I fell in love with asian bjds awhile back… there are some incredible artists that you can find on the web –
check out Minori Doll and Hizuki Doll for example, and follow their links for many more…
Many commercial ones are becoming available here – One of the largest Japanese companies has a US site now, Volks USA. Many of my personal favorites are Korean, like Custom House and Dollstown. And there are starting to be some really nice small Chinese companies available – like Myth Doll
Some wonderful places to see dolls by dozens of the companies are Gigglegeek and Atziluth.
Thru a forum for commercial asian ball jointed dolls, Den of Angels, I’ve met and found a number of artists making their own bjds –
Nita Collins, Sleetwealth will be releasing Briar soon :
Fancy Boots released Liebchen
Eileen Sterbach has lovely one of a kind bjds at Intrepid Creations
Check out Bishonen House
Kaye Wiggs has lovely resin bjds
and got interested in making my own.
There are a bunch of tutorials on the web – but definitely my favorite is this one. click on each link, and pull it into Babelfish to translate.
just a quick update – I’ve started a tutorial on making a jointed bjd hand and posted it at :
BJD Tutorial : Sculpting a jointed hand for a bjd
I did a minor tutorial for Den of Angels awhile back, that I’ll put up here too.
There is a wonderful book available in Japan, Yoshida Style that is a tutorial on making bjds in airdry clay.
here are a few of the bjds i’m working on
and sometimes just for fun….
after seeing Ghost Rider I just had to try making a skull head for a bjd…. not great, but ok for proof of concept!
that is what I love most about these – being able to play….