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  The History of Dollz (Doll Article)

(November 12, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Cartoon Dolls Dollz, or cartoon dolls, such as those found here at The Doll Palace, have quite a history. The origins of online dolls, of course, came from traditional paper dolls. Much like traditional paper dolls, online dollz offer a base with clothing and accessories for creating the perfect look. Unlike the paper dolls of our past, online dollz have an entire virtual world complete with vocabulary dedicated especially to them.

The Beginning

The first cartoon dolls appeared online in 1995. These simplistic images were used as avatars on a virtual chat and very closely resembled cartoon paper dolls.Cartoon DollsThe dollz were hand-drawn in the editing palette of the chat application, and had only a few poses.

Cartoon DollsThese early cartoon dolls were not called dollz. They were actually known as "little people’ then "skaterz" and finally "sk8ers." The little dollz did not become incredibly popular until one forum member began to "mass-produce" the dollz. As far as I can remember, the sequence of dolls by type was a following: wonderkins, preps, silents, minis, divas, ravers, flavas (sweets), bonitaz, emoz, unique, shuni, hand-drawn (I will try to write about types in coming articles). Users made editz to their new dollz and used the avatars online. Contests developed among dollers to create a certain look or accessory for their dollz, but some were not satisfied with the quality of the base or graphics of the dollz and began to create their own.

Dollz Websites

Websites dedicated exclusively to dollz, much like The Doll Palace, began in 1997. These websites showcased dollz created by various dollers, and as graphics programs became more sophisticated, so did the dollz. Some websites began to investigate new ways of making dollz, and soon doll makers were all the rage.

A doll maker allows a user to choose a base from a selection of various skin tones or poses, then select the clothing, hair, and accessories to match. These makers are also called "dress up games" or "drag-and-drops" as that is most of the time the required action. You literally drag the pieces into the build space and drop them into position. If your drag-and-drop skills are rusty, you may certainly practice them here.

Dollz Become Dolls

Cartoon Dolls As doll making became even more popular, professional artists began to delve into the practice. Instead of simple cartoon style dollz, the new dollz were highly realistic and detailed. In fact, for many, creating this style of doll became a recognized form of graphic design. To be taken seriously, the graphic artists creating these realistic beings began calling their creation "dolls" rather than "dollz" to distinguish them from the cartoon internet fad.

Now, of course, there is a huge variety of doll styles including anime, traditional cartoon, and realistic. Dolling continues to grow in popularity as more users discover the communities, forums, and websites especially dedicated to the dolls or dollz. Creating dolls is catching on around the world because everyone can do it, and it is also a lot of fun. Try the new doll makers here on The Doll Palace, or see the professionally created dolls to get a sense of how intricate the design process has become and why so many people love these little girls. Dolls have become more than a hobby – they are a lifestyle.


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evenstr

22/Female
Canton, OH
Posted On: November 13, 2006
It was a fantastic article! And I am sure that eminemswetty95 didn't report Jessica on purpose, it could have been an accident!
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kutekelsey

21/Female
Athens, OH
Posted On: November 13, 2006
that was s.t.u.p.i.d to report her...i mean what is your reason of reporting her? anyways really great article i didn't know they had such a history
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Rose36

109/Female
Long Grove, IL
Posted On: November 12, 2006
Thanks for the lovely article
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eminemswety65

27/Female
Fulton, NY
Posted On: November 12, 2006
Jessica, I am sorry but I reported you and after reading this, I feel like a dork! Thankx for the website and I hope you are not mad........
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MHWND8

18/Female
Walnutport, PA
Posted On: November 12, 2006
i ♥ TDP!!!!SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!lol
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MHWND8

18/Female
Walnutport, PA
Posted On: November 12, 2006
wow i thought dolls were only here 4 about 5 years.but they went back even further.this is very intresting and cool noing about this.i
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chewybagel

21/Female
Posted On: November 12, 2006
I just got into dolling and I do use some bases from The Doll Palace. It's really fun! And who knew that those dolls were so... historical! I've kind of ditched stories and gotten into dolling. So this was a very nice article to read.

Keep writing these great articles! They're so fun to read

chewybagel
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: November 12, 2006
That was a very nice article! I love TDP!
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morganellis

20/Female
MN
Posted On: November 12, 2006
Wow...=/
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babyangeldrago

23/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: November 12, 2006
i didnt know dolls had such a long history!!! it is great to hear about it though...

i still use paint to edit my dolls, i dont have photoshop

but tdp is really the best doll site i know, it has far more dolls and variation than most other sites, and i totally love the contestes
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tennisgirl1995

19/Female
Kismet, NY
Posted On: November 12, 2006
I also love TDP =]

I never knew dolls went back that far, I only heard of them about 2 years ago O.O It's pretty awesome though.
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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: November 12, 2006
excelent article. i canr ember back in jr highs and web apges became allt ehrage evry one tried to fidn dolls taht look lik tehm adn their freinds. evryone wanted dolls that looked like tehm itwas cool. i actaully spent one entire summer siting in my room making dolls but the website i ahd sued b4 teh doll palace dindt offer as much stuff that you could do with your dollsafter you made them like on here were u can enter contests and sue tehm in caht and teh saving proces ismuch neater. you used to ahve to do print screena dn get the entire picture from your monitor and tehn go anderease evrything u dint want or cut and paste how tiresome. we ahve come along long way.
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Original_scree

22/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: November 12, 2006
^_^ I love TDP. And I love designing dolls myself too...It's fun, because it's so much more intricate a process than when I'm drawing by hand. I got into it when we had the doll editing contest on here a while ago.I don't think I'm very good yet, even paintshop pro cannot make artists out of hopeless people like me, but it's a form of expression I enjoy. ^_^

Thanks for giving us a place to play, Jessica, those of us who will forever remain children in our connection to these dolls.

--Orii
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MermaidGem76

18/Female
Union, KY
Posted On: November 12, 2006
So good! WOOT!FIRST COMMENT!
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