I'm a grown woman, but I still like dolls of any kind! When I first found out about various online avatar and doll-making websites, I quickly became hooked. For me, there is something so soothing and satisfying about creating a little look and then placing an avatar in a scene of my choosing. I used to be very into sites like Meezs, Looklet, and Elouai.
As strange as it may sound, in addition to creating avatars and dolls just for fun, I also sometimes create them to visualize a goal. I make a doll that resembles me as far as features, hair, etc, and I use scenery of what I'd like to have or achieve. Sometimes I set them as my desktop background in order to help myself visualize having my ideal situation. When I was younger, I found that sketching a scene of my dreams was an incredibly powerful visualization tool. Occasionally, when I look back on old notebooks where I had made a sketch of my goals, I find that a drawing I had made shares eerie similarities with my life. So, using online avatars is just a higher-tech version of this technique. I haven't made any dolls lately, but here are some examples from the past.
This first one is from Meez.com. I used to love that site because they had so many options and the creations were animated. This "meez" is one that I made when I was working on my college application back in 2008.
This is one that I made on Elouai. Elouai is a site that has some Korean dress-up games such as Roiworld and doll makers. It is geared towards kids, but I used to love creating looks on there. The dolls are really sweet and cute, and the fashions are so unique and funky, despite the fact that some of the games are quite old. This doll is my favorite, since seeing the world is my number one dream, and she is a world traveler setting out on a trip somewhere.
When I finished college, I wanted to continue onto graduate school with the hope of becoming a teacher. So, I made these "teacher" dolls.
Two years ago, I became obsessed with the idea of visiting Korea. I made this doll with the Korean flag behind her.
This past summer, I decided to make a doll on meez. I was surprised to see the site still existed! However,it had not been updated since back when I used to use it; there were no new clothes or backgrounds. Everything was stuck in a time warp left over from Myspace days! I was not sure I would be able to go back to Korea, so I made this doll with the pretty style and caramel bob I wanted to rock on my trip and I placed her in a temple scene taking selfies.
Beside being enjoyable and cute, dolls and avatars are a tool you can use to help you visualize your dreams. Maybe it seems weird, but if used for that purpose, they can help you hold that image of your dreams in your mind. And anything that allows you to envision yourself in the situation of your dreams helps you to bridge that gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
So do you like using avatars or other similar programs to create looks? What sites do you/have you used?
Have you ever tried any visualization technique like this?