It's just really simple, and I'm sure it's not very accurate (for one thing I had to seriously guess on the length and width of the fabric), but hopefully you can kind of tell what I was going for. ^^;
This is Nirmala. I gave her large, rather elvish ears, and she is dressed in a simple Indian-style sari complete with matching petticoat and under-blouse. Nirmala has a real bindi on her forehead, and a tiny pink crystal nose stud. Oh, I named her after a person I know who is from India, but I also think it's a pretty name anyway.
I think her face turned out so sweet...she seems to have a kindly expression. ^_^
After making my first poppet for my daughter, I was filled with ideas for other dolls. One of the first things I wanted to do was make an Oni doll. I knew I couldn't use the poppet pattern as it would be too feminine and dainty for such an ogrish creature. Someone had pointed out Runo's dollmaking site to me, and I thought perhaps I could adapt the Nekomimi pattern. However, I wanted the doll to be jointed like a poppet, and I wanted him to have real "human" style fingers. So, I dug up a couple of reference pictures and Runo's Nekomimi pattern and set out to modify it to fit my needs. I ended up needing to basically redraw every part except for the head (which I now kind of wish I had modified...didn't know how it would come out since I had never used the pattern before). I don't think it came out as well as I would have liked because of all of this...for instance, I don't like the way his arms and legs came out, and the arms are awkwardly attached because of the way I made them. *sigh* Anyway, here he is....I've named him Aka-san (which is basically like "Mr. Red" ^^;).
Aka-san says hello!
He has a studded leather "kanabou", a weapon that is carried by Oni.
Here you can better see his hands, the kanabou, and his fur loin cloth (yes, that is real fur...I found it in a thrift shop along time ago, and I believe it was once trim on a jacket or something).
This is Aka-san from behind. You can't tell too well what his hair looks like, but it's a sort of samurai type of style. I have a reference pic I used that I'll post a little further down.
One more pic from below-ish. Aka-san's horns are made of black pleather. The "teeth" on his necklace are the tips of some small gauge double pointed needles I made a while back, clipped off with wire cutters and painted bone-white. His ankle cuffs were plain wooden rings that I painted with gold "liquid leaf". His neckerchief is just a scrap of red fabric. I wanted to use a different colour but I couldn't find anything else I really liked for it, so...
Here are my reference pics:
You can see this Oni's neckerchief, kanabou, and golden cuffs. I wanted to make wrist cuffs for my doll as well, but didn't have any rings that were small enough for his arms.
This is the samurai hairstyle I based Aka-san's hair on. Aka-san's hair is much longer and thicker, though, and he has long braided sideburns. ^^;
Overall, I'm relatively satisfied with the way everything turned out. The hair turned out way better than I imagined. I got kind of lazy at the end and skipped out on any needle sculpting (except for his mouth), but I did use stuffing to try to make muscles on his torso...which mostly just turned out looking lumpy, I think.
Couple pics of my hair...it's short in the back, and has short assymetrical bangs in front (they are shorter on the right side and blend into a long piece on the left...there's a long chunk on the right, too). Since these pics, I dyed over with black all but the streaks on the front left. Unfortunately, the hair there is a little fried from all the abuse, so now it is just kind of a mix of orange, red, and very blonde as it won't hold the red dye I normally use. So...I need to re-dye the whole thing black, and then pick a new spot to bleach, I guess.
Sorry for the "internet disease" pics...they are all self-taken...and are on my MySpace, lol how appropriate.
My hair is basically cut the same now, but the assymetrical part is more pronounced and the bangs on the left are longer. My 12 year old daughter says I have "scene hair". Wtf, lol...
Wow, there are some really beautiful tattoos here on craftster!!
I'm pretty sure I posted in the original "show your tattoos" thread, but I've gotten several new tats since then (with several more in the works...) and thought I'd just post again
From oldest to newest:
This is one that I drew myself. It's on my right shoulder blade. It's a cover-up of an old home tattoo. 13 is my lucky number, and I like bats, so....yeah. ^^
This is another cover-up (underneath it is my first-ever tattoo...a tiny ankh done at home by an old boyfriend when I was 16...lol). It's the Zanarkand Abes symbol from Final Fantasy X and X-2. I'll be getting this covered with a half sleeve before too long. It's not that I don't like it, I'd just prefer to have the whole area covered, and what I want doesn't really go with the Zanarkand tat. ^^ This is a really old pic, btw...I've lost a lot of weight and had breast reduction surgery since then. lol. sorry, TMI. ^^;;;
My Dark Mark, and "myaku" kanji. Myaku is a song by my favourite band, Dir en grey.
There's a tattoo on the back of my neck of a raven wearing a crown, but I can't find a picture of it. My husband did this as his first tattoo when he was apprenticing a few years ago.
Here are some pics of the half sleeve on my right arm:
The geisha with the lion is from an ukiyoe tarot deck, and is that deck's depiction of the strength card. I have read tarot for almost 20 years, and the strength card has personal significance to me. Also, I've been in love with all things Japanese for as long as I can remember. ^^ All of the cherry blossoms and branches were free-hand drawn right onto my arm by my tattoo artist.
The text here reads "oboete iru no deshou?" and means "don't you remember?". It is a line from the song "OBSCURE" by Dir en grey.
Above my old myaku tattoo, left to right: "saku" (new moon)--another Dir en grey song. Next to that is the symbol for the band MUCC. The kanji below the myaku tat is "kodou" (heartbeat), and is also a Dir en grey song. Yes, I really love Dir en grey.
Finally, here is my "tramp stamp" (haha...and please disregard my enormously swollen backside...I had just had the tattoo done when this pic was taken!):
My tattoo artist designed this image of a traditional Oni crossed with a hannya. I brought her several reference pictures and a lengthy, rambling verbal description of what I wanted, and she came up with this on her first go, and it is exactly what I wanted! The text underneath reads "Oni ni kanabou", which means "Oni with an iron club", and is an old saying meaning to be undefeatable, or to possess strength beyond strength. I was very excited to get this tatoo, and it's probably my favourite of all of them. However, the kanji on my banner is wrong. Why is the wrong kanji now permanently on my body? Long story. I'll try to be brief. When I first discussed this tattoo with Kristie (my artist), I had the sentence written with two different kanji. Both read "kanabou", and as far as I can tell, both mean a metal rod. I gave them both to her with the reference pics, and said I wanted to ask my friend (who lives in Japan and is a renowned Japanese-English translator) which kanji should be used for the sentence. I did, and he told me, and the next time I saw Kristie I told her which one we should use. I watched her take the incorrect paper out of her folder, and I thought she threw it away. Guess not. But anyway, when I went in to get the tattoo done my dumb ass was so excited about the drawing she did that I didn't double check the kanji...I just assumed it was correct because I thought she got rid of the other paper. And then I never got a good look at the kanji in the tattoo until I looked at the picture above, which my husband took the day after it was done (cause, y'know, it's kinda hard to look at your own ass ). Had I taken the time to actually look at the text on the drawing I would have known right away it was the wrong character (it's only the first half of kanabou that's wrong). So yeah. It could be A LOT worse. I mean, it could say something totally incorrect or just nonsensical. But, dang. I'm dumb as hell.
Anyway, sorry for the excessively pic heavy and rambly post...I felt I ought to explain the wrong text on my Oni tattoo. When I got this done and posted it on Livejournal, a number of people were pointing out that it was wrong (which I already knew), so I just thought I'd explain in advance here. ^^;;
I wonder if this is the right place to post this? If not, I'm sorry!
Anyway, I had a great haul from my favourite thrift store yesterday. I went in hoping to find fabrics to make dolls and stuffed things with, plus cover buttons for jointing. Not only did I find yards and yards of gorgeous velveteen and Alova suede in different colours (all for less than 4$), but I also found this:
If I'm not mistaken, I believe this fabric is specifically intended for making soft, needle sculpted dolls (like poppets)! 50 cents for a 60" wide yard, brand new in the packaging!!
I also found:
The last time I went to this same store, I was making my first poppet. I wrote a list before I left home for things I might need to look for since I hadn't ever made dolls before so I don't normally shop there for things like that. I found almost every single item on my list (including flesh coloured plush fabric). Yesterday, I also made a list, and I had the same great luck! Hm...maybe I should make a list every time I go. Oh, this is totally irrelavant, but I also got a great stereo turntable with huge speakers for only 8 bucks...yay! Now I can play my records again!!
PawPrints: Thanks!! ^^ It's true...it does depend on each person, but honestly, my daughter is the last girl I thought would want a poppet. She is all into her laptop and iPod and Wii, and The Beatles and Elvis. I was really afraid she would reject it as "babyish", but then I would be able to keep it! LOL!!! But she fell in love with her as soon as she saw her and hasn't left her alone since. So, you never know! ^^
Julie's skin....oh dear....hahaha. Well, it's "mystery" material. When I decided I'd make a poppet, I had some of that robe velour type of stuff in my stash, but only in colours that were decidedly NOT flesh toned. So I went to Wal-mart to see what they had, and in the dollar section they had this semi-stretchy, thick, spongey material. It ended up working very well, although I have since found some other material to use, and my husband gave me an old Christian Dior tan suede jacket that is hopelessly too big for him.
Yesterday, KiwiDragons asked me about the hair, and I need to give a little update on that. Gluing the hair turned out to be NOT a good idea. After a rough night and day with Devinn (she slept with her all night and carried her around all day), the small amounts of glue I used to hold down some of her hair came loose. It was still attached up between her ears, but nowhere else, and Devinn had pulled her hair up into this weird "Last of the Mohicans" hairdo. So I confiscated Julie and fixed her hair...I used matching thread to sew it down in a thin layer underneath, leaving the top layers loose. I took pics in case anyone else wants to try embroidery floss and wanted to see:
I used a curved needle to add stitches to the hair.
I did the back of her head, and then the front, just in front of her ears. If you look closely, you can see the stitches. A nice bonus to having used the floss for hair...you can comb her hair with a wide-tooth plastic comb without destroying it!! ^_^
Here is my first poppet--actually, she's my first doll ever. Please let me know what you think. I gave her to my daughter, Devinn (who is 12 and, much to my relief, not too old for dolls yet! ^^), as a surprise. Devinn has been freaking out ever since she laid eyes on her. She hasn't stopped cuddling her and playing with her for over an hour now. ^^
Devinn named her Julie, which I think is funny because for some reason her eyes remind me of Julee Cruise. ^^
Julie is wearing a kimono. I kind of winged it with the pattern, so it's a little wonky...like, when she is standing up she looks immodest because it doesn't cover her groin very well. I made the pattern just a leeeetle too narrow for her lil buns and hips. Next time I'll know better.
This is Julie's backside, showing her obi. I really cheated and cut corners with the obi...I just made it out of wide gros-grain ribbon that I folded. By the time I got to the point of making it, Devinn had found out that she had a "surprise" coming to her and was hounding me constantly from downstairs. She had been waiting almost all day so I kind of wanted to hurry. ^^
One more from the side....hehe... There's an opening for her tail in the center seam, but unfortunately the obi kind of smooshes her tail up. Underneath her kimono, she has tiny boobies! I didn't get any nudie pictures though, and I don't think I could pry her out of Devinn's hands with a crow bar at this point. lol!
Anyway, making Julie was so much fun, and I really wanted to keep her for myself when I was done...but I didn't. I'm planning something special for myself for my next doll.
I'm posting a link to this post on the poppet-along thread, too, and a couple pictures of the kimono sans Julie in the outfits thread.
This is Little Pinkie. ^^ I made her as a gift for someone.
She is very soft and plushie, and also really teeny-tiny...see the C battery sitting next to her? This picture doesn't show the colours very well, but she is actually a pretty berry-pinkish colour, raspberry maybe? I had to put her in the mail today, and I was rather sad to see her go. u_u