Doll of the Month November '08!

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Doll of the Month November '08!

Postby Em » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:32 pm

[align=center]This month's winner is SHANN0N!

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What was your inspiration for this doll?
Definitely the base! I saw Gigi's base and it was so glamourous looking I just had to use it!

Something that really stands out is the shading on the silk--it's so realistic! Can you tell us a bit about the process you take to create such stunning realism?
I looked at a TON of pictures to figure out how to do satin- pictures on how it would be affected by something pulling on it(the little clip thing) and just how it 'behaved' in general. I figured out that its really important to have a lot of contrast with satin, often having a shadow right next to the highlight, and I had to try and keep the dithering from spreading out in the small areas- often it seems like you start out with a little section of highlight or whatever and then you dither it and its twice the size it was originally! Other than those things though it was like any other fabric:D

Is there any one element or technique you used that you think really makes this piece special?
I think the satin makes this fairly unique; I honestly cant remember the last time I saw someone pixel satin!

About how long did you spend over all on this doll? Can you tell us a bit about how you begin a doll in general?
I probably spent more than 5 or 6 hours on this altogether.

As for when I start a doll, if I use a base, I always strip it down first so that there is just the outline and the solid color, though I often keep the eyes nouth and nose black if they're similar in shape and prorportion to what I want it to look like just because it's easier to edit than redraw. I always think that the face is one of the most important aspects of any doll, so it's always what I do next- I feel like if the face is bad it isn't worth continuing. So the face gets completely finished and if I like it I move on to the outfit or hair, depending on what I have planned.

Looking back now, is there anything you wish you had done differently or want to change?
I wish I spent more time on the hair, especially the right side- the shading there is sort of bad in comparison to the rest.[/align]
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Postby LadyHazy » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:47 pm

Congratulations, SHANN0N! :D
I love how the type of fabric was given just as much attention as the overall design on this doll! That dress looks so real! :]
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Postby Sabbi » Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:37 pm

whoa!! :shock: I second what was said above, that top is stunning!

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Postby Ody » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:44 pm

Yes, the attention to the fabric is rivaling the hair as my favorite. I adore your AV so very much! Congrats!!
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Postby Kayla » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:39 pm

Amazing doll
your shading skills are *wow*
Congrats!
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Postby LA-Fairy » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:49 pm

Congratz, well deserved.
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Postby Blossom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:00 pm

Congrats, Shannon! Amazing doll!! ♥
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Postby Lina-san » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:31 pm

Congrats! You do deserve DoTM!
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Postby Florenne » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:12 am

congratulation, the shading on top is very stunning!
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