Saturday, May 17, 2014

Belly Bones

I apologize for my recent absence, but the last month and a half of my life was dedicated to a rather large and intricate project. I was invited to iam8bit's second annual Grace and Ritual all-women art show. I struggled with the theme this year, "Hidden," because I was unsure of what hidden parts of my life were worth sharing and expressing with the public. But after sitting, and eating on the idea, I realized that my steady junk food habits are what keep me alive and make me, me. So I decided to do a large scale piece of a mini skeletal Leesasaur with my terribly great diet.

Although I've always enjoyed skeleton printed items, I haven't studied human skeletal anatomy since making a paper cut-out of one in grade school. I knew that my piece was going to be condensed, but I wanted to be somewhat exact about it, so I went through a lot of reference pictures, and re-educated myself on various parts. Ultimately, I struggled with the skull the most, but it turned into the most impressive part of Belly Bones. I was a bit hesitant to use any wiring at first, but ended up running wiring through about 85% of the body to make him articulated. Because the hands, feet, and head are the only non-enclosed extremities, I sprayed them with fabric stiffener for extra support.



Whenever I needed a little break from making bones, I worked on the diet section of my piece. I make smaller sizes of some of the food used, but the bacon, pizza, and ice cream cone are new pieces I love. I'm already working on pizza slices to put in the shop, so you can look forward to that!



I'm such a proud and happy mommy with how my Belly Bones turned out. I only wish I gave myself more time before a piece better seen in person, so try your best to stop by the iam8bit gallery before the end of May! If you're interested in adopting Belly Bones you can do so here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lee DeWyze Fights

Last year, I was approached about my pieces, The Dead Essential and I Agore You Coyote being featured in a music video for American Idol winner, Lee DeWyze. Although I don't follow the show, I really enjoyed the music his manager sent me, and was stoked to help out. They had me create a mini Lee DeWyze with a guitar, and rent out a handful of amigurumi from my personal collection. I don't often make human figures, so that's always a tricky treat to do, but I think I managed pretty well! I actually love, and had the most difficulty making the guitar.





I'm only posting about this piece now, because they just released the music video for the single "Fight" two days ago! It's quite an action-packed love story focused on my Lee DeWyze and The Dead Essential figure (who looks a bit like his wife). You can check it out here:


I think my favorite part is the alien abduction scene, but I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of it. It's cool to see what magic people come up with when they listen to a song, especially because the storyboard I drafted for them that they didnt use, was so much different!

P.S. I don't know why they credited me as "leesa slay" in the video, but it's really me, guys!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ninjaman

My inbox gets filled with many random custom requests, but a very special commission was pitched to me in the form of a story and comic. The lovely Jennifer Lima requested that I crochet a character called "Ninjaman." She told me of her daughter's 10-year-old friend, Thomas, who was diagnosed with cancer this past summer, and since, has been drawing comics of hero Ninjaman destroying cancer.


I've always found great therapeutic value in creating characters and drawing comics, but such an expression can often be a very intimate and private matter. I know it takes much bravery to share your work with others, that's why I'm so proud of Thomas for expressing himself this way. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to encourage and support Thomas on his literal and creative journey with a piece of my art work inspired by him.




I've been updated that Ninjaman and Thomas have been united, and are already creating iPad movies together! I'm so excited for all the adventures that await them, and wish nothing but the absolute best for them both.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lollicabana

Lolligag makes cute shirts and goodies for girls young and old, featuring an adorable girl with a bit of an attitude on her. I knew Lolligag was releasing their first vinyl figure, but I had no clue they were doing a custom show until I was invited! I haven't been making super cutesy pieces in a while, so I thought it'd be really fun to do this custom.

Originally I envisioned doing a powered wig colonial take on her, but realized she basically was a modern day 1800's girl already. So my next thought went into transforming her big hair into something fun -- Immediately I thought of Carmen Miranda and her lovely fruit hats. The rest was tedious and repetitive work, but I was inspired the whole way through.




Behold the fruits of my labor, and a couple dozen other custom Lolligags at Toy Art Gallery January 11th - February 1st!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kirby Who

It seems Kirby has consumed more than he can handle with my recent commission from Benjamin of Urban Vinyl Daily. In addition to my previous Kirby Mario and Yoshi hats, Benjamin requested Kirby Luigi, Captain Falcon, and Donkey Kong versions as well.

Since I'm very familiar with making Mario hats, a Luigi hat was no problem. However, Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon were new accessories, that required Kirby to actually be fitted in in order to be worn. This made the task tricky but super fun.

Kirby Kong



Kirby Falcon



Kirby Luigi



I'm really happy with how these turned out and am so glad I got to continue my Kirby Super Smash Brothers line!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Billy Don't Play That

It's difficult to express the complete excitement I had when I was invited to customize a Billy for the Blamo Toys 5th annual custom show. I was introduced and fell in love with Blamo Toys when I attended their Wham Blam Blamo show in early 2012. The quality of their toys is incredible, and the characters they create are so unique and fun. I loved customizing their HUG last year, but Billy is the first character I met and connected with, so customizing him meant a lot to me. 



I've always had an ambivalence for clowns, keeping me both fascinated and terrified by them. Growing up I was fueled by movies like Killer Klowns From Outter Space, and IT, but my  perspective changed when Homey the Clown debuted in the TV show, In Living Color. I wanted my piece to incorporate these polar feelings.







If you're in the Los Angeles area for December to the beginning of January, I strongly encourage you to check out this show at Toy Art Gallery. Every custom is seriously amazing.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Commander Chill

I was called into action to create my own superhero using Stan Lee's YO! figure. Who better to be your hero and friend than a cool polar bear rocking sweet kicks and a boom box? Commander Chill possesses the swag and confidence every being should have and want to be around.

With the HUG show being my first, this is my second custom show, and I truly love doing them. Constructing and building around a figure harvests an appreciation and bond between the custom artist and the original piece and/or artist. It's an amazing experience creating a custom, and super exciting to see what becomes of figure.






You can check out Stan Lee's Artists Assemble Show at Toy Art Gallery November 15th through December 1st!