Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Monkey Romance

For Valentine's I was commissioned by amazing singer and artist, Charlie Brand, to crochet the sitting monkey from the IPhone emoji section. He wanted it to look exactly like the emoji, so I wired the monkey to make it very posable.



A little banana friend was an extra request and cute touch to the piece:



I'm very happy with the way he turned out and am super glad to have made Charlie and his lady's Valentine's day a bit cuter!

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Pokedex

Pokemon was a big part of my life. I would spend countless recesses battling friends on gameboy or cards, spend my allowance on the toys, and watch the cartoon after school. Although I don't have time to allow myself to get lost in the game again, I'm still very apart of the culture. In fact, one of the first characters I crocheted was a little Pikachu:


I've always wanted to make more, but I just never continued. So I got really excited when I was asked to make Teddiursa, a Pokemon from the second generation!



I knew that if I started making Pokemon again, I'd have to make my spirit Pokemon, Clefairy! She is my favorite and has the cutest dance move when she does the Metronome attack.



Of course after completion, I had to make them battle:

A wild TEDDIURSA appeared!


CLEFAIRY used METRONOME!


I'm not sure who I'm going to make next, but hopefully it won't be a few years before I start again!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tanooki, too

JapanLA has always held a fond place in my heart as it was the first shop that I showed and sold in, and a key in nudging me to move and live off my art in Los Angeles. I'm so happy it also introduced me to Mandie, the fun writer, creator, and fashionista of Geeky Glamorous. When she invited me to participate in her Geeky Glamorous Art Show, I was so stoked and immediately knew what I wanted to make.

I frequently am asked and suggested to do cosplay, but besides Halloween, I haven't much done it. I really do enjoy designing costumes though, like my Yoshi, Gizmo, and Team Rocket ones, so there is a hint of cosplaying passion in me. However, I decided to let my crochet do the work, and craft a cosplay version as the me I would imagine in Super Mario 3!





I will admit that making me in yarn was kindof weird, but at the same time, I've been told repeatedly that the girls I make look like me. Honestly, I think it's just because I have big Okinawan doll-like eyes, and I make dolls... really! But I thought I might as well do it.




I had a blast at the show, and am so proud of Mandie for doing such an amazing job curating! All the art will be up and running throughout the month of February, so please stop by if you are in the neighborhood!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sheeptastrophe

The most important key when replicating a specific obscure creature is to be familiar with all the angles. My recent project became a most frustrating and time consuming error because of this! I was given this one photo to work with:


My interpretation was this:


But after further discussion with the client, construction of new parts, then later given different angles of the sheep.... four heads later, I finally fulfilled the commission:


The final product is definitely different from anything I've made. I'm so relieved to have it finished, but more importantly, to have won the approval of its new owner.