sense! I might experiment more with skin texturing on my own doll. I really admire xhanthi's work (https://flic.kr/p/BrtiGW) in that respect and wonder how she and others achieve such a realistic effect - I wonder if it's done using artist sponges? I will show you the nails - I just haven't done the white tips yet. Oh, and the warhammer brushes arrived yesterday and the 'psycho' is definitely the smallest I have so far!

Fitz - No, I couldn't even get her head off!! >_< I figured if I struggled that much to get the head off, I'd struggle even more to get it back on without damaging the faceup... so she's going to remain assembled. How did you get the head off? I've never handled such a tightly strung doll - she makes everything else feel like a pancake! :D

I agree, about the areola, I will try and go back and add a few darker accents.

Sabrina, hehe, it's not quite as efficient as a fig-leaf, eh?! But festive, at least! :D :D

Thank you merrijane! Are you going to blush your doll?!

allurose
December 3rd, 2015, 05:39 PM
Yes, xanthi is a master. I know a few other artists who excel at that kind of texture. I have no idea how it's done myself. Magic??

Glad you like the brushes! :)

Fitz
December 3rd, 2015, 07:38 PM
I think I pulled up on the knot and rotated the ring in side the head. It was a couple years ago though so I forget it all exactly. But I did remove both heads. When I sent of the body for blushing, the string was removed, and then I lost the string. Since then she has just not been strung correctly and is too loose. A friend and I tried to get her that tight again- but together we were not strong enough. I have no idea how it was done in the first place.
Never loose the string!

Eiko82
December 3rd, 2015, 09:12 PM
I think I pulled up on the knot and rotated the ring in side the head. It was a couple years ago though so I forget it all exactly. But I did remove both heads. When I sent of the body for blushing, the string was removed, and then I lost the string. Since then she has just not been strung correctly and is too loose. A friend and I tried to get her that tight again- but together we were not strong enough. I have no idea how it was done in the first place.
Never loose the string!

I think that these dolls are strung by machines in the factory. I might be wrong but I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Popovy and EDs are made in the same factory. Ivan from Popovy Dolls mentioned on the PD forum that the dolls were strung by machines and doesn't recommend people trying to restring the dolls themselves 'cause they can't string them as tightly as the machine.

allurose
December 4th, 2015, 05:31 AM
They are strung UNBELIEVABLY tight. I can believe it was done by machine. I have never seen the like.

lynne
December 6th, 2015, 03:19 AM
She is looking very beautiful x

Petraskova
December 6th, 2015, 05:05 PM
They look so good, just like real hands!

aneemal
December 6th, 2015, 09:17 PM
Thank you ever, ever so much you lovely people <3 <3 <3, for the warm encouragement and kind comments! I am so thrilled to have had this chance to paint an ED and I just need to finish off her toes and she will be ready to travel back home this week!

Bibarina
December 6th, 2015, 09:33 PM
Yay! BellaBronte will be so thrilled to have her darling home again!! Congratulations on a job well done lol!

Dina
January 29th, 2016, 09:42 AM
Howdy, I am preparing to body blush Surrea so was reading this thread. Your hands are so delicate aneemal.

Question - I don't plan to dissemble her soooo, do I spray MSC on the whole body during the blushing process?

I did take her head off for a face-up, omg never again! Taking it off was simple, putting it on .. it was soo hard due to the tightness of the elastic, my pliers slipped and I thought ohhh nooooo. It was fine but I'll never take it off again.

allurose
January 29th, 2016, 06:25 PM
Yes you MUST spray with msc or another approved sealant before applying pastels otherwise they will stain the resin!!
Or if you were just asking if it's ok to spray even though she is assembled: yes :)
I have blushed assembled dolls before ( out of laziness not necessity), and it works fine.

Dina
January 29th, 2016, 09:16 PM
Or if you were just asking if it's ok to spray even though she is assembled: yes :)
I have blushed assembled dolls before ( out of laziness not necessity), and it works fine.

Excellent thanks, I was hoping laziness was acceptable! lol