Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting ready for Philly!

With just a few weeks until the Quinlan Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Convention in Philadelphia, I have been busy, busy, busy in my studio! I always have the idea of recording my work in progress here on my blog, but I get so caught up in what I am doing, I often forget to take pictures, let alone post about them!

I thought I would take a moment today to post some photos that I have taken. My head has been absolutely buzzing with ideas and like this little rabbit, I have been hopping from one project to another for many weeks! It's time to focus and finish!

Here is "Daffodil" getting her markings. I find it easier to add the color as each body part is added so you can see here on her unattatched leg what color the fur is before the Prismacolor shading is added. I love this part!

Adding color.

I was delighted to have her as part of our Easter decor while she waits to find her new home in Philly!

I have also been working on a Steampunk themed bear for one of the special galleries at the show. His name is Icarus, a perfect name suggested by my son!

From my sketchbook

Wing mock up

Icarus waits for his special accessories

I'm also bringing a  fun circus themed bear. This special vignette will include the toy circus train which you can see in progress below.  I'm keeping this bear under wraps for now!

I have created a new natural style bear pattern with an articulated spine and this playful polar cub is the first bear I made with it.

Be careful Orson!

As they used to say on Monty Python,

And now for something completely different...

I usually like to include a few classic or traditionally styled bears in my show collections, so I had in mind to create one for this show. I accidently trimmed too much fur from the snout and had no more fur to make him a new head! I decided to sculpt a clay face over the bald fabric snout and came up with this...

I decided to cover the face with wool felt to match his paws and this was the result:

The finished bear is far from traditional and quite unlike anything I have done before, but I am delighted with him! I definitely want to play around with this idea some more!

That's all for now, as I had better get back to the studio! I have lots of things to finish!

Oswald and Orson: See you in Philly!