Thursday, 9 March 2017

International Women's Day

I know I'm a bit late with this post but yesterday I was busy celebrating... ;-)
Here come some girls and women from all around the world - first of all Beida's pink girl, who has flown to Florida:


And then four and a half year old Maude's birthday softie to Germany: a little Indian girl with fairy wings - perfect mix, isn't it?


This is an Asian girl to Singapore with some instructions from the artist: black hair, beige skin, a small body, an orange T-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of thongs - list ticked off!


Please meet Lidi, a Hungarian girl through her younger sister's eyes - when I saw Lola's drawing, my very first idea was she had drawn a fairy: the girl definitely seems to be flying, don't you agree?!


As you can see, Janea's twin girls in Canada are committed Halloween fans. They were longing for two animatronic figures, but their mom thought that two softies would suit more her 6 year olds. She had hundreds of drawings to choose from :-) So Eamma, the grave watcher and Nursey, the convulsive nurse have been together with the girls since last autumn.



Arlen from Australia is 5 1/2 years old, and she does tons of drawings, but this is her latest and her mom just loves it! She wasn't sure whether the animal was a dog or a cat - in my mind there is no doubt that it is a doggie. Or a cat on a leash... not absolutely impossible...


  See you next Women's Day! Oh no, hopefully much, much sooner! :-)



Monday, 6 February 2017

Softies humanized

"Neither humans, nor animals" - this is what the file is entitled in which I collect these softies: objects, vegetables etc. with a face.

The eights were made for Andy's City Apartments in Milton Keynes:


But before all of them I created their plumber fellow:


The Band-Aid Man was ordered by a fantastic mom for her grown-up daughter:


I don't know many French words, but I learnt "biberon" for a lifetime when I was making this softie:


"Marker" was a big love of mine! You might think there is nothing special about him, but look, what Gretchen's mom wrote about him to me:

"This is a picture of Marker.  Marker is a marker.  :)  He is always purple - in the attached picture, he looks a little faded - but usually he's very purple - I think her real markers are getting dried out from over-use.  Marker is the star of all of Gretchen's books and stories.  She draws him everywhere.  He has a whole Marker family, and his friends include Eraser and Big Fat Whiteboard.  His body is always square-ish, with a round top.  His outline is always black, too."

What's more, Gretchen also makes videos starring Marker! Do not hesitate to watch one of them! This one for example :-)

 
 
Jacques in a Smock is also a star, he's the main character of a children's book written by a father for his daughters:


Cranky and Grumpy live their lives in a theatre in New York, quite surprisingly called Sour Grapes Productions. They travelled a lot between Europe and America thanks to hidden secrets of misterious postal services: they crossed the ocean three times...




Thursday, 2 February 2017

Vampire Bat Kitty and Others



Imaginary creatures – well, yes, the dino is the odd one out, but it was designed by the brother of Olive, who drew the beautiful, stripy, 3-eyed monster, so for their sake dinos are welcome in this post, too.
 
You know custom softies can’t compete with mass-produced plushies – regarding their price. Because it takes long hours, sometimes even days to create a softie from a drawing. I sometimes spend lots of time searching for the perfect material or accessories, sometimes it is necessary to make a proto-softie first, sometimes I feel I should resew this or that to get the result I am satisfied with. That’s why these one-of-a-kind toys are not cheap. But sometimes I can’t resist to create a softie – that’s what happened with the beautiful monster. Olive’s mom is an independent artist in Canada, who completely understood why the softie would cost the price I had given in the quote, but she couldn’t afford it. I was longing to work with this fantastic drawing so much that I gave some discount and we changed the deadline, so the softie could be born :-) Together with Olive’s brother’s dino :-)



The fluffy Vampire-Bat-Kitty went to scare people in Germany:



Helena’s mom once saw a softie of mine which was made with a special crayon-technique, and she imagined the same style for the „A” softie – this time I was quite lucky to find the necessary crayons in a shop in Budapest, though earlier I had to order them from abroad. I loved the rainbow spikes… :-)



Bonus... :-) The other "crayoned" softie, a rabbit called Hattie: