Archive | May, 2011

Kittens & Ice Cream Artwork: ネコポリタン (Nekopolitan)!

25 May

I will be participating in JapanLA’s “Kittens & Ice Cream’ art exhibition, which opens June 4th!

I just finished photographing the art piece that I’ll be entering in the gallery! A portion of the sales will go to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support.

I used gouache, which I love for its texture, and some acrylic to get the pearly looking accents just right 🙂 At first, I had just the cat face on the ice cream cone, but added fangs and creepy claws to it to give it more character and weirdness, haha. The little faces in the melted puddle creep me out…!

I named it ネコポリタン (Nekopolitan),! Will gave me the idea to mishmash the words “Neko ” (which means “cat” in Japanese) and neopolitan, since the colors are striped in the ice cream 🙂

Hope you guys like it! If you have any questions about it, or are interested in purchasing, let me know at!

ネコポリタン (Nekopolitan), 2011
Michelle Nguyen
8″ x 10″
Gouache and acrylics on board
Frame is lavender with silver glitter (1″ deep)

You can see the ice cream-like texture I tried to achieve and the shiny metallics from this angle :3

I had fun DIY-ing the simple frame by making it lavender and adding silver glitter.

Another angle to see texture

Signing my real name on artwork, and not as "Chubby Bunny" 🙂 Shock!

If you’d like to see the work in person, it will be on display in JapanLA from June 4 throughout the month! Also, if you’re local to LA, you can come to the big opening party! (Hosted by my event production company Bubble Punch!) Hope to see you there!

Epic flyer by Michelle Romo!


“Bunnies & Bows” Opening Video!

19 May

Hey everyone! My awesome friends over at One Bus Productions have finished editing the video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” opening on May 7th!

Check out this awesome video, featuring shots of the amazing party at JapanLA, and candid interviews with:

Video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” exhibition opening, featuring a look at the awesome party, and interviews with:

Designer of Chubby Bunny and curator of Bunnies & Bows, Michelle Nguyen

Bunnies & Bows artists:
Yume Ninja
Jim Mahfood

and musician Kerli

Shot and edited by One Bus Productions: Tim Chang & Rayne Vasquez

I totally got teary-eyed watching this… and I must have been excited because my voice was super high o.o

**Chubby Bunny accessories that were available at this show are now available online here!

Thanks again to everyone who supported me to make this event truly amazing!

Bunnies & Bows Event Report

9 May

Saturday was such a wonderful success! We’re so happy that so many of our friends and fans were able to attend the big bash!

Just lil' ol me posing outside of JapanLA! I purchased the skirt and altered an existing corset then dyed them both to match!

The event opened up to a warm dusk, with early patrons getting their dinner from the Jogasaki Burrito truck and getting first dibs at the new Chubby Bunny products! We had live models sporting Chubby Bunny rhinestoned tees and lots of accessories scattered throughout their hair. Thanks to Yume Ninja for doing makeup!

Bunnies & Bows artist Misha (left) takes a look at some products

Chubby Bunny model looking cute as a button!

Chubby Bunny model Sandy looking cute as a button!

We were so happy to have a totally packed house with lots of supporters, fans, artists, and fabulously dressed guests totally filling up JapanLA!

Guests viewing the Bunnies & Bows art gallery

Awesome friends posing behind the Chubby Bunny merch table!

Musician Kerli stopped by for a bit to help judge the costume contest! Seen here wearing our Rosy Garden Lolita headpiece!

Lil' Rae Cakes was selling these adorable bow-decorated cakes at the event, too! SO delish!

The gallery got super packed too! You can spot a Sparkly Stephiee & a Yume Ninja here..! ❤

It was SUCH an amazing night!! Thank you to all of our artists, sponsors, helpers, friends, fans, and everyone’s mother’s who were taken to the party as a Mother’s Day surprise… you all are awesome!! ❤

You can see all of the official photos on our Flickr account here!
Many thanks to Eron Rauch for photographing for the night!

Other event reports + Photos!

LA WEEKLY Slideshow


Glass of Win

Kerli + Chubby Bunny “BUBBLE BUNNY” Contest!

9 May

The announcement you’ve all been waiting for! Now fans of both Chubby Bunny and Kerli will have a chance to show their creativity in this super fun contest! For some details on how the event came to be, you can check out the article in LAWeekly here!

Kerli + Chubby Bunny “BUBBLE BUNNY” Contest

Show us your interpretation of “Bubble Bunny.” by making a creative piece and Enter to Win exclusive Chubby Bunny products and a DIY gift from Kerli!

How to enter:
+”Like” Kerli & Chubby Bunny on both of our Facebook pages
+ Peep Kerli’s “Army of Love music video & Chubby Bunny’s sweet style!
+Submit a well-lit photo of your piece bu the deadline specified!

Need inspiration?

Take a look at our “Behind the Scenes” video of the photoshoot that produced this amazing photo.

Check out Kerli’s music video for her chart-topping “Army of Love” song

Take a look at Chubby Bunny’s new products at our official webshop!

Good luck everyone! And don’t forget to have your friends vote for you, too!

Bunnies & Bows Costume inspiration post!

4 May

Hope you’re all ready for the epic “Bunnies & Bows”-themed costume contest being held this Saturday at the big opening party at JapanLA!

The categories of judging will be:
Best in Bunny
Best in Bow
Best in BOW! (the grand prize!)

Prizes include gifts from Chubby Bunny and Sugarpill cosmetics! I also hand-made some cute prize ribbons for the winner!

Judging will be done by a special guest judge panel of fashionable friends, and done at 9pm sharp so make sure you’re there on time!

Need some inspiration for the costume contest? No worries!

You can go the “Bunny” route pretty easily by using random objects to make little bunny ears! Or even sculpt your hair into ears!

Slightly askew bunny ears are very cute!

ENORMOUS fabric bunny ears!

You could probably recreate this with a litle bit of fur and a battery operated light..! So cute!
OR you can go with the BOW theme and go super crazy with cute bows in your outfit and hair!

No matter what look you decide to go with, just make sure you have FUN!
We’ll see you Saturday!

Chubby Bunny Spring 2011 Preview!

3 May

I’ve been diligently spending all month promoting my artists and the Bunnies & Bows  show, but have been leaving you all in the dark as to my new line of awesome products that I’ve been slaving away on for months!

I hope you all like the new line! A lot of my inspiration comes from the old brew of pink, blue, and purple sparkly times that make up my image of white life should be like… I have a childlike love of stars which I’ve pulled into my T-shirt and dress designs, which are all custom rhinestone-d and printed by myself by hand.

“Space” and “aliens” also comes in with the theme of the stars for some of my more metallic looking pieces, too! ❤

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items that will be on sale at the May 7th event! Prices TBA ❤ No holds, sorry! First come first serve! These items will also be launching on my website soon! ❤ (psst! if you make it to the end of the post there’s a little Easter Egg!)

Chubby Bunny Jersey Dress

Shooting Star Moon Princess Clip

“Bunnies & Bows!” headband

Metallic Pink Snake Bows

Black Vinyl Chain Bow

Pom Pom Cones from Space!

Chrome Heels Bow Headband

Silver Spiral Space Bow

Rosy Garden Lolita Headpiece

If you’ve stuck around to look at all the photos, here’s a little reward for you!

Chubby Bunny will be announcing a CREATIVE and AWESOME collaboration contest with the one and only KERLI! Stay tuned for contest details, which will be announced on May 7th, the same day as the big party!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artists: Shibuya Girls Pop: Pop Art from Japan

1 May

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Shibuya Girls Pop is an artist collective comprised of artists who live in Japan, and specialize in “cute,” and have made a business of it over the years. In the U.S. , SGP is represented by Sweets Streets, whom I’ve worked with on many projects as part of Bubble Punch. I am very lucky to have five of the artists from the collective contribute new work for Bunnies and Bows!

Akira Ebihara

Akira Ebihara’s work features soft, whispy lines, and rosy cheeked girls. Her style is ultra feminine, and is an instant favorite of anyone who likes girly things! I was familiar with Ebihara’s work from seeing it all over Japan when I was living there. It was almost subversive, because you would often see her illustrations used for magazine articles, then again in department stores as part of signage, and again on the train in an advertisement. I was really pleased when I finally found out the name of the artist whose work I’d been seeing everywhere!

Residing in Tokyo, Akira Ebihara became a freelance illustrator in 2004. She primarily draws illustrations for magazine covers, women’s magazines, books, and commercial media for women ranging from teens to adults. Her illustrations have been highlighted in international design and magazines. Akira began exhibiting overseas in 2010 with SWEET STREETS.

Ebihara's finished work or Bunnies & Bows!!! SO adorable!

Tea Time, 2011
Digital Print (limited edition)
11.7” x x8.3”


eimi (one word, not capitalized..!) is a very unique artist, with a style that is extremely high in texture and soft diluted colors. eimi’s characters often look smug or annoyed, which I really enjoy. eimi has appeared in the U.S. several times for live paintings, and it is really wonderful to see her work in progress! She’s an incredibly nice and cheerful girl, and most recently came to LA to do a live painting for the Magical Girls’ exhibition opening on April 1st. I was very happy to meet her!

eimi's past work

Her work for Bunnies & Bows is going to be a great hit!

Eimi illustrates cute girls who are always bright and happy. Sometimes they feel like doing mischief and feel anxiety about eating too much, expressing the many emotions of girls. Eimi evokes this emotion with a glaring pop style that she calls “pink science.” Her artwork is a combination of mixed media, using mainly acrylic, watercolors, and paper collage in a monochromatic palette.

eimi's progress photo of her "Bunnies & Bows" work!

Kayo Tamaishi

I really love Kayo’s work! Her pieces always emote s sort of surface-level simplicity, but then is subversive in

My favorite of Kayo's past work. Under the sea ❤

Kayo's past work.

its details. If you look at any of her work, it always seems like it’s just a picture of a sweet girl, but when you look at the smaller characters and objects around the main figure, you can see she has ulterior messages in her work. If you look at her blog (link above), she often posts her work followed by many photos of the things that inspired it. Right now she’s very into flowers since spring has just come to Japan.

Kayo Tamaishi was born in 1980 and raised in Yokohama, Japan. Kayo’s work includes water painting, book cover design, magazine illustration, T-shirts design,design of CDjacket,Advertisement,Poster, Live painting,and more.Eyes of girls whom she draws are impressive and attractive.Pleasure, sadness, happiness, solitude, and various secrets are included in the eyes.All girls whom she draws are cute and fashionable. They are always casual, and enjoying that she is a woman. Kayo started activity except Japan such as L.A. from 2010.

Kayo's finished work for Bunnies & Bows!

Thousands of Prayer Bows, 2011
Color pencils, color pens
11” x 14”


NICO's past work

I am so pleased to be able to have NICO as part of the Bunnies & Bows show. I am a huge fan of hers, and have been since I was introduced to her work while living in Japan. Her work, like Ebihara’s, is extremely prevalent in every media outlet in Japan, and I would often see her work on

NICO's Past work. One of my favorites by her!

buildings, at stores, and in magazines. Her extremely graphic style is cool and pleasing to the eye, and she mainly works in digital format only. However, for Bunnies & Bows, I am so excited to announce that NICO will be producing an original painting for the show, something that is extremely rare for her as an artist! Usually she only does digital prints on canvas. Anyone who is a fan of NICO’s work should definitely come and see it in person!

NICO began illustrating at a young age professionally in 2001.  Her modern pop artwork is gaining international popularity, having designed many CD albums, characters, magazine designs for Vogue Nippon, GQ, Loreal, Mattel, and Paperchase stationary. She is based in Japan, UK, and exhibits worldwide. 

Yuki Takahashi

Yuki's past work

Yuki Takahashi works in a very soft style with watercolors and and a lack of black lines despite the graphic quality of her work. Yuki’s work is very whimsical, and often takes the idea of gravity for granted, usually featuring free floating objects, or with a lot of movement present in the character’s features, the objects around them, or the background images.

Her work for Bunnies & Bows combines all of these elements, and is sure to be a show stopper at the gallery!

Yuki Takahashi’s artwork came to the attention of Tokyo art fans when she designed the back cover of Japanese art magazine “Design No Genba [The Scene Of The Design]” in the Liquitex illustration contest in 2008. She is a traditional illustrator

working with a variety of medium such as acrylic gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils to make her artwork colorful and pop. She is a recipient of the CWC Chance-Ten Finalist Award.

Yuki's in-progress photo of her work for Bunnies & Bows!