Tuesday, December 15, 2009

See ya next year!!!

Hey all, I'm heading out tomorrow morning to spend Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!!..ahem...with Zach and his family. I have a 7 hour flight, alriiiight *sarcastic thumbs up* and I'm ready for it.

I probably won't update as much but I'll be sure to swing by every now and then.

There's a lot of things to be done once I arrive to the big apple, shopping for the remaining family members, sending friends gifts off, lots and lots of drawing. Making awesome plans for my Birthday on the 20th. We'll probably go into the city for it which I'm really excited for! I'm going to be 21, egh. Adulthood.

We'll be sure to post a buttload of pictures from our winter adventures.

I'll post up some traditional art so this post won't be so wordy.

This is a little gift I've already sent out for my pal from Sweden, Emma. This is her Chinchilla, Pip. She's also getting the Gor plush I currently posted.



During my last hours here at home with my family, we tried to put up our Christmas tree before I left. :> We didn't put up the huge window display/balcony display. We didn't have time. Yes, my mom goes all out for this holiday. Electronic gizmos, clapping devices, ornaments, the works. I'm glad I was able to put this up in time. c: I'm really going to miss my family while I'm away. <3



Our tree is mostly Cartoony theme, we have tons of looney tunes, disney, old retro 50s, 60's and 70's ornaments and a bunch of random trinkets as well. I love our tree.



We went with a white tree for this year. Its very stylish. :>



We keep all the boxes for everything we put up, theres a ginormous pile by the front door. I'm glad I don't have to stay for the clean up jobs. ;)



Everything my mom has in her house is sound activated, so if you clap you die of noise.

Welp, I'm off. I have a long day of flying tomorrow.
I hope everyone has a wondrous and loving holiday!
Warm wishes and I'll end this post with a question.

What is your all time Christmas wish for the year? :>

~Tara

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Parties, Herny Selick and Plush!

*Dusts off blog*

Oh blog, how I missed you. We have some catching up to do.

Sorry for the lack of posts, I was enjoying my Thanksgiving trip to New York.
Alot of awesome ensued thats for sure.

For starters, I finished a new plush!
Custom made for my sweetie Emma, who resides in Sweden. He's been done for awhile now but I had to get my hands on a red dog collar that would fit the little guy.

This is Gor, her character. He's a nuclear pirate bunny.


Gor measures around 11' inches or 17' inches ( including the ears.) Hes mostly hand sewn with the exception of a sewing machine on the head.



I loved working on his little toes and cheek fluff. You can't really tell in these photo's but hes sporting a metal earring on his left ear.



Bunny butt.



People don't realize how big my early plushies are so here's me pre-cuddling Gor before we shipped it off to Sweden.

Its sad to let my first plush go but I know he's going to a good home around the world.

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While I was visiting Zach we had a Halloween Leftovers party. With a decked out party room filled with Zach's spooky decorations, homade goodies and treats, leftover halloween costumes and a pinata!

Zach carved a pumpkin for the front door so the guest knew where the party was while I made my homemade traditional pumpkin seeds. :> Mmmmmm



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And later, on a rainy day, out of sheer boredom. We decided to make a fort out of blankets, stuffed animals and pillows in his basement. We played video games and ate snacks for hours.



Zach's little brother Alex wasn't allowed. ( Even though he thought of the idea to build one in the first place.)

We also went shopping for friends which wasn't easy, now its onto family members!

We attempted to go to a local mall at midnight for "Black Friday" but after being there for 10 minutes and seeing how crazy and out of control the place was, we left.
It wasn't worth the trouble and none of us wanted to get trampled on.
Someone fainted and was getting assistance on our way out of the mall. It was that bad.

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I've also done a new set of commission sketches. I'm finally at my 50 mark!



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And finally, the day after my plane ride to the big apple we went to SVA and went to an awesome live Henry Selick interview.



It was really cool, they showed footage I didn't see from the comic con panel they had in July.


Red Blur.
Haha, theres always one picture of me in the way of the camera, blurry and smiling whenever we take photos.



Blue star sweater Coraline was there for the event. We're posing for the camera. The guy protecting her told me that this puppet is more than 6,000 dollars.


I think Henry was blinded by my hair in this photo.



The next day Henry called me asking if we'd like to go to breakfast before he went off to talk to a producer. Having to rush on trains, subways and walk about 10 blocks, we made it. I did feel bad for being late but there were so many obstacles trying to prevent us from having breakfast with him lol

Lucky for us, he waited patiently for our arrival. We ate the best eggs and french toast we ever had and chatted about his new projects, secrets and stories on the set of Coraline and just catching up on things. He even paid for our meals. He was so sweet, really kind and really fun to make conversation with. It was so nice of him to make some time to have breakfast with us since we couldn't during the Con due to busyness. We plan to do it again soon. I'm looking forward to working with Henry someday.

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So all and all a very delightful trip. I'm trying to get a ton of work I had to put off during my two weeks now. I gotta get as much as I can done before I head back in a couple weeks but I'll be sure to post again soon!

~Tara

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dr. Scoops Plush!



Yay! I designed a Dr. Scoops plush! I'm considering on making these for my online store that is currently in the works. I think I'll make 5-10 custom plush and if they sell I'll continue to make them. He does take awhile to construct, so don't be whipping out your wallet just yet. I'll be sure to post a link once I have all 10 plush done. I've already designed a couple plush I might consider selling.

So here's the first Scoops plush! (5th plush made)
He is around 7 and a half inches. The smallest plushie I've made. It was a little different but I thought people would like these more if they were smaller, I'd save fabric and beable to make more. He's entirely hand stitched and made of fleece.
I made him "chibi" as its called.

I'm lovin' this plush and his liddle cigar. Lets just hope I don't get sick of him before I can make 10 more.



The scruff going over his belt was a pain but it looks so cute. I can pull it up and see his belt.



I think he's just the right size, not too big and not too small. He can sit on my hand. Its size is probably why the details were so tedious to work with.



Aww you can see his little devilish spikes on the top, when I recreate the plush again they will be more visible.

Since I've just made this plush this morning theres no progress shots of him. :(
I think I will take pics of the next Scoops I make or better yet, do a livestream of me sewing one.

I do have the sketch thumbs I made before starting on him,
though.

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Oh right, I forgot. I can draw. I've been so busy with comic work and sewing I havent had the time to draw for myself. So heres a fanart doodle of "Stitch" I did a week or two ago.



Hes one of my favorite Disney characters. I'm fond of alien Stitch more if you couldn't tell.

And here's some commission sketches I've done as of late.


Uh what else? *thinks* Oh yeah! An animator for the movie "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" sent Phil Lord, (The Director) my tribute piece to the film. How awesome!

I'm getting ready to head to New York to visit Zach for thanksgiving. So, hopefully I post before then. I hope everyone is doing well!

More artwork soon. I swear!
Much love!

~Tara

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My finger is sore and I'm full of bread.

Boy, these past couple days have been really busy, Halloween on the 31st, my mom's birthday on the 1st and then dia de los Muertos on the 2nd.

Things are settling down though but I know things will kick back up again very soon.

I've been pacing my work very well, along with plush work. I've finished another plush with flying colors!



The star of Monday's on Dummcomics.com,
Big Pants Mouse.
For the awesome and ever so talented Gabe Swarr.

He's made of fleece, he's about 10 and a half inches (with ears) hes completely hand sewn and is super cuddly soft. He took about a couple days to make.



I had to redo his shape twice, the first time he just didn't come out right and the second he was too small.



His pattern was a little difficult to figure out since his shape is so unique but I'm happy with the turn out. The ears have wire in them to stand up straight.



The most time consuming part of this plush was indeed the pants and details, I had to sew around his whole WIDE body over and over to make sure all the material was placed on his person tight enough.



Kimbo has someone to chill out with now!

PROGRESS SHOTS



Here's a shot of Pants right when I got started, my mom walked in and asked if I was making a pillow. I might as well have been because this plush is so squishy and soft! It felt like I was stuffing the body for an eternity, I used half of my stuffing for this little guy. ( I still have 2 more bags though lol)



Here's the mess Big Pants left after completion. I think this plush used the most material so far. Probably ties with Tigerbuttah. Big Pants, use your magical pants to clean up this mess and put this spare scrap in its box!

I'm really happy with this plush.
This is a gift for Gabe this Christmas, I hope you all like it!

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Day of the Dead festivies.

Here's some pictures from our family day of the dead gathering, this one was at my Tia's mom's house. It was so pretty.



She made tons of food for our past family members and ourselves. we ate so much.



Nom nom nom.



We came home with a huge bowl of apples and marigolds.

We'll be making sugar skulls during the "Halloween Leftovers Party" Zach and I are throwing so more pictures of that soon.

Buuuh, I always feel so fat during these next three months but I'm enjoying it. Bring it on, Thanksgiving.

I have more surprises to post soon.
So till then!

Much love
~Tara

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Leftovers and Tigerbuttah Plush!



Aaww, I was a day late to post. I was out partying all night that I didn't have time to show everyone my costume but I guess one day can't hurt.

This is the best picture taken at a party I attended. I'll be sure to take more during the "Halloween Leftovers" party Zach and I are throwing soon.

Surprise!
I chose Frida Suarez from the Nick cartoon "El Tigre" (Sorry, Coraliners, her outfit was a little too pricey to whip up and I couldn't find all her items on time. I'll probably be her or Boop next year. ;)

The goggles are spray painted red and black, the suspenders were the only item I needed to complete the outfit but the last store I checked at the mall had them and I know I'm probably going to wear them with outfits in the future.
I love love LOVE my boots, I wear them all the time and it was really fun rockin' out blue hair. I never wore a skirt so short before though haha.

Halloween this year was super fun and I'm already thinking about next Halloween plans. Hope you dig it!

*Does my best tiger roar*

PLUSHIE BONUS!

Whoo! I finished my second plush today!



Custom made for my dear friend Becky Who runs the the coolest painted daily comics around. This is her buttah paws, Tigerbuttah. This is part of a Christmas gift Zach and I are putting together for her and Frank. ^^

He's made of fleece, he's about 13 inches tall and is super cuddly and soft. He was a bit complex to build. His body is hand sewn along with the ears, the textured lines on the ears were all hand sewn in to make that effect and there is a total of 20 stripes on his body. (Some aren't visible once I sewn on the head and tail.) All hand sewn. X_X Ugh, my finger was dying. He took about 3 days to make on and off. ( I took a lot of breaks though.) I love him, he sits on his little bum, his tongue is fun to play with and I think he was my most complex plush to date. I'm very proud of him.

Some progress shots:



Here's the head and pieces of ear fabric I cut out. The head was barely taking shape. Then I started pining down all the facial features so I could hand sew them on.



His head took the most time to construct. His ears aren't even attached yet in this picture.

This is heading to New Zealand to live with Becky and Frank.

I hope you enjoy! More art and plush work soon!

So what did everyone do for Halloween? Give me the dirt.

(Goes off to spend the day with her mom, its her Birthday.)

~Tara

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!





(This song will set the mood for this post)



Finally! This costume took ages to make! Seriously. Custom made for Zach this Halloween. Sewn by me ( and with loads of help from my mom.)





Its made of fur fleece. Its very thick and soft. When I was modeling it i started to get hot, so Zach will be really warm while hes off on his rumpus Halloween night. The whiskers are bended fabric wire and it buttons up the tummy like the real deal. The tail is bushy fur fleece.
( I love how I pose in front of my gliders cage, its just so model prop worthy.)






When I started on this, the costume was nothing much but a huge roll of fleece and 4 buttons. I had to cut, resize, try it on, pin it to my body and then repeat to get it how I wanted.




(A forest started to grow in my room.)


I rewatched trailers and observed screencaps from the film since I modeled this costume on the movie version of "Max" rather than the book. I'm not cool though, since I only own pink converse. Zach custom made the crown and staff. So I'm sure he'll take some pictures of the full costume once he gets it.





I'm as wild as they come! AwwoooOoOOooooo!!!

I want to be Carol for Halloween sometime. Maybe next year.

This costume is costumed made for Zach and Zach alone. It goes up my crotch since my hips are higher than his lol so It should fit him perfectly.
I hope you like it Zach!

PS: I wore the hat crooked in these shots, oops.

Next post. My costume.

~Tara

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tara Fun Fact......

I CAN SEW!!!
Whoa! Mind boggling, I know.



I've always used to sew but I'd only work on clothes, fleece blankets or pouches for my gliders, never really thought of creating things in plushie form.

Until this year... while in California, sometime in June my mom purchased a huge HUGE box of fleece fabric, she kept all the patterned fleece while she gave me colors among colors of base colored fleece. Then I started brain storming. Wondering if I could actually make SOMETHING out of this material. I made a test plush and WHAM, I was hooked.

So to reveal my long awaited secret since June, I give you my 3rd plush made (the others will be shown soon) Kimbo.

For my good pal, Ricky Garduno, Thursday dumm for Dummcomics.com.

He's completely hand stitched, can sit, hes 26 inches (including the ears) and when he sits hes 18 inches. He took about 6 hours to make on and off. Hes very huggable and soft.



For being such a simple design he was tough to make, I had to recreate the sausage ears three times and his head shape once.



I'm kinda sad that I'm giving him away lol



You can kinda see my Stitch plush behind him to sorta give you a good view on size comparison.



This is when I was barely starting to cut out the pieces. (You also get a hint on who I'm doing next in this shot) Shhhhh.

I want to make some plushes for friends first (i'm so nice) and then later create some custom plushies of my original characters.



He was just a head for the longest time.

I'm sending this your way Ricky along with a xmas package Zach and I are making. ^^

Now that my secret is out, I will be making tons of plush dolls in the future. I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

Next post will be "Wild".

~Tara