Monday, January 4, 2016

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.  I love how they have evolved with me from little drawing 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, sometimes they didn't like this little fellow. I do not have any of the original weebeast doodles. If you have one you're 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, it could have been the clay I used at the time but for what ever reason their noses broke so easily. (I even tried playing with a resin epoxy to sculpt with but didn't like it working at such a small scale.) 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, I still have him. 

After a little while I revisited 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 if the many I made. Something about his noseless face and derpy charm I was very happy with him. He was never completed but I still have him. ( 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. 

...............Then I found colored clay! :o


I love making animals and still do. But finding this clay I wanted to revisit the weebeast yet again it called to me with its teeny weebeast voice!

I made 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 and love of Bumble 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 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? hehehe) and of course the spindly insect like legs like the original weebeast doodles had done. I added the three dots around each eye to connect a part of my older work into them. I can't remember exactly when I started dotting around the eyes but it's 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 can always change some even have horns which I love, but I wanted the first one to have the antennae-ish ears. The stones were an exciting final touch! It connects my cartoony nature loving self into them perfectly! I was thrilled! Funny thing is that  My friend Hallie and I send pacakges back and forth and in one of them was a small citrine stone and I placed it in his arms and I knew he was done. It was his 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 were 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.

Give a weebeast a little stale popcorn, a scratch on the bum and a stone to really make them purr. 

Peace, Love and Stale Popcorn - Nichole