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Last minute panic!

Meow!

This week has been a really productive one! I managed to finish all my commissions and started planning my webpage too! A little info on how commissions will work in the future:

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My webpage will have an online form that you will fill with all the information I’ll need for the custom, e.g. do you want a certain figure to be used (that I have in stock) or do you want to send me the figure for the custom.

Please note that I will no longer be taking commission requests through Instagram, Facebook, eBay or deviantart. I will refer people from Etsy to my webpage to fill in the form but communication can happen through Etsy after I receive all the information I need.

The form will automatically be sent to my e-mail and all the communication will happen through e-mails (or Etsy, if you prefer using it).

I will be able to give you an estimated date for when your custom will be done. I will no longer prioritize commissions over regular customs, I will instead have commission slots in between my other customs.

I will announce more information about my webpage through all my channels once it’s up and running. Once the webpage is finished, it will become the primary source of information for anyone who’s interested in knowing more about my customs :)

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That’s all I have to say for now! More info will be up once I figure things out :)

Onto my customs I’ve managed to create this week:

Custom #252 Suicune. This was one of four Pokemon customs that was commissioned from me by a very lovely person on Etsy! I had a ton of fun creating Suicune’s hair and decided to take on the challenge of doing some gravity-defying sculpting!

I started out by poking three holes in her head and sticking steel wire into them. After that I created the basic shape for the direction of her hair with Kneadatite. I quickly noticed just how heavy Kneadatite is, so I had to remove a lot of the mass and sculpt the hair as thin as possible.

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After letting the putty dry overnight, I blocked out the rest of the hair with aluminum foil and covered it with a thin layer of Kneadatite. Surprisingly the hair and figure was still in balance! :D I had never tried this technique before so it was definitely a good experience!

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So, here she is! :) I think she turned out quite magical! She’s made from a LPS cat rather than dog since there aren’t any “pretty” dogs that would have been suitable as a base for her. Not sure if the cat has a particular name, but its body is similar to a Bon Bon kitty and the head has the same look as a Shorthair cat.

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The person who commissioned me also loved her so I’m very happy with the result ^_^

Custom #253, Houndoom (the second one I’ve made). Not much to say about him! He has “angry” eyes rather than normal ones and I think he turned out very cute! He’s made from a Greyhound LPS figure.

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Custom #254, Clefairy. She’s made from a G3 Grasshopper head :D Also part of the four Pokemon customs commission.

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Custom #255, Mega Audino. Last one of this set! She’s made from a G3 bunny figure :)

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I love how her eyes turned out! ^_^

Here they are all together:

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More commissions: Custom #256, a Flower Spaniel. The person who commissioned me sent me the figure, normally I don’t customize rare LPS for commissions :) I think she turned out very pretty and almost identical to the sketch the person sent me!

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Custom #257, Lil Bub (also a commission)! I though this base figure would be perfect for Bub, especially since the sticker eyes on the figure (rather than the normal eyes) gave me the opportunity to play with the shape of the eyes and paint them in my own style. I think she turned out super cute!

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Custom #258 (see, told you I’ve been productive! ^_^), Zigzagoon. Made from a LPS Persian cat. He looks a bit melancholic but I think he’s really sweet xD He might be for sale, not sure yet!

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Custom #259, “Shooting Star”. My OC Superhero character that I made for our custom collaboration :) He’s just an ordinary raccoon who wears a feathered mask and cape and runs around telling people that anyone can be a superhero by helping others in need ^_^ Not a very original thought, but I think he’s adorable!

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Custom #260, Yuki (another OC of the same species as my Owl-dragon Honey). He will be for sale after my Christmas holiday is over :) His head is a G2 Corgi and his body is a G2 Dalmatian. They look so cute together! Yuki’s wings are also a lot more detailed and look a lot prettier than Honey’s!

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Custom #261, Bowser Jr., made from a G2 turtle. He turned out exactly as I wanted him to, I especially like the scarf! :) He will be up for sale either later today or after my Christmas holiday.

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Custom #262, Seel. Very simple, but also quite kawaii! He’ll also be for sale at some point.

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And last but not least, #263 is a kitten inspired by Hasbro’s exclusive Comic Con Superhero cat LPS. She was a real pain to paint but she really matches the colors I wanted for her! :) She will be up for auction in my eBay shop (www.ebay.com/usr/piaslittlecustoms) later today!

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Other fun stuff this week: My trade package from Cece arrived! Even though I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t start collecting LPS, I just can’t help myself when it comes to the little LPS babies…..

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They’re just too cute. I probably won’t customize any of them, but I might customize normal LPS to look like them instead! We’ll see!

Some WIP photos of upcoming customs:

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Completely random and accidental headswap! I’m making her into a Lemur for my mom as a Christmas present (hope she’s not reading this, it’s going to be a surprise for her!)<3

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No idea yet what I’ll make of this (and when I’ll make it) but it will definitely be super cute! I love this combination of cat head + Pepper Clark body :)

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Birdo! Yay!

And lastly, a comparison photo i wanted to post so you know I’m still learning and getting better as I make more customs! Here is my Royal Griffin (from HoMM3) custom that I made a year ago:

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And here is my custom #270 (OC Griffin) that’s still waiting to be painted:

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I remember sculpting my Royal Griffin’s wings and feeling so stressed about them because they didn’t want to cooperate at all when I was trying to sculpt them! They turned out pretty odd-looking (though still fairly alright). With the new Griffin, sculpting the wings was a piece of cake (even though I sculpted everything at once without letting them dry in between before adding the detailed feathers!), plus they look so much better! :) I feel great when I see that I’ve progressed with my painting and sculpting!

Anyways, wishing you all a very peaceful and relaxing Christmas! I might not blog next week (we’ll see!) so just in case I don’t, I also wish you all a lovely New Year with lots of celebration and fireworks :) My new year’s resolution will definitely be that I promise to start making tutorial videos. I’ve been talking about that for the past half a year but haven’t had the time to make them! Now is the time!

Until next time!

Love,

Pia

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Future plans!

Hi again!

This week I’ll be updating you mostly about what the future looks like for me, especially concerning commissions (but also a little sneak peek about what customs I’ll be making before Christmas!).

First however, customs 243 – 251 (yay!):

#243 is Pichu! I had this one planned for a long time and thought I’d make it from a G3 mouse LPS. I decided to change the body to a ladybug LPS instead though because I thought it would look a lot cuter. I think it turned out adorable! :) He’s for sale in my eBay shop.

PicsArt_1417901921199Custom #244 is Wendy Koopa. It felt great to know that there was only one more Koopaling to make after her! :) I personally think she turned out really cute even though her lips are a bit ridiculous. I think I’ll keep her, my Ludwig von Koopa custom needs a friend!

wendy_donewendy_ludwig_smallCustom #245 might seem random but I had her planned for ages ever since I first bought the G3 Cocker Spaniel I used as a base for her! She was inspired by Presea from one of my favorite games ever, Tales of Symphonia. I say inspired because Presea doesn’t show emotions and this custom looks way too happy to be her :D

IMG_20141207_224119Custom #246, the final Koopaling custom: Morton Koopa Jr. ! So excited to finally be done with this project! For some reason it always feels stressful when there’s a project that isn’t moving forward as you hoped it would. I’m glad the Koopalings are done now :)

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Custom #247, Lumi (original character). She was the custom I made for our custom collaboration’s Winter theme this week :) Her name means snow in Finnish (ironic since there is no snow here at the moment!). I really love my snowflake mold that I got from an Etsy seller so I figured it would be a great idea to use it to make a crown to my snow creature. I’d love to keep her because I really adore the way she looks, it’s just getting awfully crammed in my office so therefore she’s available in my eBay shop :)

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#248 Stitch (from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch). This is one of the first customs I ever made a sketch of because someone on Etsy contacted me about wanting a custom of him. They never got back to me but since I already had a sketch of him I figured why not make him :) He’s also available in my eBay shop ( www.ebay.com/piaslittlecustoms )!

PicsArt_1418161048406Customs #249 & #250, my original Geisha kitty customs! :) I really wanted to make two different Geisha customs, one inspired by the wonderful movie “Memoirs of a geisha” (and Japanese culture in general, I really love traditional Japanese textile patterns!) and another one inspired by a more Western take on what Japanese culture is (Hello Kitty, super kawaii pink girly things etc.). Here are WIP photos of them as well as final shots:

Sketch171145457Initial sketch of my more traditional Geisha. I changed the head of the figure as well as the pattern on the kimono after making this sketch.

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Initial sketch of my over-the-top Kawaii Geisha, I changed the pattern of the kimono while painting the custom.

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WIP of the traditional Geisha kitty. I used a different head for this custom because the figure I intended to use wasn’t available after all. I’m glad I did though, her face suited her a lot better this way! This is what she looked like after two rounds of sculpting. It took me a few hours in total to sculpt her.

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WIP photo of the Kawaii Geisha kitty after one round of sculpting. All the flowers, bows and the bunny in her hair were made from a mold.

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Dramatic sneak peek of custom #249…

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Ta-daaah! Here they are! :) They probably took around 6h to complete in total. Very time-consuming but totally worth it!

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Custom #249, traditional Geisha inspired custom. I love how her kimono turned out and her neck detail is one of my favorite things ever. I also made her a small golden fan (upper picture) from a mold.

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Custom #250, Kawaii Geisha inspired custom. Her hair and kimono have tons of details: Bows, flowers, hearts and even two stuffed bunnies. Unfortunately you can’t see it in the photos but her kimono features the same pattern as the traditional Geisha in a very subtle white on pink instead of black on white. I made a small, pink kawaii fan for her too :)

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I really love these two :) They were worth all the pain of painting the little details! Definitely keeping these, they are priceless to me.

Last (and kind of least), custom #251 is Altaria. I had this one planned for a very long time and finally had the energy to finish him. I won’t say I dislike him (because there’s nothing wrong with him) but after making the Geisha kitties he’s a bit… underwhelming xD

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He might be for sale one day, I don’t know yet!

Those are the customs I’ve managed to make during the past week! Very glad to see I’ve been more productive than last time I wrote a post here :)

Anyways, on to commission info and future plans!

I will not be taking commissions until the 4th of January (or possibly even the 9th, depending on how quickly I get my thesis done). I will have to come up with a new way of taking commissions as I currently have way too many communication channels (Instagram, deviantart, eBay, Etsy, Facebook etc.). This will probably mean I’ll get my own domain and website where I’ll gather all the info you need and where I’ll post updates on my commission status. This also means I probably won’t be taking any more commissions through Instagram or deviantart. We’ll see! I promise you that the new method won’t be hard to understand, it will just help me be more organized :)

Future customs that I will try to make before my Christmas “holiday” (=thesis writing) starts are the following:

Suicune (commission), Houndoom (commission), Clefairy (commission), Mega Audino (commission), Flower Cocker Spaniel (commission), Zigzagoon, Bowser Jr., Seel, Dragon OC, Lil Bub (commission), Superhero OC (for our collab), Bowser, Savvy G3 style, Birdo, Griffin OC and a poodle OC. :)

I will definitely finish the commissions but we’ll see how many of the other ones I manage to make in one and a half weeks!

Also, let’s not forget that I’ll make the winner of my Husky design competition! It was so much fun hosting this contest, there were some amazing designs in the bunch! :) This one was always a standout to me because of its beautiful simplicity and delicate colors, let me present to you Kiako by @mystic_lps!<3

IMG_20141210_200644Cannot wait to show you the finished custom! I really hope the winner will like it once it’s done! ^_^

Anyways, off to get some well-deserved sleep now! See you again next week!<3

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Meow!

So, once again I’ve been super unproductive. I have a totally legit reason though; I read in the newspapers that the sun was visible for a total of 13h during the entire month of November in Helsinki! I get energy from the sun, hence I’m tired and lazy all the time during the winter :(

Anyways, this blog post only has four customs (yes, it’s that bad!) but I’m going to tell you a bit about my future plans :) Hope next week would energize me a bit more!

Custom #139, Deadly Beautiful Deer for the lovely Tee who I’ve gotten to know and admire through Instagram<3 She’s a huuuuge inspiration to me so making a custom for her was truly an honor!

This was a really great commission too because Tee gave me a lot of space for my own creativity to shine through! She only sent me this image (which is based on a photograph that I unfortunately couldn’t find the source for) and said she likes creepy/beautiful things. I wanted the makeup to be very similar as in the image and add details to her that were my own.

deadly_beauty_by_emomaycry-d5rk09zInspiration for my custom. Image by deviantart artist EmoMayCry.

Sketch20401434The initial sketch for the custom. Tee said she’d rather have bows instead of flowers in the hair.

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I decided to sculpt flowers on the left side and a bow on the right side to make her even more two-faced.PicsArt_1417307596613I added more bows in her hair so she’d be even cuter! ^_^

Finally I added tons of blood splatter on her right side and in her hair. It was so much fun! It was weirdly fun to make a slightly gory/creepy custom!

Custom #240, Honey (my original character)<3

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She turned out sooo cute! Her head was a corgi and her body was a G2 dalmatian. I also have another similar base and I thought I’d make another owl-inspired fox-dragon :D Scops owls have amazing bright orange eyes so I might make a custom inspired by them!

Custom #241, Cerise (original character)

This one was made because the theme in our custom collaboration (@littlestcustoms on Instagram) this week was kawaii! I thought the base figure was super cute and a bit odd looking so I wanted to make a kawaii custom from it.

PicsArt_1417637762995 cherise_kawaii_smallI think she turned out adorable! I also got totally inspired to sketch my idea for a “creepy porcelain doll” inspired custom :D I need to figure out how to make it even more creepy though…

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Custom #242 Iggy Koopa! Fifth in my Koopalings series! Only Wendy and Morton Jr. are missing :)

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This is it for now! Here are some sneak previews for customs #249 and #250! Not revealing the theme for them though ;)

20141121_151235 20141128_165241Some sketches for future customs:

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Winter theme is coming up in LittlestCustoms! ^_^ I adore my snowflake mold so I have to make the most out of it!

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One of four Pokemon customs I’m doing as a commission :) Can’t wait to make this one! It’s so cute!

Also a little update so people are aware of my future plans: I’m taking a little time off customs between 22.12-4.1 because I really need to finish my Master’s Thesis. I’m going to finish all the commissions I’ve gotten before that but then I really need to focus on graduating. I might not take any more commissions before that, we’ll see!

Anyways, gotta try to make some more customs now! Wish me luck! :)