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!
Nympheas Dolls has just opened the preorder for a new doll: the siren cat Mialypso. I have been a fan of Sophie’s wonderful cosmos of beautiful and unique dolls for a while now and I am extremely happy to get her to interview for There Be Dolls today.
Dear Sophie, welcome to There Be Dolls and thank you for taking your time!
Always a pleasure to answer questions and meet people <3
The newest addition to your family of dolls is Mialypso – a unique siren cat.
What inspired you to make this specific doll? What kind of personality did you think up for her?
It’s very simple, I create things I love, I sculpt to give space to my imagination because i have many characters and stories in my head, I love cats so much (lol) and each cat is so unique, I have already made Brioche, a doll with very different personality because he is quiet and teasing – a little lazy and she is enigmatic, discreet and enjoly … More classy !
I enjoy making some original character, not ‘just a cat’ because i want to bring to them an unique personality…for her I thought a mermaid would be perfect. I don’t know why I hadn’t had this idea before because she combines to 2 characters I adore!
Mialypso in Butter with pink tail by Nympheas Dolls
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
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
Today is the last day to preorder the 2nd edition of Nyxy’s Creations’ Luna doll – a real unique and expressive sculpt I am sure not only bat lovers adore.
So let’s meet Nyxy and Luna in today’s article!
Elisa: First of all thank you for agreeing to give an interview!
I have been following you on tumblr ever since you had your first preorder of your bjd Luna – that cute little bat.
I have seen the love the Lunas are received with. I missed out on a Luna last time but now I am happy to see that there is another Luna preorder. So let me take the opportunity to find out more about you and Luna.
Nyxy: Hello! Thank you for interviewing me! I’m always excited when people take an interest in my work, and I love to talk to fellow doll collectors and enthusiasts!
Two Lunas in dark violet (2nd preorder) and Pastel Piink (1st preorder) by Nyxy’s Creation
First of all – what inspired you to create a bat doll? Did you create her with a special bat in mind?
Nyxy: Well bats have always been my favorite animal, and I often feel they don’t get the love they deserve. They aren’t always seen as cute and there are a lot of misunderstandings about them.
I didn’t see many bat anthros out there either, and none with the details I wanted (hardly anyone ever puts the finger bones in the right places, it’s a pet peeve of mine)
Luna isn’t really modeled after one specific bat, but I used aspects of bats I liked. She has a leaf nose, but there are a wide variety of leaf nosed bats with interesting noses and I didn’t model it after one in particular. I also gave her big ears like a spotted bat (my favorite, and the only bat in my province who’s hunting clicks can be heard by humans!)