Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spook You Cute

For a while I have been wanting to do mini films for my pieces. However, my first two scripts require a lot more time and work prior to launch, and I frankly don't have the time at the moment. But after completion of my initial I Agore You line, I thought of the perfect promo film for them.

I wanted a Tales from the Crypt-Are You Afraid of the Dark vibe and pace accompanied by traditional mystery horror music. I also wanted to throw in a recording of me performing a blood curdling scream, but we didn't have any recording equipment. I guess it took six hours to do and I am super thankful for JSalamander for sacrificing his Friday night to put up with my direction and perfection. I wound up with slashes all over my hands from aloe plants and scrapes on my knees, but it was worth it to get the shots just right. We had lots of fun making it and I hope you have lots of fun watching it.


Of course a bit of Simpsons Treehouse of Horror tribute with ending credits ;D

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Eaters

After viewing my I Agore You line, when asked what I should do next, JSalvador suggested I do pumpkin heads. Even though the vision in my brain didn't fit with my line, I immediately thought of my favorite episode of The Adventures of Pete and Pete with the Pumpkin Eaters. I've always had a fascination for the concept of hallowed out jack-o-lanterns atop human bodies. I knew it would look great using the style and sizing of the line, and that I would have a lot of fun creating different expressions.




They're a little too late for Halloween sales, but I'm keeping them out in my apartment year round anyway.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fashionably Smashing

When I was presented with the incredible opportunity from Toy Art Gallery to sell my work at their new gallery, I decided to dive into my passion and love for gore and fashion, by beginning the I Agore You line: Accessorized! I transformed them into my ideal version of the Wild Card, the Brains, and the Muscle. This gang looks either up to no good, or up to some fun.





I'm excited for these guys to debut for sale at TAG soon! That is, after I finish more unique projects : )

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Let it Begin

Ever since I crafted my Kamikaze Bomb-omb and Bullet Bill, I have been fixated on doing more gruesome cute. I inevitably wanted to create what I dubbed the "I Agore You" line with a large variety of characters and concepts. I wanted to start this line off simple with one-suit colored animals that are all relatively same in proportion, but I will be expanding into more detailed work very soon!









Such a sweet, sweet massacre if I ever saw one!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FiNess

I've never played EarthBound but I know Ness from Super Smash Bros. and I think he is adorable. I enjoy how pudgy he is and all his accessories, so I was happy to take on this commission. With all his clothing and proportion changes, I decided to use minimal extremity attachment. This technique enables him to become a more fluid solid piece, rather than a potentially bulky flimsy one. I wanted his hair to be controlled and cartoony so I used the same felt hair technique as I did with my Fire Mario. His backpack is fully functional which is an awesome element!






Ness taking the edge off his trip!


Maybe later if I decide to make him again I will include a Yo-Yo and bat!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pop and Cover

Kernel-pult! I don't play Plants vs. Zombies, but the name alone caught my interest. I was commissioned to create this character and am now determined to play this game because I fell in love with him. He apparently launches kernels of butter from his basket, so of course my amigurumi contains wire, enabling him for catapult action.




Although I have literally a list of custom and holiday orders to do, I'm still always yearning to make time for my own crazy characters. These projects are fun but they also remind me and teach me that I need to accomplish my own dreams as well.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Reality Bowie

A couple months ago I was commissioned by my friend, Sean, to make David Bowie. His fiance, Liz, is a huge Bowie fan so I knew immediately it had to be for her. They are the amazing couple I made the Wedded Ewoks for last year. The photo given to me was the cover art on Bowie's Reality album.


His eyes, of course, were my first concern, since I didn't know exactly how I was going to do his one enlarged pupil, as well as make them look concave. In the end, I used felt and brown eye shadow to create this effect. I think my favorite part was doing his multicolored hair, followed by his sleek suit. The only time I made a coat was a couple years ago when I was constructing the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I never debuted, so I was excited to try my way with it for this project.




I didn't know when to post my blog because I didn't know when Liz was going to receive him, but she ended up surprising me with her own loving fan photos!



Keep that Bowie on your speakers, Liz!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Life in Video Games

So Gallery Nucleus held a convention for the Southern California Classic Collectors, featuring an arcade party as well as retro video game and arcade art contributed by PixelDrip! Of course I was all over this. I wanted to do two pieces based on my gluttony.

The first piece is an amigurumi of Blobert from probably my favorite NES game, A Boy and his Blob. In case you didn't know, the premise is a young boy just trying to get through Blobolonia with his friend Blobert who loves jellybeans. Depending on the jellybean flavor he is fed, Blobert will transform into tools for him and the boy to travel through this planet. He can be a ladder, flamethrower, umbrella, and much more! Just don't feed him ketchup flavor, because he hates those!

Conceptual Art.

Refining details.

Goes well with my other piece in the background.
"Glutton Blob"

Guess how many jellybeans and win a prize!

The other piece is a technique I have wanted to do since December. I had actually been working on a much larger scaled piece but the game is not old enough to be considered retro quite yet, so I took another favorite childhood game, Bubble Bobble, and turned it glutton! I used to go to the fast food place by my apartment in college just to play this game on the arcade. To sum up the game, you are a cute dinosaur who must capture your enemies in bubbles and then collect the items they transform into after their death, like fruit, gems or drinks!

Before I realized the daunting task of background.

Calculating shrink and stretch span.

Really putting my back into it!

Close up.


"Bubble Lush"

60+ hours of work for 578 crocheted squares crocheted together!

Both pieces gave me so much trouble but I loved doing them all the way through. This is my first art show that I whole-heartedly got to do what I wanted. I was also happy to see two inspirational artists, JSalavador and Sukho show off their incredible pieces as well!



Both "Glutton Blob" and "Bubble Lush" are up for sale. If you're interested, please contact me at leesasaur@leesasaur.com !