Bunny has never really been my “thing”, until Pinterest and the numerous cute animal photos found me.
It started as a sketching exercise where I wanted to practise my hand-eye coordination.
(Skip the ramble, jump to the photos.)
While looking at a photo, I would do numerous blind contour drawings.
Basically, I was tracing the contour with my eyes along the shape of the subject in the photo, and my hands simply followed the movement of my eyes. From beginning to end, I affixed my eyes on the subject only, and never on my own drawing.
In the end, I would have a chance at a decent drawing. The magic happens, however, if I repeated the same photo numerous times (or about 8-10 in my case), a decent drawing would eventually take shape.
Needless to say, one of my favourite subjects is cute fluffy bunnies. I began to feel something for these small animals, their eyes, long ears, and fur covered squishy bodies.
And without further ado,
If she looks familiar, it’s because she was in some photos with Ken the Cat in a previous post.
Except for the stuffing, Becca the bunny doll was made entirely with recycled tees shirt. She wears a sleeveless high neck dress with a gathered drop waist.
She wears a sleeveless high neck dress with a gathered drop waist. Patterns on the dress are from the upcycled fabric, including the black thread chain across the body. I thought it would be nice to incorporate the prints and details on the original fabric.
Becca is my second bunny. Again, strangely, I seem to post my second attempt before my first. Perhaps, it’s a confidence issue, perhaps.
Anyway, this doll is made with a new gusset shape that incorporates the ears, creating enough structure for the ears to stand.
I wanted the ears to still look like my sketches, the slightly folded look when viewed from the front. So I drafted the pattern to reflect this detail.
Check out the different views of this bunny doll head & ears below. It’s a slider. If it doesn’t slide,
Click on the dots or arrows
In case you’re wondering, the little dots on her right ear is also a print from the upcycled tee shirt.
Her eyes, nose and mouth, as usual, as hand-stitched embroidery. This time I tried a chain stitch on her upper eyelid to create little bumps. Not very effective I must admit. Well, shall try again another day.
Compare my 2 bunny dolls
So, I mentioned earlier that Becca is my second bunny. My first is Bran.
Bran is my first attempt at a head gusset I believe. I wanted to capture the pear-shaped face plus the wide nose of some bunnies I have been sketching. The head is separate from the body, only to be sewn on at last.
Sorry that Bran’s head looks like it’s coming off. I was testing the shape and yanked it too hard, and I didn’t realise until I’ve set up everything for photo taking, and I was too committed to my camera to pick up the needle and thread, and…
Yes, Bran’s head is falling off. I know. I will fix him after these photos.
The 2 bunny plushies have different head shapes and ears.
I’m glad I tried drafting the 2 different head shapes. I can’t decide which I like better.
But, that’s nature, isn’t it? Maybe there is nothing to dislike, I’d just have to embrace the differences.
And, celebrate it, maybe.
Is this what I’m doing by writing this blog post?