Whoa! I wake up in the morning and I see that yesterday’s post of my purple scaly creature has blown up a bit! So hi, new people! Welcome! Thanks for being here!
Here’s some basic info, in case that’s helpful to you:
So I make guys called Beastlies (the dorkface above is one) and sell them on Etsy once or twice a week.  I also make larger, more complicated creatures, like that guy you may have seen that brought you here.  All of the big guys I’m posting lately are for an art show in Oregon next weekend. The show is called Dubious Beasts: Symbiosis. Here’s the postcard:

The show is going to be a ton of fun.  It’s just going to be full of creatures by me (I’m Leslie! Hi!) and Shing Yin Khor.  You should go look at her art.  It’s cool.  And if you’re in the Oregon neighborhood, we’d be so psyched if you came to the show! We’re nice, we promise.

Whoa! I wake up in the morning and I see that yesterday’s post of my purple scaly creature has blown up a bit! So hi, new people! Welcome! Thanks for being here!

Here’s some basic info, in case that’s helpful to you:

So I make guys called Beastlies (the dorkface above is one) and sell them on Etsy once or twice a week.  I also make larger, more complicated creatures, like that guy you may have seen that brought you here.  All of the big guys I’m posting lately are for an art show in Oregon next weekend. The show is called Dubious Beasts: Symbiosis. Here’s the postcard:

The show is going to be a ton of fun.  It’s just going to be full of creatures by me (I’m Leslie! Hi!) and Shing Yin Khor.  You should go look at her art.  It’s cool.  And if you’re in the Oregon neighborhood, we’d be so psyched if you came to the show! We’re nice, we promise.

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empyreal26:

beastlies:

This big fella is on the postcard, and I showed some progress shots way back when I was painting him, but I figured maybe this would be a good time for some more detailed views of him.  I’ve gotten kind of fond of my little buddy here.

No surprise, he’s heading for the Dubious Beasts: Symbiosis show in Cannon Beach next weekend.

(If you want to get a peek at what’s up with the other half of the DB:S show, here’s a nice piece about Shing at WonderCon!)

Oh my god he is so beautiful! ;~;

With these much bigger sculptures, are they made entirely out of polymer clay? Or do you use any kind of stuff in the middle like wire and aluminum foil to cut down on weight?

Thanks!! He’s Magic Sculpt around a foam armature.  So he’s very durable but still fairly light.  

This big fella is on the postcard, and I showed some progress shots way back when I was painting him, but I figured maybe this would be a good time for some more detailed views of him.  I’ve gotten kind of fond of my little buddy here.

No surprise, he’s heading for the Dubious Beasts: Symbiosis show in Cannon Beach next weekend.

(If you want to get a peek at what’s up with the other half of the DB:S show, here’s a nice piece about Shing at WonderCon!)

Anonymous asked:

you sculpt your creatures out of polymer clay, right? do you use colored clay or do you paint it when it's baked? i love the colours. also, how do you keep it so smooth and clean? love your creations!

Hi there! Thanks! I do use colored clay for actual Beastlies.  The larger creatures are painted (Explanation of Beastlies vs other pieces here).

Keeping polymer clay smooth is mostly just a matter of practice and learning things like keeping a light touch, how the material responds to your tools, etc.  Clean is hard.  Scrub your hands and dry them on non-linty paper towels.  Wipe your sculpting surface down with windex or something.  Treat it like surgery.  Gooooood luck.

selynmi asked:

where do you get those boxes that some of the Beastlies are in?

All over the dang place.  Whenever I find a good source for affordable cases, I buy as many as I can afford because it’s pretty likely that they won’t still be selling them in a month or two.  So most of the cases for Dubious Beasts are from sources that don’t carry them anymore.

Pour one out for the glass boxes that used to be sold at Z Gallerie, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, and a bunch of other places.  Some of those were priced pretty well and were a great size. GONE FOREVER.

In my titling process, I often go the route of fake taxonomies based on characteristics and which real animals might have inspired the design.

The manateefish guy is driving me crazy tonight.  I’m inclined to feel that “manateefish” is a bit on the nose, and now I’m annoyed that both a sea cow and a cowfish are already real things. Dangit.