Some super-quick before-work shots from… nearly two weeks ago now. Whoops. But it’s something!
Playing around with Joce.
Some weeks back, I traded Dom’s old Isao body to someone on Den of Angels and got this body in exchange. It’s a B-11 split torso one with double-jointed elbows, which I’ve been wanting for him for a while.
A previous owner had coated it, and whatever sealant they used was splotchy in some places and extremely thick in others, so it took a lot of scrubbing to finally get it all (or at least mostly) off. I don’t really care for the feel of resin when it’s sealed, so none of my dolls are coated. Does that make me weird? (Or a bad doll owner?)
In these shots, he also has a heavily sanded Luts s-hook holder on his neck to lengthen it and boost his head up a little without doing a permanent mod. His Heart head was designed for SD13 boy bodies, so the neck hole is a little large for an SD10 body and the head sits lower than might be ideal. I don’t know if I’ll keep it as-is, adjust it a little more, or figure out something else.
Hmm. He’s cute, anyway, bobble-headed or not.
I adjusted his eyes a little and am trying to give him a chance, but I don’t think I can get used to him. He almost looks like Jer – he has the right head sculpt, the body, the eyes, the wig, the clothes, the accessories – and yet he doesn’t feel like Jer because the faceup keeps throwing me off. Like he’s an impostor.
I’m edging closer and closer to swapping his old head back and putting this one in its box until I can send it out for repainting with a different artist.
His eyebrows and eyelashes are gorgeous. The linework is fantastic. But he just doesn’t have the darkness and contrast and intensity he needs to really be Jerolyn. The heavy orangey-yellow blushing doesn’t work for me. The skin texturing doesn’t work for me, either, and it looks so out of place next to my other dolls with their cleaner, stylized faceups. I’m devastated that I’m unhappy with the final result in-hand and I don’t know how to fix that feeling now.