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stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

November 20, 2013

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Around Valentine’s day this year, Naughty Dog put some adorable Valentine’s day themed illustrations by Alexandria Neonakis (@Beavs) on their website. The characters were from the Uncharted series and The Last of Us, but in the most adorable style I’ve ever seen. Alexa is the UI designer for Naughty Dog. But she also draws adorable illustrations for the marketing team like the illustration below or this adorable Brock the Brick.

The Last of Us Valentine's Day by Alexandria Neonakis

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They were all really cute but I especially liked this guy.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner/Fungi (a.k.a. Fun guy) from the Last of Us, designed by Alexandria Neonakis
created and stuffed: November 2013

Well, okay, I may have made something from one of the illustrations in a few hours and left it for Alexa when I was in L.A. for IndieCade. I wanted to do a quick project but as more time passed, I thought her illustration needs a proper plush project.

When I lived in NY, I’d find all my fabrics & notions at the Fashion District by Times Square where hundreds of fabric stores for professionals (such as costume makers, prop masters, etc…) gathered. But there are only a handful of fabric stores in San Diego and they’re more like craft stores than the fabric stores for professionals in NYC.

The only fabric store nearby is Joann and I often have trouble finding a specific color of fabric. But then I realized that they have a rather large selection of flannel in many different solid colors. I was never a big fan of flannel for my plush because it’d frail and get peely but they had the colors I needed for this project in flannel so I decided to give it a try.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

See how it looks a bit pilly? That's how flannel is. It used to bother me but after this project, I kind of like it.

For the patterns, I blew up Alexa’s illustration and traced the outline with a pencil while factoring in how much the fabric would stretch in which direction. There’s no magic math or shortcut for this. I just learned it by working with the same fabric for all these years. (Even cotton stretches! Hold a bedsheet and try stretching it in different directions, and you’ll see what I mean.)

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

Every part of his body was going to be pretty flat except the feet so I just used the outlines for the head + torso as one piece, arms and legs.

I didn’t have to tweak too much except the arm that’s holding the mushroom was too long the first time I made it so had to make another one.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us
stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

I used felt for his facial features & hair, and I used various fabric markers for the rest of the details. To be honest, I wish I could’ve used the exact same color for his hands. I didn’t have gray so I ended up using three markers trying to get it right. Unfortunately, I couldn’t undo what I had done, so I did my best to make it look presentable. I had a long way to master how to use fabric markers.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

I tired purple first, then brown, then red...

I definitely had the most fun making his clothes. I like making clothes/accessories for my plush. It’s kind of weird because I’d NEVER trust myself to make a clothes for myself or anyone for that matter. It’s too technical for me, and if I made clothes, they’d probably fall apart as I move, and that would be a problematic.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

I wish I could've added more blood on the back of his clothes but I was worried that I'd mess it up.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

I loved making the tiny mushroom he's holding. I even stitched lines for the gills!

This was the second project I used the fabric markers for and as I mentioned earlier, I definitely need a lot more practice. I guess that would be my next thing to learn to “level-up.”

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us set!

You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.

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