Dolling is basically a pixel art form of dressing up dolls, but you create your own clothing, hair, accessories, etc. using pixels. To some dolling is art, and to some it's merely a hobby. It just depends on how you feel about everything. A Base is the body that you start off with, and they vary from simple and small to complex poses and sizes. If just starting out I suggest using a single base that is small to medium in size, this way you aren't overwhelmed with so much to work with. Yes, base's are "naked" most don't show any nipples or junk, but some do. If you're parents don't want you looking at it then sorry, this might not be the best thing for you to be doing.
There are some major guidelines for dolling that should be followed by anyone who plans to take part in the dolling world.
1) Frankendolling; a term used in the dolling community that means taking parts of other people's doll creations and pasting them together to form your own. It's basically stealing and is extremely frowned upon.
2) Always always always give credit to whoever base you use. It's just nice to give credit and if someone wants to use the base you used, they'll be able to get to it.
Like I said before, this is how I doll, and I've been doing this for about 6 years. I've found my style, so feel free to try doing this a different way to find what style suits you best. If my style suits you, then go ahead and use it lol.
If this goes over well, I'll post some more showing shoes, hair, accessories.
The base I used for this tutorial is from Swiss Cheese Army
Step 1: Select Your Base.
I chose a small base for this tutorial, and like I said before, when starting out it'll be easier to do single small bases. This is a base I started out on 6 years ago, and I still use it to this day, haha sometimes you just find your favorites!
Step 2: Outline of Clothes
Step 3: Darkest Shading
Step 4: Second Darkest Shading
Step 5: Flood Fill!
Step 6: Highlights!
Step 7: Extra Highlighting
I basically go around the edge where a light shining on the clothes would be angled from. I typically do it from the left side, but light comes from all sides, so feel free to experiment!
Step 8: The End, for Now.
Dolling isn't an exact science, it's a lot of trial and error and figuring out a new way to do things. It's a big community if you want to join it, lots of forums and sites that offer any help if needed. But I think if you're willing to try it, you just might enjoy it!
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Thanks for reading <3