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Covert Characters Life Drawing – Lorelle Rogue

After our local Dr. Sketchy’s wrapped up last year I’ve been eager to get back to life drawing. This month I was lucky enough to find a lovely new life drawing group with interesting themed events called Covert Characters.

Our model was Lorelle Rogue, alternative model and aerialist, striking beautiful poses with her silks.

 


Best Friends Biscuit & Potato Plushies

I recently had a very sweet custom plush order request to create a biscuit and a potato holding hands.

The story behind it is that the client gave a card to her friend about ten years ago that she has treasured with a cartoon of a potato and biscuit holding hands and the words “Friends: The Biscuit would only dare be just a biscuit when it is with it’s true friend the Potato”

The plush pair were ordered as a gift inspired by this card.

Approx 15cm tall plushies made of soft fleece with black plastic safety eyes.

Machine sewn with hand stitched details – felt sugar pieces and knotted potato ‘eyes”.

Filled with cuddly polyfil and plastic pellets for weight and balance.

Their hands are sewn together so they will never be separated 🙂

 

 


“Narrow the Dragon” Custom Plush

This dragon is probably one of the most complex plush toys I’ve made and I am so happy with the result!
The design is based on the customer’s partner’s character “Narrow”, transformed into a chubby cuddly plushie.Narrow the Dragon Concept Sketch

He is made from soft grey, black and dark red fleece with matching red felt appliqué and embroidery details.

The squeezable fat belly is weighted with plastic pellets and the wings are wired to be poseable.

The left horn has 4 black metal hoop earrings – shown in the last image.

The plush ended up being slightly larger then I planned – approx. 14 inches nose to tail (36cm)


Year of the Fire Monkey – 2016

Year Of The Fire Monkey 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!

Wishing everyone a joyful and successful Year of the Fire Monkey! This year I missed going to the festivities in the city but did get to have a great BBQ with my family.

Saying good bye to the year of the Ram (or sheep)…

Year Of The Ram - 2015


Month of Love – Heros : Princess Mononoke

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Joining in the “Month of Love” February weekly art challenges this year – Just scraping in to this weeks challenge “Heroes, Protagonists and Idols”.

To Hayao Miyazaki – one of my real life heros.

For my grandfather who I watched Princess Mononoke with for the 1st time as a child. He pretended not to be interested but sat and watched the whole thing.

And San as a great hero herself – strong, protective and loving.


Gravity Falls Dipper Pines Small Plush

More fun Christmas time plush commissions! Gravity Falls is one of my favourite cartoon shows at the moment, so I was pretty excited to be asked to make a Dipper Pines plush toy!

This character plush was challenging because of its size – approx. 8 inches (20cm) tall – to include all the details and the correct proportions.

Made from fleece and felt with embroidered details – including constellation birthmark (under his hair)
Filled with cuddly polyfil.
Clothing and hat are not removable.

As an added Christmas bonus I made a mini Journal out of printed card and watercolor paper scraps to send with the completed Dipper 🙂


Chubby Pug Plush

I’m really proud of this Chubby Pug Christmas plush order!

Custom designed pattern and handmade by me.

Approx. 11 inches (28cm) from nose to tail.

Made from velvety soft fleece with a faux leather nose and hand-stitched sculpted wrinkles on the face and feet pads.

Weighted with plastic pellets for a squeezable fat belly and stability in the legs.


Witchsona Sketch 2016

My Witchsona ( = witch persona) sketch for this year 🙂

I would totally wear bad-ass coats and boots with too many laces. Also featuring my beautiful black rescue kitten, Kuro 🙂

Witchsona 2016


More Drawings in 2016

The end of last year I was busily making plush toys for Christmas orders and working on on going freelance jobs. Without much of a break from work 2015 blended right into the start of 2016. And I’m happy about that – there was no creative lull or loss of momentum. At the start of January I made a list of priorities to tackle this year. I do this every year but this years list is far more focused thanks to the excellent advice from this article.

I also involved in a fantastic online course for Art Business – which is turning out to be just the help I need and filled with a wonderful group of artist.

One fairly important priority for 2016 for me is to do more traditional work. Digital has so many positives but I truly love working in pencil, ink and watercolor.  I convinced myself that digital was fast, easier (as in no set up/clean up, my computer and tablet are always right there waiting), less stressful (unlimited undos). But in actual fact tradition is more natural to me (its what I’ve done from the very beginning), therefore its faster and less stressful then working on a computer! And not having undo makes the work better – if I really mess up I start again from scratch and the piece is always better for having done it twice.

So with that in mind I bought some new paper and started drawing in ink again the quiet time over Christmas/New Years. Slightly missing white Christmases inspired this pin up girl.


Vampiress Comic

Silly experimental inked comic page inspired by José “Pepe” González ‘s Vampirella comic style. Micron pens on 300gm cold press, text added in photoshop.

The page with and without text.