I made two gift plushes for PAX Prime this year. One was a giraffe from the Last of Us which I gave to Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley of Naughty Dog. You can read all about my poor planning in stuffed stuff: Giraffe plush from the Last of Us.
The other one was something I made on commission for Paul Levering from 2 Player Productions. A while back, Paul asked me to make something special for his girlfriend. He told me that this guy was her most favorite character from Psychonauts by Double Fine.
stuffed stuff: Mr. Pokeylope from Psychonauts
created and stuffed: August 2013
They recently announced that they’re involved in Mighty No. 9, the new game from the creator of Mega Man. (Their Kickstarter will end on October 1, 2013, so you still have time to back this awesome project!) Paul’s involved in pretty much every video game related documentary I watch so I feel like I’ve known him for a very long time even though we’ve only met a couple of times in person.
Since it was a commission, I emailed Paul pictures to make sure he was okay with the shapes and materials. So I have a couple of “in-progress pictures” to share with you this time.
First I worked on the shell shape which took me about 2~3 samples to get right.
After I made a couple heads, I was pretty happy with the shape. So I made it with the final fabric and showed it to Paul.
Everything went as I planned, except the color of the shell.
The shape of the shell was finalized but the problem was the color. First I selected a color that matched the raised/bumpy part so I’d just have to put strips of darker fabric for the gaps. But I realized that would make the gaps higher than what is supposed to be the bumpy part of the shell.
So I made the base shell again using the darker fabric, cut out the shapes for the raised part, and stitched them on. After stitching one piece on, I saw immediately that the tones of the colors didn’t look right. The dark part was too dark and the raised part was too red.After hours of looking online for fabric with the right color combination, I stopped trying to match the actual in-game colors, and decided I should instead focus on making the colors of the shell look natural.
I guess sometimes you have to know when to stop looking for the perfect solution, and go with the best compromise.
I know I couldn’t do much about the fabrics, but I wish I could at least find fleece in the right color. For both the base shape and the raised part I had to use felt, which is less plushy than fleece.
I put armature wire for the head and all the limbs so he could stand on his feet and move his head. I made the stomach with a lighter yellow and sewed the bottom closed.
On Sunday after the exhibitor floor closed, I took Mr. Pokeylope with me to the Double Fine meetup at The Hard Rock Cafe. We had some drinks, watched people play Dropchord, met DF fans a lot of the awesome DF crew (Tim, Greg, Denise, Chris, and more!)
As soon as I saw Paul come into the bar, I told him that I had something for him, and he knew exactly what it was. We both wanted Tim to be present when I gave the gift to Paul. When Paul found him, he brought him to me. Tim looked super suspicious of the whole thing which he had an every reason to.
Tim was not happy at all that Paul and I made him watch me giving Mr. Pokeylope to Paul. He accused me of being mean and also interrogated Paul about why he was given Mr. Pokeylope. Well, Broken Age first chapter should be out before PAX East, so…
What’s more awesome was that Paul told me that he and his girlfriend recently gotten engaged! I am so glad to know that Mr. Pokeylope will be loved by awesome happy people. Congrats, Paul!
For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Mr. Pokeylope from Psychonauts set!
You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.