I am particularly happy to get the chance to talk to Le Tama from Depths Dolls today. Depths Dolls is known for their beautiful anthro sculpts like mermaids and bunny girls. A cosmos full of sweet and elegant fantasy creatures! I have been in love with Giorria that cute bunny girl for a while and the upcoming preorder of new Deilf dolls is a good excuse to finally interview the artist behind those lovely dolls that seem to come from a fairytale.
Elisa: Welcome to There Be Dolls! I am glad you could make some time right after moving from France to Montréal!
Le Tama: Thank you very much for wanting me to answer a few questions about my work! I always like to share and talk to people, I think what’s strong in our doll community is the sense of sharing and talking (even if there is, and always will be, some drama lol). Now I’m all installed in Montréal and I have time again to work on dolls!
Looking at your artwork and the name Depths Dolls it seems like you are strongly fascinated by mermaids and sea creatures?
Yes indeed, I have been fascinated by mermaids since I was a very young boy. It all started with fairytales, then The Little Mermaid came out when I was almost 3 years old. It’s been a long love story between mermaids and me. And of course the movie Splash – that was a strong inspiration for me. I love fishes, sea creatures, what’s hidden in the ocean or the deep lakes… but I also love all the creatures and animals that live on the land lol. “Depths” in my company name came from a discussion with my friend Enaibi, and it’s mainly a reference to the depths of the oceans, but also to the depths of the imagination.
How did you learn about BJDs?
I always was a doll lover, but when I was around 15 / 16 years old I discovered the BJDs on internet through the Luts website. I was probably looking for photos on google or something like that, and those dolls came out. I was fascinated. Then I discovered their price… it took me a while to buy my first doll. I started to collect vinyl dolls such as Barbie and Tonner from 17 to 19 years old – something like that, and then I sold all my vinyl collection to buy my first BJD, a Unoa lusis.
What was your first sculpt? What got you started to make your own dolls?
My first sculpt was a small mermaid called Abyss. She’s the result of a discussion with my talented friend Enaibi. I wasn’t able to find one good looking mermaid on the market for me, and she told me : “Why don’t you sculpt your own doll?”. And everything started from that. She taught me some tricks about mold making and resin casting, and I’ve made almost 20 of those little trouts, all handmade and handcasted.
What inspires you the most when creating a new sculpt?
I’m used to watch tons of things on internet, and get inspirations from different ways. Others artists inspire me, nature inspires me, and I have a very fertile imagination. Drawings, illustrations, fantasy movies, other ball jointed dolls, sculptures… I have a wide range of artistic interests.
What is your artistic background?
Actually I don’t really have an artistic background. I made scientific studies at the university and I’m a self taught sculptor XD
How can I adopt one of your dolls? Where do you sell them?
Previously, my dolls were only available at doll conventions in France such as the Ldoll festival. But since last year, I made some small preorders through internet (facebook and instagram) of limited numbers of dolls, and also I started to work with Jpopdolls, my American agent and dealer. My bunny girl Giorria was on preorder last year, and at the end of October we are going to have a preorder of my small mermaids and small humans. I started my real company in Montreal, I’m working on new dolls and I hope I’ll be able to sell some of them directly through a future website next year ^_^.
How many dolls have you created so far? There is Deilf in at least two versions, Giorria the bunny girl, Abyss..
There is Abyss, the first little mermaid. Then Giorria my bunny girl, after came Deilf as a mermaid, and later as a human. I also made a big MSD mermaid called Merrow, a human MSD girl named Rose (she was the doll of the convention of the last BJDConvention in Austin, Texas), and ahuman Merrow too. I’m actually working on new dolls, small mermaids, new MSD dolls with a new body, a tiny doll who will have big lynx ears… and later a SD girl 🙂
Which sculpt was the easiest to work on – who gave you the most trouble?
Actually my first pair of legs, for Giorria, was awful to make. I’ve probably sculpted 4 or 5 pairs of legs before finding a good way to make them, symmetrical and all that stuff. I keep learning every day, new techniques, easier ways to do things… there is always a new thing to learn. I don’t know if there was an easiest sculpt to make, but the more I sculpt, the more I’m comfortable with sculpting.
What do you love most about the sculpting process?
I love making something from scratch, from a piece of clay without any form or shape. I love when your doll starts to have a face, an expression. I love sculpting hands too, I find it relaxing lol. And I also love the feeling when I have my resin samples and I am able to paint the doll I’ve been dreaming to paint and customize for months.
Where do you turn for inspiration?
Mostly internet, tumblr, flickr, doll companies, movies… and also doll conventions are a great way to see many different kinds of dolls or toys, and open your mind to a bigger diversity.
Do you work with other artists as well?
I never made any collaboration with other artists. I would love to do it someday! I’m friends with different doll artists and we usually share prototypes photos of different stages, exchange our point of view… but I have never sculpted with someone else yet.
What other bjd artists do you admire?
Tons of them! I love the creations of my best friend Enaibi, I love the dolls from my friends from Dust of Dolls .I love some Russian artists like nina.K_chimera on Instagram, I love Fairyland dolls, dolls from Pasha Setrova… I have a big range of artists that I love or admire, this is just a small batch that came to my mind lol.
What are your future plans and what are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new MSD body with different faces, busts and feet, a thin tiny girl of 30 centimeters, a new small mermaid, and I want to make a big SD girl, once again she will be thin with a long pair of legs lol.
When will be the next preorder (It is in October via Jpop, right?)
Yes at the end of october there will be a preorder at Jpopdolls website for the human Deilf and the mermaid Deilf. In light tan or pale normal skin color, and the mermaids will have a mint or a pink tail.
At the end of the year or in January, there will be a preorder for human Merrow in light tan skin color, and next spring probably the return of Giorria in some fantasy colors ^^
Thank you again!
Thank you for your questions!! I wish to everyone a great day !
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