Getting Crunchy at Crunchyroll Expo

It’s that time again! My THIRD time tabling at an Artist Alley. This time at Crunchyroll Expoย 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 ย – 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. ย 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!

 

 

Challenge accepted…

So sometime last week a pal and fellow artist tagged me in a 3×5 challenge and I gracefully accepted. For those who are unfamiliar with the challenge – the tagged artist shares three pieces of artwork each day for five days and also tags another artist each day. Artwork shared can be old and/or new!

It’s a pretty neat way to get your artist pals to show off their work and to get to know new artists.

The pieces I shared was mostly old stuff – crafts, writing prompts, old doodles, and photos. My friend tagged me on Facebook which was a bit of a scare since not too many folks who are in touch with me there know I do this kind of thing. My 3×5 posts were primarily shared on my Tumblr and Twitter.

Take a gander at a few of the things I shared:

dirigible

DIRIGIBLE CROSSING! From my first Arthouse Co-op Sketchbook Project: Dirigibles and Submersibles.

These guys pretended to be in a band before it was cool.

These guys pretended to be in a band before it was cool.

Won't you be my neighbor? For a time, these two were my first Instagram stars.

Won’t you be my neighbor? For a time, these two were my first Instagram stars.

That challenge was a nice walk down memory lane and reminded me that, ya know, I don’t do too bad in all kinds of art!

If you’re on Tumblr, swing by and check out all five days of my challenge:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Should you ever be tagged in the challenge, I hope you accept!

If you’ve been following along in my #DoodleADay 365 journey on my Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr – I’m almost at the home stretch! Less than 20 days to go until I close the loop. After that, I’ll continue on – likely with a #DailyDoodles tag. Stay tuned!