Liz Guers' Profile

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I am an illustrator, plush creator, and happily married with four big Mastiffs. I draw weird things that never make any sense. My illustrations are imaginative, quirky, and tend to involve animals and nature.

My plushies are imaginative, quirky, and tend to involve animals and nature. I try to draw from experience or emotion. Animals tend to add a new dimension to the work, and I can liken them to certain emotions and people. I treat my work as a kind of cheap therapy — helping me deal with the things that get me down or irritate me. I try to add humor into most of my work, as most stuff in life is usually pretty funny, like animals in Cosby sweaters. I want my designs to look effortless but complete. I do not like to make anything realistic, but rather slightly construed.

My love for obscure sea creatures that are commonly viewed as ugly. The contrast of sl…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 12
  • Joined February 16, 2009

Favorite materials

vintage fabric, Felt, Fleece, Safety eyes

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About

I am an illustrator, plush creator, and happily married with four big Mastiffs. I draw weird things that never make any sense. My illustrations are imaginative, quirky, and tend to involve animals and nature.

My plushies are imaginative, quirky, and tend to involve animals and nature. I try to draw from experience or emotion. Animals tend to add a new dimension to the work, and I can liken them to certain emotions and people. I treat my work as a kind of cheap therapy — helping me deal with the things that get me down or irritate me. I try to add humor into most of my work, as most stuff in life is usually pretty funny, like animals in Cosby sweaters. I want my designs to look effortless but complete. I do not like to make anything realistic, but rather slightly construed.

My love for obscure sea creatures that are commonly viewed as ugly. The contrast of slimy and scaly to plush and pretty is something I wanted to create. One of the most notable features of the series, and my entire collection, is their eyes. The eyes of my plushies can be described as withdrawn or incoherent, a characteristic taken from my illustrations. The plushies may appear to be soft and cuddly, but the eyes tell a different story, a story of detachment and laziness.

Every plush creation I make comes from a few rectangles or square pieces of fabric. I don’t like to cut out the individual shapes; instead I use a fabric pen to doodle possible legs, antlers, and tentacles onto the fabric. I sew the face and eyes, put the right sides together, then push the pedal full throttle. Not using a pattern allows me to make adjustments more easily, whether adding something or taking something out, making a tentacle longer, or making a horn face a different direction.

I am thankful for being able to have a creative outlet that allows me to express myself in the best way possible. I like to make odd things that make me happy, in hopes that it will make others happy too.

All work and images © Oh Talking Bird 2011, All rights reserved.

*If you do not see something on here that is quite what you want I am up for a challenge and will take any special request if you have any, custom characters are always welcome*

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