In Progress: Kalua Moola Custom, Part 1

Here’s a snapshot of my blank Kalua Moola figure waiting to be customized. Look at how tough he is! He’s so ready for me to bring on the paint. I’ve drawn up a few ideas already (you can see some in the pic), and I’m very close to deciding on my final design and I can’t wait to slap on the first layer of paint!

I couldn’t believe it when I first received him — he is hand cast!  I’m so used to the factory made vinyl toys, and have never held an original hand cast vinyl toy before.  It was like seeing an original painting or something, very exciting!  If you’d like to customize your own Kalua Moola figure, then you’re in luck! Argonaut Resins is selling 8 DIY KM figures in their online shop. Grab ’em now because they’re going to sell out fast!

Etsy: More Mini Ghosties + 1 Plush Deer

More plushies hit my Etsy shop today! 7 Mini Ghosties and 1 plush deer:

  • Mini Lime Green Ghostie promotes new growth in any situation.
  • Mini Yellow + Blue Ghostie helps to revitalize you if you are feeling burnt out from too much work.
  • Mini Red Ghostie absorbs all the fears and anxieties around him in an effort to try and make things stable again.
  • Mini Pink + Blue Ghostie helps bring peace to a hurtful relationship.
  • Mini Light Pink Ghostie helps to show there is love in a situation that might seem hopeless.
  • Mini Blue + Pink Ghostie helps bring peace to a hurtful relationship.
  • Mini Lime Green + Pink Ghostie helps to bring out your inner beauty.

Strawberry Cupcake Deer works in a French Confectionery that makes the best sweets available in Deerville. When she’s not selling sugary treats, she likes to browse the local antique shops for treasures and afterward enjoys an afternoon tea at her favourite local cafe.

My very messy Craft Table!

I always like seeing what other people’s craft tables look like, so I thought I’d post a pic of mine as of right this second! It’s so messy and completely unworkable at the moment, but that tends to happen when you have a billion projects on the go.  I added some tags + description to this photo which you can check out over at Flickr.

In progress: New project in the works!

As you know, I like to keep myself busy with lots of art projects.  So after deciding that my list of things-to-do wasn’t long enough, I decided to embark on a new project. Here are a few sneak-peeks:

What’s it going to be? Don’t worry, everything will be revealed by the end of the week! 🙂

Drawings: Kittehs!

I know it’s been a while, but I finally have some drawings to show (wow, really?).  I’ve been trying to push myself to keep drawing more… for several reasons. First because I’d like to, and second (most importantly), because I’ve been commissioned by my brother (♥) to do some illustrations for the political campaign office he works in (pics will be posted when finished). I need to get all the ugly drawings out now so I can start drawing good stuff!  So, I’ve been doing some life drawing of my tuxedo cat Lucky.  I think pets are the perfect life drawing models because well, it’s free, and they’re always lying around in the cutest positions. I think cats have such a beautiful round and fluid shape.  They can stretch their bodies and torque their spine into crazy shapes.  I love how their ears are always listening to the sounds around them.  Okay, enough babble, here are my drawings:

I originally drew them with a blue Col-Erase animation pencil (the best type of pencil to draw with, IMO), scanned them, desaturated them, and then bumped up the contrast. Cheating a little? Maybe. But I wanted them to have a nice and crisp presentation, rather than the faded blue pencil.

I have always loved drawing cats, and drawing Lucky made me remember how much fun it is.  Okay, waaay off tangent, but it’s time for a story: One of my favourite artists who draws/paints animals is the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc.  He created amaaaazing paintings of red deer, yellow cows, blue pigs and blue horses with gorgeous round shapes and some cubist influences.  This Google search shows some of his amazing paintings.  I LOVED Franz Marc in high school, he was definitely one of my art heroes.  I loved him so much that one of my high school projects was of two brightly coloured cats curled up sleeping on a cloud in the sky.  I painted everything in bright colours.  I might have that painting somewhere in storage… who knows.  But the models for those sleeping cats in my projects were my kitties.  Like I said before, cats are the best life drawing models! 🙂

When I used to draw a lot (in College), my art teachers would say that for every 100 drawings, you’ll maybe get 1 that’s good… or something like that. They were really strict on us (man, do I have stories!).  We were taught that unless your drawing was amazing (or got an A), you might as well throw it out and do it over again.  So I would throw away my sketchbooks filled with drawings that I didn’t like. My Mom was completely appalled and would rescue my sketchbooks from the garbage all the time (which annoyed me greatly, lol).  But it’s kind of silly because I really think you need to draw bad drawings to get good ones anyways.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just a part of the creative process.  So now that I’m drawing again and showing my stuff without fear of criticism or bad marks (since I’m doing it for fun), well, it reminds me of my Mom rescuing the drawings I thought were not good enough. I know she’d be happy that I kept these and posted them on the internet! 🙂

Kalua Moola Artist Crossover Series w/ Argonaut Resins

I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to be an artist in the Artist Crossover Series with Argonaut Resins!  I’m going to be painting a Kalua Moola, designed by Lord Mesa and sculpted by Eric Nocella Diaz. I’ll be posting in progress pics as I go along. Below is the figure I’ll be customizing.  Just look at how cute and tough this little bugger is!

Here’s a sneak-peek at what the packaging for the box will look like.  I think it rocks!!!  EEEEE! (That’s me squealing in excitement, lol)  I’m soooo super excited about this! 🙂

[Pic by Argonaut Resins]

Mighty Muggs Show: Pics!

This weekend was also the Mighty Muggs Charity & Art Show at The Labyrinth in Toronto.  Here are some pics of the show from The Labyrinth’s blog:

The customs on display look awesome.  Two of Spades is happy to hang out with Hellboy. 🙂  On a side note, check out all the art books in Dan’s shop!  Can you see why it’s the best art book store in Toronto?  If you’re in Toronto, check it out and donate some cash to charity by voting for your favourite Mugg! And then go buy some books! 🙂