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This past PAX East I made some plushes for my favorite people like I always do. I only tweeted pictures but I never blogged or posted photos here, so here I go.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat for Darren’s new baby, Milo!
created and stuffed: April 2014

I’ve been following & supporting Supergiant Games since PAX East 2011. I’m such a huge fan of them, I even made plushes of Plush Pyth & Ankle Gators from their first game, Bastion, for each staff member of the studio.

Right before PAX East this year, I just got  wonderful news from Darren Korb, the composer at Supergiant Games.

He and his wife Michelle had a baby boy!

I wanted to give them something but I didn’t have  time to go get anything cool (like Totoro related baby stuff). So, I decided to make something.

I found a free pattern for a baby fleece hat online (I can’t remember where I found the pattern.) And I used the pattern to make a Plush Pyth hat.

plush Pyth reference photo

Plush Pyth from Bastion

Plush Pyth ver.2

Plush Pyth I made & gave to Supergiant Games

I added the pink muzzle, eyes, horns, fake stitching, and my favorite, tail! It was for a newborn baby so everything was sewn on.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

I visited the Supergiant Games booth on Friday morning when they were setting up, and luckily I got to meet Darren, Michelle and Milo.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

You can’t see him but Michelle is holding baby Milo. He’s super tiny!

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat

Logan (the voice actor for Bastion and Transistor) photobombing.

A few days later they sent me this picture.

YES, a tiny baby & French bulldog, Higgins! I died. (As I kind of expected it was HUGE on him. I don’t know why the top part was so roomy, but I guess he can grow into it…?)

Darren, Michelle, Milo and Higgins, I wish you all best and with lots of love! I’m so jealous that Milo gets free a live concert from Darren!

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth hat for Milo! set!

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

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A SLIGHT SPOILER 

 
This post contains images from the Last of Us DLC “Left Behind.”  No story spoilers but if you haven’t played Left Behind and want to play it completely spoiler free, do not scroll down.

ARE YOU SURE?

 

I WARNED YOU.

 

OKAY, HERE I GO.

 

 

stuffed stuff: Cool Bunny from the Last of Us DLC “Left Behind”

I played The Last of Us DLC “Left Behind” the day it came out which was Valentine’s Day. (Seriously, what’s a more perfect day to play video games?)

As I always do with any video games I like, I looked for anything plushable as I played it. And I encountered this.

By Alexandria Neonakis

If you’ve played The Last of Us, but have yet to play Left Behind, it’s probably hard to imagine where these ADORABLE images could from in Left Behind, but they do indeed exist in the game and I’m super happy that they do.

 
These illustrations are by Alexandria Neonakis, the awesome UI artist at Naughty Dog. She’s the one who drew the Valentine’s Day cards with the Naughty Dog characters which I liked so much and made a plush of before.

They also made the shirt with this Cool Bunny for PAX East. I bought it of course. As matter of a fact, I bought two Cool Bunny shirts in different sizes.

Each piece of the Cool Bunny is pretty simple but the hardest thing was getting the proportions correct. (I’ll probably write a post about how I do it someday.) Oh by the way, Math comes in VERY HANDY for stuff like this.

So remember kids, MATH IS COOL!

Anyway, here it is. Cool Bunny.

I put a pipe cleaner inside the sunglasses, so you can bend the frame.

 

I made this in one night! But that’s not an excuse for not being able to make the nose part raised. There’s always something…

Alex recently wrote a very interesting article about designing the UI (User Interface) for the Last of Us, so go check it out! The UI is something that most people don’t even realize just how much work & thoughts would go into. It was such an interesting read because these are the kind of things that people only complain about but rarely praise. And she explains it so well with before and after images.

Reading her post reminded me of the days I used to translate & subtitle Japanese movies and  anime. My goal was to make not only the translation & subtitles accurate but also natural to not distract the audience. Also, I would break up the translated sentence just like the Japanese sentence so when you read the translation & subtitles in your head, it’d have the same “flow” as the original sentence, like when to pause, etc… Just so you know, this was extremely hard. Not many people even notice or appreciate this. I’m sure people assume that they get a script translated and insert the translation in the film automatically. Well guess what. It’s usually done manually by a person. One line at a time. I probably have more than a couple of hundred episodes & films under my belt.

The sad thing was that if I did a really good job, no one will say anything about it, and that was what I aimed for. Every title I worked on, all I wished was “Please don’t say anything about the translation/subtitles in the reviews…” Because when they do, it’s usually a negative thing.  FUN TIMES. Oh and one more thing. THREE-LINE SUBTITLES SHOULD BE BANNED. ugh.

Anyway, I went off-topic here. But I had a lot of fun making Cool Bunny!

It was a quick but satisfying project. (Except that nose part…!) I was using the T-shirt as a reference while I was making it, but looking at the GIF file on Alex’s Tumblr makes me want to make the pink bunny… and even maybe the high-five frog!

EDIT:
I wanted to add something about Left Behind. Don’t worry, no story spoilers here either. It was more about how I played & why. Because I didn’t realize why I was playing the way I was until I was talking about it with my friend.

I loved “Left Behind.” I felt very natural playing like I’d usually do, taking my sweet time and being extremely stealthy. When I was playing as Ellie, I realized that I definitely feel more engaged if the character I’m playing has a similar body type (small frame) as me.

If I were in the post-apocalyptic world, how else would I survive but by being stealthy and hide until I’d get my chance? I’m tiny. Maybe slightly bigger than Ellie. There’s no way I could take down an adult man or infected by myself with a brick.

And if I used guns, I’d get spotted and I’d be surrounded. I’d be screwed if it were me in that world. So my methods were “stealth + smoke bombs + shiv” or “bow & arrows.” I was taking down one guy at a time, like a ninja. It was pretty satisfying. Joel probably wouldn’t fight this way since he’s a grown man who can physically take down someone.

A friend of mine said that he just used guns. I admit, I do suck at aiming, but to me the idea of a little girl quickly reloading & shooting multiple guys in the head didn’t seem convincing to me. So yeah, if I could I’d totally play the entire game as Ellie.

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Cool Bunny from the Last of Us DLC “Left Behind” set!

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

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I know I’ve posted enough giraffe plushies to last a lifetime, but I promise this is the last time!

After giving the Naughty Dog guys the first giraffe plush, they said they would sign one for the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction. I was in awe when I got the giraffe back.

This pair of giraffes will be auctioned off at the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction tonight, December 5,  in Seattle.

During Desert Bus for Hope, my Pacific Rim plush raised $1850, and my Plush Pyth raised more than $900 for Child’s Play. Let’s do this for the children in hospitals!

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

I’m basically writing this post to put as many pictures as possible to show how awesome the people at Naughty Dog are. I mean, check out these autographs!!

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

These are the last giraffes I’ll ever make. I’m sealing the patterns. So if you’re a fan of The Last of Us or Naughty Dog or huggable plushy giraffes, this giraffe will forever be with you long after the apocalypse!

There are tons more photos of the signed giraffe on the “Giraffe plushies for the Child’s Play Charity Auction Dinner” set on my flickr!

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After I made the giraffe plush and gave it to the good people of Naughty Dog at PAX, I asked them if they could sign another giraffe plush for the Child’s Play’s Charity Dinner Auction which takes place in December every year. Originally I was going to have them sign the same plush I gave them, but because of the spots on giraffe and its fuzzy fleece material I thought it’d be hard to sign and/or recognize the autographs. So I made a “blank” giraffe plush out of muslin.

Soon after I dropped off the blank giraffe to be signed, I started making something as a small thank you for the Naughty Dog team for signing it.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak and Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us
created and stuffed: November 2013

There’s some Naughty Dog related stuff scattered around in the Last of Us and these guys are one of them. They looked simple enough (as the most projects do at the beginning) Except the Jak’s spiky hair that defies gravity.

Jak & Daxter reference

To make his hair I didn’t want use flat layers of cloth like an anime plush, so I investigated my options. Yarn seemed to be the most common option but it took a while to find the right way to put the yarn on the head.

Unfortunately & not-so-surprisingly, most of the dolls with yarn hair are girls. Long strands of yarns, sewn onto the top of the head, so you can do pig tails, pony tails, or just let it down. But this wouldn’t work for Jak so I had to find a method so the hair could be planted on top like a human head.

I made a long braided string with a couple strands of yarn, and sewed it onto the head in a spiral pattern starting from the top. Then with a knitting needle, I’d pull a strand of yarn through the braid, put it through a loop and pull it tightly. Then repeated it hundreds of times. It actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee explains this process very well with a lot of photos!

After I was done with the blond hair, I did the same with the green hair. And I weaved around the yarn with a thread at the bottom of Jak’s head to keep some hair up.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

All the clothes were supposed to be made with felt, so I wouldn’t have to do any hemming. But after making the hair, it didn’t look like felt would work quality/balance wise. So I got flannel and made the shirt and pants, with treated hems and collar.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I made the headband, goggles, the cloth on the wrist, and shoes with the mixture of felt and flannel. The plush in-game had some details removed to simplify the character, so I added back some details that were noticeable and easy to make, such as the third strap on the backpack, gauntlet, and scopes on the goggle.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I love making small accessories. I had fun making the tiny backpack, just like I did with Raz from Psychonauts and iota from Tearaway.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I even made the Precursor Eggs!

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Daxter was actually just as simple as I thought. A big relief. I also added some details like the gloves, and the stripes on the arms.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Then there were the eyes…

I tried making the eyes just like the in-game plush but they looked waaaay too anime-like. Way too much that it didn’t look good with the rest of the plush anymore. So I made several different styles of eyes. But if one style looked good for either Jak or Daxter, it’d look weird on the other plush. In the end, to keep the consistency for Jak and Daxter as a pair, I had to go with solid blue round eyes. They could’ve been better but this was the best solution I could come up with. But I kind of like their soulless eyes now.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

It took way too long for me to decide the eyes though. I’m good at copying but I really suck at making decisions by myself. :/

Anyway, here’s the comparison.

Jak & Daxter reference

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Scale was a bit off, but close enough, eh?

A couple of weeks later, I got the signed giraffe back from Naughty Dog and I was blown away. I will post tons of photos of this giraffe later.

Giraffe plush from the Last of Us & Giraffe plush signed by Naughty Dog crew

Replica of the giraffe plush from the game & signed blank giraffe

They are HUGGING each other. Okay?

They are HUGGING. This was the only way to fit in the box I had.

Naughty Dog, damn you guys! <3

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us set!

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

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I haven’t made video game themed food recently because I haven’t played games that made me want to eat them.

But the moment I saw Tearaway, I was in love.

I knew exactly which ingredients I needed to make Tearaway themed food and I couldn’t be more excited to make it out of food and eat it. Also since it uses turkey, I thought this would be the best time to make it.

Non-bento #50: atoi & iota turkey sandwich

Non-bento #50: Tearaway open face turkey sandwich
created and eaten: 11/28/2013 [ - Click to continue reading! - ]

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