Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Angry Little Asian Girl

"I was born here, you f*cking dipsh!t. Don't you know anything about immigration!?"
- Kim, from Angry Little Girls
The above was basically my attitude the entire time I attended college in eastern Washington. It was tough, and at times, is still tough to be understood as a female Asian American. I know that everyone has their share of stereotypes on their culture/race/class/sexuality, but it's refreshing when we can find humor and relate to our inequalities. That's why I loved doing my latest commission of Lela Lee's character, Kim, a sharp potty-mouthed Asian girl who's not afraid to speak her mind whether or not it may be offensive.

I had seen images of the Angry Little Asian Girl before, but I never divulged into her character till I began working on the project. Not knowing what I was getting into, I started watching videos from the youtube channel to gather inspiration, and I immediately fell in love Kim. Coincidentally, a new video was released during research time:

Having her mannerisms in mind made the project more fun to work on. I ended up wiring her body so she could properly stick the middle at anyone who gets in her way.


I'm really thankful to my sweet client who introduced me to the world of Angry Little Girls. I'm excited and wish Lela Lee the best in all her future angry character endeavors!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Good Show

Cartoon nostalgia is rough. They say they don't make cartoons like they used to, but all cynicism and stubbornness aside, there are some brilliant cartoons on current TV. Take the dynamic bromance of The Angry Beavers, chilled with the attitude of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, glazed with the bizarreness of Adventure Time, served in a Sega Master System cartridge, and you get, Regular Show!

The show focuses on slacker BFFs, Mordecai (a Blue Jay) and Rigby (a raccoon), who work as groundskeepers for a park. While I identify most with Mordecai, I adore the silly and naive Pops, who is the son of the park's owner. His giggles, his phrases, his lollipop currency, there are just so many reasons why he's my favorite. I think everything he does is adorable.

Last July, I crocheted 85% of Pops, but I love him so much that I wanted to make a hug-sized version, so I ceased working on the piece. I had every intention of finishing him. I even bought props to go along with his photoshoot. But then I got caught up with other projects, and then the holidays came around, and all the while, Franken-Pops was just hanging around looking miserable:


Even though I wanted him to be bigger, today, I got tired of looking at his sad face, so I finished him!



Little-Pops sized lollies:


Playing Quartz, Parchment, Shears with my favorite!


Honestly, after finally completing him, I wish I had just done it earlier. I don't know when I'll get another break to make something I really want to make, so I'm incredibly happy I took the time to have my Pops!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hot Fries

With all the accompanying I've been doing with my Nintendo and Pokemon inspired crochet work, I wanted to give some of my characters their own friends. Cheesyburger is one of my favorites, so I decided he should have a fry buddy, but a fry buddy with an edge.

The only affinity for spicy food I have is the Flamin' Hot brand. I had my share of trials and fun with the original hot Cheetos, the Puffs, the Munchies, the Puffercorn, but the Fries are my favorite! When I lived in Washington, I could only find them in tiny bags and limited stock at the local Dollar Tree. I then became spoiled upon moving to California where the Hot Fries were in abundance, at mostly every store.

For my crochet rendition, at first I used an anime style sweat drop, to show the result of what Hot Fries do to you. But I figured it wasn't poignant enough, so I went for the more definite indication, and used the classic flame:



Now my Cheesyburger has a spicy new companion to hang with!



Take a lesson from bunny and know your Hot Fries limit!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hamlet

Looking for a low-maintenance, adorable piggy to own? Well, you could always follow lead of Arctic Empire's, Rico, and commission me to fashion a piggy to your customized needs! The task was to construct a sitting fuzzy pig with big ears, a red handkerchief, and a posable curly tail. I was given two photos as reference:


And thus, "Hamlet" was born!



So, this little piggy is off to Canada to be united with his new owner!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Plumber Lovin

Do real life plumbers ever dream that their life was a bit more like Mario's? It must suck to be reminded that instead of going down pipes to ride dinosaurs and throw fireballs, you're unclogging them of hairballs and gunk. At least they can go home and play Super Mario Bros, that is, if they're fortunate to have a game station and a TV. Unfortunately for me, I have my Super Nintendo system, but have been without a TV for years. I do, however, have the resources to construct my own Mario and hold my own adventures, so that's exactly what I did!

Two summer's ago I made a Mario Fire piece, and hadn't made a Mario since. But now, since I've recently made all the different color Yoshis...


...I decided it's only right to have Mario available as well!



BFFs united at last!




Mario keeps it fresh!


I didn't realize how essential Mario was to my collection till I actually paired Yoshi with him. I don't know why I hadn't done him sooner, but I feel so complete now that he exists!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pikaboo

A couple years ago I began my Identity Crisis Kirbys, but I never got pass Mario and Yoshi. The next one was always going to be Kirby Pikachu, and since I started working on Pokemon again, I decided to finally do it. The result is more adorable than I imagined:



Since the hat was fairly easier to make than I expected, I used the pattern I created to crochet a quick Pikachu for a photo shoot together. I'm actually not too happy with my Pikachu, but for the first time I just had it done strictly for the photos. Without a mouth it looked so plain, but with a mouth, it looks cheesy, so I'll figure that out later.



I'm super excited for the new Pikachu Kirby and am now contemplating which identity to take on next. As far as Pokemon go, the one I really wanted to make was Pichu, so I'll probably work on that before I test out Pikachu again.