How important is customer feedback to your creative process?
It’s important to have a feedback on the end result, but creative process is something personal, I don’t think any feedback on how you work is necessary or appropriate.
Is there a mold, doll, or company that you prefer to work on?
Soom is nice to work on, so is Iplehouse. They have beautiful sculpts and they are very symmetrical which makes the work a lot easier. Volks is probably the best in terms of resin though. It’s very smooth, easy to clean, easy to paint.
Do you prefer working on male or female dolls? Why?
Male. I love long eyebrows and it usually looks quite masculine in female sculpts. I also find that female sculpts are not as good looking as male ones.
What is your background? Have you had any special schooling (art school, sculpture, painting, etc)?
I studied 3 years at an art school (13-16). Later on I went to university and studied animation with arts.
When you were a child did you ever work on dolls or create with similar things?
I had many dolls, mostly Barbies, the only thing I did was chop their hair shorter and shorter until they were almost bald.
Do you have any other interests that might have helped you in your development of customizing ABJD (like customizing other dolls, action figures, etc)? Please tell us about them.
Cosplay and make-up probably helped.
Do you have any other interests? Collections?
I’m a collector. I have a large collection of CD and vinyl, DVD, manga, art books, books in general, wigs, action figures, fridge magnets and shot glasses from places I’ve been, and kimonos. I also am interested in photography and filmmaking. I suppose I have interest in many things.
What factors do you consider before giving a doll its make-up so it will have the expression you want?
Their prsonality, character and how they fit in their universe (in case of my own dolls).
Are there any painting techniques that can make a face look more masculine or feminine?
Men tend to have longer and heavier eyebrows, they also have more expression marks, so the blushing would emphasise that. Women have thinner/trimmed brows and their foreheads are not to forward so the shadow above the eyes would only reflect a sort of make up look, colourful. They also have more pink blushing on the cheeks and less expression marks around the eyes and nose.
How long does it usually take to do a face-up (or custom alteration job)?
About 16 hours depending on the weather.
Can you offer any helpful hints to the amateur face-up artists? Can you recommend a list of supplies including colors, paints & pastels etc?
The only hints I can give is to look at many faceup artists and pay attention to the details. Also, know your resin and be careful with low quality materials.
Brushes – all sorts and sizes, try to go from mid to good quality,
Watercolour pencils – you don’t need a whole box, so buy very good quality light brown, darker brown, black, grey and white.
Pastels – go for pan pastels, they are expensive but again you only need a few tones. Buying a huge box of cheap pastels is a waste of money. You will only use red and pink tones, sand tones and smoke tones in the end. If you want some colour variety then ger a stick of the tones you want. For pastels quality is essential.
Gloves, towels, magic eraser, eraser, dusk mask, gloss and sealer.
Do you have a favorite medium you like to work with when not creating for BJDs in your spare time?
Graphite pencils. I don’t like colouring traditionally, funnily enough, but for abstract art I use thick acrylics.
How long have you been doing face-ups/customizing BJDs?
What is your biggest inspiration for your face-ups and customizations?
Visual Kei and harajuku make up.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share for people that want to learn how to do what you do or just want to improve? Something that’s helped you a lot or something that you think is important to know when doing a successful customization/face-up?
Don’t settle on the ‘ok’ and challenge yourself. Don’t jump into acrylics, go for watercolour pain first, you can clean any mistakes easily. That goes for people trying airbrushes too.
Another tip is to put a paper towel inside the head while you paint, cos it can get nasty inside if you don’t. Wear gloves… hands sweat, get greasy… you might ruin your work.
Closing Comments (anything you’d like to tell us)?
I think it’s important to remember that, like with clothes and accessories, not everyone wants to paint their dolls and that’s also okay. Not wanting to customise your doll for one reason or another doesn’t mean you are not enjoying the hobby like other people. That said, it’s always fun to try ^_^.
Thanks for sharing, JazzremiX! I appreciate it!