Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wonder Con 2016

Vuduberi Plush dolls

We have a dealer's table at Wonder Con this year. I hand painted the backdrop this time. It's so hard to paint large scale! I'm not used to it, so I felt that it was slightly crooked in the end, but overall I was happy with it. I thought it'd be nice to be able to get some neon colors into the banner which I couldn't get with normal printing. Plus, hand painted background feels more personal than printed ones to me.
Tada! Wonder Con 2016 Set up. Neon Pink is really bright!
Aww~ Little Kids with Baby Yeti and Baby Sasquatch plushes

I got to meet so many old friends and I also made some new friends too! It's different at Comic Con because it's extremely busy and our corner booth has two giant walls that separates us from our neighbors. It's so much more fun to be able to get to know your neighbors, and they are super talented Visual Development artists by the way. These are my neighbors at Wonder Con ^^. Kristina introduced me to a pastry called Gata and now I'm super addicted to it. :
Kristina Vardazaryan
Jonathan Hoekstra
Casey Robin
Jeannine Schafer

James is on vacation in Turkey *cough cough*, so I was watching the booth all alone. My friend, Gary, came by to help out on Saturday and Sunday and he was able to go around and take some pictures. I only made it to the small press area. I'm so sad that I didn't get a chance to walk around the Artist Alley. Thank you, Gary, for the pictures!

Of course there were tons of Cosplayers, and they are all amazing. We spotted many cute bags and backpacks too.
Waking Dead Cosplayers.

That's the end of Wonder Con 2016. I will be signing up for next year, and at the moment, I'm trying to see if FSc would like to join me as well *fingers crossed*.
Coraline and Kiki checking out artworks

~ Patara

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two Worlds: Yeti & Sasquatch

Will we ever meet?
I want to make a popup book of this so badly. Plush cost is already killing me, so I don't know if I will ever get to it, but if I make a children book, I really want a pop-up book! At least I can dream right? lol.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Plush dolls - Process

Bonus sketches for those that preorder the Yeti
So much thoughts and process were put into making these little BIG guys. There were a lot of revisions in order to get the pattern/color/details correct. Just getting the proportions right took a very long time. The hue and saturation of the embroidery has to be perfect in order for the color to work. Here is a glimpse of what was going on behind the scene. 

Which brown.. which brown? 
Testing Proportions.
Light face is not working...Also again, which brown?
Embroidery colors.
Go Team! Thank you Pailin and Tone for all your help.
Tag Designs and Illustrations.

~ Patara

Yeti and Sasquatch Plush dolls

Baby Yeti Vinyl Sticker Design
Our Yeti and Sasquatch plush dolls are done! Yay! I have been reminded again how difficult it is to produce your own product.  It was such a crazy process. There were times when I think "why am I doing this to myself?!" When it's my own product, I really do want to make sure it is "perfect". Well, as perfect as I can possibly make it with whatever means I have at least. Other than making sure that the translation of the design has to be done well, the materials also has to be carefully chosen. The colors of the materials also have to be just right. There were so many prototype revisions down to crazy changes on embroidery colors (subtle hue changes even) to make sure that everything looks right. My sister is the quality control girl and I couldn't do this with out her. She's so good at the little details.

Baby Yeti Embroidery Details
Baby Sasquatch Embroidery Details
Bonus Pic of my 3 year old Nephew. Aww~

By the way, we will be selling them at San Diego Comic Con this year. Please come by and support!

~ Patara

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Last Match...

I've always wanted to draw the Little Match girl. It makes me so sad that no one would buy her matches. Why won't anyone buy her matches? T_T.

The Last Match...

Many things happened in the last 2 months. I went on a trip to Thailand and Japan and a work trip to Denmark as well. I got super sick on the way back on the plane :(. I was lucky to be in Japan while FSc was there too, so we got to hang out a lot. She introduced me to Fujijun. It's so fun to be able to around 2 very amazing artists. I found a stray kitten in Thailand and decided to keep him, so now I have to go back to pick him up because he has to wait 30 days after his rabies vaccination in order to leave the country. It was quite adventurous with the Kitten, but I will leave that story for the next post.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Best Friends

Inspired to draw the Lion, the Bear, and the Tiger.

Leo, Baloo, and Shere Khan

Here is the background story about trio if you guys are interested "Baloo, Leo, & Shere Khan Story"

They are always looking for donations because it costs $33,000 per month to take care of those animals. If you have a few dollars to spare, anything helps :).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SDCC 2013

Our booth this year

It's SDCC 2013! We have a new location this year at Booth 5137. We really miss being next to our usual neighbors (Munky King and Poketo). However, this year's neighbors are super cool as well. We were next to Julie West, Gary Ham, and Scott Tolleson's booth. They have super cute and unique artworks. Right next to us is the Wacom booth too! After all these years, I finally found out the proper way to pronounce Wacom lol. They say it's Wah-com (not Way-com or Wack-om). Wa is a japanese word for "harmony" and Com is for "computer".
The crowd! You can't even walk...

We have a few new merchandise this year. One is the Penguin superhero costume. I'm glad that they really made a lot of people laugh and they were selling very well. I also got custom printed biodegradable balloons of puffer seals made. I always thought they'd look super cute floating around the convention. Sunny handmade some pillow plushes of Narwhals, Alligators, and Puffer seals, and we also had glow in the dark drawstring bags too.
There were a lot of happy faces. Some customers would come by everyday to buy new things or at least to say hello. A lot of people came to tell me how much they still love their yetis and penguins that they purchased 2 years ago. A few people stopped by to show me pictures of the purchased artworks that are now framed and hung on their walls. I was so touched! We really try hard to make sure that all of our merchandise are well made with really high quality materials, so we are so glad that people are noticing and appreciating that. On Saturday, Frank Frazetta's daughter came by and bought a lot of artworks. She said they are going in her dad's room next to his paintings! Camilla d'Errico and the people from Woolbuddy also stopped by. They are so sweet.
As usual, the cosplayers were amazing. There were also a lot of cool giveaways. Thank you James, Randy, and Sunny for helping out at the booth this year!
The crew: Sunny, me, and Randy. Thank you James for working
at the booth while I stole these two out for pics.

~ Patara