Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Music is Love

Music has always been very important to me. I just wanted to take the time to promote and thank all the bands whose music has helped my creativity and productivity this year. They have all made a really big inspirational impact on my life and I am so grateful for every note and lyric their minds took to create such beautiful melodies. I feel they are necessary to acknowledge because it is a very special talent to be able to make people feel completely whole, through music and art. The great deal of bravery and confidence it takes to put their work out there, is also very commendable.

Princess Chelsea
Very sweet keyboard beats with vocals that can be charmingly haunting. If ever there was a way to float on a cloud, her melodies would be the means of transportation. Altogether tranquil and fluffy, her music makes me want to be a calmer, better person... And I believe I have been since I discovered her.

1,2,3
Amazing solid rhythm with transcendental harmonies that are both subdued, and vigorous at the same time. The vocals are sung in this very powerfully raw and soulful conviction. Much like those cartoon pie aroma fingers that lure and float you in this fantastic overwhelming bliss, I cannot help but be swayed away. Their music makes me feel, really, really good... In other words, my version of Marvin Gaye. In fact, if they ever made a song with provocative lyrics, I probably wouldn't know what to do with myself.
I swear they put opium in their music. The melodies are beautifully fun and unpredictable, accompanied by a vocal range that is remarkable. Romanticism is very much alive and they managed to create some kind of love potion here. Their songs definitely made me realize I do have quite a heart because I can't help but want to fall in love whenever I listen... I know, weird.
This music is heavy on the bass lines with vocals that trail on a soothing detachment. There is always this feeling of longing and self-realization. My body implodes with a beat from deep within which makes it nearly impossible to not dance in a carefree disposition.

I can confidently say that the repeat button has, and will continue, to be hit when putting on any of these artists' music for the rest of my life. I don't care how cliché this sounds, but these bands have literally made my soul grow, and that is what being human is all about. We can feel, we can create, we can all inspire ourselves and others. Let's do this.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chibi

For Christmas I decided to make my amazing boss and owner of JapanLA, Jamie, an amigurumi of her adorable tubby cat, Chibi.


For a while I have been wanting to use the brushed crochet technique, where you take a pet slicker and brush your amigurumi like crazy to achieve this fuzzy texture. I realize now I should have taken a before and after picture. I also obtained a bunch of different animal and colored eyes, and coincidentally had a similar matching eye color:






The brushing compromises the yarn to a point where the fastening of the extremities becomes a little jenky, so that is something I'll have to master. I couldn't completely do her cat justice, but I hope there are enough traces of similarities to make it identifiable!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Giant Monsters Attack Hawaii!

"You can hide, but you can't hide!" from Dane Neves short film, Giant Monsters Attack Hawaii! It is so cute and wonderful, and I am so happy Dane asked me to bring his characters to yarn! Back in 2009 he had me create Monkey Boy from his movie, Monkey Boy Fever, as well as the Evil Hooded Monster from his short, Live Evil:


I'm not sure how I would have done had I been given the task to create his monsters then, but I certainly utilized a few tricks picked up over the years to make these guys. I even ordered special eyes for a couple of them, which has inspired me to create more pieces with colored eyes as well!


Cruel: An octopus was the first amigurumi I had ever made, and I would enjoy making more of them if they didn't have so many legs! Thus, I tried to simplify the design by making his head and body one piece, but I am so terrible at that, so I ended up doing a few pieces to construct him.



Zillabong: I actually went back and forth with giving him an open mouth and a closed mouth. It was difficult because his head just kept getting bigger and bigger because of it, but in the end, I decided that since he always has this dopey look on his face, his mouth needs to be ajar.



Maulister: I ended up using triangular animal noses for the eyes rather than big rounded eyes to pull off a better insect look. I tried using fabric stiffener to keep his antennas up, but it didn't work out. I still think he pulls off the mischievous insect look without them up, though!




Abercrumble: I thought that he would be the most challenging to create, but he was actually the most fun and not as difficult as I thought. Every trial technique I used, worked, the whole way through production. Initially I was going to buy special yarn for his furry areas, then thought to use the brushed crochet method, but ended up just sewing and separating yarn. Aside from being the most bad ass monster in the film, he's got so many features I like, that he is absolutely my favorite.



I am really glad and thankful to have made these guys! With all the drive, imagination, and creativity, I can't wait to see what Dane makes next. I hope you get a chance to watch the film or at least support him by liking his movie Facebook page here!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Never Again

From now on, I am only accepting commissions for non-hideous characters. This project was by far the most disgustingly difficult challenge. My client wanted my Squidbillies ornaments I had made last year, but then added that I make Krystal as well.
It went against every cute nerve I harbor. I almost didn't post this because I was ashamed I had created something so disturbing. But I was given an ugly character, so I guess I did the ugliness justice and I have something to be proud of.


But I am never making her again. I would like to put this in the past and keep it there!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sisterly Love

Families are the best! How could I pass off Ricardo Evangelho, the wonderful head of Arctic Empire Inc's, request to create his lovely sister in amigurumi form?


She's got cute hair, a cute dress, and a removable little vest!




What a sweet brother! I hope she loves it : )

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lucuteas

Even though I still haven't played any versions of Mother, I do recognize my latest commission of Lucas, from Super Smash Bros. Like Ness, he is adorable! And even more so in keychain form!





I can't get over how amazing his hair is! I want my son to have this hairstyle.