Oh I didn’t see this until just now. She’s like a Fraggle and is meant to be reminiscent of one, but isn’t one exactly. There are enough differences that she’s her own “thing” which is nothing in particular.
I am pretty grouchy that I’m going to bed after a day that was spent counteracting physical pain and discomfort more than it was spent drawing comics… just you wait till I wake up, comics. I’m gonna get you. I’m gonna get you good.
You can’t hide behind my feeble human body. I am a machine that makes stickers and porn.
I know from experience that one of the problems with those flat printed acrylic charms, like the ones I ordered, is that they can crack or snap if too much pressure is applied to them. I remember browsing forums and people junking their broken ones because superglue wouldn’t fix them, and that bummed me out because a good fix is easy.
If the charm/keychain is cracked, or if it is snapped but there’s no damage to front printed image laminate (meaning it is still being held together by that film) apply self-sticking laminate or clear packing tape to the unprinted side and then trim it with an exacto knife.
If the charm is snapped in half cleanly, hold it together and apply laminate/clear packing tape to both sides and trim the excess.
If the crack/damage is small enough you shouldn’t have to cover the entire charm, just use a small square.
In all applications make sure you rub out airbubbles so the seal is stronger. Super glue generally won’t work because the stress point is still there.
Anyway, just throwing that out there so people don’t gotta junk their little charms.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the worst kind of critique is from the person who lacks even the smallest investment in your success or failure. If people don’t want to help you, their critique will not end up being helpful.
Office Depot, though I’ve seen similar products at other office and craft stores. There are numerous makes, and not all of them glossy. There’s even clear sticker paper and vinyl sticker paper — shop around, there’s tons of stuff.
The big ones are made by printing high resolution images at optimized settings onto printable glossy sticker paper, then laminating and trimming them by hand. The small sticker sheets are made on the same glossy sticker paper, but are not laminated — instead I apply laminate to the sticker backing to reinforce it, and then use a swivel knife to cut around the images, making sure to cut on a very hard surface so the blade tip can’t sink through the backing/lamination.
This is all done by hand, and is very tedious but if done right they turn out really nice. I can’t imagine doing this at high volume but I doubt I’ll get anything close to that much interest in them.
Man, I’ve always wanted to do this! Like, use it as my own model sheet or something for reference.. and to have cool figures that are my own creation. Just don’t know where or how to start.
Just start trying! I use polymer clay, which you can cure in an oven and is very durable and sandable once cured. Just buy a box at a hobby store and play with it, you’ll learn by doing. My favorite sculpting tools are bent paperclips and flexible coated wire. There are plenty of sculpting tutorials/guides online!
I’m self-taught, just learned by goofing around with the supplies. This is something I made out of polymer clay called Super Sculpey I bought at Hobby Lobby, made using my hands and paperclips/wire:
Just go for it, if you spend long enough working with it you’ll figure it out!
Stickers and sticker sheet will be available soon.
I can confidently say after a lot of tests and effin’ around I have competently made some quality-lookin’ durable stickers and sticker sheets. This has been a fun DIY project.
The large stickers are very durable and as waterproof as whatever they’re stuck to — though I wouldn’t submerge them. The gloss paper I stuck one to disintegrated in water before the sticker ever started to peel/bleed.
The small sticker-sheets are not as durable but are a lot thinner and flexible — they’re for sticking to paper and such. Honestly they’re pretty standard for sticker sheets so I’m not too fussed.
All I gotta do is make a few more designs and I’ll have a few made up and photographed for the site. This’ll be super small volume, though, for the obvious reasons. But I doubt that too many people are gonna order them so all this experimenting will save me money, rather than buy a large order from a company that no one ever buys, hahahaha.
I am feeling so productive you guys. 2 more designs to go, then some more comicking and I can be back on track before the week is over and actually have some cute small things for the store.
I may switch to an Etsy store though instead of Big Cartel, we’ll see.
I really like customizing dolls, but I haven’t done it in almost 3 years and at the end of the day it’s something you do when you have money and freetime. Which I don’t have anymore, but that’s okay because when it comes to my priorities, I like comics way more than I like dolls and I’d rather pour my money into comics. But if in the future I had time to revisit the hobby and (re)paint some dolls, that would be pretty fun.
FFFFF oh yeah underage bondage photostories I had almost forgotten (somehow) about that one. (did you ever see the one with the girl asking if her doll babysitter should have experience or not) I have no idea how my local group isn’t 100% crazies
Yes that was MAGICAL.
To this day my favorite threads are from the 13-year-olds looking for advice on how to convince their parents to get them a 400-800$ doll that’ll have to be shipped overseas… and then when they finally get that doll reading the thread about how they left the head in pure acetone to strip the paint off and didn’t know that would virtually melt it.
god bless you, teenagers on the internet with too much money, god bless you
It is a ball-jointed doll, an asian hobby. They are articulated dolls made of resin, customizable and tend to be 2-3 feet tall. They are often called Dollfies, which is actually a make by a specific Japanese company called Volks but people tend to use it as a blanket term (even though a majority of these dolls are from South Korea by smaller independent companies), like Kleenex for tissues or Bandaids for bandages.
Because Kurtz probably doesn’t have creepy interests himself, I bet the sun shines right outta his dick. Don’t let it get to you Amanda.
He’s not really the one that embarrassed me, it’s that people pushing their dolls around in strollers and introducing them as their “children” are the people who are at the forefront of BJD exposure to the rest of the nerdy hobby world that makes my eyes bug out.
Thanks guys. Thanks. Now I’ll never bring my doll to a meetup or anything because if someone thinks I tuck my doll into bed and kiss it good-night because it is the reincarnation of my favorite anime, I will be too mortified to ever leave my hermit hole ever again. I might as well go in a fursuit on all fours while someone leads me on a leash. I WILL HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE.
meanwhile on DoA the “imagination??? or PSYCHOSIS??” thread has been going strong for two years
THAT FUCKING THREAD and the one about whether dolls have souls or not are kind of what reduced DoA to just a marketplace for me. Oh and the debates over whether or not underage bondage photostories should be allowed years back. Between crazies like that running rampant, and my favorite subforum disappearing — the artist’s sculpt/BJD area — I just can’t linger there too long these days. I get mad at adults acting like that.
in a webcomics weekly podcast where kurtz was talking about people with BJDs creeping him the fuck out at anime conventions, i was so self-conscious all of a sudden that I turned beet red and couldn’t listen to the rest of the podcast
i am so embarrassed of my interests
especially when i know there are people out there ruining it for the rest of us
making sexual photo-stories and putting their dolls in strollers and calling them their “kids” and claiming their doll is housing some spirit
no they are pretty lumps of resins you paint prettier that can model clothes you make
oh for a second I thought you were talking about BJDs and my ears perked, but I like sims too, need to boot up sims 2 for fun again soon.
i’m really glad i can’t afford BJDs because if i could it would be a Real Problem
I own 2 and have kept them in boxes since I started working on comics seriously because I know… I know the moment I unearth those dolls from their tombs… it’s over. My doll hobbying ways will start anew and I’ll repaint them every week and and start sewing clothes again and you will never see another comic page from me…
"Oh, me? Yeah I took up glass blowing classes because I wanted to make my doll some custom eyes with a very specific color and lense dome and— comics? What are those? Pictures with words? Sounds neat. Listen, this weft ain’t gonna wig itself. I got shit to do, bye."
So I've got a few questions? When you scan your art, how do you get rid of the blue pencils over ink? How do you make the inking look pitch black too? Is this all just like... editing in photoshop until you get it right? AAAAND how large is your paper and do you have a large scanner if your paper is big? What kind is it? OMG i am obnoxious sorry
I work on 9”x12” smooth Bristol
We have a large Epson perfection flatbed scanner that can scan the whole page (and more)— however all pages before 82 were scanned in 2 parts on a tiny cheap HP all-in-one printer/copier/scanner that was a hand-me-down.
Depending on the details on the page, the first thing I do to the art is adjust Levels and/or Brightness and Contrast until the lines are as dark, crisp and detailed as I want against the white. The blue will be there still, though it’ll be a lot more saturated and sharp. Then I’ll open up Hue/Saturation and edit Cyan and Blue and turn lightness all the way up and saturation all the way down. Then I desaturate the lineart or convert it to grayscale.