Something Unexpected
It seems we've once again entered a slow news period.

Not much going on in the world of Moi dix Mois lately, but one thing thats been on my mind recently is the number of new songs Mana keeps talking about online. I get the feeling this all means we could be seeing the production of a new album in the moderately near future because the count is now up to about 7 new songs. (Diabolos et Angelie, Twilight Flower, Beast Side, Embrace + 3 new untitled songs mentioned after the last concert)

But besides that, I have some of my own personal news!!
This is something I've been wanting to talk about since about a week or so ago but I've been holding it off until I finished.

Some time ago I checked out a shop in Shibuya a friend had recommended. It was a really cool place with a cave-like entrance from the street level and as you walked downstairs to the basement if felt like you were entering a dungeon of vintage collectibles.

I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I took my time looking at everything. As I was walking up and down the isles I suddenly caught a glance of a strange looking box. It was hidden among other boxes, so once I dug it out I was shocked to find something I never would have imagined!

......Do you understand?

*quick translation of the last picture:
In one corner of my house.
This is a shot with two of my precious Dracula dolls.
I want to make it a more gothic room..

(From Ma Cherie vol. 1)

Thats right, its the same Dracula figure Mana has shown several times before!
I honestly wasn't even trying to look for it, it just happened to catch my eye so I couldn't resist buying it.

So quickly I made my way back to my apartment to see my new Dracula for the first time!!
The commute back felt like forever, but finally I made it...

and thats when I opened the box...

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I guess in my excitement I didn't even think about the part of the box that said "Art Kit" so you can only imagine my shock when I opened the box to see pieces I had to put together and paint myself (;゚∀゚)
I've never done anything like that before, so at first I was disappointed, but then I quickly decided I'm going to try to make it anyway!!

The next day I went out and bought all the supplies I would need to make my own Dracula, and turned my room into a craft area.


The beginning process was the most intimidating to me. I had to get an X-acto knife to cut away extra pieces from the model to give it the correct shape in order to be put together later on. If I were cutting something flat, like paper, this task wouldn't have been so daunting, but cutting a 3D object like this made me worried that I might accidentally cut myself. Fortunately everything came out perfectly with very little injury!
...I say very little because I did accidentally cut my thumb in one place, but I didn't realize it until I started bleeding. It was a small cut though, so its not really a big deal.

Also, cutting out the pieces didn't take nearly as long as I would have thought, so I was really happy about that!

Next was the bulk of the project -- painting.

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Naturally the hardest parts were the small features like the face and hands but over all it was relatively easy. I ended up really falling in love with this process although it took such a long time, mostly because I wanted to make sure everything dried before going on to paint certain areas. In total I think it took roughly a week to finish painting everything.

I used acrylic paint for most of his body, except for parts like the shoes and lapel of his coat where I used enamel paint because according to the picture on the box those should look more glossy. For the most part I followed the product image, but with a couple small changes here and there.

Finally last night I got almost completely to the end of the project!!


There were some tiny details I wanted to brush up on before putting the last piece, his cape, on. So I finished up what I could before going to bed, and then after work tonight I was able to put it all together!!


I'm really satisfied with how he turned out!! ( ´ ▽ ` )
I've never done this type of project before, but I think I really fell in love with it! Honestly, I want to paint more art kits now because it was way too fun!

Also, just for fun, I wonder if any of you can point out any differences between mine, the product image, and Mana's?
One major difference is the arm placement. To be honest its more difficult to raise his left arm up like the box because of the cape. Some pieces, like the legs and the cape, fit snugly to the model so theres no need to glue them (I also don't want to glue on the cape because the back side has extra details that can be seen if you remove it). However, since the arms, hands, and head needed to be glued to the body, they tend to be a bit more fragile and gluing the hand pointing upwards would easily make the arm fall off as soon as the cape was attached.

One difference between mine and Mana's is at the neck line. I decided to paint the red part according to the box as its supposed to be a necklace. However, on Mana's model it seems he painted the collar red....was that an artistic choice or did he not notice?? In his defense, if you're not careful its easy to mistake the collar for a bow...I know I mistook it several times, but when it came time to paint the red on I studied the box art carefully.

I think there are some other tiny differences in the details, but I'll leave that for you to figure out.( ̄ー+ ̄)