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PE - Welcome to Digital Dolls!

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 6:09 AM
Hey everyone! Welcome to Dolling week of Project Educate! I suppose I'll start it out with what the heck I'm even talking about.
Digital dolls! A term coined by DeviantArt, but a very fitting term indeed! Dolls are basically small pixel-art (usually of people) typically created from a base-body (a naked, bald pixel-person) that another doller has made.

That was a mouth-full, huh? Just think of them as digital paper-dolls.

Caesinius by BlackfyreValyrian .LMP round 2. by puppetka

So what's this about a base-body? Bases are actually a huge part of the dolling experience. If you notice, in the three example dolls up there, the artist credits another artist for the 'base'. Almost every doll is like a collaboration between two artists, making dolling that much more fun! Some people choose to edit the base they use til it's barely recognizable, and some people prefer to leave them as they were!

Base Edit Contest by aerieyena Thimble by katberrie Ramona Base Set by zipple

So where can we find the category for digital dolls? They very fittingly live in the home of the Customization category! The different categories of dolls are...

:bulletpink: Customization > Digital Dolls > Miscellaneous - Dolls created using a mixture of Pixel and Tooled techniques belong in this category.
:bulletpink: Customization > Digital Dolls > Pixel Art - Dolls created using a pixel-art technique, by either placing the pixels one-by-one, using a line-tool in MSPaint, or any other simple Pixel Art techniques, go here!
:bulletpink: Customization > Digital Dolls > Tooled - Some dollers create their dolls with a more painting-like technique, using Photoshop or other programs to almost literally 'paint' the doll. Using smudge, gradients, or even just the brush tool can make a wonderful tooled doll!

However, there's also some sub-categories. Let's go over those too!

:bulletpink: Adopted Base - This category is for dolls you've created using someone else's base
:bulletpink: Base - The base category! For all those bald, naked templates for people to create their dolls on!
:bulletpink: Original Base - If you've created your own base, and then made a doll on that base, it's a completely original doll by you!
:bulletpink: Traced Base - Bases that have been traced (with proper permission and credit) from other's artwork belong in this category, as well as the dolls that have been made on traced-bases!

So now that we know where to put them, how do we make them? Thankfully, the dolling community is very giving and sharing, and always jumps at an opportunity to help out and teach others. There are so many dolling tutorials, you'll rarely have trouble finding one! Many people have created wonderful beginner's tutorials to get people into dolling.

Dolling...For Beginners by Katty-Pixels :thumb303437114: Massive Dolling Tutorial by MissRoxieGraves

To start out the week, let's see if we can give you a :bulletpink:challenge:bulletpink:! A lot of people think dolling is much easier than it actually is. But most agree it's a lot of fun! So, to everyone who has never dolled out there, give it a try!!
Specifically, see if you can, using a base, doll one of your characters or older art pieces. That way you're familiar with the design, and the only thing new is the art style you're working with. There have been many incredible dolls inspired by other people's art. Can you inspire yourself?
If you're having trouble looking for a base to use, check out some of the base folders of a few dolling groups! ArentYouADoll, BetterBases, and Original-Bases are a few great places to look!

Inspired by Kmye: Mascarade by Autarkeia Inspired by Loish 2 by utenaxchan Smexy purple princess by Jethyn

While we'll go over a lot of things this week, there are other articles that are just as good, covering some things that maybe we won't have time to cover! Here's a shout out to some awesome articles and links. Also, check out the unofficial Dolling Chat!

:bulletpink:Welcome to Digital Dolls by FionaCreates
:bulletpink:Clarification of Digital Doll Categories by FionaCreates
:bulletpink:Fall in Love with Dolls and Bases by angelishi
:bulletpink:Dolling Dictionary by isoldel
:bulletpink:Digital Dolls Info Catalog by Lyricanna
:bulletpink:Tooling - A Branch of Dolling by XMarleauxX
:bulletpink:Dolls on Wikipedia
:bulletpink:2011 Project Educate - Dolling Acronyms
:bulletpink:2011 Project Educate - Digital Dolls A~Z
:bulletpink:2011 Project Educate (See what else happened last year!)

Lastly! Here's a little preview of what's coming up!

:bulletpink:History of Dolling
:bulletpink:Resource Round-Up
:bulletpink:Groups Highlight
:bulletpink:The Beef about Bases

Thanks for sticking around with us :heart: And hope to see you the rest of the week!

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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting on June 15, 2012.
stkf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this does look like fun. I think I'll give it a shot! :la:
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg :iconkermityayplz: I would love to see what you create!!~
stkf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well you can if you'd like! :D [link] Definitely a challenge, but a fun one~
ValentineHearts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
c: All us pixel-dollers cannot wait to see more!
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd love it if you could educate the makers of these lovely dolls that they do not go under the 3D & Render category, that there is in fact a digital doll category for them
Astanine Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, know the feeling! Digital dolls gets its fair share of miscats too. @_@
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol Im sure it does. They all do. But they actually think its where they are suppose to put them. So I thought educate week would be a great time to get the word out about the 3D & Render snafu lol. It the verbiage that DA use in creating that category that has them confused.
IridescentStardust Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha xD I didn't know people were submitting there! But if you ever see any, feel free to link them on over here :plotting:
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I try to explain it. But they are convinced that 3D & Render = 3D and renders lol. You should incorporate this into your project educate sweep. The 3D gallery is loaded with them
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