A 10 month project (working on and modding Naenia)

Hello everyone! As you’ve probably noticed from my last entry, I finally received my Bimong order from last May and got to work with her immediately. I spend the first day modding the torso and the next few days painting her and playing with her. And since I documented most of what I did (starting with the tail last April) I thought I’d make a post about it. For my own records if it’s not of interest to anyone else.

I’ve wanted a mermaid doll for forever. Actually since childhood: I quite loved my barbies and other dolls with mermaid tails. I even have Siren because the Soom Cass pieces at the time were pretty much the only things that came close and they’re beautifully shaped. But as I am now, I’m also very picky with actual mermaid tails. Most dolls either don’t have attractive jointing in them, the tail is too thin or too short or they’re only sold as giant fullsets and are too expensive for me (looking at you Asleep Eidolon and Angell Studio). Or then the dolls are just tiny and I wanted something bigger. But when I saw the Fairyland seahorse tail for the first time, I quite liked what I saw. It’s not that smooth or mermaid-y looking but the jointing is quite well hidden and above all: versatile. So yes, I knew I wanted it, and that brought forward this character.

So, once the bottom half was decided on, how about the actual doll? Initially, I thought I’d get a grey skin Withdoll for this character, but I already have most of the head sculpts I want from them and I’m not a huge fan of the torso of the girl body anyway. However, a cold blue tail with a grey torso would’ve made a really nice cold climate mermaid. But when Bimong announced his final preorder for Narae and Narin, it all clicked. I’d wanted a 408 head for a long time and also a tan Narae, so what better than to combine the tail, 408 and tan skin. She’d be more warm toned and kind of tropical for our climate but what the heck. xD

I originally hunted for the clear blue tail, but I let all the ones I could find slip through my fingers. I didn’t have the funds and I wasn’t looking at it that seriously as I wasn’t, at the time, sure what doll I would get to be on it. Well, when I finally was able to afford and seriously look for one, pretty much all of them had gone and the market started to be replaced with that steampunk tail -which also was clear, but I did not want the carvings and gears and stuff on it, so it was no good. Luckily I at least found one mint tail with all the pieces that I could buy, so that’s what I had to use. But it really needed to be dyed. :3

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A Death Song

Woo, I finally received my Narae order from Bimong last week and got straight to work with her. I’ve had her tail piece since before I ordered her, but I had to mod the waist to make her fit on it. I can’t wait for the snows to melt and the weather to get warmer to actually get nice photos of her. A good wig would be on the agenda too, but I first have to message some wig makers and gather up the funds. I haven’t finished all of her blushing yet and these photos are really dark and all, so not the best. But I just can’t help but to play with her. x3

I’ll make a separate entry of her modding, dyeing and stuff once I get good face up photos taken.

So yes, this is Naenia or Nae for short. Her name means death song or funeral song pretty much. She’s a Naiad, which is a type of a nymph that preys on humans and animals too. Similar to Siren but she’s not quite as predatory and not as resistant to cold.

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“Occupied”

Okay, finally we have the set I took the contest photo from. I got this idea almost immediately when I heard the theme was nude dolls. And I’m definitely a winner here because I had too much fun. I almost immediately wanted to go back there, despite not having a different doll to take… But next year I should have the perfect one =w= and I really look forward to (taking) those photos.

This is a bit of a story but no narration or dialogue, so you can interpret it however you want. xD

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In the forest

These are the very first nudes I took… I actually just grabbed Avis in the evening after reading the info on the photo contest and traveled to the forest to just test this location. I hadn’t been here in a few years and it wasn’t as impressive anymore.. there was also trash and the moss had receeded. :< But the tree trunk photo is pretty much my favorite of her. I just couldn't enter with it because she's touching the trunk and it's covering her arm -that's against the rules. And I didn't feel like traveling back there to re-do it. Mostly because there are no paths there and though it's not far, it's a pain.

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Bodies of Water

Alrighty. I’ve been taking nude photos of my dolls (well, mostly Avis, because come on, that body is sublime) all month for DoAs anniversary contest. So, now I have a gazillion extras. After these photos I’ll still post from another set with Avis and with Yami. And then from the set that I chose the actual contest photo from, but that’ll only be after the results are out. :3

These were taken last week in three different locations. I was with Mizya and we bought day bus tickets to be able to ride as much as we need. So, we went around Jyväskylä looking for water locations, and well, there are muuuch more to check out, but we’d probably need to make a plan if we’re going to venture to more places because these were directions I’m more familiar with. I love the location these first ones are taken in, it kind of looks like an exotic jungle this close up. Then there’s a more Finnish forest stream and a lake. Unfortunately it was really sunny in the morning and then cloudy in the evening. We really should’ve visited them the other way around…

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Swinging towards summer

I’m really on a roll. Commissions aren’t moving as well as photos, but it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve actually enjoyed taking photos. Lately, it’s just been me shooting sales or commission stuff. Feels good to do something for myself for a change -even if it’s just taking photo.

We removed the netting from around the cherry tree yesterday, because I’m pretty sure the hares won’t be eating it anymore. I made this swing a while ago but the weather hasn’t allowed me to test it -and the tree was inaccessible anyway. I also have an SD size, but that will have to be tested later (I have some niiiice plans for that one). ):D

I was only supposed to test the swing, but this turned into two mini-shoots. First one was Avis when I was just setting it up, and then I took Min Ki there too, because I quickly -finally- gave him a manicure and then felt inspired by him.

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Etsy update

Been neglecting my blog for a while. Sorry for not replying to comments either. I’ve been painting and sewing and there’s still tons and tons to do.

Currently I’m trying to work on matching dresses for Delmia and Prisca, a chiffon dress for sale and a new outfit for Iria. After that I should make a few SD shirt patterns, sew some msd shorts and unisex hoodies for sale. As well as a few “Dany dresses” for sale but I’m still missing some fabrics. :/

Yesterday, I updated my Etsy shop with some casual collection items (skirts and simple shirts). Some modeling photos:


Avis is cuuute in this get up. :D

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Victorian

I’ll have a shoot with Avis and this outfit as soon as the weather allows it. I only have 3 snapshots for now.

I finally finished Avis’ version of this jacket, as the one I made for mnf!Lilya doesn’t fit anyone else, and I’ve since sold my mnf body. The skirt is also slightly short so I’m thinking of making a longer underskirt to go with this but we’ll see what I end up doing.

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