Inspiration: New Acquisitions

I added some new pieces to my collection this month.  The first thing is Krista Huot‘s latest print “The Key”.   It’s a limited edition print numbered at 3/25 and was released at her “Nepenthe” solo show at Gallery 1988, San Francisco.  Check out all the work from the show here:

The next thing I purchased is the Sweet Monster Fulcraim by Kaijin. He comes with a laminated certificate that indicates the show he was launched at (Kaijin Exhibition @ One Up, Tokyo, June 9-15, 2008) and is number 67/80.  He has two faces and is full of hot pink awesomeness!

I also picked up the 3 inch Mori Chack Dunny à la Gloomy Bear style from the 2009 Dunny Series. And my friend Troy Stith sent me his DIY Lil’ Lucha Dentadura! Troy hand casts his own resin figures, which I think is awesome. I plan on customizing this little guy soon.

And last but not least, my sweet friend Leeanna Butcher sent me these gorgeous Alice In Wonderland postcards!  It’s been a great month! ❤

Tim Burton: Alice In Wonderland + German Expressionism

With an artist name like “Follow The White Rabbit”, it’s no surprise that I’m an Alice In Wonderland fan.  😛  But I’m also a huge Tim Burton fan.  And now my life is almost complete because Tim Burton is directing the new Alice In Wonderland movie (released in 2010) AND some of my friends are working on it!! The movie looks gorgeous, I really can’t wait to see it in the theatre!

Check out these awesome images that have been released:

[Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter & Mia Wasikowska as Alice]

Alice in The Garden of Live Flowers. If you look closely, you can see faces in the flowers!

Tim Burton is my favourite director of all time. He started out as an Animator at Walt Disney Studios, and worked his way up to become a Director.  His resume has lots of my favourite movies on it (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Ed Wood, etc).  What I love about his movies is that he’s not afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to artistic direction (even if his story arcs aren’t that strong).  I can’t name another director who is either that daring or trusted to go for a super unique look.  I also love his gothic twist on things.  He truly is a brilliant and inspirational artist.

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

You can tell that he takes a lot of inspiration from German Expressionism, which characteristically have amazing sharp bold shapes in their sets and lighting/shadows.  German Expressionism portrays the emotion of a scene/situation with stylized cinematography, instead of it being portrayed through character or dialogue.  Another influence I’ve noticed is the name of the villain in “Batman Returns” is “Max Schreck”, which is the same name of the actor who plays Count Orlok in “Nosferatu”!  (Yes, I’m a total film nerd.)

This is a still from the movie Nosferatu (1929). You can see the tone, emotion and intent in this shot just by the light and shadow cast on the wall. The German Expressionists were masters at this art form.

A few months ago I was having lunch at my favourite restaurant Royal/T when all of a sudden Tim Burton walks in.  I look over and totally had one of those movie moments where everything was playing in slow motion.  Tim Burton was silhouetted in black by the bright light that was shining in from the door behind him.  He walked past me and sat down at the table diagonal from us with his lunch party (with most likely his production staff).  I was in shock — I couldn’t move!  I couldn’t think!  And I coincidentally was wearing my Nightmare Before Christmas hoodie, too!  lol.  I’ve never had a fangirl moment like that with any other celebrity, but I did with Tim Burton.  haha.  😛

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands (1990)

If you’d like to read more about Tim Burton, visit his official website (which unfortunately isn’t that great) or The Tim Burton Collective (lots of great info).  For those of you in NYC, he will be having an art exhibition at MoMA from November-April!   He will also be releasing “The Art of Tim Burton” book soon (which I absolutely must get!!)!  Also, Lenny’s Alice In Wonderland site is a great resource for anything Alice (e-books, pics, trivia, etc), one that I use almost all the time!

I’ll end this post with one of my favourite short films titled: “Vincent” (1982), directed by Tim Burton and narrated by Vincent Price.  Check it out if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet.  Can you tell what film style this short film was inspired by? 😉

Urban Vinyl: Junko Mizuno Pure Trance mini figures

One of my favourite artists is Junko Mizuno, an illustrator (list of books she’s illustrated) and toy designer (list of toys she’s designed) from Japan. Her work is super cute with a slightly evil edge, which is a hard combination for me to resist! I have been following and collecting her work for a few years now, so I’m always excited when she releases something new. Earlier this month she released a set of mini figures called “Pure Trance“.  I picked a few of them up, and here are my pics of them below.  (There are still more I want to get!)

Yuki & Miki — Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance blind-box (2/20)
“When twin sisters Yuki & Miki combine their mysterious superpowers they can practice magic. If you feed the skull fresh food, their powers become even stronger.”

Junko Mizuno Dunny, Series 5 (1/50) (This one looks inspired from spaghetti & meatballs, lol!)

Umeko & Takeko — Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance blind-box (3/20)
“Umeko & Takeko are artificial nurses created by the Director. Takeko has a calm personality whereas Umeko is a bit of a baby. They both have superior abilities in operations and their nurses’ caps are not removable as they are part of their bodies.”

Yasue the Wrestler— Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance blind-box (2/20)
“When Yasue The Wrestler was a student at the Ikebukuro School of Martial Arts she and her friends were into blackmail, assault, gambling and drugs. Now she has washed her hands of her sinful ways and works as a professional wrestler at the female wrestling bar “Power Angel”.”

Above are pics of the Junko Mizuno toys I already own. They wanted to be shown, too! 😀
[On the left] Chika (3 versions: Peach, Mint and Grape) from Junko Mizuno’s Miznotic Fantasy Series
[On the right] Nurse Flash-it from the Qee Ox-Op Series 3 (5/30)

She’s having a solo show at the Magic Pony in Toronto this month, so I’m going to try and check it out if I get the chance.

Made In Mexico show @ Bear & Bird Gallery

Today I wanted to talk about the new piece of art I just bought from the fantastic artist Cecy Meade!  The other day I was perusing the Bear & Bird Boutique & Gallery (where I will have a piece in their Stitch Wars show this summer), and saw that their current show Made In Mexico was online. I looked through their online shop and saw a beautiful original piece by one of my favorite artists Cecy Meade and immediatly bought it. $20 for an original piece of artwork was more than a deal!  I have been following Cecy Meade on Flickr for a while now (and have been totally blown away every time I see her work), so to own a piece of her artwork equals happiness for me! ♥

This is the piece I bought.  I love the untraditional brown paper, the bright colours and the lines are so bold and confident.  She reminds me of a John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren & Stimpy) style of cute girl.  I’m very happy to add her to my art collection. 🙂

Orange Hair A Girl by Cecy Meade

Go and check out the work from the Made In Mexico show that is available in Bear & Bird’s online shop. You just might find a piece of art that is both awesome and totally affordable. 🙂 You can also check out Bear & Bird’s Flickr for pics of the whole show.

Etsy: New Deer + Early Christmas Present

I’ve listed two new deer in my Etsy shop, and they’re both in colours that have never been available before!

Elegant Eggplant Deer
Elegant Eggplant Deer loves to cook and bake vegan meals for her friends. She is planning on opening the first vegan restaurant in Deerville, and wants to name it: “The Elegant Eggplant” after herself. It’s well deserving because her food is to die for.

Elegant Plum Deer
Elegant Plum Deer crochets the most elaborate doilies you’ve ever seen. She makes them for all occasions and even gives them to her friends for their birthdays. Some of her friends have accumulated quite the doily collection because of it.

Early Christmas
I bought an Anna Chambers plush from the Luvable Hugable 2008 show as an early Christmas present to myself.  Hee hee!  Anna is one of my favourite plush artists as well as a huge inspiration, so to finally own an original creation of hers is sooo exciting.  Isn’t he so amazingly cute!!!

Foggy by Anna Chambers

Sekrit plush dolly plans revealed!

Okay, so I’ve been wanting to create my own line of something for a while now. I have ideas for plush tea bags, plush/vinyl mushroom guys, but I also want to make my own dollehs. I am very inspired by Craig McCracken (creator of the Powerpuff Girls, and art director on Dexter’s Labratory), Anna Chambers (amazing illustrator, and she has her own line of plushies), and Mizna Wada (amazing illustrator and plush/vinyl toy maker. She made Lollipop Girl and painted Blood Girl), but I also want to bring my own style too. (I hope I did!) Here are the first set of sketches that I drew:

L>R: Pink Victorian Mistress, Alice in Wonderland, Gothy Sad Girl, Dorothy Gale, Zombie Girl, Shy Heart.

L>R: Gloomy Girl, Victorian Mistress, Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy Gale, Snowflake Girl.

Next up, instead of diving right into making a plushie (which can be very frustrating for the first time around), I decided to make a felt “sketch” of what I wanted, so I could eventually make a pattern off of the sketch. This way I could see what size things needed to be to look good, and it gave me an idea of what worked, and what didn’t. Things can work great as an idea or on paper, but when translated to 3D, it can be a different story altogether… or even from the felt “sketch” to the final product could have things that won’t work (like the coloured streaks in her hair look kinda neat on the felt “sketch”, but they’re too small to sew onto the hair, so I went with the stitched look instead). The felt “sketch” is of my Absinthe Zombie Girl. I need to buy more grey felt to actually make her. :\

So the next thing was, I made a pattern from Absinthe Zombie Girl, and decided to make my first plush doll based off of Emilie Autumn. It was soooooooo much fun making her. I made her all the way back in September (or was it August?), but work had such a *huge* crunch, that I didn’t have time to do make anymore of them. Now that I have the time, I can actually start making these for real. ^_^ I’m going to post her at the EA forum, and see what people think. 😛 Posted!

[Below is Miss Autumn herself… a big inspiration of mine. :)]

The next time I would like to use nice material for her dress, instead of felt. I made her striped socks out of strips of felt because I didn’t have any striped material at the time. 😛

I really like the way that Anna Chambers’ uses stitches instead of an outline or change of fabric, etc to show lines. So, I used her idea and added stitches in her hair to show swooping and swirling hair.

Then my second attempt was to make brown-haired Mushroom Girl. I’m happy with how her face and hair turned out, but I don’t like how her dress folds and creases weird. Next time I’m going to give her a skirt. I also made her striped socks out of strips of felt, but now that my striped fabric has arrived, I don’t have to do that anymore. ^_^

Then I decided that I really should work out what I wanted for the dress/skirt, and I came up with this (below). The doll body is the same fabric as the skirt. After the skirt is made, I hand sew it onto the body, giving the illusion that it’s all one piece.

I don’t actually have a name set in stone for what I’m going to call these dolls, or what their names will be (still working on all of that), but I have lots of ideas of more types of dollies I want to make. I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned. ^_~

That’s the end of the tour. Thanks for looking! ^_^