I finished off a couple of plush commissions this week.
First off I made a plush skull deer with mohawk for my awesome friend Troy Stith. (Dude sculpts his own toys! Check out his Flickr, he’s rad.)
The second plush I made was a Pierrot for an awesome customer who wanted her doll to be female (instead of the male Pierrot I made in the past). I’ve named this one “Pierrette”.
I have more commissions in the works, so expect another post soon!
Mortal Plush: I Am Not Your Toy opens tomorrow night at Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor, MD. They will have live DJ’s spinning tunes, a performance by Helicopters and Vultures, and free gelato samples! The show runs from July 11 – August 11, and if you’re in the neighbourhood you should go check it out!
I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to make it (I’m on the other side of the country) because I have one plush in the show, the Sad Pierrot! You can see him hanging up below.
Art Whino is a beautiful open & modern gallery space and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic plush show. I’m not sure if they will be selling the plush online after the opening reception, but they will be available for sale at their store. You can see more pics of the show here.
In my last post I mentioned that I had a custom doll in progress. Well, he’s finally completed, and here he is! Introducing my first male plush doll: Pierrot. Pierrot is based on the sad French clown mime. In the play Commedia dell’Arte, Pierrot loses his love Columbine to Harlequin. Pierrot is trusting and naïve, and as a result is always being tricked, used and laughed at. Quite the tragic character! The black & white costume and pathetic character both appeal to me, and I think are a strong part of Pierrot’s overall look.
I generally like to blush cheeks, but this time I decided to make them more obvious. I used large pink circles and obvious stitching so the cheeks would really stand out, in keeping with the style of traditional mime makeup.
As with every unique doll plush I make, I first start with a sketch. I ended up using the bottom left design, but I might end up making the other sketches someday (I especially want to make the dude with the hat!).