At about the 10th custom I'd created I reached a point where I had so many ideas running around in my head that I just needed to get them out. If I'd been smarter I'd have sat down with my sketch book and just sketched them out and set them aside to work out at my leisure. But I was far too excited about customizing for that, I wanted to see my ideas come to life and I wanted to see it right away. This, of course, means that the customs I created at this time ranged from ok to meh to holy crap I can't believe I'm signing my name to this.
Valentino, and in fact the whole Valentine family (Valentine and Li'l Hugs & Kisses,) were a bit of a wake up call. I realized that I was rushing too much through the customizing process. It's no good rushing to see the finished product when you're not happy with that product because you've rushed too much. After this brilliant realization, I began taking more time with my customs, planning them out better and working slowly. Just as I was beginning to think maybe customizing wasn't for me after all, things started to turn around.
More on that next time...
(see more of Elf's early customs on her DA page.)