TutorialI'm just going to copy and paste this from my gallery journal, sorry
(Sounded a bit like Prof Farnsworth there...)
I've released my old tutorial, Armature to Art Doll. It's been up on the website Doll Makers Dream for the past couple of years to encourage people to do their own research (easy to find if you googled 'art doll tutorial') but I see no harm in taking it out of storage.
I'd like to point out (as I have in the first part) that it is dated. I don't personally make dolls like this anymore. In fact, amongst other things, I completely scrapped wire armatures recently in favour of plastic ball-and-socket armatures. However it serves a perfect purpose of getting you started in the basics of doll making
One thing I would add is that I haven't made armatures for the feet in a long, long time. When I used wire I twisted a little loop in the end with pliers to stop the fimo from spinning or the wire from coming out. Also copper can discolour
Resin casting mold advice/help?I want to start making dolls with resin parts but have never used resin or molds before.Resin casting mold advice/help?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know what kind would be best (recommendations would be awesome), though I am considering the pourable smooth-on.
But the pourable smooth-on says it should not be used with clay that contains sulfur which I believe sculpey has.
Does it cause the mold to not form properly? Or does it just make the resin cloudy? (which doesn't matter as I will be painting it).
Also if you use an armature do you attach it after the resin has set or do you stick in in as its curing?
What's the best way of doing fragile/thin parts?
How do you get a small seam/not noticeable line where the mold was cut?
Any help is appreciated.
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Shipping and Tracking Art Dolls InternationallyCMWyvern asked me recently about the different terms used when sending parcels internationally and I felt it's information that would be useful to a lot of people.Shipping and Tracking Art Dolls Internationally2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This journal is focused on the different options courier companies offer - insurance, tracking and delivery confirmation - rather than how to package your item (but I can do a journal on that too if people are interested).
Insurance is essential incase the postal service lose your parcel, it means they will compensate you for the value of the contents lost and that will enable you to make a replacement to send to your customer. You need to have proof that the contents were worth what they were worth when making a claim, so check your couriers website for more info on that. You may need to include something like invoices in the parcel, or make sure the invoices you send have very clearly what was in the parcel, the address of the person it was going to and how much they paid. This needs to be an official printed document
Airbrush tips/advice?I've been debating and debating on whether to get one or not, finally decided to get one.Airbrush tips/advice?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My question to you all is which airbrush do you prefer, which are good? What to avoid kind of thing.
Also any advice once you have one!'
Any help is appreciated! thanks!
The Pricing-Guilt Phenomenon"I have a question about the extreme price."The Pricing-Guilt Phenomenon1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a message I recently got regarding a listing of my latest Baby Jackalope art doll on Etsy.
That was the extent of the message. No please or thank you, no actual question stated besides the inferred comment that the price of my artwork is a gouge.
I realized that although the tone of the message was rather rude, it's a question artists get asked all the time and an opportunity for me to stand up for artists without sending an equally rude reply to the likes of "If you do not like the pricing of my original art, you can go to Hallmark and buy a cheap stuffed bear made by the thousands using near slave-labour in China". I do not feel that anyone should be obligated to justify why and how the pricing of their craft translates into how much grocery money they end up with at the end of the week, but this might be helpful or at least reassuring for those of us who
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Personal Information/Working Hours
Something personal to begin with...
Who is Limitless Endeavours?
Limitless Endeavours is a licensed business in the state of Texas, USA. It was founded in 2012 and is a two-person team, consisting of Jonathan Goolsby and I - Barbara Goolsby. We are husband and wife, I however grew up in Germany and migrated in 2012 to the United States. We have different roles in our full-time Arts & Crafts business. My husband is responsible for the online store, customer eMails, as well as f
A Little Something we all should hearFor the past few months I have been meeting with a family friend (an accountant) to help me with my taxes. Out of all the subjects to understand, finances are definitely way beyond the grasp of my brain, so I am very thankful to have someone so knowledgeable helping me with this foreign, scary, and unavoidable subject. It should not have come as a surprise, but at the end of this month, she told me I owe a lot of money. (Don't worry, I am not asking for donations) At first my heart just sank, yes I had the money, but it was pretty much most of my business savings. I was not feeling good about things.A Little Something we all should hear1 year ago in Personal More Like This
After mulling it over for a day, I realized I have nothing to be upset about, I am not in debt and I can certainly save more money as time goes by. It put everything in perspective for me. I did not begin making art for the money. Nobody born with the need to express themselves through art does it with intent to make a profit. They do it because it gives them life, because any futu
Art Doll Q+A groupIf you have a specific question about making art dolls you should take a look at the PosableArtDolls group. We have an open blog so you can submit your question and every person who follows the group will see it in their message centre and will be able to answer.Art Doll Q+A group2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So far we have had :
These are problem-solving questions specific to peoples personal projects and some general advice. All of it is useful and interesting, so please add the group to your watch-list if you feel like helping or submit your journal if you're stuck!
Please remember to be polite.
For very basic and general questions about making your first art doll please refer to my tutorial Armature to Art Doll:
How to Advertise you WorkOriginally posted in JewelersGuild, a group I co-founded. I felt others may benefit from this as wellHow to Advertise you Work3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Recently someone posted a comment asking people to advertise for them. This has in turn led us to the conclusion that it is high time we wrote something about advertising your work. Not everyone knows this subject very well, or how to go about doing it.
First thing you need to know is that you must be the one to do the work. Don't ask someone else and offer a portion of the profits. That is considered rude, and quite lazy. You don't want that. You want to make a good impression. First impressions go a long way. Now if someone offers to advertise your work that's something else entirely.
Secondly, know who your customers are. This is something a lot of people don't consider, and thus do not know how to advertise their work properly. For example let's say you make steampunk jewelry. You
Flexible, realistic scales for dollsI've run into a design dilemma. I am trying to find a solution to scales on a posable doll.Flexible, realistic scales for dolls2 years ago in Personal More Like This
this was the original concept sketch. In the end, I decided to change the facial structure, but plan on keeping the body fairly similar.
Here's what Epsilon looks like now. I want to carry the scale design over into the belly scales, and possibly a few accents. The issue is how to go about doing such. We've had a few ideas rolled around, and have only ruled out methods. Seeing as this doll will be around 3 and 1/2 feet long, cost is a concern.
~ Scales need to be flexible, so to avoid interfering overly much with the movement of the doll.
~ Scales need to be 3-D, able to take texture and customized details, and in the end apply a sealant to achieve a scaley, shiny look.
~ Scales need to be able to be sewn onto the fur fabric
~ Scales need to be custom done in varying sizes, and quite a few of them. castings won't work here.
Has anyone done somethin
Artists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools Home Made TripodArtists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!
Source: DIY Cameras
Home Made Reflector
Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out
Great Resources and Blogs for Historical FashionHey guys! :iconwisdomspearl: here to bring you some news! I have come across some amazing sights (tumblr blogs, Pinterest boards and users, etc.) and wanted to let you all know about them!Great Resources and Blogs for Historical Fashion3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pinterest user P8ronella http://pinterest.com/p8ronella/ has 340 boards covering almost every fashion century. They have been lovingly sorted and organized for the Historical Fashion lover's access. Go and check it out, grab some resources for your next art project, or drool over the clothing. She also has boards for ethnic costume (Estonian, Spanish, Greek, etc. to name only a few).
User Elisa Edgren http://pinterest.com/isiswardrobe/ also has a ton of reference boards sorted into several fashion eras. She also has boards for historical accessories.
Here is a board for Historical Clothing Patterns http://pinterest.com/historygrl/historical-clothing-patterns/
User Lucinda Brant http://pinterest.com/lucindabrant/ has 80+ boards dedicated to the 18th century
I will update this list as I find
The group system and your community projectHere at deviantART, we have the group system, which is a fantastic way for like minded deviant's to gather create and inspire other people, through art and some very cool projects.The group system and your community project2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
in terms of running your project the group system is one of many tools DeviantART provides us with to give like minded deviants a place to go. So here are some tips and tricks, and some do's and don'ts to give you and your project some help along the way.
If you don't know what i am talking about check out the Group 101 tutorial.
Make sure your back room is organized ( you can see how in the back room we have 3 forums in this picture each with there own specific heading, so that way if you are looking for something it can be found easy.)
make sure you know the point in which you originally made the group for in the first place. At CRCommunityProjects we have our mission statement in a custom box (if you don't hav
PE: What to ask before launching a projectSo, you want to start a Community Project . . .PE: What to ask before launching a project2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Running a Community Project here on deviantART can be a lot of fun . . . and also a lot of work! The rewards can be great, as Projects can make our community better and more fun for everyone. This article strives to clarify some things that you will need to consider before you implement a Community Project. We hope it will help you feel more prepared and therefore will support your success as a Community Project Leader.
Here are some things you should ask yourself:
1. Do I really have the time to take on a project right now?
I'm listing this question first because, in my opinion, it's the most important. Community Projects can take up quite a bit of your time if they are run successfully. Take it from someone who's been there: Don't over-commit yourself! There's nothing more frustrating to you as a leader (and perhaps to others in the community) than getting geared up for a project and
Trick or Treat Contest - WINNERS!!**SCROLL DOWN TO THE END AND FIND OUT WHO WON!**Trick or Treat Contest - WINNERS!!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Halloween is coming up fast and the Artisan Crafts CV team wants to throw a special contest in it's honour. At the same time we want to promote the Artisan Crafts community so all of the entries will have to be categorized as such to be eligible.
The contest starts on September 18th and ends on November 1st 2013.
If your entry does not follow these rules, it will be automatically disqualified!!!
1 entry per category maximum.
Artisan Crafts only!!Entry must be created on or after start dateLink to this contest so that we know you've read and understood the rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Categories & Prizes
BEST PUMPKIN CARVING
Just as the title says, we're looking for the best pumpkin carving. It needs to be carved by you.1 year subscriptio
Impromptu contest!How are we all doing, Europe?! As summer is in full force right now, it's about time for another contest!Impromptu contest!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Submit your favorite summer art to the special Summer 2013 folder in our gallery, and we will award the best three submissions with a three months subscription or the equivalent in points (that's 636 points!).
We will also award two lucky deviants who add this blog to their favorites with 500 points! No strings attached. You don't even have to be a member of europeans to be eligible for this prize!
What would a contest be without some (boring) rules? To keep it simple and fun we've kept it limited to a few simple points:You need to be a member of europeans to participate in the contest;Any user of deviantART who favorites this blog is eligible to win the 500 points giveaway;Y
Finishes for Polymer Clay and Acrylic Paint:Edit:Finishes for Polymer Clay and Acrylic Paint2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thought I should let you all know, I am now using varathane and I just LOVE the stuff. It works great on just about everything, too. It's fairly cheap, a small can will keep you going for a long time. Just transfer a little bit into a small jar to use, so that you keep the main can closed and undisturbed as much as possible. Also it doesn't have much of a smell at all, much less than the sculpey brand varnish, so you can use it indoors and paint little things right next to your nose without feeling like you are poisoning yourself.
The glossy kind is very nice, and with multiple coats you can get things VERY shiny. The satin kind is NOT matte, but more of a dull shine. Do NOT use it if you want a perfectly matte surface. I do not know if there is a true matte varnish; I have decided just to leave the paint unvarnished where it needs to be very matte.
Please note that they changed the labeling somewhat on the cans not all that long ago, I think it doesn't say diamond on it anymore
How to get the most out of your keywordsThe keywords of your prints play an important role in how your artwork is discovered using our Print Shop's search feature. This will enable you to search through the prints available on deviantART using their keywords. Here are some tips for using keywords that will help people find your work:How to get the most out of your keywords9 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Use as many words as you can
The more words you use, the more times your print will be viewed. Let's say, for instance, you are posting an image of some lovely roses. Some keywords you may use are "roses, flowers, plants, nature, Valentine's Day, romance, love, gift, bouquet, red, bloom, blossoms..." and anything else you can think of (while keeping it relevant, of course).
Keep them on topic
Sure, putting in "Harry Potter" and "hot girls" will get you more hits; however, there is a very slim chance the people searching for those words are going to buy your print if it doesn't have to do with the subject they've searched for. Try to keep your keywords rel
On the topic of pricingPricing my work has always been a problem for me. I can set a timer and find out how long it takes to make something, and I can tell you what materials cost in bulk, but translating that into a price that is fair to both the buyer and me has been a problem for me. Complicating matters is the fact that there just aren't that many needle felters out there doing custom work, and fewer who make posable dolls, so I don't have a lot of places to look for guidance on what the market is like. Charging based on time is all well and good, but what about when a 6" tall posable MLP doll takes at least 10 hours?On the topic of pricing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I would like to hear from everyone how you determine what is a reasonable price for your work. Doll making is very time consuming, so how does it break down in hourly terms? What about material costs? What about preparation before you work on a single project, such as sourcing or preparing materials (For example, I buy my wool by the pound raw, and scour, card, and dye it)?
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
Artist Info: How to Price Commissions"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried"Artist Info: How to Price Commissions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is an informative journal to help artists determine fair pricing for commissions, based on my recent poll. I will update this as needed to include new information as it comes in.
This is part of an 'Information Series of journals
- Stand your ground, know your worth!
- [now reading]
- Artist Info: Conducting yourself professionally
- Client/Buyer info: How to go about commissioning an artist.
BIG FAT DISCLAIMER
Pricing 101Pricing 101Pricing 1012 years ago in Personal More Like This
How to determine what you should charge for your work
In light of the absolutely horrendous commission page DA started up which encourages artists to sell their work for literally pennies, let me talk about pricing artwork. Or more specifically, how I price my work.
This...guide? Advice? Thing? Highlights what I've learned about pricing throughout the last few years. I do not touch on the subject of beginner pricing, simply because there are no set guidelines for that and beginner pricing usually ends up being extremely subjective. This guide assumes that the reader is somewhat experienced in their craft and is looking for pointers on pricing. However I still highly encourage beginners to read! This is what pricing should be like, not mere pennies for hours upon hours of work. This also focuses on crafts and sewing but a lot of it is s