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doll photography is an art by oki-oki doll photography is an art by oki-oki
I tried looking for one of these, but I was at a loss. I think. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough XD


People often shoot off their fat mouths and assume that because they aren't people, they're easy to snap and upload. Not so, not so.

It's not easy to convey emotion through a blank face, it's not easy to make them look real. It's not as easy as you bitch it out to be. Before you bitch, you try. Unless you have, I don't want to hear it.

It's a finely tuned art. If you're going to dis it, remember that the crazy doll people travel in packs.
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OdeToMiniatures Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, but it seems to me that people who think doll photography, seem to think BJDs. I don't have a BJD, and seeing as how they're more popular, my pictures get pushed aside....
mikaelsknight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love make concept art with my dolls. I work with light and shadow and colors to make emotions in my photos.
Im a artist student and I love make art with my dolls.
Amen. I'm still pretty new to the hobby, but a lot of my more experienced doll friends will tell people that there's a lot of effort put into taking good doll photos. Heck, the few photos I've taken of mine are pretty mediocre and it still took quite a bit of effort getting his poses right.
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes, it is. I have seen many very beautiful works with doll as the subject.
VanityElric Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never tried with a BJD doll or the like, but I do like to make up my Porcelain dolls every now and then, styling hair and clothes, but never actually painted their faces too much or exchanged eyes. It's hard enough to get them how you want, and although I don't do photography, just the doll process for a porcelain face with hair is really hard.
Photography isn't easy at all, and adding the doll concept, I'm sure their hair, eyes, and clothes won't cooperate. They're very small and painting faces must be a pain the the ass because you need the tiny details ;.; I'm sure many many other things occur, too...

The doll itself, IMO, is an art form, and with the added photography is doubles as an art form because you have to make up the doll as well as take a good photo <3 I'd love to have a BJD doll but I don't think I could take care of it well enough ;w;
RoninNeko Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Student General Artist
It's so true~ I haven't encountered any problems with people claiming my dollie photography isn't art yet, but I'm not all that great, so I don't get a lot of gallery traffic yet, though.

Honestly, I'm a little fascinated that people can even claim that it's NOT art! I mean, really? If the logic is that doll's aren't real, so they don't require any effort to photograph... Well, then wouldn't that make 95% of still life photography 'not art'? @.@
issique Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Student Filmographer
hahaha! I agree totally ^^ 'If you're going to dis it, remember that the crazy doll people travel in packs.'
o0Star-Gazer0o Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Yay!! Very true indeed! I'm lucky enough to have a family that sees it as an art, but other people have a hard time with it :P
I gotta throw this on my profile, if that's all right ;D
twisted3mind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to make a doll photoshoot, I'll upload it on deviantart. If you want, you should watch it :)

just watch me ;)) Hope you'll like it!
spacerogue Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so true x_x;;;
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