Aschenputtel et Miette

Aschenputtel et Miette
I made this dress (the blue chiffon) a couple summers ago and never photographed it. it is my own pattern, and I’m particularly fond of the back.
Aschenputtel et Miette
La Petite Miette sports vintage Madame Alexander scavanged from a garage sale. And has the weathered, attic stains and dust to prove it. Miette thinks it adds authenticity to her impish aristo on the down-and-outs character. Right.
View more at the flickr gallery linked below!

Happy Volks Dolpa 21 Regular Items… woo!

First time in nearly two years I’ve managed to schedule myself for a Volks USA shopping event! But I made it, 10:59:47 fingers poised at the ready for Dolpa 21 Regular Items sale! It is like getting concert tickets, oy! Too stressful.
You can go see what is left over now.
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Cutie Witch Dress & Whiterose Tea Brown Dress Set are comin’ home to meeeeeeeeeee!

Mijn & Me

Homepage: www.blastmilk.com
As Documented on Flickr (more photos there!): Mijn Schatje & Blastmilk Comparisons
And by Radiotrash: radiotrash.org/mijn/
And hilariously, by Bel: Nice work if you can steal it
Fierce Art Ninja Indra: Marie Blanco Hendrickx aka Mijn Schatje is an Art Thief?
From family ^_^: When a big brother steps in
Armeleia’s Doll-A-Day: Scandal du Jour: Mijn Schatje
Artist in Question: Marie Blanco Hendrickx – Mijn Schatje
www.mijnschatje.fr
www.myspace.com/mijnschatje
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Sunday night I got a message in my inbox from Armeleia that there was an artist who’d been shown to be tracing bjd photos for her digital paintings, and that at least two of the images appeared to be mine. She included Radiotrash’s link radiotrash.org/mijn/ where numerous comparison mockups had been posted, and has been carefully updated since.
A google image search instantly confirmed it was much worse than that.
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Google image searches showing digital paintings and publications sourced from my work and photography.
While I didn’t recall giving any such person permission I have gotten requests in the past for permission to use my photos as models. A deep search of the vast swampy regions of my mailbox turned up a little query from a couple years go. In July 2007 I gave her permission to use a single photo of a doll to "draw" from, she now states, June 2009, that this "drawing" didn’t work out and she never showed the print. I’ve always tried to be supportive and sharing with fellow artists, hence my original enthusiasm to help (I’d also just been to Paris for the first time), and since I never heard from her again I never thought anything of it.
As it turns out she’d already been using photographs from my website for well over a year, including for profit endeavors for Sony Playstation et al.
The grand total to date is SEVEN source photos have been turned into countless prints, magazine covers, etc. The images in question are so exact that it is fair to say they are imported into a vector drawing program like Adobe Illustrator and traced. The final digital painting often maintains the face-shape, lighting, distinctive make-up features, etc. Eyebrows are one of the non-sculpted features of these dolls that are generally painted by the face-up artist. In somecases she’s removed these. Other cases, not, and these are telling.
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Here you can clearly see the distrinctive BlastMilk Effect™ swoopy eyebrows on Lulu.
I’d like to believe that her intentions were originally honest and fair, but that she perhaps took it too far. The dolls themselves (the effort of the artists who sculpted them, the manufactures who produced them, not to mention the time I put into painting and photographing them) are very compelling, but as their luminous faces are the central theme to 99% of her gallery work, it seems a bit disingenuous to claim them as products of her own imagination.
Sincerely,
Becky Head (AKA Kallisti)
www.blastmilk.com
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Saint Trinian here is completely recognizable. Eyebrows, eyecolor, and even her distinctive *overpainted* lip shape. Her lips are about an 1/8th of an inch larger than standard Unoa.
Licensed Deals:
Fornorina *
Playstation (Sony) *
Taschen Illustration! 2009 Calendar & Diary *
Garden of Eye candy book
Crackpot 2009 Calendar
(* using blastmilk images without permission)
Update 6/4/09: on 6/2/09 after a brief exchange, she stated that she would be "deleting the photos that were done using you own sources pictures… the said pictures are not for sale anymore, two of them have never been." I would like to state that those prints that were "not for sale" was because they were already sold out at this time (not sure of her edition size but at $1000+ a pop, you do the math). Not to mention the numerous licensing deals for books, calendars, fashions etc that have been done.
She claims she assumed she had my permission in perpetuity since I had offered to let her "draw" from a photo of one of my dolls. She never used that I’ve seen the image I *did* send to her, but her use of my images as source material pre-dates the 7/2007 request by almost two years, so the point is moot.

Aphra Diver


Aphra Diver

Birthday: July 26th, 2006
Sign: Leo
Age: 24
Type: Volks Super Dollfie
Edition: LE Anais II
Head: Anais
Body: SD10 FCS pure skin w/ medium breasts
Eyes: HG Blue Green 16mm
Wig: Custom Auburn Acquire Bob Wig
Esthetics: by Kallisti

Profile: Miss Aphra, is a bit of a wild mare with a penchant for literature and a passion for the theater. She spent some time on the continent spying for her Majestie’s government, gaining little by it, but picked up a smattering of French and other continental skills besides. At the end of her continental stay, about nine months, a baby girl, christened Miette, was left in the care of a convent, a typical L’Ecole des filles, to be brought up by the abbess herself as a foundling. Aphra came to us exhausted but with spirit intact and vowed to send for the little girl as soon as she was able.

Lord Foppington, Lysander Menace


lysander

Arrival Day: July 28th, 2006
Birthday: January 21st (twins w/ Hermione)
Sign: Capricorn
Age: 17
Type: Volks Super Dollfie Pure-skin White
Edition: LE White Cat Chris
Head: Chris
Body: SD13 Boy
Eyes: HG Thin Pink 18mm
Wig: W-101-613 One-Curl Bob Ivory
Esthetics: by Kallisti

Location: Consumptive Ward

Profile: Lysander Menace, Lord Foppington is a bit on the delicate side with a weakness for Laudanum infused with crushed, dried beetles. He can frequently be seen hacking attractively into a monogramed hanky of delicate lawn while reading the latest bit of gothic trash from the lending library.

Hermione & Lysander, orphaned twins born within five minutes of eachother, at one time stood to inherit grotesque amounts of money until it was revealed that Old Unkie Roderick had frittered away the family fortune on exotic cheeses and fur coats (he was a bit of a swissophile). Upon their birth, their mother, Lady Foppington, lingered briefly with glistening brow and promptly perished. Young Master inherited the title upon the death of his Father, the Old Lord Foppington, who died of ennui and whiskey. Still, until Young Master and Miss Menace reach maturity at twenty-one, they are in the foster care of Blastmilk Home for Wayward Girls (and one boy).

Hermione Menace


Hermione Menace

Birthday: January 21th, 2006
Sign: Aquarius
Age: 17
Type: Volks FCS
Head: SD-F-16
Skin Color: Pure-skin White
Wig: W-27 Mixed Wine
Glass Eyes: Zoukeimura #04 Thin Green
Body: SD-B-06 (SD13 SM Bust)
Hand: SD-H-04
Esthetics: by Zoukeimura

Profile: The Hon. Hermione Menace is a sullen, independent girl. She’d just as soon paint her toenails green and walk barefoot down Main Street as pen outlines for faux term papers on the phantasmagoric and carnivalesque in eighteenth century literature. She doesn’t say much, but when she does, O! The stories she tells! None of them are true, of course. They are wild, hair raising tales of daring-do and blood curdling adventures of young abused heroines with crazed eyes and torn gowns of the palest lawn. But every so often, in the midst of telling her tale, she gets a glisteny wide-eyed look, and you wonder what could take her thoughts so far away. I asked her once and she answered simply, “Cookies.”

Hermione & Lysander, orphaned twins born within five minutes of eachother, at one time stood to inherit grotesque amounts of money until it was revealed that Old Unkie Roderick had frittered away the family fortune on exotic cheeses and fur coats (he was a bit of a swissophile). Upon their birth, their mother, Lady Foppington, lingered briefly with glistening brow and promptly perished. Young Master inherited the title upon the death of his Father, the Old Lord Foppington, who died of ennui and whiskey. Still, until Young Master and Miss Menace reach maturity at twenty-one, they are in the foster care of Blastmilk Home for Wayward Girls (and one boy).

About: Hermione was ordered at the Los Angeles Sumika on opening day, November 21st 2006, and her headplate reads is #5! While Hermione is not a Sasha clone, or a Sasha stand-in, she believes Sasha could certainly be tolerated, as a distant cousin, or bastard half-sister, but she doesn’t want anyone to be so gravely mistaken as to assume that she is in any way second choice to a Sasha.

Aschenputtel


Aschenputtel

Birthday: November 19th, 2005
Sign: Scorpio
Age: 17
Type: SD10 Sweet Dream Nana in Pure-skin LE beauty white
Edition: Special LA Edition One-Off
Head: Sweet Dream Nana
Eyes: HG Cadet Blue 20mm
Wig: One Off Special
Esthetics: Ciera

Location: Consumptive Ward

Profile: Aschenputtel is the stepsister of Ginevra. We found her one morning sitting on the kitchen floor saying hail marys while pointing a vegetable knife at her chest. We’re not sure where she came from, neither her nor Ginevra are very forthcoming about their origins, but clearly they had very unhappy beginnings. Strangely, they don’t get on much and frequently can be found bickering at the bottom of the garden. Aschenputtel is of very sad countenance, and keeps mostly to herself. One peculariar thing though: she seems to like to preserve dead mice and sew little outfits for them. Hrm.

About: Aschenputtel is so named for a happy weekend we spent in Los Angeles attending the Volks reception and opening day festivities on November 19th & 20th respectively, in 2006. They issued 100 invites to the Reception at the Volks Mansion, and had twenty-one OOAK one-offs available by lottery. I entered for one, a Sweet Dream Nana, whom I have always coveted, and after a few false starts on ticket calling, won the opportunity to buy her. She’s dreamy! You can see her original presentation and paperwork here.