Archive for the 'design' Category



11
Jun
11

Needle Felted Skeleton Panda For Sale!

It’s coming up on the 13th of the month and that means a new item up on the SpookyTimes Jingles site!  This month I’m selling this trick-or-treat panda, number two in a three piece series.  Based on characters designed by Vince Dorse, the panda is dressed up like a spooky skeleton.  He was so much fun to make.  I especially liked working on his facial details.  This one has his mouth open, just like in the design, and I am really happy with the results.

It’s an exclusive item available for purchase only at spookytimejingles.net.  If you would like to buy this cute panda, go to the SpookyTime Jingles site, click the Run Red Run button and get all the details there.

08
May
11

Needle Felted Witchy Kitty Is Run Red Run’s “For Sale” Debut!

Hey, I’m trying something new this month and I’m pretty excited about it!   I just recently joined an online artist collective where I can sell my needle felted creations.  I’ve admired the artisans showcased on the SpookyTime Jingles site for a while, so when I was asked to join the group I gladly accepted the invitation.

The first thing I’m offering for sale is this trick-or-treat kitty.  Based on characters  designed by Vince Dorse, the kitty is all decked-out like an adorable little witch.  Up until now, I’ve created these dolls mostly for my own enjoyment, and this is the first time I’ll be offering one for sale.  But remember, it’s an exclusive item available for purchase only at www.spookytimejingles.com.  So if you’d like to give this kitty a new home, stop by the SpookyTime Jingles site, click the RunRedRun button and pick up this one-of-a-kind collectible.  And while you’re there, take a look around.  There are plenty of fantastic artisans selling their wares through that site.

For more images of this mischievous feline, check out my gallery.  Thanks!

22
Dec
10

A Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas!  This is a gift that I made for a friend for Christmas.  She is a big fan of the Peanuts gang, especially Linus.  It’s based on an illustration my friend Vince did which was, of course, based on Schulz’s Peanuts designs.

I also posted some work in progress photos below.  I thought it might be interesting for  people to see some of my process.  And if you’re interested in how Vince put the box illustration together, check out his blog post all about it.

I started by making heads. I made them one after another so that the size matched. This is Linus in the making.

Here's Linus' head with his body. The bodies were made at the same time too and are pretty much identical.

Here's Daryl's head and body. Looks pretty much the same, huh? Her body is getting dressed with shorts, shoes and the start of her shirt.

Here's Linus with his different parts almost complete, I just have to needle felt them all together. Getting that head attached to the body was the most difficult part of the project.

This is the art that Vince Dorse did for the top of the box. I really liked how it turned out and it really completes the gift. Head over to Vince's blog to get the low-down on how he put the illustration together.

12
Nov
10

Needle Felted Headless Horseman Design

As I’ve done for the last few dolls, I’m posting Vince Dorse’s concept sketch for the Headless Horseman.  This image (along with some other, rough sketches) is what I used for reference while felting the doll.  Vince has a step-by-step on his process blog that outlines how he put this illustration together.  If you’d like to take a look, it’s here at this link: Vince Dorse Art Blog: The Headless Horseman

18
Oct
10

Invisible Man Design

As promised, here’s Vince Dorse’s design concept for my award-winning Invisible Man feltie.  According to Vince, he was inspired by both Claude Rains’ portrayal in the 1933 movie, The Invisible Man, and HG Wells’ description of the character in his 1897 novel of the same name.  If you know Vince, you know he enjoys old-timey stuff with a lot of texture and layers and “age” to it.  So this doll, with its vintage feel and last-century sensibilities, was a perfect project for him.

I had a lot of fun bringing this guy to life.  And all those layers of clothes (and cuffs and trim and sashes) made it a real challenge.  Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I googled “ascot” to see how to felt one.  In the end, I came away with a real enthusiasm for detail work and I hope to explore that more as I learn and grow with this felting thing.

17
Sep
10

Jekyll and Hyde Design

Here’s another art doll design Vince Dorse did for me.  This one, obviously, for my Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde feltie.  I love how this looks like an old timey movie poster.  This is the first of three in a series centered around horror literature.  I’ll be posting the other designs (and the dolls I made from them) soon.

03
Sep
10

Needle Felted Red and Wolf Design

In my last two posts I’ve mentioned that I work with an artist friend who does the design work for a lot of my projects.  I really like what he comes up with so I thought I should write a post about him and how our process works.

Most of the time he begins with a sketch that establishes the structure of the character and a follow-up color comp so I know what color wool to use.  Then I start sculpting.  Not only do those sketches turn into a wool doll, but most of the time he brings the illustration to a more finished stage.  That’s what this image is.  I love the old timey look he gave to Red and the wolf.

He has a website that is a full of his illustrations, the stuff he does when he’s not designing my projects.  Check them out at www.vincedorse.com




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