Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Worktable

Moss isn't growing on me this year! I've already moved on to my next project. Sketches, which I never usually show and a beginning wip. It's super cloudy and dark here today so this is the best my tablet could do so I hope you can see these ok.

Can you guess the theme? This 2 piece soft sculpture will be up for sale once completed. I wanted to make them for my friend Patrick Gill's EWWL selling site but I'm not sure I'll meet the deadline but I LOVE the theme so am doing the piece anyway.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wow It's Been A Month...

since I lasted posted. Sorry about that! I really got caught up in the fantasy soft sculpture piece I showed the beginning of in my last post. This was the first piece in a long time that I really enjoyed making. I may make 2 more pieces for a series, if I have time.

Well it's done and shipped so I'll show it now and then move on to the other topics I planned to post about that some of you were probably waiting for ie. my research on a new selling platform etc.

 She's a winged Unicorn Fairy, a protector of the head. The new owner of this piece was kind enough to let me do whatever I wanted in the theme. I've had this in my head for some time but wasn't just going to make it, although I should have anyway.
Her wings are individually hand cut sewn and attached to a wing framework and sewn to her back. It's just an idea of wings, a representation of wings. The stump she sits on is part of the piece too.
Closeup of her face and top. She's made entirely from premium and wool blend felt, except for the hair.
She has articulated hands, which look really weird right here, that can curl around the baby unicorn on her lap.
Baby winged unicorn. I originally thought to give her some music instrument to hold before I decided on this. I'm not entirely happy with the baby, I didn't make a prototype first, I just winged it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this piece.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Worktable Thursday

I've got a lot going on and it's making tired and I feel overwhelmed. So of course I take on ANOTHER project! LOL! I joined another art swap group a while back cause some artist friends belong and it gives me more chances to interact with them. I just sort of followed along, too tired to actually do anything but did join a supply swap and on impulse joined a fantasy swap. Not sure why I do these things to myself but I do. Anyway my partner doesn't read my blog so I'll show more wips here than to the group. I want some elements to be a surprise to my partner until it's done.
Although it looks like a doll it's actually going to be a soft sculpture piece. She'll have large wings too, which I haven't figured the logistics to yet. She'll be sitting on some forest type thing and holding something. The swap ends May 15th, thank goodness cause I'll need every minute to get this done plus everything else I'm supposed to be doing.

Do any of you take on more than you know you should?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Final Logo Done

In the last post I showed glasses vs no glasses on the mouse/rat. I've been playing around with the size of glasses, color of glasses, eye position of mouse with no glasses and then eye position of mouse with glasses. Whew! I finally settled on 2 I liked. 

The mouse with no glasses is cute and has a cleaner look but I also felt that it made the whole logo too cutesy. I do make whimsical things but I didn't want my logo to represent something so very child-like. I am going to make some products for children but some are for adult collectors too. Quite honestly I could keep re-fining and designing forever and never be happy, so I set aside the no glasses mouse (sorry Cindi!) and am calling it done.

On the alternate logo I'm still undecided on the smaller mouse head vs the larger mouse head. See the choices never end! Anyway it is what it is for now.

So next steps will be to re-design this blog using the logo, colors etc. Order product tags (I currently make my own). Finish my packing design. Design my website. Shoot my product. Oh yeah and finish my product! Weeks and weeks of work to go, but my lists are keeping me focused and I'm not overwhelmed yet. Thanks to all who comment and are sharing this journey with me.


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