A cornucopia of canines

Dogs! I simply cannot stop buying dogs. Small dogs, thankfully. And inanimate. But, still, dogs.

At first I was solving a problem: How will my dolls ever have enough dogs?!

But now, I have so many dogs that I’m no longer problem-solving with them. I’m just buying . . . dogs.

So, here’s where I am in dog land. First the dogs which I am absolutely positive that I’m going to use. Of those, the very, very best is Jinjur (now Mathilde’s) bulldog, Winston:

OK, fine. But, if Winston is “the one,” then who in the devil are all of these also-ran bulldogs, and whatever am I going to do with them?

Well, no matter. So, anyway, that wraps up the dog cast for Underfoot. One dog: Winston.

Next in line in the “certain to use” category is a new cast member for my 1/4 scale dolls. Here he/she is:

Yes, it is, in fact a BJD dog. And, he/she is utterly fantastic. I’m thinking this dog is going with the In the Picture sisters. In particular, I think Emily is going to bond with him/her. Here they are together:

So, two series down, two to go.

The Overhead (or whatever I call that series) sisters already have a dog. A West Highland White terrier who spent the night with them up in their treehouse. Here he is with Fern.

There’s one more dog that works well in this scale (kind of) who seems to have bonded with Willow, so it’s likely he’ll stay around.

Now, for the hardest one. The Mia Fiorello cast and their dogs.

Lily’s dog is set in stone (even though he’s made of wood, I think)

But there’s a second dog, a kind of border collie, who also works with her.

He doesn’t have the collie’s soulful eyes, though, so it looks like Lily will hold on to her dog.

Rosie has had a whole bunch of dogs – both the big bruiser and then the little felted Fetch.

But, much as I love him, Fetch seems a little cartoon-y. So I’m thinking of replacing him with another dog – this one.

Who has a bit more of a Rosie vibe. The only issue is that I’m not certain he’s bright enough to carry having to put the story together. I’m going to have to think about it a little more. Actually, I wonder if I did the bird adventure first, if I might be able to have the little raven gather the items. Ravens are undoubtedly smart, and I can see it being interested in little objects.

Like Rosie’s pet, I feel like Daisy dog is a little cartoon’y, so I’m thinking of switching for Camellia’s dog. Here they are together:

The problem remains that the dog with the broken ear is, well, breakable, and Daisy is pretty darn active.

I got another dog that I absolutely love, but she is totally breakable and also very precious so I can’t risk breaking her. Here she is with Daisy:

There’s just no way I’m stuffing this handmade clay dog into Rosie’s bag to go for a bike ride. I *could* try to get her out to the island, because she looks utterly fantastic with Camellia.

and even seems to work well with the panther.

So, anyway, that’s where we are. Daisy and Rosie’s dogs are in flux, and I’m not certain that Camellia is going to have a dog at all. But the rest of the dolls are all dogged up.

What about the Betwixt cast, you might ask. It turns out that finding 1/3 scale dogs is just not that easy. Plus, I’m not sure the big guy is really a dog fellow, if you know what I mean. However, as you’ll see when the other 1/3 doll arrives, it turns out they work quite well with flying things.

For my adventures, I’m still hard at work on getting my new site up, and then formatting some of the episodes in comic format and posting them on the site. I should have my Underfoot series (both the new episode and the formatted version of their old episodes) up next week.

Interestingly, my Underfoot episodes are by far the most ready for comics. I cleaned up a few shots, but they’re basically ready to go as is. Other than Camellia’s first episode (on the boat) none of my other series are anywhere ready. I’m sure that’s telling me something – I’m just not certain what it is.

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Living and non-living dolls

In my next Underfoot episode, I’m going to be playing around with the distinction between dolls that seem fully alive and dolls that seem less so.

I talked about this a long time ago when I mused on dolls that appeared to have souls. It’s nothing I can really put my finger on, but some dolls just seem more alive than others. All of my Wildflower dolls fall into the fully alive category, as do most (but not all) of my ball joint dolls. I think it has to do with looking at a doll and having a sense of what they must be thinking about.

In any case, in this next episode, my fully alive dolls (Jinjur, Buu, and the bulldog) are going to encounter “dead” dolls. Not undead, just plain old dead.

The episode grew out of something else altogether – my desire to get the girls fully outfitted. They stumbled on a few accessories in their last episode, but it just didn’t make sense for that shop to have every item they needed. So, I thought maybe they just found a box of discarded doll items. And that led to the idea that, among those discarded items, there were probably some discarded dolls. Hence, the living dolls meeting the not living dolls.

I had two possibilities for their initial discover of the dolls. The first was that the dolls were covered up by other items and, in removing those items, they discovered the dolls underneath. Sort of like this:

The other is that the accessories are scattered across a doll graveyard of sorts, like this:

I liked the CSI-vibe of the first one, where the bodies are uncovered, but I just couldn’t figure out a good way to show both the alive and dead dolls in a single shot in that version. In the second version, it’s much easier to do the contrast. I suspect I’ll go with the second version, but we’ll see how it plays out.

Speaking of alive and dead dolls, I decided to cast the Michael Caine action figure as Rosie’s guardian in the next version of the Mia Fiorello story. I’m completely pleased with this doll, who seems so real that I can easily merge him into shots with real people and not have him look out of place. For example, here he is with my husband on the beach at sunset.

Happy labor day to everyone.

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