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Okay so I really have to question my search skills. Ever since I started making dolls I couldn't find squat in tutorials about making even stuffed animals, only to one day stumble onto a tutorial even though I wasn't actively looking for one.

The eople who make these kind of dolls are incredibly tight lipped about it. The reason being... well, I'm not sure about the reason. They say it's because of trade secrets and in order to keep themselves in business. Which, to me, doesn't make sense. For one, it isn't exactly going to cause in influx of doll makers and competition, since with these dolls it's more about sculpting and painting/decorating skills than it is about sewing, and people with poor sculpting and painting/decorating skills aren't going to sell much. For another, People in other mediums have no problem sharing their secrets on how to do things, even if those things are their livelihood. I mean, it's art, and art is always going to be diverse. Some make their dolls styalized, others realistic, others cartoony, and there's a market for each. The only real difference between these dolls is how people sculpt them, paint them, and decorate them. Other than that it all involves wire or stuffing, fake fur, and a lot of sewing.

To me it would be like someone who paints or draws saying "Sorry, no tutorials, trade secret."

Unless people are afraid someone is going to copy their doll style for style? I don't know, I just find it odd how hard it is to find anything on making stuffed animals and poseable dolls.

(Which had been a massive frustration for me where sewing was concerned. My sculpting has been improving but how I sewed the fur on hadn't improved, and I swear it was only getting worse. I finally found a video that offered a few tips on sewing and I'm going to try them out for my next doll. I don't know why giving people sewing tips is so dang hush hush ).

Date: 2016-09-23 01:30 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] sholio
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That's so weird! All my experience in other art fields is that artists and crafters LOVE to show people their tricks and techniques. Youtube and Tumblr are absolutely full of walk-through tutorials for watercolor or drawing animals or how to do a cable knit or that kind of thing. And you're right that just showing people how to do it isn't going to suddenly turn them into competition. How selfish and strange.

I'm glad you're still having fun with it, though. (Well, for certain values of fun, I imagine. XD) Good luck with the next one!

Date: 2016-09-23 01:51 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] kriadydragon.livejournal.com
There was one person who did post a written tutorial on DA, and someone kind of criticized her about it by saying that offering tutorials would result in people flooding the market with poseable dolls. To which someone else responded that no it wouldn't because it still requires actual artistic skills to make them, skills that not everyone is going to have.

It's not even as if people have to show how they make their dolls from start to finish. Just a few tips would be nice.

I'm glad you're still having fun with it, though. (Well, for certain values of fun, I imagine. XD) Good luck with the next one!

Thank you :D I think once I get a better handle on the sewing then it should be even more enjoyable.

Date: 2016-09-23 05:21 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] timespirt.livejournal.com
I don't know why they won't give sewing tips either. I suppose maybe there are books? Vids on youtube?

Date: 2016-09-23 05:41 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] kriadydragon.livejournal.com
I've tried every combination of words trying to find something on it. I even tried just looking up how to make stuffed animals, but couldn't find anything that could help me out.

But, as I said, I think my search skills may not be all that great. I always tend to stumble onto these things when I'm not looking for them (which would be fine if I stumbled onto them sooner rather than later. But I always stumble onto them later :/)

Date: 2016-09-23 05:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] timespirt.livejournal.com
Better late than never hon... :D

Date: 2016-09-23 05:45 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] kriadydragon.livejournal.com
Very true ;)

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