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Dolling 101

Dolling 101 (AKA Dolling For Beginners!)

Butterfly by randomtenso Etrange arum by Ellana01 Girl base by Georg-bases
Hello, welcome to Dolling 101! We'll be going over all the basics that every beginner doller should know. There's a lot, so let's get to it!

Lesson 1: Terminology/Vocabulary

:bulletpink:What is a Doll?:bulletpink:

:bulletpink: It might help to begin this article by telling you what you're reading about! A doll, or as we call them on DeviantArt, Digital Dolls, are small graphics, usually pixel-art, of people and characters. People create these by taking a base body another person has made, and creating art on it - designing clothes and hair, and turning the blank template into whatever kind of character they can imagine.

I will go over dolls more in detail, but that's the very basic description. Please, read on!

:bulletpink:What is a Base?:bulletpink:

:bulletpink:Bases! You're probably familiar with this term. That's right, those pixel line-arts of bald/naked people that you draw on to create your own character. That's a base! A base can include hair, extra poses, or optional clothes to get you started.

But getting down to the basics, they're exactly what they are - a base! Think of the definition of 'base'. The base of the house is the bottom (the main support structure). The base of a doll is... the body! The base.
...Read More!

ArentYouADoll has some super helpful dolling tutorials and resources to get you on your way to becoming an amazing doller! :excited:

Account Info

Dolling Info Links

Pyrochan Explains It All
Dolling Dictionary
Dolling Info Catalogue
Dolling Acronyms
Dolling A~Z
Dolling and Bases Explanation by Gwen
☆★2012 Project Educate★☆
Base and Doll Category Explanation

Star Button by IridescentStardustNew to dolling and have a question you can't find the answer to? About frankendolling, crediting, tracing, or just 'whose base is this!'? Feel free to ask me ;u;!Star Button by IridescentStardust

My OC's bDays


My Character's Birthdays

★Yuna AKA Radie Saling
Jan 17 (Capricorn) ☆☆

★Brock Eletsky
Jan 20 (Aquarius, cusp Capricorn) ☆☆

★Maddox "Maddie" Vareaux de lis
Jan 27 (Aquarius)☆☆

★Chloe Amadae
Mar 24 (Aries)☆☆

★Dion Amadae
Mar 24 (Aries)☆☆

★Tate Rabenhorst
Apr 9 (Taurus)☆☆

★Jimmy Rabenhorst
Apr 25 (Taurus)☆☆

★Cero Bonaparte
June 3 (Gemini)☆☆

★Skye North
June 19 (Gemini)☆☆

★Kiddo Robinette
July 11 (Cancer)☆☆

★James Reed
July 25 (Leo)☆☆

★Gwyn Th'Dalu Milliain
Aug 15 (Leo)☆☆

★Yuri Rellik
Sept 1 (Virgo)☆☆

★Elz Cordero
Sept 17 (Virgo)☆☆

★Jaff Beauregard
Oct 22 (Libra)☆☆

★Colby Stillman
Nov 18 (Scorpio)☆☆

Dec 27 (Capricorn)☆☆

Those "Ask This Character!!" accounts... Would anyone want to get to know any of my charas better? 

49 deviants said Jimmy Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Jimmy! That gentlemanly vampire man
42 deviants said Gwyn Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Gwyn. Pissy centaur bitch.
29 deviants said Any of them if their significant-other will make appearances too :iconcblushplz:
23 deviants said Chloe Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Chloe. She won't respond though.
22 deviants said Nah, not interested.
16 deviants said Jaff Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Jaff :V AKA Mr. Horndog
14 deviants said Elz Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Elz! Grumpy guy... who likes spiders.
14 deviants said Dion Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Dion the dense-as-fuck aspiring chef not-girl boy.
13 deviants said Colby Journal Doll by IridescentStardust Colby! He is a tree. A very simple tree.
5 deviants said What about that one other character of yours? Y'know..... them?




Plz's I Enjoy

Yellow Faces and Pt 2 Star Button by IridescentStardust Onion and Pt 2 Star Button by IridescentStardust Monkey and Pt 2 Star Button by IridescentStardust Spongebob Star Button by IridescentStardust Meme Faces Star Button by IridescentStardust HelpPlz

Negative Plz's
Anger, fear, confusion, sadness, etc


Positive Plz's
Love, happiness, nervous, etc



Character Feels


Leselz ♡ Leslie and Elz ♡ Someone's "Something"


Alaff ♡ Aly and Jaff ♡ Colbie Caillat's "I Do"

"It's always been about me, myself, and I. I thought relationships were nothing but a waste of time. I never wanted to be anybody's other half, I was happy saying I had a love that wouldn't last. That was the only way I knew 'til I met you."

Jered ♡ Jimmy and Mered ♡ Christina Perri's "Arms"

"I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth. And I've never opened up, I've never truly loved 'til you put your arms around me, and I believe that it's easier for you to let me go. I hope that you see right through my walls. I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling. I'll never let a love get so close. You put your arms around me and I'm home."

Jaimilo ♡ Jaimee and Milo ♡ Someone's "Something"


Modion ♡ Mordecai and Dion ♡ Someone's "Something"


Madness ♡ Maddox and Nestarian ♡ Someone's "Something"




Jimmy's history
Tate's history and design
TRADE WITH FelixDcemone Oct 10 2013
Colby Reference
AFP Collab
Modion Collab
"This doll was made on a (original, traced, my own) base!" stamp for nitpicky groups :I

Old Forgotten Things

Make a GOLD STAR 8D Journal skin
Tutorials for You -…
Make bases -…
Genderbend my charries lololol
Music Video Contest
Male Base Set
Dolls of Adopted Charas

[ Mr. Fancy Cat Motivation ] Waiting List by PrinceProcrastinate

grangerpixel - Bases - Not Paid (5per)

Feedback Groups


Give two comments per deviation you submit. Mention the group's name in the comment you leave. When submitting, link to the two comments you've given in the folder you're submitting to (the current month's folder), or link them in the correspondence tab. Tutorial and tips.


Rules. Make one comment for every deviation you submit. Link to the comment you've made in the correspondence when you submit.


Contest only


Trust system. Give comments and submit.


Trust system. Give comments and submit. (Seems more relaxed than the other groups)


Rules. Trust system. Give comments and submit. They have a lot of fun activities and do check-ups to make sure members are commenting.


Rules. Trust system. Give comments and submit.

THANK YOU! Donation update

Journal Entry: Sun May 18, 2014, 5:00 PM


7/4 Hi everyone ;u; Well.............. got nowhere near the goal. But every bit helped. Thank you to everyone for donating :heart: I will keep up my promise and do some arts for everyone. I've just been really busy and... unmotivated /o/; because of life. Thank you all for being so kind and patient ;u;

6/21 Things have been quiet ;-; BlackfyreValyrian still needs help and donations. But I feel like we've exhausted the help we'll be able to get from DA. Thank you everyone for helping out <3 Feel free to donate if you still want, but I'm not really... expecting it >n>;

DA is a wonderful website that supports it's members. Which is why they took down my donation widget. :heart:! They haven't voided what people have sent so far, so that's good. Thank you to everyone who was able to donate before my widget was taken down c:

I was finally able to finish my first piece of art I've promised to all the donators! Thank you so much to pinstripe-pixels, and here is her awesome Conner that I didn't do much justice ;u; Conner by IridescentStardust

Okay so obviously I didn't get around to finishing any sketches last weekend ;-; I will do better this weekend!! And we've got a new donator, thank you so much porcelian-doll:heart:!!


OH MY GOD WHO DONATED ;A; YOU SWEET THING THANK YOU SO MUCH. HOLY SHIT Something else just came up and we're both like freaking the fuck out and I went to see what I could transfer to him from my bank account and saw that there was a new balance in my paypal for him and OH MY GOD. WHO EVER YOU ARE THANK YOU. PLEASE TELL ME WHO YOU ARE SO I CAN LOVE YOU.

Just reminding you guys that this is still going on ;u; I'm going to work on drawing some of what I've promised today and tomorrow :heart: I've also added a point donation thing on the side using the commission widget. ;u; If you only have points but would still like to help out.

Original post...

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes ;-; Really, that was soooo sweet and ;n; I was surprised at how many people stopped by to say something ;U; I'm still slugging through and responding to them all.

In return, I'd like to give a little gift to you all. Umm it's really lame though ;-;
But, find me on other sites! Tumblr, Gaia, and ask me for my Steam if you'd like to play something there. I only have a few online-coOp games but ;u;...

Also, we are still really hurting for donations ;-; Even hitting the quarter mark of the goal would be fantastic.
Click here to lend your support to: The Gwen Fund and make a donation at !

A month later...

Hello!! We've raised $70 dollars for BlackfyreValyrian to keep going! Between that and myself, he was able to survive May ;u; Thank you everyone for helping out! However... it's not over. He's not out of the red zone yet. Thankfully, some of his fees were able to be put off into this month. I'm going to keep the donations open, in hopes that he'll be able to get a bit more help to get back to a stable point ;u;

Thank you so much to all of the donators! I'm going to notify everyone who's offered something as a reward and make sure that the kindness is returned ;u; If anyone wanted to help out during May but couldn't, BlackfyreValyrian is still hurting for money! Any donations would be insanely appreciated (seriously, both of us freak out and scream whenever we see someone's even donated five dollars.)



:bulletblack: Here's a tumblr link if you'd like to reblog
:bulletblack: porcelian-doll and InuBases are amazing people who have helped spread the word and written journals about it <3
:bulletblack: Carnivalist made an awesome boost-journal here! ;-;!
:bulletblack: Aristanova is holding an adopt auction here!


:bulletblack: I GUARANTEE a lineart-drawing (like this minus color) from me to you for whoever donates 15$. 40$+ Will get you full color, shaded, pretty, like I've uploaded in my gallery.
(((:bulletblack: Aristanova is a wonderful person and offering custom MLP designs for anyone who donates... who'd like one ;u; Here's the link :heart:
:bulletblack: L-i-NKedxART is offering to do dolls for anyone who donates! Send a note to her with the info once you've donated ;-;
:bulletblack: ducky-overlord is holding a masquerade-type mask raffle for anyone who donates 10$ or more! Read more about it here
:bulletblack: ScorpionPixels is offering your choice of headshots, ponies, or customs!! Check it out here <3
:bulletblack: Tributing is offering colored sketches here! For anyone who donates $5+ :heart: )))

^^^ MAY ONLY ^^^


:bulletblack: pinstripe-pixels
:bulletblack: Carnivalist
:bulletblack: PugDoll
:bulletblack: Astanine
:bulletblack: Xiao-Yang
:bulletblack: Anonymous :heart:
:bulletblack: L-i-NKedxART
:bulletblack: SimplySilent
:bulletblack: porcelian-doll
:bulletblack: dnya

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Donate and Comment Whoring

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Point and USD commissions!! Check them out here!
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1~5:points: = Llama
6~15:points: = Llama and a comment
16~30:points: = Llama and two comments
31~70:points: = Llama and four comments
71~130:points: = Llama, six comments, and a feature on my page
131~200:points: = Llama, ten comments, three features, and I'll submit your art to groups for more exposure
201+:points: = Llama, ten comments, three features, exposure in groups, and a sketch/small pixel-doll of your requesting ;u;

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Currently, for every comment you give on my deviations that's 10+ words, I will comment on two of your deviations in return!

:heart:Give 1 comment, get 2 comments!:heart:

I love to hear from you guys :giggle:

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NocturnalHours Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New member
Happy belated birthday. //
Gaboris Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
Sorry for being late, but Happy Birthday from Hungary!
Keep up the good work. ;)
phoenixleo Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Happy Birthday! :iconballoonplz: 
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
phoenixleo Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Welcome. :huggle:
Banished-Dreams Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Saw it was your birthday on Glam! Have a good one!
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, if you're still around!
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to come back ;-; thank you so much!! How have you been doing!
Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I've been okay. There's not really much of anything new in my life
RainyBrush Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
happy happy birthday! Pressie for krissi001 
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
;A; thank you!! <33
ChasMandala Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!  :happy birthday: 
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Awhh, thank you so much ;-;!
ChasMandala Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!  :)
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