Monday, October 5, 2015

A Doll on Ebay - Look for superjewel5 and Valentino Zubiri

I just got done with my radio interview. (The Conspiracy Show with Richard Syrett). It was better than good. I was planning to post the pictures below here on my blog, just before my phone would ring, but I decided not to proceed. So I stopped, then the phone rang and it was the radio program.

So here are some pictures of a doll I am selling on ebay. I will need to update my ebay entries. I have 4 dolls on "sale." Actually I posted them last year, but I was just wondering about the traffic I can produce, I really was not ready to let go of my work. 

I guess now, if anyone wants the dolls, they can press the buy buttons. 

I wasn't able to say on the radio show that my goal was to sell my works at $51.2 million dollars, as demonstrated by my exponentially increasing price points. However, the show, The Conspiracy Show with Richard Syrett, is famous, and I can use the exposure to get other radio shows interested. I'm okay to go on television, but radio interviews seem so conveniently available and achievable. I don't have to look good at all. lmao.

Okay, so you can check out the doll below on ebay. If it sells, that's good, if it doesn't sell, that's good too. 

Here's the link to the ebay entry.

I have yet to completely update the description. It was rushed, just minutes prior to the interview, and there are discrepancies that need editing. I need to sleep. I will do the editing tomorrow or Tuesday. I'll also check and edit this entry later. The interview was exhilarating, but it's over and I need to sleep. :-)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Two Leathermen's Boots for My Male Porcelain Dolls

I made two boots for the men. I have yet to upload my male dolls. I started with about 33 faces sculpted in polymer clay. Then I made plaster molds for 8 of them. I finally ended up with only 5 full dolls, with the different pieces. The porcelain is a challenge. Everytime I get a little tired, something breaks. I was lucky to have 5 full porcelain dolls. I only was able to costume 2 dolls.

For now, I can share with you the two boots worn by the two fully costumed dolls. I will share the full dolls later.

Women's Winter Boots for Dolls

I made a few boots, and I'm uploading the results. They all vary in the materials used. I also varied the soles and the shoelaces. Some shoelaces were made of threads of varying colors. I also varied the lengths of the shoelaces, the long ones seem to still look okay even if in real life you'll trip over them. They look a little anime.  

New Men's Dress Shoes for My Male Dolls

I've been bad, coz I'm trying to catch up on this blog.

I'm going to just continue sharing my projects, and since I'm involved with other stuff, which might not be directly doll-related, I'm just going ahead posting everything about me. I have a radio interview tonight, and I want some doll-related pictures on here. 

Here are some of my new male doll dress shoes. I've finished a few male dolls, and I really haven't posted anything. I am not sure if I can post in time for tonight's radio interview. I'll just be as fast as possible and see how far I can progress with the entrees.

I discovered another method of making shoes, after I made this batch. You will notice a marked improvement from this group of 5 men's shoes to the next 10 plus women's boots in the next entry. However, I must let you know that each pair here took me two days of work.

The exterior texture and colors vary. I like using a variety of prints for the interior lining of the shoes. Their a nice secret surprise. You might also notice the variety of soles and chains.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Artist Richard Lau: 3 Art Books Now Available on

taken from the back cover of Richard Lau Paintings: 273 Works by the Artist

I helped artist Richard Lau publish his books. He now has 3 books of his work on He is a great example of my stand, that artists should document their works, and take pictures of them. 

For the art collectors and investors, they will not only have the original works on display, but they can also have the books in their libraries and coffee tables. If they plan to resell the works, they can show the works in the books. They will also appreciate that, in Richard's case, each work is in two books. I will explain later. You will notice that he has been painting for decades now. He still owns all the paintings in these books. 

For the artist, having books will have an effect on their own self-image and self-worth. Richard's joke about his age is that he is 35 years old twice over, plus a few more. Never in the past, he says, did he ever dream of becoming an author, which he is - his words are his artwork. 

For myself, I have been hanging out in the River North Galleries for years now. I am called a "Friend of the Galleries." I care about them and their gallery businesses and they are always in my thoughts. Years ago, I realized that there are three ways to get to know an artist: Go to a museum and see the choice one or two works representing the artist. Go to a gallery and see a series of works, usually done within a certain span of time. The third, which is the greatest honor for someone like myself, is to visit the artist right where he has everything, right to the dirt and where he would place his brushes and maybe a drink or a cup of coffee. With Richard, I helped him take out his works from his vehicle, and place them in the storage. On the next day, we took them out of the racks in the storage, and started taking pics until we got done hours later.

I have done this a few times, getting to know other artists this way - going to their homes and spending time with them. Some of them are Samuel Bonilla in Madison, Wisconsin, Thomas S. Nelson in Kansas City, Stephen Lowell Swanberg in Chicago and Paul Samuelson from Chicago who passed away more than 20 years ago, the one who started all this for me. Paul invited me to his place to show me how to paint watercolors. I was scrimping, only using a little pigment. He asked me why. I told him that I was just learning and I didn't want to use his paints. He took my left hand that was holding the brush and smashed it to his paint, and said that was how it's done. I promised myself, all this is worth another memoir, that I have to write. These are great moments worthy of a movie someday.

If you are an artist reading this, you must learn to look at other people's works. If you are a collector, I want you to check out the works of my artist friends. If I succeed, so will they. I wonder where Paul Samuelson's works are now.

Richard and I met at church. We usually had coffee daily at the local McDonald's. Early on, we showed pictures of our works on the cellphone, but cellphone pictures tend to be limited in number and resolution. We both took for granted what art each other produced.

Then the subject of how many paintings he really had came up. He said he had about a hundred. I told him I can make a book for him. I told him we will use a digital camera, and it will be fast. So we made plans. His works were in Michigan, and he will drive there to take pictures of his works. I gave him instructions on what to do and what to watch out for when taking pictures.

We went to the nearby park and took a few pictures for the book

We later headed for Microcenter, an electronic store, where he bought a digital camera. More than a week later, he went to Michigan and then came back with the raw pictures. Unfortunately, his pictures had his own shadows and most of them were blurry.

Disheartened, we agreed that he would have to return to Michigan and put all of his works into his vehicle, and I will photograph them myself.

Richard had a total of 273 works. So I was photoediting, and towards the end of the thick book that I was making, I realized that the book would be a little pricey, when I checked out Amazon's self-publishing pricing form. Since I already had his files in my computer, I decided to reshuffle the pictures and make 2 thinner books.

The good thing about this idea is that from the same set of works, Richard now has 3 books, instead of just one. He also does not have to produce 270 plus works just to produce a future, comparable book. As soon as between 130 to 140 new works are done, he will have a new 4th book. As soon as another 130-140 works are finished, he will have another thin volume, AND a second thick volume, giving him another 3 books. So if he makes another 270 works, he will have a total of 6 books.

I am encouraging other artists to produce their own books. Make sure you take pictures of your works, with the plan of producing top-quality books. The art collectors and art investors would appreciate it if they can see the original art they have in a book. I believe that it will help us all sell our art. Investors and owners will also hopefully find it easier to sell to the next investor or art collector if they show that the work(s) is included in a book. Something else too. This is why I write memoirs. So the investors and art collectors can know me, without having to meet me. If they have my art, they can give away my picture books and memoirs to get others interested. 300 years from now, Richard will still have his picture books available. Same thing with my own books. 

The Big Volume is titled
Richard Lau Paintings: 273 Works by the Artist

The big volume - Richard Lau Paintings: 273 Works by the Artist
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The two smaller volumes are titled
It Dropped Out and Other Works: 
133 Paintings by Richard Lau (Works by Richard Lau Volume 1) Click here to purchase from
Happy Again and Other Works: 
140 Paintings by Richard Lau (Works by Richard Lau Volume 2)
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As we started taking pictures of Richard's works, he asked me what my brother's name was. I said "Fernando." He then titled the picture below "Fernando." I thought it was a great gesture, and that was how I remember starting work on his collection. With a great gesture on his part, naming the painting "Fernando," and with me making it the first image in the book.

So I'm going to share with you a few pages of Richard's works, as ordered in his big volume of 273 works, Richard Lau Paintings: 273 Works by the Artist, and my work as a book designer. You will notice the page numbers on the pages. These are how the pages look in the book.