The first time I saw a Beibeiji_doll custom Blythe I thought it was really original. I’ve been looking at customized dolls for a long time and this one really caught my eye. Her style is really unique and you will know when you run into another doll by her. I guess as it’s very unique, either you’ll love it or not, and I confess, I really love it ❤️
You can get ideas and inspiration from your life and other people. Don’t put constraints on your mind.Artic.gong / Beibeiji_doll
DollyCustom posed 12 questions to Artic.gong about her history as a customizer, her process, and techniques. Here are those questions:
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I got my Bachelor degree in 2016, and now I am working as a visual designer and illustrator in Shenzhen, China. I also do custom Blythe dolls for a commission.
When and how did you discover Blythe dolls?
I remember when I was in primary school about 15 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised when I got some Blythe stickers. That was the first time I saw Blythe, and I was attracted to this cool girl with beautiful eyes immediately. Then I placed the Blythe stickers everywhere in my bedroom so that I can see her all the time.
How long did it take for your style to emerge?
It took me about half a year while trying all kinds of styles. It was a laborious process. I spent most of this time doing various tests before deciding on a style.
Do you do this as a hobby or professionally?
Now I am focused on being a visual designer. Even though at first I just had a strong interest in creating custom Blythe dolls, now I am devoted to this. And I believe that in the future, I will have my studio to do custom Blythe dolls, and I will explore my career in this area.
What is your creative process like? Do you plan your custom dolls from start to finish or just go with the flow?
To make unique Blythe dolls, I create some ideas in my mind before designing them, even the graphics on the eyelids.
What is your favorite part of this process and your least favorite?
As the dolls are custom-made, they cannot be repeated, since each step inspires their creation. I do not enjoy the sanding process, although it’s an important step.
How long does it take you to customize one doll? Do you do one at a time or multiple?
Usually, to finish one doll I need 5 days, and during this period I will only work on one at a time.
Where do you work on your dolls? Do you have a dedicated workplace?
Now that I am working from home, I have designated shelves and desk to work. But I will have my own studio in the future where I can do more exploration on my current work.
How would you characterize your style?
What are your favorite tools? What is your favorite Blythe mold to customize?
My favorite ones are engraving tools made in Japan that are very sharp. And I really enjoy working with an electric engraver that is very smooth and silent. I like RBL and RBL Renew. Both are easier to work with.
How did you develop the pricing model for your dolls?
My price model always depends on my workload. Each Blythe usually takes 5 hours to do, and then I combine it with the idea and craftwork.
For the beginner customizer, what advice would you give them?
You can get ideas and inspiration from your life and other people. Don’t put constraints on your mind.
Girls with an attitude are really what Beibeiji_dolls are all about. Their unique lip shape and eyebrows are the signature of Artic.gong. Only 2 years into customizing and she has already a strong signature inside the Blythe customizing world. I hope she keeps them going and creates a lot more for us to enjoy.
Make sure to follow her on social media and keep up with her latest creations – check her profile page to get all the links!
- Dolls: 66+
- Started: 2016/2017
- How to Purchase: Sometimes I post my Blythe dolls on Instagram and tag them for sale, and then customers can comment.
- Favorite Customizers: Poonchaya / Badrabbit