Friday, August 18, 2017

Weebeasts Evolved

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. 

Each one is an true individual with their own stories, names and characteristics and habitats.  I love how they have evolved with me from little drawings an then onto sculptures as I have found this new love of colored clay. They are truly one of a kind here's little look into how they became what they are now....


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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Custom weebeast winner from 2016!

πŸ₯πŸ₯Drumroll please....
and the winner of the custom adult weebeast is..........
πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰TRAVIS B. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ (who adopted Grayson) Congrats! You will hear from me soon!This was a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to next year!
Speaking of which .... YES, There will be another drawing at the end of 2017 for a custom adult weebeast for all adult Weebeasts sold throughout 2017!
Thank you EVERYONE old and new for being a part of the weebeasts world it wouldn't be the same without you. Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead! ✌️πŸ’•πŸΏNichole
#happynewyear #weebeasts #weebeast #congrats #yay! #huzzah! #newyearseve

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Free coloring page!

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. 😊

I only ask a few things
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

Gingerbread bbs variants

❄️Thank you for an amazing year. I'm truly thankful for all of the kindness and love poured out to me and the people in the weebeasts community. 
I wish the happiest of holidays and healthy new year to all of you and your families. Thank you again for being a part of this world. 

Todays adoptions is 12/24/2016 at 7 pm EST and will include:

 WEEBEASTS
5 gingerbread BB weebeasts limited edition numbered with special charm and uvite tourmaline earth treasure $32

Here is the shop link



Happy adopting!
I wish you a wonderful day and thank you for being a part of the weebeasts world. 

☮️❤️🍿
peace love and stale popcorn,
Nichole

12/9 weebeast adoptions


As this year rounds to an end and into a new one I would sincerely like to take a moment to thank you for your kindness and support. This year had been a wild ride for the weebeasts and I can't wait to see and  share things to come! Thank you I am so grateful.

🌿 today's weebeasts are in Holiday spirit and I think they are quite a pair, I hope you like them too! πŸ˜˜

Todays adoptions is 12/19/2016 at 12 pm EST and will include:

 WEEBEASTS
- KayLala the mistletoe toe weebeast with topaz earth treasure - $85
- Gary the popcorn garland weebeast with pyromorphite crystal  earth treasure  - $85

- 5 bb mistletoe weebeasts with topaz earth treasures - $32 each
- 5 bb garland weebeasts with peridot earth treasures - $32 each

CUSTOMS
- 1 adult custom weebeast - Starting price $100
- 1 bb custom weebeast - Starting price $38

(Unsure how customs work? Please check out the FAQ on my site)
The update is 12 Noon EST Monday 12-19-2016
Here is the shop link
nicholelillianryan.etsy.com


 p.s. Did you know that all adult weebeasts sold in 2016 are entered into a drawing to have a chance to win a custom weebeast at the end of the year including any adult customs! I plan to do the drawing for it beteeen dec 26 and Jan 1st! These two are the last adult weebeasts that will come out this year.

PPS
there is BB variant adoption coming on DeC 24th @ 7 pm EST. stay tuned on my instagram for sneak peeks of what they might be.


Happy adopting!
I wish you a cozy and happy day and thank you for being a part of the weebeasts world.

☮️❤️🍿
peace love and stale popcorn,
Nichole