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Laura Garijo BJD Enyo

The Unique Dolls and BJDs of Artist Laura Garijo (Part 2)

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.

Laura Garijo BJD Enyo

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.

Laura Garijo BJD Enyo

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!

Laura Garijo BJD Enyo

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.

Laura Garijo BJD Enyo

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.

Laura Garijo BJD Enyo,  Ringo and Ino

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: 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27235642@N07/

Her Blog: http://sakuli.blogspot.com/

Her Website: http://www.lauragarijo.com/

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Laura Garijo Engendrito

The Unique Dolls and BJDs of Artist Laura Garijo (Part 1)

In the first installment of our interview with Laura Garijo, Laura, also known as Sakuli, describes her journey to doll making, and introduces us to IrrealDoll, a magical world of dolls and BJDs.

BJDmagazine: Tell us about your background. Were you trained as an artist?

Sakuli: First of all, thanks for the interview, BJDMagazine. My real name is Laura Garijo. I studied Fine Arts in Seville, Spain, for years. I specialized in graphic design and engraving, but my true vocation is illustration and doll sculptures. I didn’t have many chances to do personal projects, and when I could do them, I always thought about making my own dolls, or working by myself in my spare time. Fortunately, I have been working with my friend, Kat (Insomnia-doll), who is another doll artist, and we enjoyed investigating how to make our dolls.

I felt so happy when I could spend time on my own projects during the last year of my education. I started writing and illustrating a book, and started my doll project called Engendritos, a series of creatures that emerged spontaneously.

Laura Garijo Illustration

BJDmagazine: When did you discover BJDs and what attracted you to them?

Sakuli: I became interested in BJDs about 7 years ago (how time flies!). The first time I saw a little blurry photo on the Internet I was totally captivated. What a perfect doll, I thought. I had always loved dolls – I spent hours playing with them as a child. But these ball-jointed dolls were something different. Besides being really beautiful, they were special because I could choose wigs, eyes, and even the face-up! They’re special because you have the ability to create a custom doll, just for yourself.

Laura Garijo Engendrito

BJDmagazine: What resources did you use to learn to sculpt dolls? (Books, online tutorials, classes)

Sakuli: Experimenting is the best way to learn anything, so I started by teaching myself. I asked my sculpture professors, who helped me sculpting and molding. But they didn’t know enough about resin and dolls, because they had never done anything like that. So, finally, I used the Internet and some books, which were a good help for me.

Laura Garijo Engendrito

BJDmagazine: What was your first attempt at sculpting a doll? What did you think of it?

Sakuli: It was a long time ago, haha! Well, I first tried creating dolls when I was a child using fabrics,painted faces, and clothes. And more recently, I made a face…a mask with natural hair, acrylics eyes, made from air-dry painted clay. At that moment, I was proud of the result. But now… I can just say that was a long time ago, haha!

My first true attempt at sculpting a doll head was disastrous. Someone recommended using plasticine to model the head for creating a mold. But it was terrible. The doll head died during the molding process.

My second try was much better. I sculpted the head of my character, Suichi, from Puppen fimo and then created a mold from it. The materials were better, but I had resin problems. I’ve made several versions of Suichi, but now I want to create the final version by making small modifications to the current head. You can see Suichi by visiting my Flickr gallery at http://tinyurl.com/62bvfxf

Laura Garijo Suichi BJD

BJDmagazine: What do you like the most about sculpting dolls?

Sakuli: I love seeing how the dolls grow. It is incredible how a lifeless thing like clay can become whatever you want. It’s magic. And I like the whole process of sculpting, painting, and dressing to create a character.

Laura Garijo Ringo SD BJD

BJDmagazine: Tell us more about your current doll sculpting project, Enyo. What was your inspiration for him? Who is he?

Sakuli: Well, during my last year of art education in Kiel (Germany), I was thinking about making a whole doll. I had started a body, bigger than an MSD and smaller than an SD. It was for the Suichi head. But I ended up buying a Dollstown elf body for him, because of the problems I have had with resin (bubbles!!), and I really love the sculpts from this company.

Then, I wanted to sculpt something smaller. I thought about creating a YOSD size doll. But  I changed my mind after sculpting two very small heads the size of bon-bon candies. I used an air-dry clay that I didn’t like very much. It was difficult to sculpt, but these little creatures looked very cute in their own way. So I decided to make a doll with different proportions. At first I did a sketch, and then I started modeling him/her. My dolls from the Engendritos series don’t have a gender.

Enyo is a little creature invisible to the human eye. Engendritos is an imaginary species that lives in our homes or like wild animals. They wear animal skins shaped like baby pajamas with ears. They also like to imitate and make fun of humans [...] Oh! And the Engendritos names come from butterfly names. For example, Enyo’s name comes from Enyo lugubris.

Laura Garijo Enyo BJD

Please join us Thursday at 9 a.m. (Boston Time) for the second part of our interview with Laura Garijo.

You can find Sakuli on: 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27235642@N07/

Her Blog: http://sakuli.blogspot.com/

Her Website: http://www.lauragarijo.com/

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Illustration for NecoCon by Celesse on deviantART

BJDs gaining a presence at Anime conventions – NekoCon 13

Illustration for NecoCon by Celesse on deviantART

Illustration for NecoCon by Celesse on deviantART

“One of the longest running traditions at NekoCon is the art show, featuring work from both amateur and professional artists whose works cover anime, fantasy, and sci-fi themes. New to NekoCon this year is the Asian Ball Jointed Doll programming track. NekoCon 13 will include guest appearances by anime artists, writers and voice actors, including Cristina Vee and and Bettina M. Kurkoski.”

via Anime hits Hampton: Fans to gather at Hampton Convention Center for NekoCon 13 this weekend – dailypress.com.