OMG they are amazing!!!!
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe
For all the artists who are trying something new right now and think they suck at it, I bring you a comparison between my FIRST character doll, made in approximately 1999?, Hotsuma from Tenchi in Tokyo, and Prince Nuada created in 2013. Every year I look back and see new places to improve. You will always improve, as long as you never stop. But its hard to see the improvement when it comes in doses so small. That’s why I keep that sad little Volks Dollfie custom I made in a box near my crafting supplies. When I’m just sure I am never getting any better, I can look and see how far I’ve come, and in another 14 years, how much better I can get.
I also have one of the first outfits I made for my first BJD, for the same reason. If I’m feeling like crap, well…at least whatever I made is better than /that/ piece of poop.
So don’t give up…and also don’t throw away everything that you don’t like anymore. Keep a little bit of your starter stuff so that you can really see how far you’ve come.
that is ding dang cool
The link is cut out a bit when viewing on Dash, so: Phobias At The Movies
Oh my god. YESSSS.
It probably only costs about $2 to manufacture a $50 outfit….
First, that depends on the outfit in question. Does this outfit have leather? Does this outfit have fur, or feathers? Does this outfit have in-scale buckles, or zippers? Ruffles? Buttons? Sashes? How complicated is this outfit?
Remnants of fabric - which won’t cover an SD doll - sell for more than $2. In-scale buckles run about $5 for ten - twenty. Fur, feathers, and leather - of good quality - cost anywhere between $10 to $50. Depending on the material you’re using. And you want good material.
That’s just materials. Needle and thread? Well, if you’re working with leather, you want a glover’s needle, at the least, and that’s going to run you $5. Thread for leather, well ordinary cotton threat won’t due. You want something that will withstand the chemicals used to preserve and dye the leather. That’s not cheap, either.
You’ll want a sewing machine. Not cheap, not for a good one. Or a thimble, to prevent painful stabbings. Not to mention a good pair of scissors, to cut things. And if you have eyelets, you’ll need the materials for those.
Ribbon, laces, and lace… That costs too.
Now, let’s talk about how much goes into learning to work with this. How many failed attempts went into this? The man-hours that went into learning to sew well enough to charge $50 for an outfit.
How about looking for patterns, or making one of your own? How many hours went into that? How long did they spend, searching and painstakingly creating that pattern? How long did they spend researching?
How long did they spend making that outfit? How much of their time did they put into making it? When they could be working, for more than their making an hour? When they could be with their friends, or families?
Staring to look like more than $2 goes into that $50 outfit, huh?
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