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!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Burgery Matrimony

I've been insanely prepping for New York Comic Con, so I was only able to take on one custom project as of recent, and boy, was it a cheesy one. The terrific creator of UHOH Toys, Aaron, asked me to crochet a burger couple for his friends' wedding. Since burgers are near and dear to me (health and mind-wise), I was thrilled with the idea of two burgers in love.

Enlarging the proportions of my Cheesyburger was simple enough, but just like the hours of shopping and altering it takes for real brides, the wedding dress was a grueling task! From her veil, sleeves, and gown, all parts were retried and redone countless times till they were perfect. I even did a bit of bead work to give her dress that extra wedding glamour.

Looks like these burgers should have used a condiment!

As you can see, I had a lot of fun with the wedding shoot. I couldn't be more obsessed with these burger lovers! I hope the recipient bride and groom love them just as much as I do.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

On CloudLion

Music has the capability of breathing new elements of life into us. When music is done right, it can transport you to another level, and if you're lucky enough, it will take you to "CloudLion." This is the level where the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms entwine so perfectly that you feel as if you are a happy lion floating on a cloud.

When I was invited to participate in Super Cooper's "Music to my Ears" birthday art show, I was thrilled for the opportunity to crochet how strongly music affects me. I decided to bring my metaphoric CloudLion to life, in a piece I entitled, "On CloudLion" --

If you have a chance to stop by Toy Art Gallery, the show runs till September 10th, 2013. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities "Book Bridge" and CHAMPS," so it's a fun show with a great benefit.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chicky Leg

I have a deep affinity for the consumption of chicken - fried, barbecued, spicy, grilled, you name it.  That being said, when deciding to expand on my foodie keychains, I chose to make a happy fried chicken whom I dubbed "Chicky Leg" --

Not only is this the debut of my Chicky Leg, but I decided to introduce him on a more personal level by hosting a giveaway on my Facebook and Instagram. The random winners will be treated to my homestyle cooked Chicky Leg as well as my specially brewed Mugstached Beer. All entrants have two chances to win by following the directions exactly stated on the fliers, and must be done so through the respective Leesasaur accounts only.

Please be aware that if you repost the photo without sharing directly through my Facebook or hashtagging Leesasaur on Instagram, I won't know you entered. The giveaway closes on July 31st, 2013, and I will select the two winners at random. Best of luck! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kirb Your Hunger

How amazing would it be to have a pet Kirby? Not only would he be a cute bright companion, but he could swallow your enemies and help clean your room. I've done Kirby Mario, Kirby Yoshi and Kirby Pikachu, but before those versions could even exist, there needs to be a hungry Kirby. Thus, a Kirby inhaling was crocheted:

It's a Kirbivore! 

Happy to have this addition to the set, but still looking forward to completing more Kirby identities when I have the time!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Raccoon Mario

It may be thirty years old, but Nintendo Entertainment System is still one of my favorite systems to date. I spent hours playing games like Boy and his Blob, World Games, Barbie - but out of all the random games we owned, we never had Super Mario Bros. 3! That's why I loved going to my cousin's house on holidays when we would get to play his copy of it. The advancement in game play from Super Mario Bros. was amazing, but the most exciting aspect was Mario's power-up suits! 

I eventually want to make all forms of Mario, but I thought after doing regular Mario, and Fire Mario, the next version should rightly be Raccoon Mario.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Modern Stone Age Doggy

Although it's fun and genius how they incorporated stone age animals in The Flintstones every day life, I always feel a little sad for them. The boar garbage disposal must get lonely in the dark under the sink, the mammoth vacuum cleaner probably had to suck up some disgusting things, and the bird record player could never choose his own music to play. But Dino, the Snorkasaurus, has the best life as a modern stone age doggy. He is so lovable and cute that even Fred Flintstone has a soft spot for him. So I was really excited to do a crochet commission of Dino!

This was one of my  favorite pieces to do and I already miss him a lot. I just ordered more of that pink yarn so hopefully when it comes in I'll have time to make a Dino for myself!

Friday, July 5, 2013

It's Electric

Building stock can be the worst! After consecutively crocheting only pokeballs, I was in the mood for a fun break. The most common Pokemon you'll find near power plants are Voltorbs who resemble pokeballs. Voltorbs are badass and evil looking, so it always amused me how their evolved form, Electrode, has this plain leering face. I haven't made anything for myself in a while, so I thought I'd have a little ball of creep (that I don't mind) to chill in my home!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


It took me a while to upgrade to a smartphone, and even though it's been eight months since having one, I know I still haven't utilized all of its capabilities. I leisurely use it to figure out where I am, check my email, play Simpsons Tapped Out, and upload photos to Instagram. It was only a few months ago that I started taking Instagram as a serious method to promote and share my art, and since it has proved to be very fun and beneficial. Photos launch directly to viewer's phones, so it's much quicker and simpler to get your message across to people. Because of Instagram, I've had the opportunity to meet and work with a very sweet girl named Nenah from the UK who asked me to make a replica of her cute dog, Luigi.

I was provided with a vast assortment of photos, which was extremely helpful, as well as detailed specifications. Creating the pattern was a frustrating feat that took a lot longer than I imagined, but Nenah's encouragement and stories about how special her dog is to her helped me push through it.

And what would a dog named Luigi be without his own Luigi hat!?

During the completion of Luigi, Nenah added an adorable puppy to her family named Mario, who I am so excited to make as well! Although I have already seen instances of users uploading my work without any credit, I'm grateful to have had such a successful Instagram connection, and look forward to more!