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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!
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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”
$400


eimi

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”
$400

NICO

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!

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!

Meet the Artist: Misha: Swan-neck beauty of LA

19 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!

Misha

Misha’s a no-nonsense artist from Los Angeles, whose attitude is immediately apparent from her Facebook name, which she lists as “Misha Noneofyobusiness.”  Misha is a unique spirit, sporting face tattooes in a cute style, by using sweet colors and usually wearing bright makeup. Besides putting art down on paper, Misha is also a very talented and experienced tattoo artist, and currently works at Zulu Tattoo. Misha is a super sweet girl , with an amazing smile, and the kindest of hearts! I’m very very excited for her to be joining “Bunnies & Bows!”

Her work usually features big-eyed femmes, with craning and arching necks. Some of my favorite works of Misha’s are ones where she use her amazing flocking techniques.

Misha’s official bio:
Misha’s art is a fusion of Japanese Anime, Hindu and Buddhist religious imagery, and traditional tattoo design. Her favorite subjects to paint are mermaids, pin-ups, geishas, and monsters; preferable a mix of at least two of them at once. She also enjoys the dichotomy of having a monster look cute and sweet. Her paintings and drawings are not based in reality, but instead she creates a world where even monsters are cute and the world is a happy place, seeing the people not as they are, but as cartoon characters.

Some of Mishas past work.

For “Bunnies & Bows,” Misha is working on an EPIC piece, complete with.. DUH DUH DUHHHH flocking! I’m so excited to see her completed work! It’s looking PRETTY AWESOME!

Mishas progress photo of her work so far!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Aimee Steinberger: Triple threat… TO MY HEART!

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose 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!

Aimee Steinberger

Aimee Steinberger

Piece from "Kaguya Hime" series Aimee did, in her gallery exhibition in Santa Monica last year.

Aimee is one of those people that, as soon as you meet them, you can instantly sense their inner awesome. For me, I was able to immediately tell that Aimee was a very different person from many other people I’d met in my life. And true to intuition, Aimee’s her skills, positive outlook, professionalism, love of life, and blatant embracing of nerd culture. Some of the things you might not know about her from her resume one her website is that:

1) If you are ever sad, or feeling discouraged, she will take you to a rose garden, sit you down in some grass, and commiserate with you and make you somehow feel better without seeming to do any talking at all.

2) Knows more about flowers, especially roses, than anyone I know. But I guess most people I know hate/accidentally kill plants Hmm.

3) Makes amazing beautiful historical gowns FOR FUN. And I envy her sososososmuch for her talent with crafting things!

Aimee MADE THIS Marie Antoinette costume, based on the Rose oF Versailles, a Takarazuka theater production. Jaw dropping to the floor forever to this day.

She is SUCH a talented seamstress, rose caretaker, friend, curry-maker, and that is ON TOP of her insanely jawdropping resume!

Aimee is one of the artists I put in my show because of her triple-threat of awesomeness. We share a love of sewing, girly girly things, and the ever-useful ability of switching on our “professional mode” when called upon.

I have always counted myself lucky to know Aimee, and even luckier that she counts ME as someone to call her friend too. She is able to embrace her girlyness and otaku-ness, and at the same time, balance that with having an incredibly professional attitude when it comes to work. The careful balance of these two things is something I’ve always worked with, and it’s always so great to meet another person who is able to be successful professionally without giving up their “socially weird” side…!

Aimee is an animator, and a kickass one at that. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and is an alumni of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. She currently works as an animation artist, and is currently Assistant Director on the new series of Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama!, and has previously worked on Sit Down Shut Up, the Simpsons, and for Warner Brothers and for Disney. She is an award winning fan costumer (Yes.. COSPLAYER!), and writes and illustrates for various Japanese fashion, doll and manga publications. You can find Aimee’s full resume here.

Episode of Futurama that Aimee Assistant Directed. I LOVE THIS SHOW.

Suffice to say, Aimee is a jack of all trades, and someone who I think I am very lucky to call friend. As we speak she’s packing up to go to CHINA right now and be fabulous and probably take a ton of very awesome cosplay photos! This is our nerdom. It runs deep! Ok, fangirling aside, she is such a nice and positive person, and you’ll just have to meet her at the show!

She was kind enough to send this to me before she packed up for her global tour… a preview of her Bunnies & Bows piece! She’s such a sweetheart and drew it inspired after.. well.. you can guess… haha.

The piece so far is ADORABLE and I cannot wait to see more!

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, Luke Chueh: Serious Cute.

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose 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 (debuting May 7!) here! Our first artist is the super sweet Luke Chueh!

LUKE CHUEH

(Luke’s Twitter)

Luke Chueh is an incredible artist whose work I was exposed to almost as soon as moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2007. His cute and macabre artwork is really prevalent around LA and nationwide. I remember seeing his bear and rabbit characters all around, especially on Melrose, in LA. You can check out more of his work, and snarky comments to the world at http://www.lukechueh.com!

Here’s a more detailed look at his background! Info from lukechueh.com!

Luke's work for the cover of band Fall Out Boy's "Folie à Deux" album cover.

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Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the”Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s

Luke's BLACK IN WHITE figure, produced by our pals at MUNKY KING

work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.

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I knew Luke in passing as a successful artist, and friend of a friend, but really got to know him better at San Diego Comiccon 2010, when my event production company, Bubble Punchworked in conjunction with Munky King, to assist them with their big Comiccon bash and artist signings at their booth in the con. Luke was also brought down to Comiccon by Munky King to debut his Black in White figure, so we were all working there at the same time. We were all crashing in the same hotel and eating all our meals together like a funny family on a vacation! We all had such a great time working with Munky King and all the artists! Luke has really made a name for himself in the ar tworld and is very inspirational to those trying to make it in the “independent” art scene. On top of being a successful artist, he’s also a totally sweet guy! I’m very honored that he agreed to be in the Bunnies & Bows show!!

He sent me a progress photo of what he had done so far for the show… CHECK IT OUT!!!!

Bunnies & Bows... Luke's got something cute yet disturbing going ON with this one...! Awesome!

Can’t wait to see the finished product, Luke! I’m so curious as to what the expression will end up like.. Luke’s characters always look so sinister… I love it! I love speculating on how it might come out.. 🙂

If you’d like a more in depth look into his current work and where he’s heading, and what he’s inspired by, you can check out this amazing interview of Luke by Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly, with photos by Shannon Cottrell!

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!

Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paitnings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.