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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Return to Labyrinth

Jake Forbes, the writer of Return to Labyrinth (a manga sequel to the movie Labyrinth), commissioned these plushies. His website is if you're curious about his doings and work.

I was very surprised when Jake emailed me and then thrilled that he wanted me to make him some plushies. After all, I'm still pretty much a newb (Toby is the 13th human plush I've made! I don't know if that sounds like a lot or a little, but to me it seems little.) Also, Jake will be showing them off next week at the San Diego Comic-Con! It was exciting to hear that he's planning on giving them away to such people as Lisa Henson, Kouyu Shurei, and Chris Lie. I admit that it made me feel a little more important.

I worked everyday since I received the commission to complete it on time for Comic-Con! So many episodes of Family Guy, King of the Hill, TMNT, Futurama, the Simpsons, etc. watched...

Anyway, for Toby, I gave him brown boots to give him a more earthy Link from Zelda. And then I wanted him to be more Labyrinth-like, so I drew the Jareth amulet on the back of his clothes since those green lines on the front had to lead somewhere, right? I also put a part in his hair that's not seen in the photos, but it didn't come out as cool as I thought it'd be.

For Moulin, it was my first time making a female character. So in order to make her good, I gave her breasts, an actual waist, and some pretty eyelashes. I guess I'm a little too detail-obsessed, because I drew in a bunch of intertwining lines and whatnot on her corset, hand-things, and hairbands. Also, the design on the light blue strip is exactly like the one in the picture. Even some of the designs on the corset are identical to the ones in the picture. Needless to say, this plushie took like twice the time it took to make Toby, but I'm very pleased with the results. But now my mom is saying that I should stop making plushies because they're not worth the effort and it hurts my eyes. I disagree and I'm probably not stopping since I like making people happy with my creations. As for her accessories, she has magnets sewn into her hands so she's able to hold up the umbrella and the book (which has magnets in it). The umbrella came out a bit crude, but umbrellas are hard to make...It does the trick though. I would've added more wires so it looked less like a pyramid, but then it would've been too heavy to support.

For this Jareth, I used a paler yellow than the yellow I used before since my friend said his hair was too yellow. I'm not sure if this is an improvement, but at least it matches Toby's hair. If only fleece came in a "dirty blonde" color.

I'm taking commissions if you'd like a doll of some sort, so send me an email if you're interested and read my COMMISSION INFO HERE. If you're only interested in Jareth, then click here and scroll to the bottom for prices.

Jareth likes asymmetry

So I received a commission to make Jareth in this outfit. You know, the one where he says, "Nothing? Nothing?? Tra-la-la?!"

I decided to move onto a higher quality fabric for the skin, which is microsuede. It's quite easy to draw on, but less stretchy...It seems the color I chose wasn't quite peachy enough, but hey, he's the thin white duke, after all...isn't he?

I must say the jacket took forever. There's the whole asymmetry of it, the odd lapels, the belt, the studs, the shoulder plate, the elbow thing, and the cape. That shoulder plate alone took me the whole two and a half hours of Inglourious Basterds to make (yes, I must watch TV/movies while working to keep myself from going crazy). I'm just glad it's over and done with. I don't know how many times I had to rewatch the scenes where Jareth wears that outfit to understand the physics of it. Thankfully I <3 Labyrinth or I would've gone insane.

I'm taking commissions if you'd like a doll of some sort, so send me an email if you're interested and read my COMMISSION INFO HERE. If you're only interested in Jareth, see the post below for prices.