Gorgeous work as always! I particularly love the eyes - are they made using the same method as shown in your tutorial?
Also, I've wanted to ask for a while - I'm guessing the Thomas heads would be too large on a standard (as in 60cm) SD male body? I would be so tempted to get one for an OC of mine, to go with another realistic-sculpt head I bought for said OC's friend, but my dolls are all SD-sized and I'd be worried about the Supergem-sized boy being too tall in comparison... May I ask your thoughts?
Thank you very much! Yes, these eyes are painted, and the trchnique is shown in my tutorial.
Well, I should agree with you: the most 60 cm bodies are too small for this head. It looks the best on 70+ sized bodies. Though please check this out: wgrass.org/?p=dolls&dolls=… Mirodoll 60 looks rather ok - not ideal, but still ok for me.
Hmm, that doesn't look too bad I suppose what I really ought to do is try the other head that I mentioned on one of my 60cm bodies, and see whether I like the proportions - I'll need to double-check the measurements, but I think it's a similar size to Thomas.
Worst comes to worst, I suppose I could always just have those two boys on taller bodies and just be very careful about positioning so the height difference isn't so apparent...
(And it still astounds me just how fantastic the painted eyes look! I think I shall need to study your tutorial some more, and give it a go for my boys...)
And what is another mold you have? Most of the MNM and Nobility dolls look the best on 70+ either. The hybrid with Mirodoll is rather tolerable, just the doll portrays a stumpy person))
Oh, you should try the eyes method! I never could imagine it would look so good! I thought: a painted eyes, Barbie-like, meh... And then... MAGIC happened! And you just can control everything: the size, the shape, the colors, etc.
The other head is a Benedict Cumberbatch sculpt I bought on Etsy. He's currently a blank floating head, as I haven't had time to paint him and I haven't got him a body yet. (Hence the need to determine whether he'll work on a 60cm or whether I need 65/70+) My friends dubbed him "Satanbatch" because I posted photos of him without wig, body, or eyes...
I will definitely have to try the eyes! I love the idea of being able to control things like the iris size and such, as I've been desperately wanting more "realistic" iris sizes for one of my boys in particular. (He's an AoD Jimi, and standard high-dome large-iris eyes just don't seem quite right with his half-lidded eyewells...) It would also enable me to make awesome coloured-sclera eyes for my demon character.
Try the self-made eyes then, but I also love Eyeco Silicone to bits. They are very realistic and have a lowest dome. Unfortunately Eyeco doesn't sell 8 mm eyes, only 10 mm or larger, that's why I was forced to try my method. But self-made eyes are perfect for the dolls based on a real people.
That's the one. I'd been looking at a 65cm body for him, but then again I just fell in love with one of the 70+ bodies in the gallery on your site. So I may have to go down that route after all.
I love realistic eyes, what are the iris sizes like on the Eyeco eyes? I may end up making them myself just so that I can have more realistic-sized irises - though trying to paint decent eyes for Benedict might be tricky! XD And even on my non-real-people dolls, the sheer level of customisation possible on hand-painted eyes would be good for my fantasy characters.