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Box Render

Updates and Box Design

March 23, 2013 1 Comment

Sorry for the lack of updates!  I do not have much news – school has been keeping be busy!  I am still working primarily on the hip joint.  I think I have one more idea that I want to try, and if that does not work I am going to push aside the perfectionist in my head that is constantly yelling at me and just do are more generic joint that should still be acceptable (though that should still take me a while to get just right).  I feel like the hip is the most important joint on a doll so I want it to be prefect, but I obviously have to finish something at some point and I am not sure that it is even possible to fulfill all of my requirements.   I really want my doll to be able to bring her knee up to her chest (and ideally do a split), move her legs together enough to cross them, and move them as far apart as possible (like a straddle).  Getting this to work isn’t that hard – what is hard is getting these things to work while still looking smooth and not having huge gaps.  Her leg is not a perfect cylinder, so just sticking a ball on top ruins the curve of her legs and that is not something I am willing to compromise.  I have yet to see a doll with a natural looking hip/butt area and it is something that I really want to accomplish, but there is a reason why they don’t seem to exist.  The hip is also the most important part when it comes to stability, so that is another factor I have to keep in mind.  Once the hip is done the rest should not take too long.  I do want to see if I can create a natural elbow joint, but I think I have a design in mind that will work.

I know I am getting ahead of myself, but since the hip is making me angry, I have been having some fun designing my packaging, as you can see with my render.  I don’t know what is practical, since boxes can get very expensive, but I really want fancy packaging.  I am hoping to make them with a drawer that pulls out.  I tend to keep my dolls in their boxes, and opening these huge boxes with a typical lid is very annoying.  I figure a drawer would be much more convenient – the boxes could be stacked on top of each other and it would be super easy to open.  I also want to just line the box in foam instead of having a cutout to fit the body (the pink part in the picture).  This way people can store their dolls without having to undress them.  The dolls could be secured with ribbon/elastic at the neck, wrists, ankles, and waist (and probably also thighs and arms)  for shipping (I’d obviously have to test to see if this was safe).  I’d also like to sew black lace pockets on the sides to store small stuff.  The draw on the top would be for instructions and other paper stuff (probably certificates and stickers and what not).  The main reason it is there though it because I needed space for the top layer of foam anyway, so this just sits nicely there (the shelf part is halfway though the thickness, with the foam secured in the space on the bottom).  I’m also thinking the color of the foam (I’ll probably have pretty fabric over it) and the knobs could be changed for collection sets, and maybe even different knobs for people with multiple dolls to easily tell the boxes apart.

I also apologize for the speed of my site – it has been going very slow for me and I have yet to figure out the reason.  It seems to get a lot worse after I changed some things, but I am having trouble figuring out why.

Ngaire

June 9, 2012 Leave your thoughts

Character Colors: Silver  Black

Skin color: Skin 1

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Black, Straight

Outfit: Black leather with silver chains and accents.

Name Meaning: Silver Fern

She is Oriana’s counterpart.  Or nemesis maybe?  I don’t really know.  Her name is pronounced “nyree”.  If Oriana is your typical RPG cleric (chain armor, mace, etc), she would be an assassin (leather, daggers).

Oriana

June 9, 2012 Leave your thoughts

Character Colors: Gold  White

Skin color: Skin 3

Eyes: Teal

Hair: Blonde, Long, Slightly Wavy

Outfit: White lacy dress with fine gold chainmail.

Accessories: Mace, (Wings?)

Name Meaning: Gold, Dawn

I see Oriana as sort of like a cleric from your typical MMORPG.  Since her name means gold her colors will be gold and white, and I may do some opal effect where I can.  I want her to be soft and delicate but with a sense of strength.  Her skin will be a light tan and her hair will be a golden blonde and she will have light teal eyes (since that looks better with gold than blue or green).  She will have gold micromail (tiny chainmail) armor on top of a delicate white dress with a matching mace to go with the cleric theme.  I am also debating big white wings, but good humane feathers are hard to find and I do care about that sort of thing, and I don’t think plastic feathers would have the desired effect.

Zombie Pin Up

June 6, 2012 Leave your thoughts

I was messing around with faces since I am still stumped over the hip joint.  I think I am going to keep her :-P .  She started as a mix of a few of my previous faces.  I just wanted to create a face that worked well with that Marilyn Monroe type hair.  Then I needed a some sort of fantasy/sci fi/creature for her, since I want all of my dolls to have some sort of visually interesting character.  I think a zombie pin up girl suites her :D.  Of course the doll will have more zombie like features than my quick render.  I am looking forward to doing the details.

I still need a name for her.  I like my names to mean something without being too glaringly obvious.  It is hard to find a name associated with death that isn’t too weird or obvious.

I’d love to be able to release her for Halloween (I also want to make my spider lady for Halloween, but I highly doubt I will get that done since that is going to have a ton of parts – I will set my goal for her for next year).  I love doing silly things for holidays and such.  I want to release Oriana and Ngaire (I haven’t posted about her yet) first, so I am hoping to have that ready before September so I can release my zombie for October.