Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rhubarb, raspberries & ducks



We all have sad days sometimes, right?

Well, this is the case for me right now - nothing terrible, but big changes in my life are approaching, and I am more than a bit scared. So what do we do to fight back melancholy?



My typical reaction is.. baking! : )

So, here is the rhubarb&raspberry pie I made yesterday (I had never even tasted rhubarb before.. big mistake! It's actually delicious!).
Maybe not all the sadness is gone, but the flaky butter crust & scrumptious filling certainly helped to see things in a lighter way..


(also: white-chocolate-dipped-strawberries, because if you decide to go for comfort food, you better do it with some style :P )



I bought fresh flowers, which also have a powerful brightening effect..



..and finally, I restocked once again my tiny ducks, that keep getting sold out in my shop.
And yet, I have only 5 of them left right now.. so I assume another restock will be scheduled soon!



For those who kept reading so far.. thank you for your attention. I am quite fine, but as I said there are big changes coming soon, and I'm not sure I am ready for them. I'll keep you updated, I promise! : )

Big hugs,

Mijbil

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Crazy Cat Lady


Yes, I love cats very much, but I'm not talking about myself this time! :D

Recently, I felt the need to try my hand at more complex projects - I get existential crisis about my artwork/job more ore less twice a week, and trying to explore my limits is a good way to calm down anxiety, I found out. So, long story short, I decided to create a larger figurine, a beautiful young lady surrounded by kittens. 

I played with stereotypes a little bit: the concept itself of a "Crazy Cat Lady" is rather sexist (never heard of a "Crazy Dog Man", although a lot of middle aged men love their pets dearly too!), and by contrast I created a Cat Lady that embodies the stereotypical characteristics of commercial feminine beauty (impossibly lean legs, narrow waist, prosperous cleavage).

And then, obviously, I added a ton of kitten cuteness.. because I just can't stay serious for too long, and because cats make everything better after all! : )

So, here she is, about 2.5 inches tall and ready to join my Etsy shop!








Listing: OOAK Crazy Cat Lady & her 5 kittens

Oh, and since we are talking about kittens.. let me show you some more news! : )


These two cute little fellows have already been adopted, but I really enjoy this style of sculpting and I am planning to make more of them. What do you think? Minimal painting + detailed sculpting seems to be a god pairing for me right now. : )




And finally, another little experiment: a tiny realistic kitten, so different from any other cat I have sculpted before! It was rather complex to create, and I'm not quite sure yet I like working with this kind of realistic proportions and textures.. but he's pretty darn cute, isn't he? :D 


Available for adoption here. : )




And that's all! Wish you a lovely weekend, see you on Monday or so.. : )

Hugs & kisses,

Mijbil



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toothless!


We went to see "How to train your dragon 2" and it was breathtaking 
and absolutely awesome! : )

And how do I deal with the things I like?
I sculpt teeny tiny versions of them, of course! :D

So, here is 1 inch of fierce dragon cuteness! I gave my tiny Toothless big puppy eyes, silver scales, and an artificial left tail-wing with a viking head painted on it. 
Hope you'll like him! : )





Ps: I am hosting a little Tumblr giveaway, and the tiny Toothless is the prize! If you have a Tumblr account and wish to join, just follow this link and reblog my Tumblr giveaway post:


Good luck! :)


(bonus pic: a very artistic portrait of myself that I like to call 
"The Unpredictability of Scandinavian Summer" :P )

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The faun, the Jackalope & the Night Fury


Hello from an incredibly warm&sunny Sweden! : )
It's been really hot here recently, and last Sunday we even went swimming in a lake in the countryside.. so funny & so very Swedish, eheh!

But after the weekend I immediately went back to work. 
I am currently busy wih no less than 6-7 different projects,
 and working from dawn to sunset, no joke! : )  
One of the reasons of this peak in efficiency is the absence of my beloved boyfriend, who is attending a conference in Holland. And while I miss him very much, I am also trying to take advantage of his absence to sculpt & paint as much as I can - so far, it seems to work!

So, here are my latest vinyl toys - yes, you already know I like fauns and Jackalopes, so the subjects shouldn't really come as a surprise. : )




They were both created using a 2.5 inch Micro Munny as a base.
The little faun was adopted immediately after putting him for sale in my Storenvy shop, while the Jackalope is still available here: Micro Munny Jackalope Rabbit - and one of my fav pieces so far. : )













But I guess that - from the post's title - you were expecting a dragon too.. I can only show some work in progress pics right now, but he's almost finished. I am proud to introduce..


..Toothless, the black Night Fury from How to Train Your Dragon!




Oh I am so proud of the tiny painted detail on his tail! : )
I haven't seen the second movie yet - I'll wait for my boyfriend to come back, so we can watch it together at the theatre - but I am already over excited about it. Well of course I am, because.. dragons! :D



A few more things: the cutest tee shirt ever (got it in the mailbox a few days ago after waiting for almost a month, and wore that immediately!)..


..a super untidy workspace (creative minds can be a bit chaotic sometimes.. or maybe I am just a hopelessy messy kind of person!)



..and a couple work in progress pics from my first attempt at sculpting a realistic kitten. So far, I like it!

Hope you enjoyed the pics! Thanks for your lovely and supportive comments, it means so much to me to know that my work is appreciated. I know other websites - like Tumblr, for example - can quickly reach a larger public, but I still feel like this little blog is, in a way, my first "home" & my favourite corner. And I am so proud that in June it reached 12.000 monthly visits for the first time ever!

So, thank you all for the amazing support.. and if you want, take a peek on my Facebook page, which is now being updated rather often. I will post more and more WIP pics, in case you are curious! ; )


Big big hugs from Sweden,

Mijbil