The Rooz is shaped like a legless kangaroo? or maybe a ghost chipmunk? And so it has proved to be the most tricky to design so far. In the end I decided to just ignore the shape completely and overlay an owl motif onto it’s odd little body.
I wanted an owl because earlier in the year Kidrobot released a limited edition 8″ dunny by Nathan Jurevicius which was one of the coolest things I’ve seen this year. It was an owl design based on a creature from Lithuanian folklore with geometric patterned eyes, soft flocked surface and wings instead of regular dunny arms. As my birthday came around Doff tried to buy one for me, but unfortunately they had sold out, so then I thought I might try to make something similar.
I didn’t want to copy NathanJ’s style too much, plus I wanted more detail so I also took inspiration from traditional/neo-traditional owl tattoo designs, especially those by Ashley Love. She does fantastic work and really has an original approach to one of tattooing’s most well worn subjects. My final product isn’t anywhere near as good as anything produced by these two artists, but I like it, and it’s the most accomplished piece of vinyl painting I’ve done so far.
For this toy I did the initial guidelines on the vinyl with a Biro, as recommended by Gangtoyz. Lines were much clearer than pencil marks and they didn’t smudge at all. I also wore latex gloves for the entire time I was painting, which seemed to make a great difference to how well the paint held onto the surface. As always, the paints used were Posca paint markers.
Thanks for looking, and you can send me suggestions for what to make next in the comments.