Saturday, January 21, 2012

Neville Brushing His Teeth

This post and project have been long overdue! I started writing and working on this in October and only now have had time to finish! It's been driving me crazy just looking at it all these past months, and even after recent completion, I really wanted to debut it with a stop-motion video first. So, without further delay....

I have been wanting to make monsters and more dinosaurs for a while now, but I knew my mindset wasn't ready for such a task just yet. Having been busy with custom projects and orders, the timing to explore into this kind of realm has been nearly impossible -- Enter the wonderful mind and website of Matthew Gray Gubler.

It's true, I have been on a binge of Criminal Mind episodes, and I'm not ashamed. I grew up on Freddy Kruger, the Cryptkeeper, Scary Stories, and everything horror and gore you can think of. The excitement, the entertainment, the imagination, are all attractions I cannot deny. I felt all these things when I delved in MGG's watercolor. I knew when I saw the painting of "Neville brushing his teeth" that I had to create him. I couldn't get the image out of my head.

Because his painting doesn't display the bottom half, I had to piece together from his other paintings, and envision the lower section of Neville. In order to keep his arms and legs flimsy, but posable, I jointed them with wires. Wiring is a tricky technique but I have grown very fond of it ever since I used some to make a launching-capable Kernel-Pult. There is still a lot I have to work on, but I plan to use more in the future. I got really excited about making the toothbrush and the toothpaste. I've always been fascinated with miniatures but rarely put in the effort to accessorize my amigurumi with props, so this project made me realize I should really take the time to do it.

So, I wanted to do a little film with Neville utilizing his brushing utensils. It was supposed to be a few seconds long, but it ended up turning into a minute. It is my first ever animation, and I am very happy to have had JSalvador work on it with me. We even wrote up a nice quirky introduction before we even knew what we were doing:

After our first promo film together, I Agore You, J made the wise decision of being more organized, so we travelled into storyboarding:

After hours of shooting in a tiny bathroom, copious amounts of toothbrushing, laughter, and determination, I present to you, "Neville brushing his teeth" --

I knew I wanted to have him putting on the toothpaste then brushing his teeth, while doing the sound effects, but I didn't think too much about the background ambiance. It just so happened that yesterday I sang the song "Dream a Little Dream of Me" for the first time, and decided to record it. It was then that I realized the song could creepily work for the film. So, that's the explanation for the bizarre and awkward film that I hope you enjoyed. I'm so happy that I came across Matthew Gray Gubler's art. If he inspired me this much, I can only imagine the good he can do for so many out there. I love Inspiration Seesaws!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

He Slimed Me

After completion of Stay Puft, I received a commission to create my other favorite gluttonous blob, Slimer. I've always been a big Venkman fan but when it came to the Ghostbusters cartoon, I mainly watched because of Slimer. I decided to model my Slimer after the cartoon version also because he gives off a more lovable, Casper the Friendly Ghost appeal, rather than how he appears in the movies.

Like Stay Puft, I had concerns about the ugly pudginess of the body, but trial and error increasing and decreasing worked out pretty well. I have been working a lot lately with open-mouthed characters, and it was fun to insert a tongue this time. I also refined a new technique to make hands that I created when working on Giant Monsters, and I'm super pleased with the outcome.

All in all, I am extremely happy with the way Slimer turned out and wish I could have a copy of him and Stay Puft for my home! Maybe when I have time I can try to make them again for myself or obtain some visiting rights. hahah

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rubber Duckie, You're the One

My friend, Lucille, is fantastic, and also, totally in love with rubber ducks. I mean, bride and groom rubber duck wedding cake topper, serious love. She has a very impressive collection of them and I wanted to add to it with a creation of my own. For her wedding I made her a rubber duckie amigurumi, but after she saw my Damaged Goods, she requested I make a damaged rubber duck. So, I did!

I feel terrible it's such a late gift, but I hope it makes her very happy! Quack, quack!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stay Puft

I was so in love with Ghostbusters, the movies and the cartoon, and aside from the phenomenal cast and slimer, who can forget the cutest biggest terrorizer, Stay Puft!?

Yes, I was commissioned to create him, and it was a very cute project. I did have concerns about his tubby arms and legs, but they worked out quite fine. I decided to embroider his mouth rather than use felt or yarn. I chose not to embroider "STAY PUFT" on his hat because all the fine details happen at the top of his body so I didn't want to overcrowd everything. The color pattern really makes this project look so crisp and clean.

About five years ago I made my own Ghostbusters outfit, but only wore it under a coat while working at a desk job, so here it is debuted! I felted and embroidered all of the decals.

I really don't want to give him up but I am sure he is going to a happy home! Plus, logically I wouldn't be a very good Ghostbuster if I kept him around...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Create Art

Guys, you may not know this about me, but I majored and minored, in creative writing and art, respectively, and always knew my passion was to simply, create art. Well, tonight I just found a surplus of paintings, stories, graphic design work, zines, photography, posters, in a stored plastic bag that I had completely forgotten about. And, I'm in love with, and completely inspired by, myself. I know it's been said, but, never stop following your heart. You're here for a reason.