June 3, 2010

New Plushcatures

Meet Denise and her husband Chad. Denise, who some of you might know as her alter ego, Yummy Pancake, asked me to make custom Plushcatures of herself and her husband for their anniversary. It is always a fun challenge making plush versions of actual people, and usually there are technical challenges as well- in this case, how to indicate Denise's long hair and still adhere to the "pillow style" of my plush. I did finally figure it out, after thinking about it every night before I went to bed for a week. ;)
I got all the answers to all the important questions I asked her, and she sent me several pictures of themselves for reference, which are invaluable. She also mentioned how Chad always seems to be wearing his "Number 32 shirt" in photos, so could I replicate that shirt in his plushcature? I love getting little details like that- they really make the plushcatures personal and individual, and it's always fun trying to re-create a certain detail that says a lot about the actual person I'm caricaturing.
I gave Denise her plushcatures over the Maker Faire Weekend, and it was so great to see her reaction to them in person! :) It's rare that I get to do that. It was also totally amazing to get to meet her in person and hang out for those four busy days.
So, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Denise and Chad! Here's to a long and happy life together!! :D

To see a few more photos, or check more of my Plushcatures, head on over to my flickr page.
As always, all of my designs are protected by copyright, and cannot be reproduced or used without permission.


Itsy Bitsy Spider said...

Having actually met Denise, I am AMAZED at how much your plush caricature captures her personality!

Leeanna Butcher said...

Thanks Karla! I always have a bit of anxiety when I finish one of these- what if it doesn't read as the person?! So it's great to hear that other people recognize the plush too. :)

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