Urban Vinyl: ‘Without You’ custom resin 8″ Tuttz

Without You is my new Tuttz custom. He’s 8 inches tall and hand painted with acrylic. (If you missed it, there’s an in progress pic of him here.) He’s the first Tuttz custom I decided to keep because he’s very personal to me… he was inspired by recent losses in my life. The broken, bleeding heart is pretty self-explanatory, and the shards of diamonds are to give the effect that he’s shattering. I went through a huge emotional process creating & completing him.

Life Without You rips me apart to my core. I am forced to continue my journey through life without your warm body by my side. My body and mind fight against that idea every second of every day. I am forced to reevaluate who I am. But who am I without you… when you are on my mind, in the blood of my veins and in the depth of my soul. Life will be different, but it will never be the same without you…

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Urban Vinyl: O’Bot resin figure Work in Progress

‘O’Bots’ is the new resin toy produced by Argonaut Resins & Carbon Fibre Media. They are 2 inch resin figures with a head that articulates (it can spin 360 degrees like the Exorcist.. wheee!). They have asked me to paint a couple of figures, so here is a sneak peek at the first one.

They also made this cool custom template of me as an O’Bot (and included little details like my laceless Chucks & wrist tattoos ^^). Awesome!

Urban Vinyl: Designer Toy Awards 2013

I’m so excited… I was nominated for ‘Best Customizer’ at the Designer Toy Awards!!! Thank you to whoever nominated me! It’s a really big honour to have my work nominated amongst a lot of talented and well-established artists in the vinyl scene. This kind of feedback keeps me motivated to continue creating & sharing the art that I love to do. So, thank you very much for the extra support. xx

If you would like to vote for me, please click here.

Drawing: Audrey Tautou as Amélie // Drawing Challenge #2

30 DAY DRAWING CHALLENGE #2 – Someone you like (celebrity, significant other, or crush).

For this challenge I chose to draw French actress Audrey Tautou as Amélie from the film ‘Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain’ (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain). I love Miss Tautou; I think she’s beautiful, and I love this film. Watching it makes me reminisce about the times I’ve visited Paris, and think of all the locations I’ve been to that are in the film — Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Canal St. Martin… ♥. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amélie’ when you get a chance because it’s gorgeous, quirky, unique, and not a typical Hollywood film.

Drawings: Tea Time Fox

I spent most of the day drawing and one of the things I drew was a fox drinking tea. (Well why not, right?) After I scanning it into the computer I thought about how to tackle colour. My previous drawing “Alter Ego” was my 1st attempt at digital colouring, and although I am somewhat happy with how it turned out, it took several days to finish and I would prefer to not spend that much time on a piece! I would like to streamline my work so I can finish a project efficiently and at the same time keep it high quality (I think this is every artists’ goal). Earlier today I ran across a simple but insightful tutorial that had good advice about using “multiply” layers to colour in Photoshop. So I tried that with my fox sketch and it worked really well. This colouring technique was fast and it utilized the shading I had done in the original sketch to a point where it actually enhanced it! And colouring it only took a few hours instead of days. 😛 (If you are on Pinterest & looking for drawing tutorials, this is an excellent board to follow: http://pinterest.com/koztar/cg-anatomy-tutorials-for-artists/)

Below are the work in progress shots for “Tea Time Fox”. You can see part of the original sketch on the left, and the first bits of colour on the right.