I haven’t really figured out what kind of doll lover I am.
Some collectors buy their dolls based on the character/s they love.
Others wanted dolls in a favorite series, or two.
I noticed that some are into investing – like buying during the doll conventions,
resell to friends and interested parties later,
but still keep some for themselves.
I also notice collectors who just enjoy the thrill of finding
that rare, unique, holy grail doll.
But I noticed that I kind of not belong to any of those mentioned.
Every time I find a new release, I would immediately think,
“who is she gonna be if she was here with me?”
or “what type of girl could she be so that I can already design her outfits?”
I always do that.
Perhaps, you guys can relate, because most of you here
are character builders, if there’s such a thing.
I think we are the artistic types of collectors.
Because aside from buying the collectible, we do something with it, not just put them in cabinet.
We see our collection as a part of something bigger, for our works of art in the making, yeah?
Some of you here make your dolls as characters for your photo stories,
or models for your photography,
or inhabitants in your DIY dioramas!
Most of us sort of recreate these characters, don't we?
I mean, don’t get me wrong.
I love my dolls from the first time I saw them on the monitor
to the moment they have evolved into their own characters.
But it’s just that these dolls become more and more
the character I want them to be as time goes by.
Geez, I’ve never had a doll in my life
that I have not given a name to.
Each one was special and unique in her own way –
she has her own attitude, lifestyle, personality and preferences.
Some of you who've been around reading my blog for some time now,
probably read one post my Dolly Profile series.
Although I have not yet completed posting all my atelier models’ profiles,
I have all their 'information' drafted in my doll profiles notebook.
So that means more profile posts to come this year =D
Here are some ladies who have undergone
character development from the time they arrived at the atelier:
Sue arrived as a Dynamite Girl from the Check Mates collection.
From a teenage sweetheart, she transformed into a soulful little surfer gal
(gave her a spa and since then she literally let her hair down)
Anais was once Lucy, a bride of Dracula.
Upon arriving here at the atelier, she decided to quit her nocturnal instincts
to perform in theaters
(Gave her spa and a cut to give her that modern look)
Aya arrived as Miss Weekday Momoko.
But over time, she has become the cottage chic gal
who champions my summer dresses (pulled down her hair, too)
Tessa was Dracula’s Contessa
But just like Anais, she decided she needs to tan up a bit…
(cut her hair short)
Kei back then was Sunset Rave Ayumi.
I shortened her hair as well so she can move around
when performing with her band.
Once Sweet Freedom Susie, Sunny now enjoys my comfy
but stylish garments during her off-duty days
(her braids were undone this time…)
And last but not the least, Cece,
whom I purchased locally as Fashionista Sassy.
Now she enjoys being a part time model and likes her awfully lovely curls..
So yeah, I kind of make changes to these lovelies once in a while
to fit the characters that I see in them.
The other girls didn’t get any makeover
because they probably arrived in a state that already is the character,
or to me, they’d look awful in another look.
I also wanted to do faceups or repaints
but I thought it will need some time for research and practice
so maybe I can do that some time later.
How about you guys? Did you change your dolls' looks since they arrived?
Do they undergo changes often?
I'm not really worried as to how I act around my dolls.
But, just what kind of doll lover are you?
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