I haven’t sculpted a new doll in a long time, but I’ve been making clothes for Asian ball-jointed dolls. I just love the style of their sculpts, and the freedom from the art doll’s eternal dilemma — is it art or is it a toy?
BJDs are unapologetically dolls, meant to be touched and played with, even though they’re really for grown-ups. Making clothes for them is fun because you can make real clothes. Art dolls are often impossible to dress without constructing the garment directly on the doll, and many collectible dolls are so tiny or inflexible that you can’t dress them the same way you’d dress a human.
BJDs have a different set of problems (I’m still trying to work out how to make a realistic-looking tee shirt for a doll whose head has a larger circumference than his shoulders) but for the most part, you can make their clothes just like people clothes, only smaller and with less material.
Anyway, above are some pictures of things I’ve made lately. My model is a Kid Delf Bory and she is 40cm (about 16 inches) tall. She’s proportioned like a child, and I think of her as being around 10 years old. I’m saving money for a larger doll, who will be Cleo’s mother, because I want to make things like evening gowns and sexy fantasy costumes that don’t seem appropriate for a little girl. I’ve save $100 so far! Wish me luck!
P.S. I am actually working on a sculpted doll, which I hope to make into a ball-jointed doll of my own. She’s coming along, in fits and starts, and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Other people make it look so easy, so maybe I’m just making it more complicated than it needs to be. I dunno.