Sunday, November 1, 2009

DESIGNERCON 2009, DKE TOYS & MY CUSTOM YOKA by Denise Vasquez

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I was so excited when I received an invitation from DKE Toys to participate in their Custom Yoka show for Designercon... YES!

Lately I've been having fun experimenting with 3D art, so here was a GREAT opportunity to explore even further!

I received my blank custom yoka in the mail and let it sit on my drafting table for a few days where I could look at it & allow my imagination to flow...

I wrote down & sketched out some ideas before hitting the road for Star Wars Fan Days in Texas...

It wasn't until I got home from being on the road for a week, that the final idea came to fruition...

There began the creation of my "GLOWING LOVE" yoka!

The first thing I did was prime my yoka with "weatherbeater Latex Primer"

Once the primer was dry, I used a #2 pencil to sketch onto the yoka...
When I had the yoka sketched the way I wanted it, I began painting...
I covered the yoka in "glow in the dark" paint first, and then I painted the hearts
using Golden Liquid Acrylic Paint...Once the red paint was dry, I used Turquoise "FW Acrylic Artists Ink" to paint the nose, eyes & eye brows...
Once the paint was completely dry, I began gluing red glass beads over certain areas of the red acrylic paint carefully not to hide the shape of the hearts...

Once all of the red glass beads were dry, I glued tiny blue "micro Beedz" into the
eyes & on the nose, and blue glass beads on the eyebrows...


While that was drying, I began working on the balloons. I used sculpey to
make the heart-shaped balloons and worked on molding the size of the balloons so they would not be too heavy for the yoka to hold up. I used bendable armature wire for the strings that would hold the balloons...
Tip: Baking the sculpey on index cards prevents it from sticking to the tray!

Once the sculpey was shaped, baked & cooled down, I painted the hearts red & glued the red glass beads on it...
I measured the armature wire to find the appropriate length not to make the yoka "Top Heavy", and cut the wire. I worked with the wire to see exactly how I wanted to position it before the following steps...I painted the wire with matte white paint first, let it dry, and then glow in the dark paint.
Once the beads on the balloons & the armature wire were dry, I glued them together & then glued them onto the yoka using E600...The last touch was the tiny sparkly ribbon!
Introducing my "GLOWING LOVE" YOKA! Yes, she glows in the dark!!!

My Yoka will be on display & for sale at Designercon with nearly 300 artists participating in this is show from 16 countries!

To learn more about Desingercon, visit http://www.vinyltoynetwork.com

PeACe LovE aRt & sOuL
Denise Vasquez

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