Body blushing, according to Yahoo answers, is: detail work added to the body of BJDs to make it more realistic, e.g. things like colouring the nipples, or shading areas around the muscles to make them stand out more.
My first encounter with BJDs - ball jointed dolls - was via the awesomely talented Japanese doll artist, Koitsukihime (see HERE), and part of the appeal was the realistic body blushing of the hands and feet. Most BJDs companies offer body blushing services, usually for around $50 - $75. Obviously, being a cheapskate, I prefer to blush at home with nothing but chalk pastels and some soft artist's brushes (and a small aubergine). For a How To guide, click HERE.
But, it's not just expensive BJDs that are open to body blushing. Azone Neemo bodies, made from PVC, are perfect for pastel blushing. I had a session today with all my Azone bodies, and here are the results:
I've mostly just blushed around the joints - 'cos that's the look I like best.
Heads, L-R, are: Pippa, Kitty Corner repro Francie, vintage Skipper 1, Disney Store Snow White, vintage Skipper 2, Frankie Stein novelty pen.
The other cool thing about body blushing, is that with a bit of application you can completely change the doll's skin colour. The doll on the far right is a MH Frankie Stein novelty pen head on an Azone picco neemo body in white skin. Here is what it would have looked like brand new:
White skin body on the left, 'natural' on the right.
Using a blend of light blue, green and white pastels, I began blushing:
Here I had only started blushing the lower half of the body. Excuse the grubby looking tea towel - Frankie was the last project of the day, the rest had been done in pinky or orangey tones.
Some time, and a lot more pastel later, Frankie looked like this:
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