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MH: SS Rika -boxed- by KPenDragon MH: SS Rika -boxed- by KPenDragon
THIS IS A PHOTOMANIPULATION OF A CUSTOM DOLL. THIS IS NOT A REAL MATTEL DOLL

Been a long while since I did one of these; I was surprised I could still do it so quickly :lol: Figured with the special on the rise, I should do it, that and I had a SS Ghoulia box to play with. Fun fun fun!

Please note any comments of “where did you get that?” or “is this real?” or “can you make me a box like that” will be ignored. Idk how many times I have to say in the description and even on the image itself, that this is a photomanipulation. I photographed a custom doll in a standard box, then in Photoshop I changed the photo and added various things. The box does not exist, I am not affiliated with Mattel. Please learn to read the descriptions, the deviation category, and even the image itself. I’m sorry to rant about it, but it’s very tiresome when people ask, I answer and they reply “oh well I don’t read things” -.-

Monster High © Mattel
Operetta D. Phantom © me
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:iconwafflecake26:
wafflecake26 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Omg how the heck do you do that???
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:iconkpendragon:
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I photographed a custom doll in a standard box, then in Photoshop I changed the photo and added various things. 
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:iconwafflecake26:
wafflecake26 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Ah k
Btw ive always wanted to make a custom is it hard?
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KPenDragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is sorta an objective question; it really depends upon you. i've been a customizer for oh...7ish years now? i started off with MLP, done a few action figures, and now i do some MH, so i have a few years and knowledge of tips and tricks that makes it a lot easier for me. some artists will tell you that rerooting is hard; i don't find it hard at all. it differs from person to person, but in the end it's your comfortability with your own skill that would  define it as "hard" or not.

take Rika here for an example; she's a very simple custom. she's a Draculaura who just has a liv wig, a whipped off heart, and a beauty marked painted on with her fangs painted over. that's it, that's super simple. but in the same vein, i have customs with full reroots in a rainbow of colors, fully repainted bodies, sculpted parts, the works. those are less simple.

it all just depends what you want to do.
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wafflecake26 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Ah ok
I was thinking of starting off simply by using wigs instead of rerooting and then escalating from there
Thanks for the information :)
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yet another wonderful manipulation!
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KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw thank you ^^ i was afrid i'd be out of practice, but i rememberd all my tricks so yay ^^
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DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
This looks so real, I love it. <3
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pixiesera Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks great! Is that a Cleo top?

I'm trying to do a photomanip box myself, key work trying. XD Any tips?
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KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup, it's a SS Ula "swimsuit" (minus the mesh heart) and a base Cleo top; it was the closest I could get to her design ^^;

Filters. i know people say they're cheating, but to make a CG item look photographed, Filters really help. ad just play around with it; half of it is expirimentation and all of it is faking it after all XD
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pixiesera Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It works though.

Okay! Thanks!
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KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yays ^^

np ^^ filters > texture > grain really helps to add the graininess you get with JPEG photos, then a mixture of blurring and adjusting te brightness/contrast really makes the CG marks fit better. i make it a rule of thumb to match the white parts of my CG elements to the photo's white as close as i can because nothing in the photo is ever "white"
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pixiesera Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'll give it a try! :D
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mhanimechick Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student General Artist
PLEASE READ MY JOURNAL!! XXX
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4ever-Loved-by-Muse Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
love the outfit
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XxMorticiansDaughter Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love your customs .
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NataBathory Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn you did that with photoshop??? o_o it looks real!
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:iconkpendragon:
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you ^^ glad to see 3 years of school wasn't a waste XD;;;
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mayhong12avatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Artist
I don't know if this is yours [link] .
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:iconkpendragon:
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no that and the DotD Abbey are somelse's customs. who's i'm not sure, but they aren't my customs
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mayhong12avatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Artist
Ok . Thank you .
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mayhong12avatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Artist
I love your customs . Some people believe they are Real and post them on a website .
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KPenDragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you, i'm glad you like them. but if you see people doing that please tell me because that's what i don't want happening. i don't want people being scammed or reposting my artwork without my permission; linking is fine, but not reposting.
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mayhong12avatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Artist
Ok. :D
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