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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Onch: Rainbow Prince of LA

29 Apr

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!

Onch

Onch's "Meatlace" product, inspired by Lady Gaga's meat outfit! (Don't worry, it's just plastic!)

You may already know Onch from his stint on the reality show Paris’ My New BFF season 1 and 2, or from his super over-the-top food-themed jewelry line “Onch Movement,” for which my event production company helped throw a massively SWEET shindig for a few months ago…!

But, when I met Onch, he was just a cute-fashion lover the same as myself as he was sitting in JapanLA

Onch's amazing icecream cone necklace! I waaant ❤

chatting with the owner, Jamie, as I came in to do a photo session. Onch has a great passion for fashion, and more importantly, an amazingly energetic outlook on life, as well as business. I really respect Onch’s ability to “sell” cute, as well as BE cute and be himself, without worrying too much if people think he’s being strange or not. He knows what it’s like to be different, but instead of trying to blend in to be like everyone else, embraces his uniqueness and doesn’t worry about the “haters.” Lord knows I totally see eye to eye with him on this. I know strangers stare (or scream and take photos of me like I’m a rabid beast about to kill their babies), and that it’s a tough thing when growing up to not just try to be “normal” just so other people will stop bothering you.

Onch's works for the #PrayForJapan Exhibition in March.

And yet, here we all are, still being “weird,” creative, and loving it, embracing others who are like us and enjoy being unique!

So to Onch, I salute him for making a career of it, and also to being a totally sweet friend! I’m glad to have met him and I hope everyone who attends the party can, too!

His artwork matches his personality, and is super cute, glittery, and looks like candy! Check out some shots of his finished work!

Onch's completed super-glittery piece!

Name: Lucky dead bunny
Material: acrylic on wood, epoxy coating
Size 8.5″ x 11″
Price: $350

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Michelle Romo: Heck Yeah, Cute Times!

24 Apr

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!

Michelle Romo

Michelle Romo is the mind behind Crowded Teeth, a super cute brand that focuses on 2d shape-oriented character art! Her extensive line of products produced through Loungefly includes wallets, bags, socks, T-shirts, and a whole lot more!

Michelle's gallery at JapanLA is chock full of cute! Even the walls are decorated!

I was first exposed to Michelle’s awesome artwork when I saw her come in to JapanLA to drop off her artwork for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition that (JapanLA owner Jamie curated the show). She was immediately super friendly and easy to talk to, and I was really impressed to meet the Crowded Teeth designer in person, since I have often seen her products on sale practically everywhere!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle is very modest, and always willing to help others! She talked about her art style with me right away, even though I had just met her (I feel like she was giving me trade secrets!) and I’m so pleased that we are still friends today, always bumping into each other at the same art show openings 🙂 She’s been a big inspiration to me, since her art style resonates very strongly with the illustrative quality of my own work, and she has been so patient and nice to me, giving me advice on art styles, tools, and being jaw-some.

She recently opened a solo show at JapanLA, full of awesome cuteness! Many of her works have already sold, but you should come down and check out the installation, which will be up until May 2nd! I snapped a few pics when I went for the opening party a few weeks ago! =D

Here’s info on her background from her site!

Michelle's collection of rings she made for the event! I made sure to grab a white bunnymonster looking one ❤

Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer who is fueled by cookies and naps. She got her first computer when she was 16 and she hasn’t stopped working since. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese, and Scandinavian design and pretty much anything cute.

Michelle created her line, Crowded Teeth, in 2004 and continues to create characters and products under that name. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games, and crafting. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jason and their two cats, Hurts and Morgan.

Here’s her in-progress photo of her work! I’m sure the final product is going to be SO MUCH MORE amazing than this! Michelle always adds surprising elements to her work like interesting framing, hidden characters, and 3d pieces!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Yume Ninja: Chameleon of Creativity

23 Apr

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!

Yume Ninja

Yume Ninja, also known as True Mee, has been one of my closest friends since I’ve moved to Los Angeles. We share many similar interests, mainly centered on our mutual love of artistic expression in fashionable ways.

Past work from Yume Ninja

One of the first photoshoots Yume Ninja & I did together. We realized how creepy it is when we wear the same hair, makeup and clothes, because even we coldn't tell eachother apart in some of the photos from this set!

Yume Ninja has helped me with every aspect of my life: emotionally, professionally, creatively, practically… all the categories that are possible, basically!  She is an artist who expresses herself through her fashion, modeling, and artwork. Her ability to change her fashion styles and makeup and hair looks have given her the nickname “chameleon” among our friends, which has stuck through her adoption of the word in her own bio page on her website, ninjasovereign.com.

True Mee encouraged me to participate in photoshoots with her ever since we’ve met, which has not only been an invaluable learning experience for me but we’ve been lax in doing photographic projects together lately. 😦  Mainly, we are both totally engrossed in our co-owned event production company Bubble Punch, which has been becoming more and more successful since its inception in fall of 2009!

As a pen and paper artist, True Mee has been developing her style for a few years now, and has begun exhibiting in art shows as of last year. I’m proud to have her in my show as an up-and-coming artist, true friend, and kickass business partner.

True Mee is creating 2 new works for the Bunnies & Bows shows! The preview photos below show her concepts of “Bunner-ella” and “Bunny Boudoir!” The final product is sure to be really amazing!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Dianne Garcia: A Nerd By Any Other Name

21 Apr

All of the artists I have 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!

Dianne Garcia

 

WARNING: I refuse to explain every nerdy term in this post, so if you don’t know whuzzup, go to the Google! haha

Dianne as Sakura from Street Fighter!

For me, Dianne was one of those people that you hear about long before you actually meet them in person. Mainly, this is we are nerds. The first I ever heard of Dianne was back in the Livejournal days of 2002-ish, when everyone who cosplayed was always clicking about the internet looking for people who had good cosplay from series’ they liked. I was living in Pennsylvania, attending Penn State, being an otaku, and kept coming up on photos of Diane dresses ad Nana from the same-titled popular manga series by Ai Yazawa.

Diann'es work she made for a Charity art exhibition benefiting the Lisa Nguyen scholarship fund, created after the passing of our friend.

We chatted here and there via LiveJournal comments and when I finally moved to LA, we met in 2008!

Dianne is a kickass person. She’s an incredibly hard worker- always putting in OT at LA Weekly as a graphic artist, is an amazingly loyal friend, and also runs DefectiveGeeks.com with a group of her other nerdy gal pals. Embracing the fact that we are weird, like “nerdy” things, and are pretty much unashamed about our obsession with cartoon characters, this is what makes people like Dianne (and me) totally awesome, haha.

Dianne rarely exhibits her awesome work, so I am very pleased to have given her the impetus to create a new piece for the Bunnies & Bows shows. A talented artist with a soft and muted style, I hope you all watch her as she continues to do more work in the future! Here’s a progress photo of what she’s got so far…!

About the show, Dianne says, “Michelle is one if the hardest working artist I know. I am honored to be a part of celebrating her accomplishments. Bunnies and bows: truly, what more do I need to create artwork for a friend?”

I can’t wait to see her final finished piece!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!