While I NEVER need an excuse to make less than cute things, I am so in bloody love with this adorable doll who was inspired by one of my fave zombie TV shows, iZombie, and characters, Liv Moore!
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What is iZombie?
iZOMBiE s an American supernatural crime drama television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW. It is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series premiered on March 17, 2015, and ran for five seasons, ending on August 1, 2019. It follows the adventures of a doctor-turned-zombie named Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIver), a Seattle Police medical examiner who helps solve murders. (reference Wikipedia)
It has 5 seasons, which I totally enjoyed! The cast was great together and who doesn't love to see smart walking talking zombies working with humans instead of just trying to eat them!
I also have the comics which are different in storyline so it's kinda fun to see both sides of a gal zombie adventure.
What is a Ball Jointed Doll?
I know, dolls can be kinda creepy, but they can also be lovely (or horrific, in a good way) and a fun way to explore art in a much more hands-on way!
A ball jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China.
The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 60 centimetres (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (15.5 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) the very smallest BJDs. BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are made to be easy to customize, by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.
Miniature World of Art
I couldn't have created this fun and gruesome photoshoot if it wasn't from the help of fellow artist Gloria Joe of Lonely Cloud, who is a wonderful miniaturist! She handcrafted the little brain ice cream cone just for Liv!
It was a big change from the mini work she usually makes, which is usually adorable and scrumptious looking!
She creates small, very small meals, vingettes and tiny worlds for mini collectors to include in their dollhouse, wear as art in necklaces or earrings and even others to give as great mini gifts!
She also shares her techniques and other style guides on her YouTube channel if you wanted to see just how all the tiny details are crafted! Here you can make a mini pizza with her!
How the Cosplay was Made
Liv is a Little Monica brand Ball Jointed Doll with a sculpt called Little Sophia in white skin. They are based in Korea. She still has the face make up (called faceup) that the company gave her.
I added black and red eyes for a better zombie effect and a white wig which I trimmed from like waist length to this length to be similar to the Liv TV character.
As for her outfit, I had a bit more fun for this, as I thought a lolita outfit with a little brains petticoat under the main dress would be just tooo cute!
The blood was made from adding a SMALL amount of red paint to resin and then applying it as it was turning thick. I also laid some of this mix out on silicone mat and used those pieces once cured to position on her hands and arms. (I didn't want to stain her with anything!)
I'm very pleased with how it turned out and hopefully it inspires some Halloween ideas for you, your kiddos or your dollies! Safe trick or treating ;D