I know how you feel. I want to make my next doll myself, but at the same time, I am scared it may not turn out how I want, because I never done a doll before. At the same time, I feel it’d be a lot cheaper than $650+ and I am addicted to having new reborns. I know it’s a big investment in time and a lot of patience.
I clicked with all 7 of my reborns, but my two non-custom ones I just can’t click with…sometimes it takes me longer with some dolls.
All but one of my dolls are custom orders. I would have to say that out of 5 custom dolls, only 1 turned out exactly how I envisioned.
It’s not the fault of the artist. Sometimes, what you have in your head just does not match the end result.
But here is the thing, I had very good artists. Done my research and everything on them, looked at reviews. 4 of 5 kept me updated with lots of progress pictures, and yeah, it was turning out a bit different, but at the same time, I can tell the love put into it, the detail, they were doing everything exactly how I wanted with the hair color, freckles, birthmarks, and other details (I always leave my artists with freedom other than hair color (sometimes texture like for one I wanted curly), eye color, and skin), but everyone won’t share your exact vision, or it may not look like you envisioned in person.
Do your research and find a good artist. Just don’t be a complete butt to the artist and get angry because it isn’t the exact baby you had in your thoughts, especially if the artist is really nice and accommodating.
But I ended up loving them all at the end, even the one that didn’t really keep me updated and I saw it when she was finished. (Guess she was lucky). I mean his hair turned out a lot longer than I wanted, but hey.