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Ziggy’s 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour.

Custom cast on Dollshe Pure. Sweater, suspenders and mask by me, as well as all the doll customization.

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Ziggy’s 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour, Panic in Detroit.

Custom cast on Dollshe Pure. Sweater, suspenders and mask by me, as well as all the doll customization.

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A little preview of the new set.
Ziggy’s 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour.

A little preview of the new set.

Ziggy’s 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour.

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Complete Faceup Supplies for around $100

I often see BJD hobbyists state that the only reason their faceups suck is because they can’t afford quality art supplies. As someone who’d spent years in art training, I cannot overemphasize the importance of quality tools, materials and supplies for arts and crafts, however, it is simply a misconception that one can’t find quality materials at a low price.

Below is a list I compiled of a basic professional grade art supplies to begin painting your own dolls, all around $100. I could reduce it to under $50 by buying single sticks of pastel and single pencils instead of a set, since you’re supposed to mix your pigments, and all you really need is basic seven colors. The only thing you should never compromise on is MSC.

Brushes:

CyberStyle 15pcs Nail Art Brush Dotting Drawing Tool Set - $3.99

Paints/pastels/pencils:

Sanford Prismacolor Watercolor Pencil Set, 24-Pack - $25.47

Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 24-Piece Set - $22.73

Rembrandt Soft Pastels Cardboard Box Set of 18 sticks - $18.99

Liquitex Professional Gloss Fluid, Medium and Varnish - $9.14

Cleaners/erasers/etc:

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaner Cleaning Pads
- $3.47

Sanford Design Kneaded Eraser - $3.45

Sealant:

Mr. Super Clear - $15.34

I presume any household has Sandpaper, Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol, Q-Tips and cotton facial discs to wipe acrylic paint.

You may also want to invest into a greater variety of brushes, but this is good enough for a beginner. Now go and paint that face!

Ricky Fairfax, one of Yaret’s twins.

Ricky is YoSD SwD Piccolo OOAK, available on DoA and Ebay.

Remember the fancy wedding? Well, this is from about a year after.

Yaret is Soom Sabik Elf
Anna is Soom Meisa

If you are a monster, stand up. If you are a monster, a trickster, a fiend, If you’ve built a steam-powered wishing machine If you have a secret, a dark past, a scheme, If you kidnap maidens or dabble in dreams Come stand by me. If you have been broken, stand up. If you have been broken, abandoned, alone If you have been starving, a creature of bone If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known, Come stand by me. If you are a savage, stand up. If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight, If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite, If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright, If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight, Come stand by me. If you are a devil, stand up. If you are a villain, a madman, a beast, If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest, If you are a dragon come sit at our feast, For we all have stripes, and we all have horns, We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns And here in the dark is where new worlds are born. Come stand by me.

- A Monstrous Manifesto, by Catherynne M. Valente

—I had the privilege of hearing the lovely lady Catherynne deliver this manifesto in person at her acceptance speech for the award from the Mythopoeic Society in 2008. I was moved to tears.

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Inspired by David Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show.

Inspired by David Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show.

Inspired by David Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show.

The 1980 Floor Show (a pun on the song “1984” - 19-Eighty-Floor) was to be David Bowie’s last appearance as “Ziggy Stardust”. The show itself was a spectacular stage production that was filmed over 3 days in 1973, mostly at The Marquee Club, Soho, London for the American NBC TV late night show The Midnight Special.

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