I've just gotta say, again, there are some really fine looking "early/first bears" folks! It is cool to see the changes in style.
Well...MY early bears really look the part. I like to think that I have come a long way.
And here's Baxter:
I remember that fabric used on Hunnypaws. Used tons of it.
I also remeber that Baxter pattern, my mom made him up. My aunt liked that pattern and used it a ton when she was making bears... Well for about 3 years.
Oh my..here we go..EARLY... This bear is made from real fox fur and alpaca fur. I can't believe I actually have older photos in my computer files. I huess I need to do some "cleaning" up!
and one more early photo:
My newest designs are not yet photograpghed but these are more of what I make now:
It's really nice to see all the "retro" and "now" bears. :photo:
Jared, where are your early bears? I made a ton of Baxters too. I think the pattern was called "Biscuit". It was in a Specialty Better Homes and Gardens Magazine about Teddy Bears. I had made bears before that, but that magazine was the first I heard about artist bears and mohair. I thought, "Hey, I'm a Teddy Bear artist."
Judi, I love that little cutie! Is he real fur? Do you still have him.
Great topic! It's fun to see not only how some people's designs have changed, but how others' really haven't -- their style was evident from day one.
This reminds me, I'm looking for artists who were working in the early 80s -- 1983 and earlier. If you were, know anyone who was, or remember any names from shows, magazines, etc., please PM me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wow, it's been forever since I've been on here... Hi everyone, I'm baaaaaaaaack! Well, this looks like tons of fun so I'm going to pop in a pic of a couple of my earlier bears... please all don't run, screaming, from the room... lol I'm just kidding.... I like to think I have come a long way in one year... I dunno...
My very first bear I ever made, Cosmo:
My first big bear, Joshua:
A couple of my first minis:
And my most recent bears:
It is so great to see how far everyone has come and how people have changed their style/kept the same styles...etc. This is a wonderful topic!!! :)
I'd like to thank everyone whose posted on this thread - I've really enjoyed it and learned from it.
Its amazing to see that everyone's identifiable characteristics were there right from the start - kinda scary too- you all seem to have hit the ground running.
It seems that you've all refined your techniques whilst staying true to your original idea.
That my humble opinion anyhow :redface:
Sadly one of my collectors has passed away and I see three of my 2001 cats up on ebay being sold by an Estate Buyer. I never keep any of my pieces so it was like looking back into the beginning of my cat era :photo: I never realized how my style has changed. Although I seldom create Red Tigers anymore. Lately it's more character cats and wild cats.
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Great idea Michelle, this is a lovely thread! I'd like to add a couple more pics ... how about this time an early traditional teddy bear of mine from the mid 1990's and my most recent ...
This was Orwell, made about fifteen years ago or so. He was about 24" tall and I made him in an edition of about ten bears, which sold out. I was thrilled with him at the time and even now, still think he had lots of charm. He was the first traditional bear I made that I felt completely happy with. :)
And this is 'Chester', a 19" traditional teddy bear. I finished him a couple of days ago and as you can see, his design is a little more 'refined'!
I loved seeing your pictures in this thread, and got curious about my own work from the beginning. Some I had not seen for a long time as I saved those to a hard disk, which usually is not connected to my computer. Maybe I should make a book with all the bears I have made through the years.. that would be a very thick book
Like the first day, I still love playing with design and shape. I think not only my bears have improved..also the photo-camera I used then and now is a lot difference
Time is flying!!
Funny, just the other day I was thinking about some of my old makes and wondering whether it would be appropriate to put pics up here and then someone revives this thread.
I can't even remember exactly what year these were made, except that, I fell in love with borzois when I worked at a vet when I was 16- 17, so that makes this one about 1978. He was actually airbrushed, with acrylic paint, on long white fur.
He never had a name, but he did once give a fright to a guy who was afraid of dogs!
This was Marshmallow. He was 'filled' with lentils, hence his saggy appearance!
I think he was about the same time.
This is Music. He was actually a painted sweat shirt first, but this isn't a sweatshirt forum! He was made from fairly cheap lining fabric and the kind of crappy fur fabric that was around at the time. I think he was made in the early 80's.
And this is my latest bear, whom I feel proud enough of to call an actual artist bear. He has an open mouth, Fimo eyelids and nose, and epoxy resin claws. He's not completely finished yet, needs a bit more scissor sculpting and I haven't even got a name for him yet, but I think he's my best so far, starting to have character.