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
When you fall in love with ball jointed dolls, you enter a hobby that is a bit like uncharted territory. Wherever your journey begins – might it be a sculpt you fall in love with, an artist you admire, that doll outfit that drew your attention, there are so many possibilities ahead and so many ways you can express your creativity and crafts that help to make your own little doll come alive. But behind all that is the idea and work of the original bjd artist who spends hours, days, months to create not just a doll but something that is full of possibilities. In the beginning there is the blank canvas. Sometimes we might not know where we are heading – but one thing is sure: There be dolls!
This blog is dedicated to all artists whose passion and talent fuel the hobby – the sculptors, designers, seamstresses, wigmakers, face-up artists, photographers,..
So what are you going to find here?
Our goal is to promote bjd creators, to get to know them better – so you will find interviews and announcements concerning preorders or new releases of artists’ dolls, but we are also planning to introduce artisans and seamstresses.
You are invited to take part in this voyage – let us know if there is an artist you like to be featured. If you are an artist yourself let us know about your current projects.
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Featured head sculpts: Smiling Vampire Head (left) by SheCow and Amparita 02 (right) by Ken no Kokoro Dolls, both with artist’s face-up.