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Delphine the Second?

I've mentioned before that although I've customized many, many 1/6 scale dolls, I've never been satisfied with the results outside of the actual concept and the hair. I have neither a steady hand nor an eye for detail. I have a lot of enthusiasm, but I don't think I was born to be an artist. So, rather than flail around trying to come to terms with the fact that after several years of experience I still can't paint a professional-looking doll, I decided to try applying my weird ideas to a medium guaranteed to give me satisfactory results.

A few years back, I made a custom Obitsu doll named Delphine. She had pretty odd coloring (purple hair and blue lips) that was inspired by a certain Kazuma Kaneko Megaten demon design (I have no idea how to romanize her name). I don't think the doll turned out that badly, but no matter how I look at her she still looks like a kid's craft project to me. I still liked the idea, though, as weird as it was. So I decided to try it out again on a Jenny doll. Meet Delphine the Second!

She's a Calendar Girl Kisara (the one in the boys' school uniform) that's been rerooted with Noix de Rome #72 violet hair, a color I've never seen on a commercial Jenny doll before. I started off rooting her myself, but the hair was hard to work with. Kristen had to bail me out again. I think she did a great job!

I repainted her lips myself, though. I didn't use the same color that I used on the Obitsu doll--lighter hair calls for lighter lips! I put a pearl finish on them, too. Repainting the lips on Jenny dolls is fun. Kisara and Naomi in particular look good with weird lip color. ^_^

She's wearing the dress that came with Omoiataru Special II Sahra. I don't think I'll keep it on her forever. I think gray is a good color for her, though. Maybe she's odd for some people's tastes, but at least she's unique! I liked her original lip color, too, but she had a ding mark on her upper lip when I deboxed her. I didn't want her to look like every other Kisara, anyway.


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May. 6th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, she's gorgeous! I adore the colour combination!
May. 7th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^_^! I had to go out of my way to find that particular shade of purple hair, and painting her lips blue was kind of a leap of faith, but I like the way she turned out in the end.
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May. 7th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea! If only I was better at 1:6 scale sewing...

Delphine actually had a story before I made even the first version of the doll. Most of my dolls are like that. Originally she was a witch's daughter who ran an inn in a forest with her mother and liked to kidnap wayward travelers to use in their magical experiments. Then I tweaked her backstory to try to include her in the story I'm currently writing...but now, I'm probably going back to her original story. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to write it!
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