It’s an invasion! More yummy flavours of Mohawk’d Plush Deer are now available in my Etsy shop!
[On the far left] Blueberry Lime Fizz currently has the #1 single on the music charts in Deerville! She writes & sings her own music and loves to make sparkly costumes for her live shows.
[On the far right] Blueberry Grape Tartelette works for a decorating magazine as the lead designer. She has a good eye for sleek, modern and trendy design. The chic magazine you just read was probably designed by her! 😉
[In the middle] 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.
[On the left] Starlight Soda Deer runs the local observatory in Deerville. She is an astronomer and gazes out into the stars every night. She has discovered new galaxy’s and still wishes on shooting stars.
[On the right] Grape Tangerine Twist loves to go out dancing at Deerville’s hottest nightclub “The Roxy” and meet all the cute Does who are waiting for a dashing young Stag to ask them to dance. He loves to impress the ladies with all the hottest new dance moves.
More plushies hit my Etsy shop today! 7 Mini Ghosties and 1 plush deer:
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.
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! 🙂
Just Blazed is hosting the Munny Grubbers show tomorrow night from 8pm-11pm! There will be giveaways, prizes, a raffle, and a contest judged by the crowd! My custom Loved Unloved will be on display and for sale, and there will be lots of amazing customs there too, so definitely check it out if you’re in the area. They are located at 1740 East McDowell Road in Phoenix, Arizona.
I’m happy to say that Loved Unloved has been getting a bit of love this week! ♥ He was featured on the awesome toy blog Tomopop.com! You can read the article HERE.
He was also featured on my favourite urban toy blog SpankyStokes.com. You can read the article HERE.
The Labyrinth is hosting the Mighty Muggs Art show tomorrow from 6pm-9pm! The show is free and everyone is welcome. There will be lots of custom Muggs both on display and for sale. They will also be raising money for World Vision by voting on their favourite Mugg custom via money donation. There will be a Character Design Showdown event (which is like a drawing improv). Everyone who participates in the improv will get a little something for their efforts. They will also be running a special book sale on select titles, with a portion of profits going to charity.
The Labyrinth is the best art book store in Toronto, specializing in animation, illustration, and manga books. I try to visit this shop every time I’m back in Toronto, cause they have tons of awesome stuff that you can’t get anywhere else. The Labyrinth is located at 386 Bloor Street West (2 blocks west of Spadina Station) in Toronto, and their regular hours are Mon-Tues: 11:30-7:30, Wed-Sat: 11:30-8, and Sun: 12-7:30.
I was so happy to see Two of Spades proudly announcing the show over at The Labyrinth‘s blog. 😀
My plush deer are now available at Chuckwa! Chuckwa is a boutique store and gallery located in Fullerton, California. They sell urban vinyl, art toys, clothing and more. They also have a large gallery space where they feature street art, pop art, and urban vinyl art (my custom Skully vinyl + plush were in the Custom Mini Skully show). These plush deer are only available in their shop, so if you are nearby, go check them out! 🙂 They are located at: 2453 E Chapman Ave in Fullerton, CA (near Disneyland!), and they’re open Mon-Fri: 9-9, and Sat: 10-9. Chuckwa has a Facebook page, a My Space page, and an online shop.
[Photo property of Chuckwa]
(Awww… they’re on a shelf with Shawnimals ninja, Spok Spok and Gloomy Bear, all my plush heroes! ♥)
[Photo property of Chuckwa]
And here’s a pic of me (3 months ago — I have black hair now) in front of Chuckwa! 🙂
More plush deer with mohawks have hit my Etsy shop! 😀
[On the left] Pink Grapefruit Deer owns a juice shop where she sells very healthy drink concoctions. If you need a boost of energy or ginseng, this is the place to go! I hear the strawberry banana drink is the best.
[On the right] Starlight Soda Deer runs the local observatory in Deerville. She is an astronomer and gazes out into the stars every night. She has discovered new galaxy’s and still wishes on shooting stars.
[On the left] 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.
[On the right] Grape Tangerine Twist Deer loves to go out dancing at Deerville’s hottest nightclub “The Roxy” and meet all the cute Does who are waiting for a dashing young Stag to ask them to dance. He loves to impress the ladies with all the hottest new dance moves.
Here is my finished 7 inch Munny custom “Loved Unloved”. He was made for the Munny Grubbers show at Just Blazed in Phoenix, Arizona. The show opens this Saturday (August 8th, 2009), and he will be for sale along with lots of other awesome customs (like Brigitte’s Slade)! 🙂
I took a few days to sketch out lots of different ideas until I settled on this final design for my custom (now I have tons of other ideas for future customs — score!). Since the show is being held at Just Blazed (a graffiti store), I wanted my custom to have a clean graphic look and use lettering of some sort. I wanted him to have dripping hearts for eyes, an x-ray’d style skeleton body and I wanted him to have text across his forehead. I also wanted him to give him a sort of a tattooed/graffiti look. Before I started to sketch out my design on the blank Munny, I printed up a page of my favourite fonts for reference and sketched the initials on his head. (You can see the page of fonts in the before pic). I used the font “Dearest” which I also use for the banner of blog and my Etsy shop. The initials “WR” stand for “White Rabbit”. 🙂 I REALLY enjoyed designing, painting and creating this custom. I’m almost sad to put him up for sale, but I hope he finds a nice home. 🙂
So here’s the part where I geek out and talk about lettering…
My Grandfather was a Linotype Operater. He printed newspapers, books, etc, using a Linotype machine. The machine was HUGE and had to be constantly lubricated and maintained because of the 2000 working parts. Each Operator had to know how to take apart their machine and put it back to together quickly so they could fix it and get the job done. Apparently he was really good at it because he won several competitions! The keyboard on the Linotype is different from the one we have today — it has 90 keys with both upper and lower case letters, and there were areas to swap in letters with italics, different fonts, different sizes, etc. When he would set up the text for printing, he lined up the letters by hand and had to spell each word backwards (that’s how you would print letters the right way). There was no spell check back then, so he had to get each word right and work fast. I think that’s an amazing accomplishment for someone who’s second language was English!
My Father was a Hand Letterer/Sign Writer. He taught himself how to hand-paint letters, and started out painting signs for businesses, trucks, buildings, etc. He used a mahl stick to make sure his hand was both steady when he painted, give him precise curved edges, and also it would prevent him from accidentally touching the wet paint. He’s so skilled that he doesn’t need a mahl stick anymore. I remember when I was a kid he got this commission where he had to paint logos on the sides of a bunch of white vans in a short amount of time. There were a ton of white vans parked outside of our house, and he was there just painting and painting for hours. He was so focused and spent so much time perfecting his skill, that I grew up with the same love, passion and focus for my own artwork. My Dad taught me about typefaces (I knew the difference between Serif and Sans Serif lettering at like age 10) and letter spacing (each letter generally has the same space, but there are some exceptions to the rule). When computers were introduced sign writing was then mainly done with cut-out vinyl lettering. It was still a ton of work because he had to measure and line up the letters just right before he stuck them on the sign. He made festival and street signs for the city of Toronto for years.
And to top it off, my parents met in a silk screen printing shop! So as you can see, the appreciation for typography runs through my blood. I came into lettering when I was doing graffiti back in 1996, and had my chance to create stylized letters (which I will save for a future post!). 😉 For those who love lettering too, visit LetterCult, a blog for lots of awesome typography.
Okay, back to the custom…
I named him Loved Unloved because of his eyes. (I always start painting a custom starting with the eyes because I think they are the main captivating element, and the rest of the design just follows.) One eye/heart is untouched while the other eye/heart is broken. Either way, love sure hurts this Munny. Not much is known about Loved Unloved because he was written out of the Alice In Wonderland series. What really happened is Loved Unloved also followed the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole like Alice did, however he did not have a soft landing. Unfortunately he broke his neck and died, and his ghost has been haunting the rabbit hole ever since. His soul is not allowed back up into reality or through the keyhole into Wonderland. So he is forever roaming the hallways that are not quite part of either world. The good thing is that there are lots of bookshelves lining the walls in the rabbit hole, so he has plenty to read. Poor little sad roaming ghost spirit boy who was completely forgotten about. 😦