I know there are a lot of artists (this can mean just about anything creative--although I'm mostly thinking of the drawing/painting/graphics/designing/visual art sorts, but all are welcome to comment here) on DoA who are interested in BJDs, and I've always been a bit curious about it. ------------------- Owning a BJD can be a great creative outlet for anyone--do you think there's a special attraction for artists? Are you an artist of some kind? What kind? And what draws you to BJDs? Do you use your artwork as a reason for buying BJDs (as in: they could be useful as inspiration, models, characters, etc.,)? Do you actually USE them as models, inspiration, etc. --or just use the art thing to rationalize buying them? Do you think being an artist of some kind has any relation at all to your love of BJDs? or--Do you think you're just like any non-artist person with various reasons of your own? Do you think there's a relationship between liking Anime/Manga art and your love of BJDs? Or maybe, being on DA? Or some other art relationship that crosses over with BJDs? Do you think having BJDs can interfere with your artwork (take up time and focus when you should really be focusing on other things) or is it all positive--or a mixed bag? Has it changed your artistic focus, having BJDs (as in, perhaps you were originally doing something else but then discovered that you liked doing faceups and have found a whole new artistic skill)? Are having BJDs an extension of your creativity in some way? (If so--in what way?) Has it helped your art(or skills) to have them--or not? Does it seem to you that there are a lot of artist BJD owners? Or do you think it's just average? Or even fewer artists than you would expect? Do you think that artists have extra advantages in being a BJD owner? Anything else you might want to discuss regarding artists and BJDs? ------------------ Sorry for all the questions! Please feel free to skip any you wish... I tend to be overly wordy! Personally, I've been a free-lance illustrator and computer game artist for years. I love BJDs because I love choosing various eye colors and wigs and clothes and creating something that is appealing to me. I don't actually use my dolls for inspiration, mostly just a creative extension--but I will totally rationalize their possible use to me artistically to justify buying a doll if I feel like it! Having them has made me think about things such as photography, more. I haven't really gotten into new fields because of them, but I've dabbled in photography and faceups and things I wouldn't have done otherwise if I didn't have BJDs. They ARE a time and money-sink though, and DO take away from time I should be creating art (this is more true when I'm free-lancing, since they compete for the same time. When I'm working at a job, it's more easy to separate the time out; but then, if I were more disciplined, this wouldn't be a problem). I'm not sure if there's a huge relationship between being an artist and liking BJDs, but I'm sure it's related a bit to the whole creativity-outlet thing (I liked dolls before BJDs, I also liked anime/manga; it's probably all connected a little). I DO know a fair number of fantasy artists and a few of them are BJD owners, which is amusing to me (and good since I have friends who are also into BJDs). Of course, I know a ton of artists more who are not into BJDs... I totally admire all the creativity associated with BJDs by people who regard themselves as artists as well as by those who think of themselves just as ordinary owners. It's very exciting and inspiring to see! I think BJDs bring out a lot of creativity in everyone.