Hello, I make robot plushies~

Commission status: Closed-ish

I haven't got any more free slots this year, but if you wanted a Bob or a chibi G1 seeker or something of the sort, then I'll likely be able to fit that in somewhere, so it's worth asking :3

I am hoping that a few of the plushies on my list will go a lot quicker than the time I've allowed, so hopefully I'll be able to open up a couple more slots later on in the year~

It’s Easter which means bank holidays and a 4 day weekend~

Wow I should take a holiday

So the plan is:

Fri- Work obsessively on OP’s head all day

Sat- More OP + cleaning house because (see Sun)

Sun- OH GOD FAMILY COMING ROUND FOR DINNER OH GOD WHY

Mon- Work obsessively on Wheatbee’s head all day

Gonna get so much done omg~

ladydragon76 said: What character are you working on?

OH YEAH I SHOULD MENTION THAT

It’s an OC commission for this cutie:

Once the head is finally done the rest should come together super quick :D

Back to progress pics~

I’m trying a new thing with the ball shape I used for Starscream, because having a perfectly round head is a) feckin hard to achieve and b) really makes the facial features look weird

Also c) is because I want to try and minimise the amount of seams on his face

It seems to be working? ?????

OKAY! Semi-coherent post about stuff~

I’ve decided to delete the other posts from this blog, because people on Tumblr like to take one post and ignore others, and I figure it’s best if I have this all in one place.

I’m also not linking to the person/plush in question, because I don’t want this to seem like a personal attack, but seeing her work has brought up a few points which I figured I’d have to post about sooner or later, and apparently it’s sooner than I thought soooo

Basically, I post a crazy amount of WIP pics because the likes and comments on them keep me motivated, and it’s a convenient way to show the client how things are coming on.

The upside of me spamming your dashes to hell and back with these pics, is that hey maybe it gives you a better idea of how to make your own stuff. There seems to be a general lack of progress pics around the internet, and I think that’s a shame because I personally love to see how projects come together, and often you learn entirely new things or just tiny new techniques from them, and I think that’s great and there doesn’t seem to be all that much of it with plushies, which sucks.

In all honesty, I have no real idea what I’m doing; everything is trial and error, but if I find something useful I’ll almost certainly tell you about it, and if I didn’t want people to learn from my progress (and millions of mistakes) then I wouldn’t post about it.

So if you can learn anything from what I’m doing, please use it, be it seeing how I ‘embroider’ or how my pattern pieces work, or if you like the way I make hands, literally go for it.

The only time I’m going to have issue with anything, is if people try and blatantly copy my work/style, and even then there’s only so many ways you can make a TF looks ‘chibi’. I think it works along the same lines as drawing; don’t copy someone else’s work, because you won’t learn if you don’t develop your own style. The term tracing can’t really be applied to 3D art as well as 2D, but the sentiment is the same.

The plush which was brought to my attention obviously looks remarkably similar to my own work, but frankly the style is far enough removed that I don’t have any problem with it. There’s only so many ways you can interpret a character, so there’s always going to be similarities. 

Looking at it, it’s my personal opinion that the artist almost certainly followed some of my work; the primary evidence for this, small as it is, is that she’s made the back of the neck exactly as I did it first time, before I later changed it when I found it was incorrect in a better reference, which the other artist hasn’t. On top of this, she’s also included a few embroidered lines which aren’t part of his actual design, which I decided to add in to create an illusion of folded metal. Small things, but they stand out to me.

So essentially, the only reason I’m vaguely annoyed is because, to my eyes, she’s copied aspects of my work and clearly used it as a reference, and whilst I honestly have no problems with that, if my work really was such a large basis for her own version, I’d have liked to have been credited for it.

If my dumb posts taught you to use the buttonhole stitch to embroider lines, then there’s no need to credit for that sort of thing, that’s just a technique. But if you directly copy stuff from my finished piece of work, then it’s surely polite to at least have a footnote along the lines of ‘inspired by xyz’? At no point am I accusing her of plagiarism or anything that extreme, and I think it just boils down to what I’d consider polite behaviour.

I’m not sure there’s anything else for me to say, and I hope I haven’t come across as selfish or petty, and that my thoughts on it all are clear enough to understand.

Christ I hate deviantart though

Literally the only reason I upload pics there is because if I don’t I can fcking guarantee someone else will do it and try and claim credit jfc

I’m only properly constructing one half because pinning and altering both sides at the same time would double the time he takes, so I’m getting one side right first and then I’ll copy it over~
Not sure if I need to lengthen his thighs or not-his proportions are sewed to hell and back as it is, and once his hand is curled up more naturally it should look fine, so we’ll see about that…
But that’s enough progress on the body, so now/next week I can start on his head :’D

I’m only properly constructing one half because pinning and altering both sides at the same time would double the time he takes, so I’m getting one side right first and then I’ll copy it over~

Not sure if I need to lengthen his thighs or not-his proportions are sewed to hell and back as it is, and once his hand is curled up more naturally it should look fine, so we’ll see about that…

But that’s enough progress on the body, so now/next week I can start on his head :’D

Another tip if you ever use minky: PREWASH THE FUCKING RED OH GOD

I didn’t prewash the fabric because it didn’t need shrinking (not like plushies are going to get washed) and everyone on the internet said not to bother either

How fuckign wrong I was- the Red bleeds colour like you would not believe, and obviously I’m using it with white a lot, so for KO I had to keep remaking his face because after 10 minutes of touching it, it’s be mucky with red stains eurghhhh

Prewash your red minky.

I’ve noticed actually, that the Silver Minky seems to look quite tatty after only minimal handling?

Whereas every other colour I’ve used stays looking super fresh and clean, so that’s kind of weird…

Jeeeeeeez this hand looks so much better than KO’s though, PRACTICE AND IMPROVEMENT WOO!