Getting Crunchy at Crunchyroll Expo

It’s that time again! My THIRD time tabling at an Artist Alley. This time at Crunchyroll Expo August 25-27.

For the past few months I’ve been working on new pieces to feature on prints, buttons, and…wha…keychains!

If you’ve seen my last post, I’m toting a bunch of these guys along and hope they’ll find new homes.

G’day.

I hope you’ll come by if you’re attending. I’ll be sharing the table with my pal & fellow artist – and she’s got some great stuff to check out too!

Of course, I’ll be tweeting and Instagramming my happenings during the con.

But if you’re not able to attend and you’d like to support what I do, come visit my Etsy and Ko-fi pages – any contribution will definitely help wrangle in supplies and will put a smile on my face knowing my stuff makes you smile!

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Sew What?

I’ve overcome a fear…and found a new addiction…

…in sewing!

Ok, yeah. I’ve already been sewing with just needle and thread. But I vowed earlier this year that I’d get around to moving on up to the sewing machine. Months later, I finally did!

*poses*

My mom had this portable little machine she got as a gift many ages ago. And, as is my mantra (or something, am I using that word right?) – maximize the sources that are already available. Or – use up the crap I already have in layman’s terms.

Baby steps, remember? This machine’s not too fancy  – only one stitch and two speeds: fast and ludicrous speed. But the stitches are pretty sturdy for what I needed. So here goes nothing!

First few tries with just making a Chibi Totoro…

Uh…

Yeah..I can almost see it.

Welp.

After resizing the eyes and taking things VERY slowly….

Your souls are ours now.

Now they look more like the creatures I’d chase up a camphor tree!

Soon…

Of course, some hand-stitching is still involved – particularly the tails and after the stuffing. But, I’m sold – the sewing machine is no longer a thing to be feared. Maybe ones that have like, 300 stitches…

And now, I just can’t staaahp!

*slow motion walk*

Then, one day I got a little overconfident…

Let’s pretend this didn’t happen…

But from his death, a Chibi Totoro was born…

Aaaand, back to the Chibi Totoros.  With so much felt I’ve acquired, I’ve been making Chibi Totoro plushies of different colors – and they’re all equally as cute.

Chibi Totoro Grey Scale.

Soon, I’ll graduate to a real sewing machine…you can watch me panic as I tweet and/or Instagram my progress!

What creative progress have you conquered or are starting your quest to conquer?

Happy making!

 

 

Starkiller Fashion Pt2

Pretty sure after you’ve watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the first time you’ve asked yourself: what would Kylo Ren look like in a school uniform?

Lucky for you – I’ve FINALLY finished this set of cavity-inducing Chibi Emo Kylo Ren paper dolls with all the fashions you’ve ALWAYS tried to imagine him wearing!  Particularly the Kiki’s Delivery Service outfit.

Print, cut, and start dressing up the brattiest emo prince in a galaxy far, far, away! Click to get the full image, of course :)

Play now, my lord/lady.

Play now, my lord/lady.

One of these things is not like the other. Hint: It's the First Order uniform.

One of these things is not like the other. Hint: It’s the First Order uniform.

He'll be SHREDDED in any of these.

He’ll be SHREDDED in any of these.

Huge thanks to my pal and fellow artist @Albinigrimby who drew the most adorable goth lolita dress! Go check out his work!

If you’ve played around with these – I’d love to see them. Come share them with me on my Twitter or tag me on Instagram!

Peer Plushie Pressure

Last week I was peer-pressured like I haven’t been since elementary school.

But instead of being pressured into ding-dong-ditching some dude I was pressured into plush-ifying a dude.

A dude named “Matt” who may or may not be a one Kylo Ren.

I’m 90% sure this plush is SHREDDED.

So I was and there he is in all his 6 inch plush glory.

But about a day before I was just thinking about making a Matt pocket plush after watching the SNL skit. Thanks to a pal of mine tweeting a pic of my previous plushies, it got a few more eyes than I could handle. Like, probably 3 pairs of eyes. That’s 2 more pairs than I usually get on anything :P.

It wasn’t super easy – but it the rush definitely wasn’t unpleasant. Having a bit of the pressure of my friend and sharing my progress was really fun! Those glasses though… making those was probably the least fun.

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Cutting out Matt’s glasses straight up SUCKS.

Let’s just say, in the end, it was the fastest I’ve ever made one of these things – from design, to cutting, to putting it all together!

Though, before Matt came his sorta other true-self:

“WE’RE NOT DONE YET.”

And, because I’m still slightly upset that the Disney Stores DO NOT carry Princess Kylo dolls, I made my own.

SIGH. Princesses…

BUT, before I even began making a pocket plushified Ren, I was first driven to make a plushified evil ginger.

SIGH. Jerk face gingers…

This plushie’s origins wasn’t as glamorous as his successors – he went through two body changes before I finally got some better black felt for his uniform.

What a beautiful couple.

Definitely a lot of plushie action these past few weeks. Other than doodles, I gotta release that obsessive energy somehow! I’m glad I could share it with fellow fans.

Want to follow along the adventures of my pocket plush? Come chat with me on Twitter!

Talk to you soon :D.

Starkiller Fashion

Ok, raise your hand if you HAVEN’T seen the new Star Wars movie yet.

Whether you’re already repulsed by the other  contents of this blog or not, you might want to turn away from some SUPER MAJOR FASHION SPOILERS.

Like a bunch of other folk, I’ve watched The Force Awakens a good number of times. And when you watch something a good number of times, and you draw…you tend to draw a bunch of things from said thing you’ve watched a number of times.

And guess the thing I’ve been drawing a bunch of times for the past few weeks.

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

This madness has even gone beyond drawing.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

But I have grander plans for Disney’s new Prince(ss). Surely this spoiled, emotional, wannabe Sith has an extensive wardrobe beyond that mask, black frock, and infinity scarf, right?

Oh, Kylo Hime!

Oh, Kylo Hime!

After redrawing one of my Ren doodles in Manga Studio, I entertained the idea of paper dolls. And then I started it. It’s still a work in progress as I’m sure this guy’s wardrobe takes up a large warehouse on a star destroyer.

Don’t look if you want to avoid spoilers – next few pics reveal the full wardrobe of Kylo Ren which definitely spoil the ENTIRE plot of the new trilogy.

Dark knights don't do tighty whities.

Dark knights don’t do tighty whities.

Of  course you gotta start with the base doll and default outfit. I’ll have to work in the mask, of course.

Knights of Ren don't do buttons - especially with sleepwear

Knights of Ren don’t do buttons – especially with sleepwear

This is what I’d imagine Emo Kylo Ren would wear to sleep, cuddling a Vader doll and heirloom cape.

"Omg I can't believe we're wearing the same thing. How embarrassing" - General Hux

“Omg I can’t believe we’re wearing the same thing. How embarrassing” – General Hux

I bet spills and accidents happen – and the closet is on another planet. And the only thing handy is an extra First Order uniform.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

A Japanese school uniform felt obligatory. And necessary.

If we’re gonna follow Skywalker-Organa family tradition…

"Ben...these are your first steps..."

“Ben…these are your first steps…”

Surely, this joke has been done over and over again since the movie premiered, right?

I hope to get this done in time for Valentine’s Day – keep an eye out for this space. Even better – come chat with me on Twitter or follow along on Instagram where I update on the progress!

 

I like em’ small

In case you haven’t noticed – I like em’ small.

Sometimes smaller than the 2.5 x 3.5 inch sketch cards I’ve been drawing on lately .

Because I’ve been a bit of a penny-pincher these days, I’ve been cutting my own artist trading cards – which results in uneven sized cards AND little scraps of leftover paper.

I GUESS I could just recycle the scraps. OR I could draw some cutesy doodles like this.

Don't bother knocking.

Don’t bother knocking.

Or this

A doodle fit for a scoundrel

A doodle fit for a scoundrel

Originally, I was saving these scraps to brush up on  watercolor (hyuk hyuk!)

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But when I started doing trades – I took to these scraps to add some cute, doodly extras to the sketch cards as a nice surprise for the other artist.

*Insert over-recited Commander Shepard line*

*Insert over-recited Commander Shepard line*

Sometimes I end up taking a lot more time than I thought I would drawing on just ONE of these things. But sometimes I go free and easy and end up making something really silly.

Another over-recited Bioware line. Usually by me.

Another over-recited Bioware line. Usually by me.

I have a lot of fun drawing these – something a little extra for someone else to collect! They make cute bookmarks or piece to pin up.

If ever you trade art with me – you just might find a cute doodly surprise!

What else have I been drawing on these scraps or regular sketch cards? Check them out on my Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and now Facebook!

Doing it Digitally Pt 2

You might have remembered a few months back that I got a new laptop (or laplet, or tabtop, whichever the Surface Pro is categorized) AND I also got Manga Studio.

You may also remember how willy nilly I went trying to figure out how to draw with the software.

E for EFFORT! Or E for Eww.

E for EFFORT! Or E for Eww.

But Manga Studio and I are slowly becoming chums. We’ll probably texting each other wacky gifs sometime soon if it goes any further.

The tips and tutorials have been super helpful. And, as with any activity – the more I drew with it, the better I saw my drawings improve. And did I mention VECTOR LAYERS ARE WONDROUS?! They’re quite a gift to a messy scribbler like me.

Behold!

No one must know about the flask of booze hidden in this book

No one must know about the flask of booze hidden in this book

Not too bad a job, methinks. But then there’s the shading part – which , in some tutorials seems to work perfectly for more manga styles. I’ve tried them a few times but I wasn’t feeling it.

So – more toying around it was.

He's smiling until he's forced into a life of crammed living conditions and non-stop battles.

He’s smiling until he’s forced into a life of crammed living conditions and non-stop battles.

Ah yes, not perfect, but it’s much better for this style.

Though – admittedly, my biggest weakness in drawing and coloring in Manga/Clip Studio is creating something on the fly. That is – if you follow my Instagram or Tumblr – you’ll notice these images I’ve drawn before with traditional media. It really does help me to have a guide to draw over.

So, like many other artists – my creative process using this software will always involve using good ol’ pencil and paper.

Speaking of re-drawing my doodles..

New Fallout 4 mod, didn't you hear?

New Fallout 4 mod, didn’t you hear?

Not only did I re-draw this guy, but I even tried to mimic the Vault Boy image where he’s in that circle. And more shading!

Patting myself on the back, but still, I need much more practice.  Not too bad an effort, yeah?

Do you prefer drawing with art software or traditional media? Or both?

Want to see more of my digital and traditional doodles? Come chat with me on Twitter or Instagram!