We had a lovely chat with Bimong, the amazing artist who creates The Narin and Narae BJDs. He tells us about their translucent skins, delicate features and his love of harmonious proportions.
BJDmagazine:How and when did you start designing BJDs?
Bimong: I started designing BJDs 11years ago. I posted pictures of my work on the internet, and that is how people found me.
BJDmagazine: Were you trained as a doll artist? What is your artistic background?
Bimong: I worked in animation in Korea when I was in my early 20s.
BJDmagazine: What other doll artist do you admire?
Bimong: I admire the Japanese BJD artist Yoshko Hori.
BJDmagazine: What attracted you to BJDs?
Bimong: I was attracted to their form, the esthetics of the sphere, the realism of the features, as well as the curved lines of the bones and muscles.
BJDmagazine: What sizes of dolls do you design? Do you have a favorite size to work with? Do you ever want to work bigger or smaller?
Bimong: I have designed dolls as tall as 160 cm, and as small as 18 cm. But my favorite BJD size is 40 cm. This year, I want to make a couple 160-175 cm dolls.
BJDmagazine: When designing the joints, what’s most important to you? Can you describe the process of designing the joints for us?
Bimong: When designing the joints, I like to experiment and to think of them in new ways. The most important thing for me is to preserve the esthetics of the sphere, and a harmonious balance.
BJDmagazine: What is your ideal face sculpt? What do you seek to achieve with each sculpt? What place does realism play in your designs?What are your inspirations for the sculpts?
Bimong: I like faces of mixed ethnic origin. All my dolls’ faces are a result of my imagination.
BJDmagazine: What materials do you work with when creating your master dolls?
Bimong: I use Stone Clay (Pacdo soft) & epoxy putty.
BJDmagazine: Where is the casting done?
Bimong: The casting is done in my Korean copy team’s workroom.
BJDmagazine: Your dolls’ skin have a translucent quality. What type of resin do you use?
Bimong: I use French resin (which is innocuous to humans). It is my favorite resin.
BJDmagazine: How often do you create new sculpts?
Bimong: I usually create new sculpts every 3 to 6 months.
BJDmagazine: Are you working on a new sculpt right now and if yes, can you tell us more about it?
Bimong: Right now, I am working on 3 new sculpts. Chuu’s body (USD size), Mindulrae’s body (MSD size) and a 60cm new Narin and Narae’s body.
|You can find Bimong on:
His Website: http://art-bimong.com/
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