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Sanding Mira's Faces by DonnKinney Sanding Mira's Faces by DonnKinney
Mira’s face plates look about as excited to be sanded as i am excited about sanding them ;-)

   To get a perfectly smooth surface on my 3-d prints i build up 3-4 layers of primer, between each coat i let the pieces dry 2 days then sand. Once i get the surface to my liking I create a 2 part mold off my 3-d print and cast my finals in resin, its time consuming but in the end i have a nice perfectly smooth cast ready to be painted :-)

  For those that missed it, the Steve store is restocked “for now” Steve and Vince kits as well as all faces plates for Steve and Vince are still available!

  For those who have no idea who Mira is you can see more work on her below :-)
  Mira and Nails bodies (work in progress) by DonnKinney
 

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chill13 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!  Your amazing at sculpting expression.  

How do you attatch the extra faces to the head.  I would LOVE to make a doll with interchangable expressions....but I'm not entirely sure how to go about it.
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  They are basically held on with rare earth magnets, one in the head back and in the faceplate and two short pins on the headback that fit into two holes on the back on the faceplates to keep them from rotating.
Love your drawing style btw :-)
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chill13 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh!  I see how that method would work very well!  Simple, yet effective.  BJDs fascinate me.  They are so posable and there are so many things you can do with them.  But the process of making one seems so....complicated.  From the ones I have seen so far I like yours the best.  One reason is the swappable faces.  It's so great to be able to change expressions.  The other reason is your characters don't look like off-the-shelf depressed Anime.  Your characters have a fun sense of life to them, whereas 90% of BJDs look like they want to jump off a bridge.  

Thank you very much!!  I've tried doing a couple of figures, canabalizing poseable action figure parts.  But nothing like the smooth professional look I see from your work.   
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
 Thank you once again, and i know exactly what you are talking about! The haughty, depressed (im gonna go to my room and cut myself) expressions on a majority of dolls kinda put me off, Ten yeas back i found them new and interesting, and in my older work im guilty of making a few sad "emo" dolls, but now all that angst is starting to become a bit of a cliche. haha........ Steves somewhat naturally grumpy and Vince is downright dangerous but im happy they don't look as though they've given up on life ;-) 

 I gave you a watch!, very interested in seeing more of your work :-)
 thanks again! :-)
 
 
 
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chill13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes!  Exactly like that!  I mean, impressive dolls and all but very very sulky.  I mean they are stuck having the "My cat just died" face for their poor, sad existence.  Grumpy, on the other hand, can be quite amusing and at least 'dangerous' is interesting.

Wow!  Thank you so much!  I hope you like what you see.  :) 
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ladyiolanthe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
She is so cute. :)
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
glad you like her, Im soo close to finishing her but my commissions are keeping me from working on the new sculpts (hopefully soon) :-)
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ladyiolanthe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Well, it's important to have some income so you can keep eating and do more sculpting! So I guess it's a bit of a vicious cycle, eh?

Does the 3D printing technology help you to streamline your creative and production processes? I guess I don't really know much about how you input the required data so that the computer & printer can print it. Do you sculpt a design, 3D scan it, then refine it on the computer before printing, or do you design it right on the computer and then print it out?
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
 Yea, its a tricky balance creating work to keep income flowing and at the same time creating new work :-)

 3D printing helps soooo much, im actually trying to save up for a formlabs printer, having my own printer on site would make my work go about 3x times faster.

 Sometimes I sculpt a rough likeness in clay then photo it from the front, top and sides, create a low poly model based on my photos, import my low poly in z-brush to refine and finish.
 Now i mostly model directly in 3D, the more i use the software the more comfortable I'm becoming digitally sculpting free-form :-)
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ladyiolanthe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Cool! Thanks for replying. I would have trouble wrapping my head around sculpting in 3D on a computer, I think! So good on you.  :)
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Eiko82 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hehe, I absolutely love her expressions. You really have a talent for creating such diverse and funny facial expressions.

Do you have any idea when you'll be releasing her? Also, what size would she be compared to other MSD-sized girl dolls? I'm just asking so I know where to look for clothing.
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha thanks, I love creating characters and then trying to express their personalities throuhg their expressions :-) She will be available in either Sept or Oct. I could have her ready in a week or two if i didn't have other paid commissions i was working on.. She will be about 16 inches when finished, I'm sure a bunch of the female Tonner scaled clothes would probably fit her as well as some of the msd clothes.
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Eiko82 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Ah cool! Just in time for my birthday in November :D

I look forward to seeing the different facial expressions that you'll come up with for Mira.
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FeiRyuzaki Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good, I would like to see it ^^
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Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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briescha Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love the expressions! :D Seems like the 3D printing process is coming along nicely. I'm still trying to figure out how to get my pieces matte instead of super-smooth. Primer and sanding instead of polishing, I suppose? ("Rust" car primer polishes up all shiny with a piece of satin. :) )
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, :-D I use just plain old rustoleum filler primer on the first two-thee coats then rustoleum auto primer to finish the pieces, I use the grey to get a matte finish because i seem to always end up with a satin shine when i use the rust color primer.
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briescha Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I'll try that next time and see what I can come up with. :)
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FeiRyuzaki Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job. Will you color them and make their face-up ?
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :-) yes, soon as i get finished casts ill give them faceups :-)
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