Tag: bjd artist


Yes, There Be Dolls is finally back for good!
After a rather long break we are back with a new interview!
Today’s guest is Carmen from LittleRebel Dolls, a Spanish artist and doll maker known for her stunning male SD heads.
(Yeah, yeah I know … I am biased  – I tend to interview Spanish doll artists, but the Spanish doll community seems to be amazing XD)

Here we go:

Elisa: Welcome to There Be Dolls, Carmen, and thank you for agreeing to do this interview!
Carmen: Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this interview and to share my work.

How did you learn about balljointed dolls? Do you remember the first bjd you came across?
I found out about BJD totally by chance in 2003 when I was searching for band pictures. It was a Volks doll, and then I started searching for more info about those dolls and fell in love with them, and I received my first doll later that year. I remember that the first doll that I really wanted was an Hypermaniac Elliot but it was impossible to get him by then.

Kai by LittleRebel Dolls

Your sculpts and face-ups are hauntingly beautiful. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Thank you!
Sometimes I just have the idea of the character in my mind and others times I look at pictures of real people for inspiration.

Do they end up exactly like you envisioned them or do surprises happen too?
Like wow, this is completely different from what I was going for but I like it?
I start with an idea but sometimes I change my mind at the same time that I’m sculpting and I change their face features a lot! If I don’t have a firm idea about what I want to do, the result will be a surprise… and usually those are my best works.

What was your first sculpt and what was the final nudge to start crafting your own dolls?
My first sculpt was Shinji because it was a character I had in mind that didn’t fit with any of the bjd available by then and I really wanted to have him as a doll. Actually I made a few different versions of him because I started making him as a full doll in 2005 but I discarded all the projects I did until 2011.

Shinji by LittleRebel Dolls

What is your artistic background?
I graduated in Fine Arts at College in Spain and I also went to Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Germany for a year. I’m the kind of person that likes to learn and try to do many different things: drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, design…  and probably I get frustrated at some point because I can’t master any of them, haha.

Are you planning to release MSD heads as well? What about creating bodies too?
Yes! To tell you the truth I should have received my MSD prototype head in January… but the casting company has delayed it a lot, so it is still a secret until I receive it in resin. And about making bodies for the big dolls… I would like to make it for myself but I’m not sure if I would be able to release it because casting costs, shipping and customs fees would be so expensive that it scares me.

Sasha by LittleRebel Dolls

How many sculpts have you released so far – which one came to you mostly easily and who gave you a hard time?
I’ve released 12 doll heads and 2 tiny full dolls since 2011, and have some others in process.
I don’t remember any of them coming easily because I doubt too much when I’m working and change things many times but probably Maya was the hardest doll to make. I have a box full of discarded pieces from her body!

When it comes to creating a new sculpt what part of the process do you love best, what part annoys you the most?
My favorite part is when I sculpt the nose (I really enjoy making noses!), and the most annoying part is priming and sanding the surface to make it smooth (it takes more time than to sculpt the whole face).

Kaylar by LittleRebel Dolls

What are your experiences with casting companies, whom have you worked with together so far?
I wrote about it more detailed in my website because I’ve tried most of the casting companies: Dollshe, Weiju, Fdoll and Haru. All of them have good and bad points, but the one that I prefer and who cast most of my dolls is Fdoll.

Momo by LittleRebel Dolls

The preorder for André has just been opened.  I have been hoping to get the chance to adopt him for quite a while! So hooray!
So let me ask some questions about that specific event:
Was André inspired by a special character or person?
Yes, probably André is the sculpt most inspired by a real person that I made (although not in a realistic way). I wanted it to resemble the actor Gijs Blom in the movie Jongens a little, because he really reminded me of one of my characters.

André by LittleRebel Dolls

What bodies work well with your SD heads? Which company is going to cast him?
It depends of the doll head but I try that they fit most of the 60~65cm doll bodies, with 10cm neck. The normal color is similar to Luts but it can change slightly from batch to batch.
André is casted by Fdoll (the normal skin matches Fdoll pale-normal, and tan skin is a special color).

Do you accept layaway too?
Of course, since the dolls need to be made I can accept 2 months layway.

Will there be an face-up option as well?
Sadly I can’t offer the faceup option now because I’m not sure if when the dolls arrive in 2 months I will be able to do face-ups or not (because  of my surgery  –  I still have no idea when that will be- but it can’t be later than June).

Ethan by LittleRebel Dolls

Last, I started to work on There Be Dolls, so people would learn more about the artists behind those amazing creations. It was a reaction to all that recast problems I came across in the last years.
Have you ever been a victim of recasters? What are your thoughts on that topic?
I’m lucky enough to not have been a victim of recasters, mostly because I’m a very small artist, but it really breaks my heart when I see how other fellow artists and close friends suffer because their work was recasted. It makes me sad to see how much the hobby has changed since the recast issue but I try to focus on people who really love the hobby and support the artists because this hobby is something where you can be creative and original.

Thank you so much for the interview!
Thanks to you for your great work and for helping artists like me to be known by the bjd community. It was a pleasure to do this interview.

If you, dear reader, are interested in adopting André, this is your last chance since this sculpt will be discontinued after the current preorder.
So get him while you still can:

André by LIttleRebel Dolls

Andrè Preorder Period from April 14th to April the 20th 2018

SD head in normal skin 145,00 EUR
SD head in tan skin 150,00 EUR

Production Time 2-3 months

Includes: blank doll head, certificate of authenticity and box. // *Eyes, wigs, and body are not included.

Head size: 1/3 (22cm circumference), *for 62~70cm bodies with 10cm neck aprox.

Eye size: 12~14mm

You can order André here

If you like to learn more about Carmen and LittleRebel Dolls, go visit her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Flickr!

Maya by LittleRebel Dolls


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! 

Giorria version 2 by Depths 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. 

Abyss by Depth Dolls

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.

Abyss handcasted by Depths Dolls for LDoll 2013

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. 

Deilf by Depths Dolls

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 ^_^. 

Merrow by Depths Dolls

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.

Giorria by Depths Dolls

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. 

Human Deilf by Depths Dolls

Who is casting your dolls?
I’m working with Haru Casting, based in South Korea, for some of my limited dolls with custom colors. I also work with Fantasy Doll, a casting company based in China. 

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.

Rose for BJDC Austin by Depths Dolls

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 ^^

Deilf by Depths Dolls

Thank you again!

Thank you for your questions!! I wish to everyone a great day ! 

 If you want to learn more about Depths Dolls or stay informed on current preorders you can find them here:





Today we welcome another creative member of the French bjd artist community. I am very happy to interview Marie from YouplaDolls today. She is the creator of such wonderful dolls as Zopa, Ziya and Vana.
Starting this Sunday she is opening her preorder for Ziya again. Your chance to adopt one of her beautiful dolls and for TBD pretext to learn more about this amazing bjd artist.

First of all:
Welcome to TBD and agreeing on doing this interview!
Marie: Thank you very much, I am happy to share my passion!

Let us start with my favorite introduction question – how did you learn about balljointed dolls? Do you remember the first sculpt that caught your eye?
Hummm.. it started with Limited Edition Disney Dolls. I searched on internet some informations about them and I came across pictures of BJD!
I immediately wanted to know more. I think the first doll that really appealed to me was a Chloe from Fairyland, the mold you see almost everywhere xD
My tastes have changed since then 😉

Ziya in NS by YouplaDolls

When did you decide to create your own dolls?
When all the planets aligned themselves! More seriously, when 3D printing began to be accessible at home.
I knew 3D modeling, I was already painting the faces, I thought it was worth trying to make the whole doll!



Attention everyone – Bastian from Planet Zhen is looking for a new home with loving parents! Seriously the backstory to Little Cosmos Dolls is just too touching. There is a galactic war going on and the little orphans from the planets involved are sent to Earth to find new parents (you can find more about the background story here)
Since the second preorder for Bastian in tea skin has just started, meet Sandra, the artist behind Little Cosmos Dolls!

Welcome to There Be Dolls, Sandra. I am happy you found time for an interview!
Hi Elisa! I’m happy you proposed to make this interview with me!

Let me start with the introduction – you are from Spain, Barcelona exactly.
Spain is one of the leading European countries when it comes to BJD – how do you feel about it?
Yes, I’m from Barcelona. In France and Spain there are many sculptors, some of them quite known in the “artist BJD world”.  About that I feel very excited (because I know some of them, personally and I see that they are people, as in real people, and very nice and helpful) but also self-conscious, because I’m the new one in this artist world.

What was the first BJD sculpt/ company you fell in love with?
When I first saw a BJD I was surfing on google and I freaked out about the realism of the dolls! I don’t know which mold it was or the company, but I was in love with them all.
But the first one I fell in love with was an Adela from DIM with a faceup by Estebebe, I completely fell in love.

Oliver by Little Cosmos Dolls



A while back I came across this adorable little crew of mice – in grey and white, dark eyed and big eared, looking both sweet and smart.
Those little mice were created by the Polish BJD artist Ewa from Atelier Murinae. They are called mouselings and are her first casted doll. They are casted by Haru Casting. The second order has just been finished and the dolls are on their way home. So let us share the love for those cute little mice and let us hear more about them and their creator Ewa.

Welcome to There Be Dolls – this is my first time welcoming a Polish BJD artist – but I have already realized that the Polish BJD scene is quite strong.

Thank you for having me! It is quite strong, we have some amazing doll sculptors such as Rosen Garden, Insomnia Creates Dolls and Buried in Oblivion, you should really check out their work.

Let us start with your little mouseling – what inspired you to make a little mouse doll?

I’ve always had a great affinity for rodents. As a kid I used to “rescue” baby mice from terrarium shops, so there was always at least one living with me. That’s why I wanted a mouse petdoll pretty much ever since I started collecting BJDs, but never could find one that I liked 100%. So I eventually decided to try and make that ideal doll myself. I wanted a natural teardrop shape, based on my own pet fancy mice, but with good poseability and anthropomorphized features.

Mouseling Army picture by Atelier Murinae

A while back I came a cross this adorable little crew of mice . in grey and white – dark eyed and big eared – looking both sweet and smart.
Those little mice were created by the Polish BJD artist Ewa from Atelier Murinae. They are called mouselings and are her first doll. They are casted by Haru Casting. The second order has just been finished and the dolls are on their way home. So let us share the love for those cute little mice and let us hear more about their creator Ewa.



Today’s spotlight is on the Spanish BJD artist Beatriz from Ken no Kokoro Dolls.
Beatriz has created several SD heads as well as two sweet full bodies YOSD sized Dolls (Cosita and Chispita), one of them being my absolute favorite: her Amparita 02.

 Elisa: Originally you are a veterinary, what made you interested in creating your own sculpts? Have you had any artistic experiences before?

Beatriz: First of all, thank you very much for this interview, I’m so happy you want to know some things about me and my dolls.

I started collecting BJDS when I was studying my degree. I have always loved the artistic component that they have and I was fascinated with the idea of being able to paint, modify and customize them. A few years ago, I lost my job and I thought it was a good moment to start sculpting as I had more free time, so I could find a mold which fits what I had in my mind without modifying other molds. It’s really fun!

What was your first sculpt?

My first sculpt was Amparita01. It had a lot of faults and it never was casted or put it in a body, but I keep her with a lot of love. With everything I learnt in the process, I redid it and I created Amparita02, which ended being very different to Amparita01. I didn’t think about selling them, but when I was sculpting, I shared some photos in Spanish forums and several people showed interest in her and I did a few for selling. 

Amparita02 by Ken no Kokoro Dolls