Urban Vinyl: “Broken” Kracka custom

Here are the final pics for BROKEN, my Kracka custom for the Dragons Custom Toy Show at the SHO Gallery in Wales, UK. There are 49 customs in the show, which you can see here. Part of the proceeds of sales go towards diabetes research.

Broken is a baby dragon who wishes to fly with the big dragons, but he is too young and his wings are too small. He knows he is not ready to fly yet, but he is impatient and wants to overcome this obstacle. Recently he attempted to fly with the conviction of his heart, but he fell and broke himself. Broken will try to fly again someday, once his heart is healed.

Urban Vinyl: ‘Love’ custom resin Tuttz Mini

Love‘ is my Tuttz Mini custom (sculpted by Eric of Argonaut Resins). His name is painted just above his bleeding heart and his feet reveal his original pink resin base. This is my first Tuttz Mini custom and the smallest custom (4.5″) I’ve ever painted too! ‘Love’ will be available for purchase on Sunday, January 29th at 3pm EST at emilybee.bigcartel.com!

Love might be an itty bitty kitty, but someday he’ll grow into into a big feline with an even bigger heart.  He spends his days chasing birds and scratching up the side of the couch.  When he’s had his fun he likes to curl up in his owner’s lap for a long snooze.

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Urban Vinyl: ‘Strength’ custom resin Tuttz

Introducing ‘Strength‘, my newest Tuttz custom (sculpted by Eric of Argonaut Resins). I painted him by hand and left a bit of his original pink resin base showing through around his face.  His name is wrapped around his neck.  This is my 4th Tuttz custom to date (you can see the rest of them here).  ‘Strength’ will be available for purchase on Wednesday, January 25th at 3pm EST at emilybee.bigcartel.com!

Strength may have a black heart, but he is surely not weak.  His name wraps around his neck, exuding power in a vulnerable area.  Strength stands strong during hard times that challenge him to the core, never wavering.

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Urban Vinyl: ‘Destroy’ custom resin Pharaoh Hound

My latest custom is the resin ‘Pharaoh Hound’ sculpted by Eric of Argonaut Resins. This custom is entirely painted by hand, however I left peek-a-boo sections on his body showing off his lovely original pink resin base. His name is ‘Destroy‘, which is emblazoned across his chest. He will be available for purchase on Thursday, January 19th at 3pm EST at emilybee.bigcartel.com (follow me on Twitter for the latest updates)!

Destroy‘s red heart beats full + strong regardless of the bloody remnants that drip from his chest.  The idea behind ‘Destroy’ is that we all have the ability to destroy and break a connection we have with someone else, regardless if we still feel strong love and passion for them. It is easier to destroy than to create.

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Urban Vinyl: ‘For The Love Of Vinyl’ show

I just finished my custom Symbiote for the “For The Love Of Vinyl” group show at Dragatomi in Sacramento, CA. The show runs from March 12th to April 2nd, and features the work of 25 artists.

I named him ‘Let Go’, which is inspired by my upcoming relocation from Vancouver, Canada to London, UK. I will be moving next month, and although I am SO excited to experience life in London and looking forward to the new adventures that await, I am also sad about (temporarily) leaving behind all the amazing friends I’ve made during my year here in Vancouver.  Sometimes we have to let go of things deep in our hearts to make way for new love that will grow there.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
— Marilyn Monroe

Here’s a couple shots of him in progress:

The Symbiote has such a huge head, so I wanted to paint the majority of the design there.  I wanted a huge heart as the focal point, as if he’s solely thinking with his heart.  I wanted the heart to be bold and the rest of the colours to be very soft and feminine.  I drew the sketch directly on the toy instead of drawing it out on paper first.

Art Show: TOMS Shoes for Seven @ Ayden Gallery

I finished my custom TOMS shoes! As I mentioned in a previous post, Ayden Gallery is hosting a show called ‘Seven’ in celebration of their 7th anniversary! Over 50 artists will add their personal touch to TOMS shoes. The shoes will be on display at the show opening at Ayden Gallery (Vancouver, BC) on Friday, February 18th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm.  The shoes will be for sale and all proceeds go to charity. Find out more at the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198895993457931

When I was thinking about what I wanted to paint it was important for me to create a design that I would actually wear.  I also wanted to paint something with a typography theme choosing names of characters from the story Alice In Wonderland. I wanted to feature the main lettering ‘White Rabbit’ as bright and bold. Then I added some ‘supporting text’ as subtle design-y looking shapes instead of being recognizable as text.  The light blue text says ‘Jabberwocky’.  (You can see the in progress pics here and here.)