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DISCLAIMER: These are not "real" dolls. They are backwards-engineered, "ersatz" doll.

"Dolling" (if you hadn't heard.. and I hadn't until recently) is a type of pixel art. The process the artist uses to create the doll is as important to Dollers as the final look of their creation. This image was neither "pixelled" nor "tooled."

I liked the look of some dolls I saw, so I created an image using Poser, a 3D graphics program. The figures are Aiko 3.0 with original skin textures and hair. Each is wearing Aiko Retro with Aiko Trek texture by :iconoshikai:

After rendering the image, I took it into Photoshop and did so much postworking to get it to look like a digital doll that I think it might have been faster just to have pixel painted the thing....

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isoldel's avatar
It would be better to categorize them under 3D art, not Digital Dolls. As for the "look", exactly what are you looking for? Digital dolls are not created with the use of 3D posing programs.
mylochka's avatar
Yes, I know. This image is just 3D art in the style of Digital Dolls. I put them in this category because I hoped to get a little feedback from "real Doll-ers" on how well (or badly) I was able to approximate the appearance of a pixel painting.

And since the only feedback I've gotten is people telling me not to post here, I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do so again.
isoldel's avatar
You're trying to make a 3D object look like a 2D object trying to be a 3D object?

It still looks like 3D art to me. Why not try out the real thing? If you use tools, it can be like miniature digital painting. And with pixels, lol, it'll take a lot of patience.
mylochka's avatar
Yes, exactly. I'm a 3d artist trying to imitate a 2d art form that imitates a 3d artform. I'm doing it to explore and extend what I can do with my chosen medium. It's not the only such experiment I've done. For example, here's a picture where I tried to imitate charcoal and pastels [link] or vector art [link] or pen and ink and watercolor [link]

Yes, if I used pixel art/charcoal/watercolors, I would come up with something that looked exactly like pixel art/charcoal/watercolors because it WAS pixel art/charcoal/watercolors. The point for me in these exercises is not to say, "Oh, look -- it's pointless to do x technique any more because a machine can do it better" (and looking at my artwork, you can see exactly how NOT true that claim would be...) it's to keep my artistic curiosity alive, to keep me from getting into a rut where I get too satisfied with the limitations of my chosen medium. It's to say, "Oh, look -- here's a medium that is designed to render images that look like this [link] and I was able to get one to look like this [link] "

I'm pretty happy with my ersatz dolls in that respect. Yes, they do still look 3d, (and since dolling is a 2d form that imitates 3d, I'm guessing that's not an entirely bad thing) but it's a different, more illustration-ly look than I normally achieve. Limiting the color range and image definition down so radically creates images that remind me of the pictures from those little "Dick and Jane" books from the first grade, or the old, 1950's style paperdolls I loved so much as a little girl.

I think it's my love of paperdolls that attracts me to the Digital Dolls. I'm also fascinated by the intensity of commitment to process of the Digital Doll artist. Pixel art is a form that, like quilting, was born of the necessity to maximize scare resources. Now, dolling artists embrace those limitations as if to celebrate the diversity and creativity possible within a very disciplined frugality. It's kind of a 21st century folk art, I think.
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archangel72367's avatar
Did you get the A4 when it was free?
In any case they just look cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! =D
mylochka's avatar
Yes, I've got A4. I'm going to use her to do my Orion, Klingon, and Andorian dolls.

Glad you're liking these!
IridescentStardust's avatar
wait, then... wouldn't these go into the 3D category? @_@ *confused* They look lovely, either way ;)
mylochka's avatar
Yes, they're really just 3D art in the style of Digital Dolls. I put them in this category because I hoped to get a little feedback from "real Doll-ers" on how well (or badly) I was able to approximate the correct look.
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