In the second part of our interview with Laura Garijo, Laura also known as Sakuli, tells us about the creation of her adorable Enyo BJD and his upcoming release as a limited resin edition.
BJDmagazine: How long have you been working on Enyo? Did you have a precise idea of who Enyo was going to be or did he just happen as your were sculpting?
Sakuli: I started out by making a little sketch. Even so, Enyo turned out totally different from that sketch. I don’t like doing a “hard study” of the character, with tons of drawings, perspectives and so on. I prefer starting with a concept, and then developing the figure while I sculpt. I think it works better that way. With Enyo, I had a very clear idea for the shape of it’s mouth and the proportions I wanted for the body.
BJDmagazine: What materials did you use to create Enyo?
Sakuli: I used LaDoll clay, putty, and Mr. Super White for the surface, and Super Sculpey firm for the hands. This was the first time I used this kind of Sculpey, and I am happy with it.
BJDmagazine: What was your biggest challenge creating Enyo?
Sakuli: Hmm… the joints, I think. It is a very important part during the creation of a doll. They all need to be symmetrical and have a particular shape in order to work right. So I spent a lot of time reworking the joints.
BJDmagazine: What was your favorite moment in creating Enyo?
Sakuli: I was very excited when I saw Enyo assembled the first time and I could move all the joints; my little creature came to life! I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when I have the resin reproductions!
BJDmagazine: Enyo has small eyes. He is in some ways more realistic, but at the same time more stylized. Can you tell us more about your design choices?
Sakuli: The Enyo design is an evolution of from the style I used in my illustrations. Earlier, my style was a mixture of influences from Manga and what I call “European style”. Now, my personal style has moved away from those initial influences. I love that most of my characters have big mouths and small eyes. I think Enyo is more adorable with microscopic eyes, haha!
BJDmagazine: Tell us about the process of creating the joints.
Sakuli: It is very laborious, but I use a trick for some of them; I use round plastic beads. They are very helpful. The other joints are totally hand-made, and I have to rework them until they’re correct.
BJDmagazine: Enyo´s hands are a very important part of his character…
Sakuli: I made two other pairs of hands before creating current set. I use Ladoll clay and the fingers are very fragile so they break easily. I tried using Super Sculpey firm, and I liked the hands, but they were too big for Enyo. The hands are important because they are part of the character’s expression. When I buy a doll, I always look at the hands. I wanted to be happy with Enyo’s hands and I am finally happy with the result.
BJDmagazine: Tell us about your plans for Enyo?
Sakuli: I had planned to use Enyo for an art exhibition, but that is some time in the future and I might use other dolls for that, too. I am also making SD heads and more Engendritos. I will sell a limited numbered series as a first edition. I want to do something special for that.
BJDmagazine: Are you going to cast Enyo yourself? If not, is it difficult to find a person to cast a doll?
Sakuli: If I could, I would do it. Enyo is traveling to Korea to be casted in resin by Dollshe. I don’t have the machinery to produce resin without bubbles. And I love the qualities of Dollshe resin. I have always loved it, and I am very excited to show the final result.
BJDmagazine: Is Enyo going to be offered nude, with no face-up? Or do you have something else in mind? Is the heart that is currently on his face going to remain?
Sakuli: I want to make some unique custom Enyos with that bloody heart on its face, special face-ups, and some other ideas I have in mind. For the limited first edition, I am not very sure, but I want to make a good presentation and a particular aesthetic. I think I will sell 10 or 15 units. They are very important for me, and I want the future owners to receive more than a simple doll. I want them to understand what I mean when they look in its eyes.
BJDmagazine: Tell us more about your Engendritos series that Enyo belongs to.
Sakuli: I have spoken about them in other question, but I haven’t mentioned anything about my other creations of this series. I have sculpted another head that has the same body as Enyo. Its name is Ino. But I still can’t show it.
Moreover I would like to create Engendritos with different materials and in other sizes. I have created dolls about 5 cm, sculpted with polymer clay, painted, with a felt body and wire skeleton. They are unique pieces because I didn’t use molds of them, and they requires hours of work.
I have a plan to make other kinds of dolls like Engendritos using other materials and having new appearances… I can’t stop creating!
|You can find Sakuli on:
Her Blog: http://sakuli.blogspot.com/
Her Website: http://www.lauragarijo.com/