My “Model”

I get a lot of email asking about the “model” I use for many of my tutorials.  People looking to find a good way to practice their ties, etc.

I’m sure it will come as a total shock to learn that the majority of the tutorials are shot using what is basically a life-sized, posable doll (gasp!)

Why a doll?

  • I do most of my work using the doll because I can work any random time I want and for any duration.  I can work for 5 random minutes and then leave the doll tied up for 2 days until I have time to work again.   Or I can work when I pop awake at 2 freaking AM (grumble, grumble).
  • I do work with live models as well–the doll cannot assume every needed position (for example, I needed a live partner to shoot the frog tie and the futomomo because the doll cannot go fully ankle-to-thigh like a real person can)

Why all the white?

I dress my models in a white Zentai for a few reasons

  • The primary goal of TheDuchy is education, not titillation.  I know that I loose potential members sometimes because they want to see some skin, and I am working to offer that in the Behind-the-Scene section, but that isn’t the main point of the main tutorial section.  I wanted the tutorials themselves to be accessible and appeal to people who are very new to all off this, not just people who are very experienced.  I don’t want to scare off new, potentially sensitive, people.  So I elected to remove skin from the equation.  It is just about the rope, the bondage and the technique.
  • I also wanted the bondage to be as visible and clear as possible.  With a white background and white subject, the light bounces around really well, lighting the ropes and my blue gloves so that things are easier for people to see.
  • (This is also the primary reason that I have the camera zoomed tightly in to the bondage knots in my pictures and videos.  You loose out a little of me interacting with you on camera, but this isn’t about me; it is about getting the best shot of the bondage technique that I can.  Perhaps someday I can afford a camera operator, but at the moment, its just me, so I do what i can…)
  • The white has turned out to be pretty good from a branding perspective.  People generally know my work because of the clean look and simplicity.  Since I have started doing this, I have noted others starting to imitate me, but, as they say, that is the sincerest form of flattery  😉
  • If you happen to like the look and want to order a Zentai, you can get them from many sources.  I get mine from VSVO on Amazon.  The really cool thing about the VSVO offering is that you can get it sized made to order to it will fit *you*, not some random dimensions.  Pretty sweet!

Where did you get your doll?
Where can I get something that might work well to practice on?

The one I use is actually a medium-high end fuck doll. lol.  Gives me lines that photograph well and mostly can be moved/positioned as I need. They are pretty expensive though. The one I am using at the moment is “Brandy” from PassionDolls (pic below).  Better ones exist, but this one is working pretty well for now.

Brandy
Brandy-Back

But you don’t need to spend anything like that kind of money just to practice.  Amazon has a variety of offerings that can be helpful.  Search for “Flexible Posable Bendable Full-size Mannequin”

Here is a link to a male and a female option that may work for you…

Posable Mannequin - Male

I’ve even seen people tie some pool noodles to a couch cushion to build something to practice on.  Very creative and pretty low cost!   😉

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