Seeing as I was tagged so many times but had already done the meme I decided to make my own questions that I'd like to hear the answers to :3 They're a little more Hobby Oriented than what your next move purchase wise is, hope you find them engaging and schtuff!
1. If you could offer one bit of advice to your past self when you were getting into the hobby,
what would it be?
Wait! Look around! Compare dolls and don't just buy the one that's in your price range RIGHT THEN.
I bought my first BJD because I thought he was cute but mostly as he was cheap. The body was terrible, he couldn't bend his arms and could barely straighten them. He was shiny and his resin was terrible to work with faceup wise. The head sculpt was cute but I spent the majority of my time near the end trying to make him work when I knew I couldn't.
2. How do you go about picking out dolls? Do you approach it from a collectors perspective?
Buy for characters? Grab the pretty ones?
I have almost always had characters since I started dabbling in writing in like.. the 4th grade [come a long way from the sci fi genre that's for sure] so I draw up the characters and rp and write them and when I found dolls I already knew what I was looking for face and body wise. I'll mix and match and shop around until I find one that looks like the pre-made character.
3. What is the purchase you are the most happy you made?
Which do you regret the most?
Hum, well! I'm very glad that I jumped on purchasing my Edria head. I love LLDT and all their sculpts but the head I have for Billy is just so gosh darn cute and I got it for an amazing price. No regrets at all.
On the other hand, I regret not waiting and just purchasing my AoD Jimi as I said in the first question.
4. If you could own any doll [not from a company but from someone you're a fan of]
whose doll would it be? Why?
I am absolutely enamoured with
's Necros, I adore his color scheme, his styling, his dreads- everything about him is so on point. Saikoxix has amazing dolls, they look straight out of an action anime. She has so much talent, I'm jealous.
5. Do you have any other hobbies?
If so how have they been affected by your entering into the BJD hobby?
Oh man, I have too many hobbies to count. I suppose the big ones would be cosplay and art. I don't think either have suffered from my buying dolls. I think my dolls have benefited from me being in the others. I wasn't able to even comprehend making doll clothes until I started getting good at sewing cosplays and I wouldn't even have a prayer in tiny doll tattoos if it weren't for art and illustration.
6. Do you have any pets?
Do you trust them around your dolls?
I have a pet rat named Boggart, he's adorable but I don't really trust him. He's a very, very good boy about not peeing/marking me but I don't think he'd be so kind to an inanimate object.
7. Do you do anything creative involving your dolls?
[Sewing, photography, faceups, etc.]
I do a little bit of everything, I style and cut and sew wigs, I try to make clothing [it's getting better] I do my own faceups and tattoos and take photographs. I find it a great creative outlet when drawing just isn't working for me.
8. When did you first discover BJDs?
How long was it between the time you found them and the time you got your first doll?
The first time I saw a BJD I was looking for a garage kit to paint for a friend. I stumbled across Luts' site and was intrigued by these gorgeous dolls. Of course they were WAY too expensive for my 14 year old budget. I forgot about them until Error took an interest in them at the local anime convention. Hers arrived in December and mine came in in February [the product of saved christmas and birthday money]
9. Do you take part int he BJD community on a local or global scale?
Do you prefer to keep it between close friends, enjoy it by yourself or chat with the whole community?
I try to participate at least a little bit in both the local and global community. I have a close knit group of friends that I hang out with and talk dolls and take photos with but there are a few other people on the global scale that I've reached out to and am very happy to chat with. The doll group in my city is very on and off again, we'll see what the new year brings!
10. What's your long term plans for the hobby?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don't have any long term plans purchase wise, but I'd love to work more on my ability to make doll clothes do faceups, photography, style mohair wigs and paint tattoos. I have a lot of my dolls styled in a way that makes me feel proud to show them off. It took a long time to feel 'professional' to a degree in the hobby, but I think I'm getting there. In five years I hope to be able to offer my skills to other people instead of keeping them to myself.
And that's it for me! Hope you all enjoy some new questions, I tried to make them different and interesting/challenging or something XD.
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