Steph Laberis - professional character designer, illustrator, needle felter and amateur rat wrangler. Here I post my own artwork, stuff that catches my eye and inspiration from the whole lot of you. I love animation, video games, Ghibli, Disney, and fighting for rodent rights!
I made Marcus a baby brother! His name is Razzie. I used a much slimmer pattern for him than Marcus and though the long fur hides it, he’s got fingers, which Marcus lacks. I also threw in a more flattering pic of Marcus, he felt like he got shafted in the Razzie photos. Plus, a doodle I did while taking my puppet performance for TV class. Story time!
When you perform for TV, you see your puppet in real-time on a live TV monitor. The monitor isn’t like looking in a mirror, it’s like a backwards mirror. You move left, it looks like you went right, etc. I really struggled with the backwards-ness of the monitor and almost always botched my choreography and the puppet would lose his focus with the camera/viewer. My instructor would call out “PUPILS!” to me quite a bit to correct me, but I would end up making things worse by turning the puppet the wrong way and over correcting, etc. It was a hot mess. Mind you, I did lousy in my dance classes as a kid, and those had proper mirrors with no image flipping. I am not cut out for this biz.
Photo creds for the in-progress shot go to Mayka Mei, btw :D
What’s this? IT’S A FLAMMIE! How did I make it? It’s mostly needle felted, actually! That fur is just a skin glued on top of a nearly solid wool base. This is based on the beautiful Flammie model that was used in Nintendo Power and the Secret of Mana instruction booklet back in 1993, so credit to the original (unknown) artist and sculptor.
I made this enormous feltie/plushie hybrid for the Super Button Masher’s show next week at OhNo!DOOM.
This was absolutely a challenge for me but I loved every step of it. I am officially bitten by the crafting bug again! I also put together a photo slideshow about how I made this beast, if you care to see. Click below!