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Please read this if you are interested to learn more about the dolls I photograph. I dont have time to keep answering the same questions over and over again >_< I will be updating this journal entry as time goes on. Feel free to add a question in the comments section and I will try to answer it.


What are these dolls?
They are BJD - ball jointed dolls. If you search Google with those keywords you will get plenty of results with companies and other info about them. This is the Wikipedia article…. Also this LJ answers some questions too . If you want to learn more, I would suggest Den of Angels forum (

Do you make them?
No I don't make the actual doll, I don't sculpt it. I am a customizer, I paint their faceups. I am basically a makeup artist for resin dolls. You can find the link to my commission shop and main Flickr faceup portfolio in the links above.

How much do they cost?
That really depends on the size, company and rarity of the doll (if it was limited). The most expensive doll I bought was a Unoa Zero, she was about $1400 USD, the cheapest one was a Pukipuki which cost me $160 USD. Note that those two examples only included a naked body and head, no wigs, eyes, clothes etc.

OMG how can you afford this?
Well I work and I earn money that I can spend on my hobby ^^; It took me many months to save enough for my first doll, putting aside a few bucks every week, but it was worth it. I believe this hobby really tests your patience but if you REALLY want one, you will get it sooner or later.

Where can I buy BJDs?
If you Google "BJD company links" you will find many helpful websites with huge lists of BJD websites… I recommend checking the BJD Collectasy site since it is pretty much constantly updated….

Where did you buy your own dolls? (listing only current dolls I own)
Jess, Cassie and Bree - Fairyland Minifee Chloe
Mocha and Ichigo - Latidoll Yellow Noa

Are you selling your dolls?
Not unless stated. If I decide to sell any of them, they will be up on Den of Angels BJD forum.

I like one of the dolls in your monthly mosaic uploads. What is the name of the sculpt?
I don't remember every single sculpt names so I recommend checking my Flickr photostream and find the doll there. The title of my faceup submissions have got the company and sculpt name added.

Your dolls very much resemble my character. I was wondering if I could use your photos as a visual example for my stories/RP?
I am sorry, but my answer is no. These dolls already represent my own characters and have their own stories so I would feel very uncomfortable finding people using my photos for other characters. I hope you can understand and respect my decision.


Where do you buy clothes for your doll?
I get them from many many different sources. Some are from Etsy, Ebay or DoA marketplace, others are from specialised bjd fashion websites like Brennil or Atelier Momoni, and sometimes I simply commission seamstresses. I care a lot about my doll's fashion, I want them to be unique so I always try to get clothes that are one of a kind or difficult to get but of high quality.

Where do you buy your doll's eyes?
I am a big fan of urethane eyes so lately all the eyes I buy are Dollflowers. For those ones I join group preorders held on which happen about twice per year.

Where do you buy your doll's wigs?
I usually get wigs from Dollga, nDoll, eBay, Etsy etc. But there are many more options available than just those, almost every BJD store sells them so if you have a look at the BJD company list linked in the fifth answer, you will find a ton of options :)


What materials and tools do you use for your faceups?
- Liquitex Matte Medium and Varnish for sealing (check my Youtube channel to learn more about brush on sealants)
- Schminckle pastels
- Faber Castell and Derwent watercolor pencils
- Iwata airbrush with Tempera and Art Spectrum gouache paints
- Aqueous Hobby Color Clear Gloss or Tamiya Acrylic Paint Clear X-22
- various colored craft shimmer/glitter

How do you paint faceups?
I have a Youtube channel with a bunch of videos showing the work in progress of faceup painting. You can find the link just below the title of this journal entry.


Do you take commissions for your wigs?
No sorry, I currently do not.

Can I buy one from you?
Sorry they are not for sale. If I decide otherwise I will make an announcement on my Facebook page.

What fiber do you use for your wigs?
I use both organic and synthetic fiber from Thermal Saran to Alpaca and others. My choice depends on the type of wig, colour and style I want to create.

Where do you buy your fiber?
From dozens of different shops. Because I started making wigs just recently, I am still in the process of testing out the quality and general experience of a variety of suppliers. I've bought my fiber from a different shop every time, and no, I do not have a favorite yet, they all have their pros and cons. You can find plenty of stores on eBay and Etsy or by using your favorite search engine.
Here are just a couple:…

How did you learn how to make wigs?
I learned the basics by spending about two weeks researching during my free time. I've bought a guide on Etsy, I've read articles and tutorials that I found on the web and watched videos on Youtube. After I learned the basics I kept researching the ABCs of hair styling and hair dyeing.
Some links that I recommend checking (remember that you can always learn more, so extra research will only do you good, I've read all of these plus many many many more).…………………

How did you dye the hair?
The same way as you'd do with human hair. If the fiber is organic (such as angora, alpaca, etc) it is very similar to regular (human) hair and you can change its colours just as easily. So far I've tried Manic Panic dyes and PaintBox, both worked just fine.


What camera do you use for your photos?
From end of January 2014 I switched to a Nikon D7100. Before that I used a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 1:2.8 DG Macro lens.

Do you edit your photos?
Yes. A lot. Editing photos in Photoshop is the part I enjoy the most.
Jess Purple - before + after shots by AndrejA

What editing program do you use to make your videos?
I use After Effects.


I made two videos that answer additional questions that I received.

These are the questions and the timing for the video above


I've been interested in these kinds of dolls for about a year and a half now, and I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who's looking into trying these sort of things for the first time?

What brand of watercolour pencils do you use?

What brand of pastels do you use?

What kind of sharpener do you use?

What gloves do you use and why?

Do your customers typically ask you for specific colours and etc, or are you usually the one to decide what the doll's makeup will be like?

Wouldn't an exacto-knife be dangerous on resin (scratching, particularly)?

i like the song! What is it?

What is the little green thing that you use to make small repairs?

You do the lower lashes and eyebrow hairs several times. Are you simply retracing previous lines, or adding more lines?

Do you brush color right off the pastel sticks, or do you shave it and dip your brush in the powder?

What program do you use to edit?

How much of a plan do you have before you start working on a faceup?

Do you plan on doing a FaceupStories on >insert sculpt name03:08

How many times do you seal the faceup?

What brand of gloss do you use?

What type paintbrushes do you use and what is their size?

Where do you use paint and where do you use pastels exactly?

Is there a certain kind of paint that you use for the airbrush?

What brand/model of airbrush do you use?

When you're using the watercolor pencils, are they entirely dry or have you wet them a little bit? I've used them before, but I feel like the lines don't look as smooth as yours.

What if u made a mistake?? how do correct it? Do u clean it with something?

I noticed you used one brand of watercolors when doing the eyelids and another one when you were drawing the creases of her eyes, does that help make the color more visible faster or it doesn't really matter which brand you use for different parts of her face?

I don't own an airbrush would pastels work just as well for the airbrushed steps?

What sealant do you use? And why do you apply after every layer?

Can you use eyelashes intended for humans?

What do you do with the back of the lashes? I've noticed that you place them so that the back kind of sticks out. Do you clip them when the glue is dry?

What sealant kind of glue do you use for the eyelashes?

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Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
Hi, I'm sorry, I have a question about the water colour pencils you're using >< I've tried Faber-Castell, but I didn't get nearly as good results as you did (and I sealed several times before I started), so I wanted to give the Derwent ones a try. But I found there are 2 different types of Derwent pencils that can be used with water - one that's actually called watercolour and one that's called inktense? I'm just guessing you're using the watercolour ones, but I'd like to make sure first >_<'
AndrejA Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You are using the right pencils, you just need to keep layering the colours, mine do not come like that with one layer. I use on average 15 layers, so yeah I keep redrawing the same details over and over again to build colour intensity. 
SarcasmAndVerbose Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Sorry if you answered this somewhere and I missed it, what specific product/brand do you use for removing the original face-up on dolls like Monster High dolls? I've recently been testing out face-up techniques on cheap thrift store dolls before moving on to a more valuable doll, and it seems like their faces take almost half an hour to even poorly get off, and it's super messy, but when watching your videos, it looks like the original face-up comes off a lot quicker!!
TheBeautifullCleo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Your doll are very lovely and I saw that you often work on BJD doll and monster high doll, both have big face or bigger than Barbie face and I would like to know if I can have the same result with Obitsu 1/6 27cm head that I found at Paradox website? Can I use a airbrush as the airbrush using in nails art. It's not an expensive appliance because airbrushes in general are very expensive.
I would like to make with Obitsu head  manga Character can you give me some advice in order to succeed, I would like to put them on display at home. Thank you
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I show how I painted my tiny Obitsu head in one of my Faceup Stories… I do not know what the difference is between a regular airbrush and one used for nail art so I can't answer that. The process of repainting an Obitsu is exactly the same as with any faceup :)
Fuzzlers Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
I'm not 100% sure if this has been asked before or not, but I've been wondering a lot lately about whether or not you add something to the gouache paint to thin it down before you airbrush? Do you use water or a special paint thinning agent?
Thanks again. 
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, I use water :)
Swimmergirl1025 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Hi I have a doll.... Maybe I can make my own! my dad got it for me 2 years not need it now.... Gonna post my finishing results... And 1 thing do you sketch it out before or no?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I work straight on the doll, I do not spend any time sketching on paper.
MermaidPuffy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Have you heard of For My Doll? They sell really nice BJD stuff!

Also, I'm guessing it's okay to use BJD wigs for Monster High hair? c:
HBTHEFAILARTIST Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The following shop on etsy (…) makes wigs specifically for MH dolls ^_^
AnimeCU Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
hi AndrejA. im AnimeCU or my YouTube name Wolf. i do lots of customizing with my mlps and i do them with my best friend Mlp Artbeat (YouTube name). i am going to do my first doll custom. do you have tips for me?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My suggestion is to invest the time to research what you want to do as much as possible, that way you will avoid unpleasant surprises. 
Every single bit of knowledge is a valuable tip and the internet is a never-ending book of information. 
AnimeCU Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Thanks alot that's really helpful
Mechromancia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking but where did you get and what colour is the wig that Jess is wearing in this photo?…
Many thanks.
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, you can find the info in the description.
bull116 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2015
Hi  Andre, I really love the fact that you customize and face-up dolls. It's really beautiful and professional. Do you do dolls' face-up business for customers? If I have a blank doll head, can you do face-up upon request? If yes, what is the range do you usually charge? Thank you so much

(Excuse me whether I ask a private question, you can inbox me if you're not comfortable to answer in public)

AndrejA Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I stopped taking commissions a long time ago.
JudithzzYukoGD Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
May I know what kind of gloves and glasses do you use? I'm going to start to repaint some dolls (let's hope I'm not horribly untalented OTL) and I would like to know what kind to use for protection. I already wear glasses and it's always kind of uncomfortable to wear another ones on top of them, are they really necessary? 
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use regular cotton gloves. Would be better to use plastic gloves but I hate how it makes my hands sweaty and it shows up on camera. 

There are many benefits in using gloves when customising a toy or doll. If you want the finish to be as perfect as possible then using gloves is probably a must, it all depends how good and long-lasting you want your work to be. Here are just a few of the reasons why I will always use gloves when painting: It lowers the chances of smudging the paintwork since your skin has naturally more grip, is slightly oily and warm. It makes it less likely to get dirt and dust stuck on the object during the progress. You are avoiding potential issues with the sealant getting in contact with any traces of oils left from your fingers which will potentially affect the longevity of the sealant. Also it will help preventing and fingerprints appearing after you’ve sealed the face.
JudithzzYukoGD Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for your answer! 
Vicksy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
What brand doll eyelashes do you use for your faceups?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no brand mentioned on the package. I bought them from a bjd website that closed down a long long time ago.
ponys321 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I  have an My Little Pony vinyl figure, and am wondering what to remove the eyes with. So what did you use to take off the eyes on your My Little Pony faceup?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is the exact same method and using the same things as for regular dolls. I made multiple videos that go in detail on my Youtube channel :) 
Kervanos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi~ :)
Where did you buy your airbrushing supplies?
Also, there are tons of Iwata Airbrush Models. Which one do you use?
BEB-Art17 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student General Artist
okay a question i didn't see. which dolls are 14 inch, or do you not have any? i'm trying to learn how to pose my moxie teenz girl and i'm looking for more clothes. < that wasn't a question i already red your answer on that. but any tips would be cool too. i want to get in what your doing. :D 
13ryna Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you provide the specifics for the exact airbrush you use or a link to the model? I couldn't find that bit of info anywhere in your F.A.Q. and there are so many different kinds of Iwata airbrushes. Thanks so much. I just love your beautiful work. :)
Hane-no-hi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Hello !
 Who boughts you the doll ?
(I'm so sorry for my bad english )
AndrejA Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a job, I buy them myself :P
Satirical-Gore Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You answered a similiar question at 4:12 in your second FAQ video, but I'm having a slightly different problem. When you do the lines on the faceups they come out very smooth, however I've noticed that mine end up rather grainy looking. Any idea what could be causing this?
Also, any tips for symmetry? Especially in the eyebrows and eyelashes, I have trouble with this.
Thanks a bunch~
AndrejA Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There can be many reasons.
First one is the amount of times you layer the colour. It will not happen in one layer, you will have to seal it and then reapply the colour on top again as many times as needed. 
Another reason might be that you do not sharpen your pencil as often as you should.
Third reason is that depending on the sealant it might give it a slightly rough surface.
Fourth reason is bad quality watercolour pencils that have inconsistent pigment.

Symmetry is a matter of practice. keep turning the head upside down or take a photo of it, it helps you see mistakes easily since our brains tend to get used to the asymmetry. Keep tweaking the shapes until you are happy with it. Mine are never perfect in the first try. 
Satirical-Gore Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I will try these. Thanks for the advice and your time!
Yoguretti Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a question:
You say you use shimmers/glitter but you don't say where you buy them... I'd like to buy the same type but I'm afraid of them being too chunky and not good for the work. I'd like to get fine glitter like the ones you use.
If you could tell me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks a bunch in advance!
Notophile Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You can buy shimmer powder at luts! They have a couple of different colors to choose from too.Neptune Smiling Icon 
Yoguretti Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Luts? I've searched and couldn't find anything of the sort... :/ Do you think you could give me the site?
Notophile Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
GiraffeSlippers Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
i've been looking for the doll that was in the 1st Q&A video that said "Jess" am I able to get that one?
AndrejA Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please check the answer to the question Where did you buy your own dolls? 
Flowerbud27 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You answered a question similar to this, but where do you buy RAW alpaca fiber? Thx
AndrejA Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I share links to suppliers in my Youtube video…
Flowerbud27 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you very much!
Amethylia Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tips :D can't wait to start this! I also notice that makeup blush works too instead of pastel, it stays on my doll so I guess real makeup powder can work too :) I'll try! but I know now which kind of pencils you used for the base! I really appreciate xox
AndrejA Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a warning that human makeup is not recommended to be used on dolls because of staining issues and risk of certain ingredients in the products affecting the material the doll is made from. It might look fine on the first day but cause irreversible damage shortly after.
Amethylia Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ohh thank you very much for the information :) I won't use them :) I really appreciate :D!
Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
I think I have a similar problem as :iconcharo29: (if I understood right), I use Liquitex Mate and it makes the face... well, I don't wanna say "sticky", since it doesn't feel like it, but dust sticks more to it than before... is this a common problem? Or am I doing something wrong?
AndrejA Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it is one of the pros/cons that I covered in my Youtube video Brush on Sealants. Liquitex Matte Medium has extremely good tooth which is fantastic while painting the faceups, but that causes the dust to stick to it more easily, this is why I use Liquitex Varnish at the end to smooth out the surface.
Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I see, thank you very much!!
Charo29 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
      I have a big problem. It's when I seal with Mr. Super Clear. The powder (powder) adheres to the face. What I can do to make your face is clean? Thank You.
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