I realize making KiSS
dolls can be confusing, weird, stressful, and generally a hair-tearing-out
experience sometimes. So here are some tips to help out my fellow
KiSSers a little.
- Make sure your basedoll is
_perfect_ before you start making any clothes. Okay, it doesn't have
to be totally perfect, but just make sure you really, really like it a
lot and that none of the lines are sloppy, the proportions are how you
like them, etc. It really sucks when you make a bunch of clothes
and then realize you don't like your basedoll so you have to do them all
- Tutorials are your friend.
^-^ I know, I had one open on Internet Explorer the whole time I was doing
the CNF for my first doll, to make sure I was doing everything right (and
I still ended up putting the cels in reverse order so my basedoll was on
top...gah). I'll make a tutorial link page one of these days.
- Consider other people's
dolls as tutorials in themselves. You can always look at someone
else's CNF to see how they did this or that, so long as you don't copy
every single effect in their doll. Or you can look to see how they
drew a certain item of clothing and where they put the folds, or if their
doll is in a similar pose to yours you can check that as a reference too.
- I usually have a couple
dolls going at once (*glares at Michiru doll*) and this is for a reason,
it's good to have two in case you get bored of one or you don't feel like
drawing that style of clothes at the moment.
- Completely blanking out
on clothing ideas? That's okay, I do that all the time. Look
in catalogues, online shopping places, clothes people wear on TV...see
what kind of clothes people draw on fanart characters or their dolls...you
can get ideas from anything in your everyday surroundings. Try it
right now, just pick out an item on your desk or in the room you're in
and find a way to make it into a piece of clothing for your KiSS doll.
It might come out kind of wacky at first, or it might not fit with your
current doll's style, but that's okay, just sketch down the design and
save it for a future doll. I've got pages and pages in my sketchbook
with designs I still haven't used yet... ^-^
- I always use this handy
little command when I do the CNF. Go to MS-DOS Prompt, go to the
directory where your .cel files are located, and type this:
DIR *.CEL /B > CELLIST.TXT
and you'll get a text-file
(named cellist.txt, in case you were wondering how to find it) listing
all your files in that directory ending in .cel. I learned this command
offa Emby Quinn's page.
It works so well because it ensures you don't forget any .cel files when
you're writing your CNF and it gives them to you in a neat little list.
I can't imagine what I'd do if I didn't know how to do this.
- Once you're done, double-check.
And triple-check. Quadruple-checking is good too. ^-^ Make sure everything
works how you want it too, that all the items have snap-to and you didn't
forget to snap any (if you choose to have snap-to on your doll), that all
the items that need to have backs to them have backs, and check every FKiSS
effect you've coded a couple times to make sure it works. And do
this before you LZH it, just to save yourself from having to go back and
fix the CNF, then put it back in the archive file.