How did you get involved in Super Dollfies and customizing them?
I started with BJDs at the end of 2004, but it wasn’t until February 2010 that I started painting them. It was thanks to my mother and sister, who bought me my first make up tools and gave me all the support to try it.
What do you do best?
What I do best are natural face ups. I started doing them only and I have been practicing a lot since then. Recently, I started doing fantasy face ups too, mostly thanks to my sister, and I love doing them too, but I think I’m better at natural ones.
What Inspires You?
Seeing the dolls totally blank. I think of blank dollie heads as blank canvas, ready to be painted and they make my creativity run!
What do you want people to think when they look at your Customizations?
What I want is for people to know that the doll’s face up is mine once they look at it, to leave my personal mark at each doll I paint.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?
I would love having an airbrush and being skilled at it!!
What sorts of things do you enjoy the most about your designs/customizations?
I love facing challenges! I’m always learning while painting and challenges help me the most – that’s why I never say ‘no’ to a commission!
Other than yourself, who are your favorite doll customizers?
Choosing one out of all the customizers out there would be unfair for the rest of them! I appreciate everyone’s works, so I cannot point one out.
What’s the Best thing about customizing your own dolls?
This is a hard question! I think, the best thing is to capture in my doll the mental concept I had for it. Sometimes I follow that concept to the end; other times I just let it flow!
What’s the most difficult thing about doing customizations (your mods, face-ups, tats, etc) and altering them?
To be able to make the doll look exactly as I imagine it. I’m very perfectionist and, sometimes, I spend hours trying to match what I imagine and the doll.
What type of dolls do you enjoy customizing (male/female/brands)?
I love customizing male dolls!! I don’t care about brands, but I feel so at ease working on them.
What is your favorite style to create?
Natural, for sure! But I don’t say ‘no’ to a fantasy themed one, they’re so funny!
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I would love working with a famous BJD brand – you know, a special edition doll or something like that XD (Do I dream too high? Of course, yes!).
Why choose doll customizing as a form of Self Expression?
Because I’m majoring in Art History and I love art! People cannot leave without music… I cannot live without a good Greek sculpture! XD
How long does it take from start to finish on a typical doll to create and complete?
I normally take around a week or two to complete a basic face up. I usually show pics to owners while working, so it depends on how fast communication between us is. I always try my best to finish the doll as soon as possible because I know how hard it is to have your doll far away. I don’t understand how it is possible to keep a customer waiting for months ;__;
How do you like to work best with a custom order for a client? With total freedom to create your vision, or do you like some feedback/interchange with a client who might have an idea or theme they would like to see realized?
I prefer working hand on hand with my customers as I love seeing them happy when the doll turns out just like they imagined.
What have been your favorite projects you’ve done thus far?
What a trick! I love natural face ups, but my favourite project was painting my sister’s IOS Jaguar, though he has a fantasy themed face up! I really enjoyed myself!
What sets your doll customizations apart from all the others?
This question is the most difficult one! After thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that what makes my customizations different from others is my personal technique. As I work on opposite concepts (both natural and fantasy), I don’t have a set style.
If I were to point something out, then I’d say moles and beauty marks or spots.
Are there any sort of projects you’ve been hoping to work on but just haven’t gotten around to it?
A crying doll with real tears and not just a sad expression!
What was the most challenging thing you have ever done thus far?
Creating rust on a cyborg themed face up for one of my sister’s dolls.
How has your style evolved over time, and where do you see it going in the future?
My firsts make ups were very plain. I have mainly seen my evolution through the many details I’ve been adding to each project – even the smallest ones!
Describe your perfect client. Do you like to get a lot of direction, or just be given a general mood, or do you like to see visual examples?
I work fine with all sorts of clients, but my perfect one would be the kind who just gave me a general idea of what was wanted. This way, I can let my creativity flow!
Of all the face-ups/customizations you’ve done, do any stand out to you in particular? Howso?
My former EID Elchanan; he had my favourite natural face up of all I’ve done so far.
Do you paint/alter other types of dolls, and if so, how does that compare with working on BJDs? If you do other types of art (drawing, painting, etc) does that influence your faceup style?
I paint vinyl dolls too (I’ve done a Hujoo and an Obitsu) and they’re quite similar to BJD, just a little bit difficult to get the colour attached. I also draw and it really influences the way I do the eyebrows, for example.
Interview will continue soon…