Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

I’ve been working hard the past few weeks getting ready to make some really awesome stuff. I mean that I’ve got a ton of ideas & have been doing a lot of research on said ideas… I just haven’t started any yet…

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

In the mean time, I thought I’d introduce you to the amazingness of Stan Winston. You probably know of Stan Winston, you just don’t KNOW you know! Stan Winston was the greatest special FX & creature builder in movie making history. His credits include: Terminator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissor Hands, Aliens, Predator, and on and on and on. Pretty much any AWESOME big-budget movie of the past 30 years, Stan Winston had a hand in it.

I’ve met quite a few of the FX guys here in Hollywood & it’s everyone’s dream to work for Stan Winston Studios. Now, I’m not a FX kid, but I do think you can learn a lot and be inspired by art & sculptors that work in different materials & subjects.

On that note, You should check out Stan Winston’s School of Character Arts.

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They have soooo many video tutorials they’ve created ranging in subjects from mold making, to sculpting, to painting, to concept design, to animatronics, to makeup FX, etc. I’ve only watched a few of the videos so far, but they are very informative & interesting (it’s always fun to watch a master sculptor, you learn a lot of techniques & tricks)

** I recommend watching the Garage Monsters: Shop Basics — it’s super informative about tools, sculpting materials & making your own sculpting tools **

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

Now… These tutorials are not free. They are kinda pricy, I got the all-access monthly subscription for like $50/month. But I figured that I was still recovering from work & had some free time to waste. They do have different options & you can buy the lessons individually.

I think they also have videos on their YouTube channel, just not as in-depth as the pay-for-play tutorials.

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If nothing else, check out the websites & be inspired by the mind-blowing sculptors & creature builders. It’s people like these that made me want to work in the movies in the first place!!

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

These are a few of my favorite (WonderCon) things!

We had such a fun day at WonderCon yesterday! It was exciting & inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded Geeks and AMAZING artists! I wish I’d been there meeting people & selling my own stuff… sigh… but then again, there’s always Next Year, right?!?!?!

WonderCon 2014 These are a few of my favorite (WonderCon) things!

It was super surprising to see how many people were there, especially since it was Easter Sunday!! We were bumping into & stepping on people the whole day (which wouldn’t have been that bad except that – A) I don’t like people that much – B) There were some cool cosplay costumes that sometimes took up too much space & almost poked your eye out – C) It was hot, I was sweaty & smelly and I KNOW that there were smellier nerds in there with me!!)

Super Awesome Cosplay at WonderCon!

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Edward Scissor Hands & a tiny princess!

This was the BEST cosplay duo I saw all day – they weren’t technically together, but I had to snap a pict of them!!

Amazing Artwork at WonderCon!

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Here is a pict of some sculptures I saw on display! They were beautifully sculpted with amazing detail. I also loved how they used different top coat sheens to create different textures for the skin & mouth. The skin was kind of a satin finish & the mouth was a shiny finish to make the teeth look a bit wet! I like that idea!

Stuff I bought at WonderCon!

It’s more fun to visit these kinda events when you actually have money to spend!! I didn’t go crazy, but did pick up a few things I wouldn’t have otherwise!! It was totally worth it to help support my fellow Geeky Artists!!

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Beautiful DIY model kit of a Lion Fish! They are snap-together models of different animal skeletons, looks like laser cut PVC. I fell in love!!!!

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Couldn’t pass on this awesome Mash-Up tee-shirt!! So cute!

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These were everywhere yesterday! My hubby actually got me the Michonne one while I was away in Atlanta, & we had to add the Alien one to the collection. I can see how collecting these would be super addicting, but I only want the super cool ones!!

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And snagged some well-loved action figures (I like the wrestling ones the best). Have some ideas on what I’m gonna do with these… sweeeeeeeettt….

Have a WonderCon Easter!! & watch some peeps blow up!!

Hope everybody has some great, fun plans for Easter this weekend! I’ve got my tickets for WonderCon 2014 on Sunday!!

So excited to get my GEEK on!

**There are still tickets left for today & Sunday, but Saturday is sold out!**

Screen Shot 2014 04 09 at 2.34.53 PM Have a WonderCon Easter!! & watch some peeps blow up!!

I was actually supposed to be in the Artist’s Alley this year, but just couldn’t pull it together with only 2 1/2 weeks since I’ve been home! But I’m excited to see some awesome art & spend a nice nerd-filled day with the hubby!!

Have a HAPPY EASTER!!

(oh, and just for fun, here are some cool videos about Peeps I found on the YouTubes… yes, they mostly involve them blowing up!!)

Inspiring Inspirations: A Cleverly Titled Series…

Since I’ve been back I’ve been finding all sorts of things to inspired my new projects… I just haven’t started any of them!!

So to celebrate my brainstorming & give you a little insight into how my (slightly) warped mind works, I’m starting a new blog series to show you some awesome things that get my rusty wheels turning!

I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun stuff like:

TAXIDERMY!

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The Curious Taxidermy of Walter Potter via www.VictorianGothic.org

SCULPTING VIDEOS ON THE WEB!

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Stan Winston School of Character Arts: Video Tutorials

CARTOONS!

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One of the best cartoons of all time!!

SCULPTING MATERIALS & TOOLS!

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Working with Fantasy Film via www.amstamps.com

ARTISTS!

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Dragon by Dan The Monster Man via www.papermacheblog.com

 MINIATURES!

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Super creepy bunny costume for dolls! I’m in love with dollhouse miniatures right now!!

 

Most of these totally inspiring links can also be found on my SCULPTING STUFF Pinterest Board! I’m always Pinning cool stuff I find around the inter-webs so that I don’t forget about them!! So go check it out & follow me there!!

I’m Totally Famous! Star Trek Behind the Scenes

Yep, That’s right, I’m totally famous…. not really…

When I was working on the Movie-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named-Yet in Atlanta, one of the locals said “I think I saw you on the Star Trek Into Darkness – Klingon Planet – Behind the Scenes

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Star Trek Into Darkness – Behind the Scenes

I hadn’t seen the “making of” part of the special features but remember the guy filming me while I was working (that actually happens quite a lot, but usually they don’t do anything with it).

But THIS time, there I am, in HD & SLOW-MO – AHHHH!!!

Check it out —- @ about 2 min 50 sec

 

Back to work with a BANG… a PoP… a… fizzle…

I’m officially back in LA!! OMG… it’s been too long…

For the past 4 months I was working & living (in a hotel) on location in Atlanta! I can’t technically tell you what super cool movie I was working on (cause I probably would be sued & never work another day in my life) but I will share photos in like a year or 2 after the movie(s) come out! They are BIG ones though, I know you’ve heard of them, the first movie in the series is probably one of my personal favs!

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Atlanta “Snowpocalypse” 2014! Can’t complain cause we don’t get snow days in LA!!

I’ve been home for almost 2 weeks, so I think I’ve had enough time to recover, sleep, eat, & hang out with my little family here, so I guess I’ll be getting back to my self-imposed grind! It’s tough to get back into the groove of things. I was on such a roll before I left & it doesn’t help that I am still pretty much BURNT out from working in the not-as-glamorous-as-you’d-think Movie Biz!!

But I have a TON of new sculpture, blog, & experiment-type ideas that I want to get started so I can share!!!

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Beautiful Jellies (which are inspiring some future sculpts) at the AMAZING Atlanta Aquarium

So Happy to be back, I’ll be getting my Etsy store up today & starting some fun projects (maybe… or I’ll say that I was already really productive this morning by actually blogging… then take a nap…)

 

From Patchwork to Atlanta, In 24 Hours!!

Oh, Man… I am sooooooo tired!!! So usually after a big craft show, I spend the next 2 days just sleeping & watching Netflix, but not this time! I did the Patchwork Santa Ana Show on Sunday (keep reading for more on that), got home unpacked everything, stayed up pretty much all night getting stuff ready to then leave at the crack of dawn on Monday for Atlanta!! AHHHH!!!

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Christmas Ornament Display at Patchwork Show Santa Ana

Sunday at the Patchwork Show was…. wait for it… LEGENDARY!!! OMG!! I wasn’t expecting much cause I was burnt out from getting everything ready between the show & traveling, that I was so super surprised when it ended up being MY BEST SHOW EVER, AGAIN!!! Patchwork bought me a new iPhone this Christmas!! Thank You!!

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A pile of Needle Felted Sushi!

So now I’m sitting in my SUPER fancy hotel suite, waiting on room service, and getting ready to call the hubby.

 From Patchwork to Atlanta, In 24 Hours!!

It’s sad when working 12 hours of manual labor is considered a “break”. I think it’s nice to just go & not have to think about much. I am the most hardcore boss I think I’ve ever had, but it’s refreshing to just work & make money… I just won’t be back to L.A. till… well… I don’t really know… I already miss my hubby & the kitties!!

Happy Thanksgiving! and grab some stuff from my Etsy shop before I’m gone…

Yea!! I just wanted to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!! We’ll be headed over to Hubby’s Antie’s house for a gluttonous afternoon of delicious food (not much turkey for me, I’ve never been much of a fan)

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ALSO…

Will you be out doing your holiday shopping this weekend???

Well, skip those dumb big box store, help support some local small businesses, and stop by the Patchwork Santa Ana Handmade Show on Sunday, Dec 1st! I’ll be there (with plenty of sushi ornaments) – Booth # 13

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AND FINALLY…

I’m sad to tell everybody that I will be having to limit the stuff in my Etsy shop after this weekend for the rest of the holiday season. I just got a call to go to Atlanta for my “real-life” movie job!! I’ll be gone for a few weeks, so I will only be offering a limited number of items in my shop. If there was anything BIG you had your eye on, be sure to stop over & grab it this week!! I’ll still be offering Sushi & Holiday Ornaments and Magnets, but none of the bigger needle felted sculptures!!

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Get Always Sugar Coated at A Little Known Shop!!

That’s right, you can now get my stuff at a real-life shop!! This is my first acceptance into a brick & mortar retail store! I’m so excited cause it just shows that all my hard work is finally starting to pay off!! More exposure, more new customers, more chances to get my stuff seen by a whole new audience!

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LOCATION:
Community
423 S. Brookhurst Street
Anaheim, CA 92804
HOURS:
Tues-Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturdays: 11:00am – 6:00pm

This place is AWESOME!! It’s a little shop down in Anaheim that is located in the cutest little Artist Community (mini strip mall). The whole strip is filled with little boutiques that are all handmade & artists shops. A Little Known Shop is kinda a showcase of local artists from all around the LA & Orange County areas.

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photo by Ahtee’s Designs – click & read more!

It’s a great place to stop by & help support local small businesses & artists. They have special events all the time that include Artists’ Galleries, craft shows, & fun community based activities that are super kid-friendly!

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photo by Our City Lights – click & read more!

Inside A Little Known Shop, you’ll find the most radical “gift-type shop” EVER! They have so much sweet stuff from many of the artists you might recognize if you ever go to the local fairs. It’s bright, beautiful, and you’ll find a variety of treasures for that special someone (or yourself) everywhere you look.

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Find out more about Eva & Danielle of A Little Known Shop from Academy of Handmade – click & read more!

Two of the coolest chicks in town, Eva & Danielle are super nice, knowledgable, and just fun to sit & chat with. Sometimes buying art from an artist can be a little… well… awkward cause we sometimes don’t always have the best social skills. They are the best handmade & small business ambassadors that a little startup like me can have!

And here are some of my little Needle Felted Sushi on display!! I can’t thank A Little Known Shop enough for working with me & becoming my new friends! With my previous business attempt, I think I kind of closed myself into my studio & waited for people to “find” me…. Now I’m making the effort to get myself out there. It’s kinda scary & for a mostly cat-lady-shut-in like me, they have made the transition a totally easy and fun one!!

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Felted Sushi at A Little Known Shop!! So cute on the little tree!! They look so fancy!!

Patchwork Long Beach – My Best Show So Far!!

WOW! What a wild couple of weeks! First Designer Con last weekend, then I did AWESOME at the Patchwork Show in Long Beach yesterday!!! It if officially THE BEST SHOW I’ve ever done!! And it was only 1 day, open for only 6 hours!! If I sold that much at every show, I’d be set!!

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Fun little holiday wreath I finished up last week! So cute!!

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It was interesting cause at Designer Con I handed out, like 100′s of business cards and sold a bit of art…. but at Patchwork Show Long Beach I handed out a handful of cards, and sold the CRAP outta Felted Sushi & my Gingerbread Ornaments!!

People were at the Patchwork Show to SHOP, people were at Designer Con to DISCOVER. I totally get it, I liked networking & making new friends at DCON… but I LOVED selling and making $$$  — that sounds bad, cause I know that making connections will eventually lead to sales, but I’m not gonna lie… I could use the few extra bucks!!

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Gotta restock sooooo much sushi!! People FREAKED out over it!!

Also, here is a lesson to my fellow artists & crafters about NOT breaking down your booth before the closing time…. The show officially closed at 5pm & people were already packing up, moving stuff to their cars before then. Well, I don’t like to be “that person” who breaks down early so we chilled out & just as we were starting to pack up stuff, I made 2 additional sales!! Last minute shoppers are still spending $$, so just relax and wait till the end cause you just might make those last few desperate customers extremely happy!!

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These were also a big seller! I need to take photos this week so I can list them in my Etsy shop!

So I’m tired, thrilled, overwhelmed with the work I have to do in the next 2 weeks, and soooo excited for Patchwork Santa Ana!! December 1st, Booth #13 (just in case you didn’t pick up those felted sushi you were eyeballing yesterday!!) I hear that Patchwork Santa Ana is even BIGGER & BETTER than Patchwork Long Beach!!! Wish me luck!

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