New Doll Boudi Doll release

Oct 23, 2019

    1. Hi! I'm so excited because the mods here on DoA have let me know that my doll is On Topic!! I really wanted to share my sculpt with you guys and see what you think. I'm also happy to help if you have questions about ZBrush, digital sculpting for print, the Form 2 printer and anything else you see here!

      My name is Isabel, I'm new to professional doll making but I'm a professional toy sculptor. My passion project for a while has been sculpting and articulating a ball jointed doll, since mechanical (action figure) articulation is something I do for work. I wanted the challenge of elastic strung ball and socket joints so I created Boudi in my spare time on weekends.

      Using some of my knowledge from a different area of the toy industry, I sculpted her to feel nostalgic but modern. Playful and stylized but a little grown up. I looked to ball jointed dolls for inspiration but I wanted to go about sculpting her joints in an organic way that felt like it connected with my accumulated knowledge of action figures and dolls alike. Her elbows and knees reflect this with a rounded hinge joint to mimic how our joints really move. Her knees have a softened hinge while her elbows are half hinge, half ball joint. (Hinge on the upper side, but a ball joint on the lower arm so to twist like our real radius and ulna bones.) I've seen a few other artists tackle this similarly! I was excited to try my own take.

      I have always been an avid doll collector and frequented the Rosalie Whyel Doll Museum (down the street from my childhood home) to soak up everything I could and fantasize that the collection was mine. (I still think about that collection daily and wonder if some of my favorites will ever come up for auction. Did any of you also go to that museum?) I have wanted to create my own doll for a very long time and Boudi is my first foray into production and selling, though I've dabbled a bit prior to this in 3D printed or paper clay dolls.

      First drafts with placement for ball joints:

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      First prototype (2/3 size):

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      First full size prototype in my workspace:

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      Same proto painted up:

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      Second full size prototype with improved hands, feet and some joints:

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      First Sample in Resin from casting company (sorry for bad quality photo!):

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      Color orders (I ordered tan, peach, ivory, ebony, cocoa and two white translucent) :

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      Compiled photo of her hands, feet, front and back:

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      Some dressed up:

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      Measurements:

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      Thank you for reading! A really easy way to get a hold of me is contacting me through instagram @iamibo, but I check here, too. Currently I'm in the final stages of setting up my website where she can be purchased, I'm so excited to see how other people style her and paint her. Let me know, again, if you have extra questions for me or I forgot anything here! I'm so happy to answer what I can. I love dolls so much and it's honestly a dream come true to be participating in a small way.

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      Sorry a few images weren't showing up! I've fixed that now, I hope!

      @jemmilly posted a wonderful unboxing thread if you want to see some really sweet photos of a Tan Boudi Doll :)

      https://denofangels.com/threads/unboxing-boudi-from-boudi-doll.812448/#post-12720960

      Update:
      Here is a new discussion thread for Boudi!!
      Boudi Doll discussion thread
       
      #1 iamibo, Oct 23, 2019
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    2. Hi, Isabel!

      First off, very cute sculpt and body. I love how she reminds me of the DC Bombshells RockCandy line. The joints are very interesting; I've never heard of a hybrid jointing system on a doll.


      Second, do you have any videos or photos of her in different poses? I couldn't find any on your IG.
       
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    3. @Meggiekarp That's a great idea! I'm a pretty boring 'poser', I'll take a few pics when I get home later! Thanks for that!!
       
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    4. Here are a couple different poses for Boudi:

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    5. I just realized you mentioned DC Bombshell Rock Candy line specifically (not just the DC Bombshell line in general)... I haven't done those (coworker two seats over did those gorgeous sculpts) but I sculpted several other in the Rock Candy line, actually. They're so fun and have been some of my favorites to work on. Can't wait to tell my coworker about the shout-out!!
       
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    6. :O I love Rock Candy. They're all amazing looking.

      Also, thanks for the pose photos! Really helps to see what your girl can do
       
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