“I can sincerely say that 99% of the time, the money I make from secondhand sales go for things outside of dolls and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sicktress doesn’t support legit artists at all by buying secondhand. Wish she’d stop acting so high and mighty.”

#1877 (via recastconfessions)

That might be the case for you, but her purchases don’t go to recasters, who by selling the same product at a lower price with less effort undercut and potentially destroy the legit business. Buying second hand dolls > buying recasts.

(via thebjdhotel)

Did we all skip over the part where I actually HAVE purchased dolls brand new from companies too? Are are we just going to ignore that part… Like most people who know they’re wrong in an argument?

(via sicktress)

Okay, look. I try and stay out of the recast thing, but picking on Sicktress is just low. Here’s the thing:

I would not be in the BJD hobby if it weren’t for the secondhand market.

Yeah, just gonna throw that down. There were a lot of things that influenced my decision to buy a BJD. The idea of having a physical shell for a character, the fun of tiny crafting, the beautiful pictures I always saw of other dolls, it was all pretty compelling. But dolls are not cheap, and even after getting a starter doll (a Pullip with an Obitsu body) I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay invested. Fortunately, I saw that there was a strong secondhand market for BJDs, where they’d sell for not that much less than new. If I bought a doll and later lost interest, I could recoup much of my initial investment. Plus if I was ever in dire financial straights, I could offer my doll for a slightly lower price and have a good chance at a quick sale. If it weren’t for that assurance, I doubt I ever could have made the plunge.

I’ve now bought two, nearly three full dolls, all straight from the manufacturers, and I’ve contributed to the hobby by making several popular tutorials, trying to answer questions where I can, and even creating some stuff that’s been considered cool enough to win contests. And if it weren’t for people like Sicktress who buy legitimate dolls on the secondhand market, thus ensuring its continued strength and existence, I wouldn’t even be here at all. 

myrastuff:

Whoops! Lost my head a bit and entered the DoA Paper Doll Contest! So poor Whatsisface lost his head too :P

Gosh got picked for one of the two second place prizes :o A full set of Enchanted Doll paper dolls, which is likely the closest I will ever get to come to owning/possibly seeing an Enchanted Doll in person :3

Really quite giddy and pleased ATM!

Experimenting with logo creation, being all grown-up and actually trying to do a thing in a vector program like a real graphic designer. It’s frustrating to know what you want to draw, but not yet know how to make the program do the thing.
My test subject today was the logo piece for Heartless, which seems to be the name I’m keeping for the Victorian vampires. I would really super love feedback about this design: do you like it? What does it make you think of? Anything about it that you think should be changed? Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated at this stage, while I tool around and try and get it to exactly where it needs to be.
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Experimenting with logo creation, being all grown-up and actually trying to do a thing in a vector program like a real graphic designer. It’s frustrating to know what you want to draw, but not yet know how to make the program do the thing.

My test subject today was the logo piece for Heartless, which seems to be the name I’m keeping for the Victorian vampires. I would really super love feedback about this design: do you like it? What does it make you think of? Anything about it that you think should be changed? Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated at this stage, while I tool around and try and get it to exactly where it needs to be.

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Prizeees! Nothing quite like awesome free stuff showing up in the mail, right? My spear and Mikkel head from Namonaki Workshop, both prizes from their design contest.I’m very happy with the spear, it’s got a great shape and it’s nice and smooth. There’s some seam lines down the sides of both pieces, but they’re barely noticeable. Can’t wait to have the time to seal these and paint them, I’ve already got the dowel for the spear shaft and they fit perfectly :3For the head… it is lovely and I have zero idea what to do with it. It’s surprisingly lightweight, very different feel from the resin I’m used to, and I’m a little scared to try a face-up on it because of all the texture. I’ve seen a couple Mikkel heads that’ve been beautifully painted, but I’m worried if I screw up it’ll be super hard to remove. Plus, the only older character I have to shell is female, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to make this sculpt feminine enough to work for her with just paint and pastels. Still, there aren’t a lot of sculpts out there with realistic older features, so it seems a shame not to try.
If anyone has any questions on these things, or wants more pics of specific angles/whatever, let me know. It’s a small artist-run BJD company so I know info can be pretty scarce.

Prizeees! Nothing quite like awesome free stuff showing up in the mail, right? My spear and Mikkel head from Namonaki Workshop, both prizes from their design contest.

I’m very happy with the spear, it’s got a great shape and it’s nice and smooth. There’s some seam lines down the sides of both pieces, but they’re barely noticeable. Can’t wait to have the time to seal these and paint them, I’ve already got the dowel for the spear shaft and they fit perfectly :3

For the head… it is lovely and I have zero idea what to do with it. It’s surprisingly lightweight, very different feel from the resin I’m used to, and I’m a little scared to try a face-up on it because of all the texture. I’ve seen a couple Mikkel heads that’ve been beautifully painted, but I’m worried if I screw up it’ll be super hard to remove. Plus, the only older character I have to shell is female, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to make this sculpt feminine enough to work for her with just paint and pastels. Still, there aren’t a lot of sculpts out there with realistic older features, so it seems a shame not to try.

If anyone has any questions on these things, or wants more pics of specific angles/whatever, let me know. It’s a small artist-run BJD company so I know info can be pretty scarce.

Whoops looks like I coloured some vampires.
Finally got pen pressure working on my tablet (at last! I thought it was just broken forever T__T) and now digital lineart is so much easier. Seriously considering digital inks for the comic, in this kind of style.

Whoops looks like I coloured some vampires.

Finally got pen pressure working on my tablet (at last! I thought it was just broken forever T__T) and now digital lineart is so much easier. Seriously considering digital inks for the comic, in this kind of style.

Whoops! Lost my head a bit and entered the DoA Paper Doll Contest! So poor Whatsisface lost his head too :P

Literally every sekret project I have turns into dragons sooner or later.
IDK about this one, it may just be for fun.

Literally every sekret project I have turns into dragons sooner or later.

IDK about this one, it may just be for fun.

argentseeker:

My friends and I are reaching our third year of playing exalted together and I feel like we should do something for it but i dont know what!

I made caste mark cupcakes at one point for my group, can’t remember exactly what Exalted milestone we were celebrating… might’ve just been celebrating playing a game and wanting cupcakes. 10/10 would recommend.

Solar, Abyssal, and Lunar caste marks = pretty easy to pipe. Cannot recommend piping Sidereal or Infernal caste marks :|

Some new full-body pictures of the vampire gang, hopefully the start of some proper character reference sheets.
Just need to get back to the actual script writing part :|

Some new full-body pictures of the vampire gang, hopefully the start of some proper character reference sheets.

Just need to get back to the actual script writing part :|

So, had a fair number of new followers this week, hello there new peeps! This seems like as good a time as any to go over the what’s what of my corner of Tumblr:

  • My name’s Myra or Myracuulous online, Emily IRL.
  • This is my largely personal blog. I post a lot of tabletop gaming stuff, butt tonnes of my art, random world/character-build-y stuff from my fiction projects, occasionally dorky pictures, and sometimes important social justice stuff (but mostly not because I tend to keep this blog super upbeat for Reasons.) I reblog infrequently, when I find something especially important or adorable or just get in a weird rebloggy mood.
  • I own BJDs, AKA ball-jointed dolls, and I sometimes post or reblog pics of them. Since some peeps find these hella creepy, they’re always tagged as #bjd for your tumblr-saving convenience. Got something else you’d like me to tag? Drop me a note and I’ll do my best, I’m pretty keen on making this a safe place for everyone to enjoy.
  • I’m quietly fannish, but sometimes I’ll end up cosplaying or drawing fanart. Probably of cool scifi/fantasy shows/movies or completely dorky anime. Right now I’m pretty seriously into magical girls. Yeah.
  • I’m an artist, just starting to go pro! You can find my portfolio and artist website here, or check out this post for commission info with some special tumblr discounts. I’ve also got an Etsy shop, here, mostly full of cute nerdy cards and posters.

Questions? Comments? Just wanna chat? My ask box is always open, including anon in case you’re shy. I’ll do my best to answer anything I get asked.

I guess that’s about it. Nice to meet y’all who’ve shown up, as always you peeps who’ve been around awhile are awesome, and I hope you’ll all remained entertained enough by my posts to stick around :)