Customizer Spotlite: Korisanzu

Your name: Korisanzu
Your Legal Name: Anna
Your Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/addiolula/

How did you get involved in Super Dollfies and customizing them?
I discovered Super Dollfies online when I was 14, and then I met another member on DOA who was a face up artist at the time. I was inspired by her and decided to try out face ups from there. I opened up a thread and did free face ups for a while until I was ready to take on priced commissions.

What do you do best?
I am not quite sure what I do best, but I try to bring out a doll’s personality prominently with my pastel work.

What Inspires You?
A combined effort of everything and everyone I’ve encountered in my life from books and poems by Charles Bukowski, to music such as Erik Satie, and art such as Takato Yamamoto.

What do you want people to think when they look at your Customizations?
Hopefully a cathartic response through my use of colour. I find colour to be a huge element in my work.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years? Gaining more experience in drawing and painting. I’d like to be able to find a style that fully expresses me.

What sorts of things do you enjoy the most about your designs/customizations?
Definitely working with bringing out distinct characteristics of a doll through the use of colour and subtle detail.

Other than yourself, who are your favorite doll customizers?
Viridian House, SDink, pulse, gloomyclassic…

What’s the Best thing about customizing your own dolls?
The spontaneity of forming a blank canvas into a being with personality. I have never planned the way my dolls should look before customizing them.

What’s the most difficult thing about doing customizations (your mods, face-ups, tats, etc) and altering them?
The base of the face up is the most difficult to begin with. I find that the shape of the eyebrows and the way the eyelashes and eyelids are painted are the most important part of customizing before adding everything else. It is the essence of the entire face.

What type of dolls do you enjoy customizing (male/female/brands)?
I enjoy realistic/mature molds, especially males, however I do get excited when I’m presented with a mold I don’t usually work with.

What is your favorite style to create?
Haunting, antique and sleep-deprived.

Who would you love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with someone who is sculpting their own doll! That would be exciting.

Why choose doll customizing as a form of Self Expression?
The very thought of being able to bring another person’s vision to life through my own eyes gives me freedom to be able to express myself, even if there are specific limits in the process of customizing dolls.

How long does it take from start to finish on a typical doll to create and complete?
4-6 weeks, depending on schedule.

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?
For me, there is such a thing as too much freedom- which causes me to struggle. I appreciate receiving feedback from the client so I know I am going in the right direction.

What have been your favorite projects you’ve done thus far?
I just recently got back into customizing dolls and I love projects that involve freckles, haha! There is such a tenderness to it.

What sets your doll customizations apart from all the others?
I am not quite sure…perhaps my use of colour and subtle, almost blurry quality. I do not like to paint crisp and bold brush marks in my work as I feel it takes away from the fragility of it.

Are there any sort of projects you’ve been hoping to work on but just haven’t gotten around to it? I’ve always wanted to do a face up that involves any sort of disease or illness.

What was the most challenging thing you have ever done thus far? Each commission has be quite challenging to me, which is something I always want to face in order to improve.

How has your style evolved over time, and where do you see it going in the future?

I think my style has become softer over time, and I tend to lean more towards purples and yellows in my palette.

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?

Most of my clients have been very understanding, honest and patient with me… but I do appreciate clients that provide constructive feedback.

Interview continues…

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