A fun and exciting little announcement to share!
All shop updates will be on there, along with all the info needed,
Without going into detail, too many problems have been goin on with Etsy making it frustrating for everyone ) so please check it the new site and be sure to read the FAQ because it’s different than Etsy but only a little. I hope you like it! Thank you so much for always being a part of the weebeasts world!
Peace luv and stale popcorn
Friday, August 18, 2017
There is something about the weebeasts and their stupid cute teeth and "fuzzy" bumble bee like bodies that is so strangely comforting to me. My mind is often in a state of cartoony nature wonder, so combining the stones with them was a happy accident. It's a perfect combination of two big parts of who I am and I get to share them with he world.
The weebeasts first began as little doodles that I would send out with orders. They often matched the animals totems that I would make for that particular order, and sometimes they didn't for example this little fellow. I do not have any of the original weebeast doodles as they were all sent away with the animal totems I made. If you have one consider yourself lucky!
After a while I took a break from them and then one day it just struck me to bring them to life in clay form, so I tried and TRIED!
Like all of my work I would put them through 'break tests' and their skinny little noses would never make it through (and at the time I didn't know about making armatures either ) it could have been the clay I used at the time but for what ever reason their noses broke so easily.... I was bummed but inspired to keep on going.
I kept the only weebeast (who was from earth) that never broke in the photo below, he's the first one in black and gold. He was never completed and I keep him as is.
After taking a break continuing on with the animals I decided to I revisit sculpting them .... I modified them to be less breakable without a nose and sturdier legs. This one was the only one that I actually liked enough to keep of the many I made, it's a slow process.
There was something about his noseless face and derpy charm I was very happy with, He was never completed but I still have him and have kept him as is. ( gray one shown in the photo above)
I had contomplated getting a kiln for a long time to further my work and looked into it heavily but never bit that bullet I even bought ceramic clay to work with but it never connected.
...............Then I found COLORED clay! :o
I was in FREAKING LOVE!
I love making animals and still do.
But finding this clay was a spark! I was fueled to revisit the weebeast yet again as it called to me with its teeny bumbly weebeast voice!
Then there was Zeep. (third one in the photo above)
With making of the weebeasts I wanted to connect my childhood love of drawing bees into them along with my love of Bumble bees!
Bees were the first thing I ever remember drawing as a child. I still love bumble bees and their fuzzy little bodies make me smile with delight! (even though I'm slightly scared of them because I've never been stung and my pops is allergic). I made Zeep with a vison in mind!
He slowly took form. Black and yellow with a "fuzzy" bumble body, a couple of teeth (that's all they need to eat stale popcorn and honey right? hehehe) and of course the spindly insect like legs like the original weebeast doodles had done but thicker to support him well.
I added the trio of dots around each eye to connect the weebeasts to a part of my older work into them. I can't remember exactly when I started dotting around the eyes in any of my past works but it's symbolic because I have a trio of beauty marks/freckles on the side of my face- so it's a slight modification of that into the things I create.
The ears are always an option and come and go. Always changing some even have horns which I love, but I knew I wanted the first one to have the antennae.
The stones were the perfect and exciting final touch as their source of life as they have traveled to earth. It also connects my cartoony nature loving self into them perfectly. It was his life source, his heart his joy of life and it really shined through seeing his happy little face holding onto something so simple as a stone.
I worked on perfecting the eyes to be more lifelike and in that process of finally getting them to where I wanted they had to be a little bigger in size so the size of their bodies naturally evolved as well. I'm very happy to see how they have evolved over time. I hope you do too!
Give a weebeast a little stale popcorn, a scratch on the bum and a stone to really make them purr. Thank you for reading
Peace, Love and Stale Popcorn - Nichole
Sunday, December 25, 2016
A little fun for everyone!Print on your own computer and color away!
full size image link :
FULL SIZE COLORING PAGE
which should print on any regular size printer paper. 😊
Share your colored piece with me via email or instagram #weebeastsincolor love to see!
Please do not edit crop or alter the drawing to remove my site or copyright- of course you can draw in more stuff if you like :)
Copyright 2016 Nichole Lillian Ryan - all rights reserved
Not for resale
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Here are some of my old clay works! (Which I would love to try remake with colored clay- these are painted) I think one of these dudes was the first thing I sold when I moved back to selling on etsy when I made the animal totem alphabet sculpting one animal for each letter of be alphabet animals a-z (which I recommend as a great project to dive into. It is a good fun thing to really help your skills with sculpting by reading and studying about animals postures, poses and specific details that make them each unique is so worth it!) if you decide to give something like this a try or if you come up with another project to dive into by reading this I would love for you to tag me along in your journey.
I have come quite a ways in my sculpting over the past few years. I want to share this with you so you can see that I was not always the best at it, yes some were sloppy some were so difficult I almost gave up but i didn't. I continued sculpting. I worked hard and believed in myself to get my art to where it is today, and guess what it? It will even get better from here! it's a constant work of learning and expanding to new levels of making awesome things even more awesome.
Please continue to follow your heart your dreams and keep making what you want... PLEASE keep at it, keep going, keep trying you will make mistakes you will get frustrated. Trust me I have started over countless times in one piece- (sometimes taking a break from it and coming back to it with fresh eyes helps greatly!) Don't don't give up on yourself. Keep doing what you love making what you make be it art or music or ANYTHING, please follow your heart and the rest will follow. I love you all and thank you for being here with me.
Monday, January 4, 2016
I'm so excited for what this year will bring. I have a lot of new things planned but to start it out with some fun for everyone there is a new contest for a chance to win a custom weebeast!
Here are the details:
For each ADULT sized weebeast purchased you will have a chance to win a CUSTOM ADULT sized weebeast!
Every adult weebest sold I will put their name into a jar. ( ...so if you bought two adult weebeasts you'd have two chances at winning and so forth...)
At the end of 2016 (around the end of November) I will draw one name from the Jar and the person that purchased that weebeast will win a custom one!
(The weebeast made will up to $95 and of course the design/idea will have to be approved by me)
ALSO BB WEEBEASTS will now have a small printed specimen card for you to help fill out when you get them! :) YAY! I can't wait to see what everyone names them.
I'm so overjoyed with all the support I've had over the past year. It's truly amazing, thank you all so much.