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!



6 comments:

Debora Hoffmann said...

Love everything, Tami! Orson with his clay and felt face is great--he has such expression. I won't even ask how you attached the felt so seamlessly...maybe there was some steaming going on behind the scenes. :) Enjoy your time at Philly and the process of getting there, too.

Debora Hoffmann said...

And I must say that I love Daffodil! She is gorgeous.

Peggy Fleming said...

Wonderful, Tami! Isn't it fun when you have a happy accident? Have fun in Philly. I need to go there again.

Susan McMahon said...

Got some good things happening there Tami......and isn't it great how something good can come from a disaster!

Tami Eveslage said...

Thank you all for the comments! Debora, I didn't steam it, the felt only needed to stretch a little bit and there are two tiny seams extending from the corners of his mouth to the edge of the face. The other seams arepressed into the vertical groove under the nose and the groove of the mouth. I sculted them deeply to accept the felt. Yes Peggy you should come to Philly again! You all should come to Philly! My favorite show! Susie, you should come and bring your sister!

Anonymous said...

Love the stunning bunny Daffodil and love all your adorable bears!!!
They are STUNNING xxxx
I am so very much in love with each of them but especially Orson and Icarus make my heart beat faster and I wish I could adopt one of them xxx
Orson makes my heart melt and me feel soooo very good !!
Wish I could come to Philly!
Enjoy your time at Philly!