Saturday, 22 November 2014

a gossip of mermaids


I recently did this piece for a group exhibition called "Collective Nouns". The exhibition was at Hangar Gallery in Kamo (one of my favourite little galleries in Whangarei). I've been very lucky to exhibit my work there a few times.

Who'll dig his grave? I, said the Owl, with my trusty trowel, I'll dig his grave


Sunday, 2 November 2014

villagers


I designed these little folk to live in a village for an upcoming hitRECord animation. The animation is about a dragon who breaths ice.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Homemade Mermaid





This is a painting I did for a group exhibition called "The Laboratorium". It's such a fun exhibition where we get to do work based on laboratory experiments, mad science and Gothic inspired stuff. 
Mine was based on a rather pathetic mad scientist who was obsessed with mermaids....so he made one. He crudely stitched a fishes tale to the top half of his high-school sweetheart Margot....he then rowed her out to sea and threw her into the deep, dark water. Sadly the homemade mermaid sank to the bottom as she could not swim. As i mentioned before...he was a rather pathetic mad scientist.
This was quite a large painting (as you can see in the photo of me working on it) but sadly i have never managed to get a good photo of it's entirety.





Monday, 27 October 2014

pillow


Pillows are the best protection against scary movies





Bears?....not so much!

Critter


I came across this little critter whilst cleaning up my little studio a few weeks back. He was lurking around the old picture frames I have leaning against the wall beneath my window.


At first I wasn't sure if he was a biter so I carefully put him in this little jar and poked air holes in the top. He sat on top of a stack of old books and would watch me as I worked.


As I got to know him I learned he was definitely not a biter in fact he doesn't even have teeth. So what does a little critter with no teeth eat??? Well I discovered quickly when he dived headfirst into my glass of L&P that he eats bubbles....yep he's a bubble eater. He's especially fond of cola bubbles. Oh yeah...he sprouted wings too.


When I was painting late at night for my upcoming exhibition he would perch on my shoulder and purr little tunes that at times sounded familiar.


I'd often catch him peering outside my studio window with his little worried expression on his face. I thought that he may have a family out there looking for him.


One Tuesday morning I opened the window for him and he fluttered out...... I waved farewell to him just as he flew straight into a sticky old spider web. Mrs Spider was shaking her fist at him angrily when I arrived to rescue him. I apologised to Mrs Spider on his behalf as we made a speedy exit...angry spiders give us both the creeps.


After the spider incident he didn't want to leave the comfort of his little jar much. I'd leave him outside in his jar for 24 minutes a day so he could see what was happening in the outside world.
One day when his 24 minutes were up I went to bring him in....but he was gone!....jar and all!!



stay tuned for more :)



Sunday, 26 October 2014

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?...


With Halloween only days away I thought I'd post something a bit spooky...here's a slightly darker take on a classic nursery rhyme. I construct these silhouette pieces using photoshop....I also photograph all the garden elements from my parents amazing garden. See if you can spot the hidden tui.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

fairy tale peeps tote bags


I just added these new "fairy tale peeps" tote bags to my society6 shop. If you're interested in one they also have free shipping worldwide today! ^^  www.society6.com/SojuShots

Friday, 24 October 2014

Soju Shots Badges!!!!



I've always wanted my own badges.....and have finally done it. I have a feeling this won't be a one off thing too.....anyone know where I can get my hands on a badge making machine?

The End


This was the last image from my "illustrated" exhibition. Every good fairy tale eventually has an end.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

more from "illustrated"


I thought I'd speed up the process of showing my work from "illustrated" this way. Hope you enjoy these little characters of mine. :)

The Enchanted


Another ink drawing from my "illustrated" exhibition This fellow was not always a bear....in fact he used to be a prince. That;s what happens when you cross an angry witch.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The woodcutter


Earlier this year I had an exhibition called "Illustrated" with Victor Te Paa. Victor is an amazing artist so I was stoked we were able to exhibit our work together at the Yvonne Rust Gallery. I did a series of 12 characters (ink drawings) on old recycled book pages. I based them on the typical characters that go into making a classic fairytale. The above is titled "the spirit". I'll post some of the others soon :)

Trick or Treat


I love Halloween! and there's not long to go! I'm a big fan of all those classic monsters and ghoulies... so I really enjoy seeing them being brought back to life for a night.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

art giveaway winner


Hi all.....Congratulations to Jocelyn Bateson from Brisbane Australia :)
Borris will be on his way to you!!! (please email your postal details to me myblogga@gmail.com)
Hope you enjoy this little collage :)

I recorded a video with my nephew writing all the names, cutting them out and drawing the winning name out of a hat. Unfortunately I cant seem to upload it here.....but will post a short version over on my instagram as he worked really hard helping me. http://instagram.com/soju_shots

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to participate!!! I'm thinking of doing another art giveway later in the week.

all my best
soju

Thursday, 2 October 2014

little swashbuckler


I used to be a pirate. I'd sail the shark infested carpet on my pirate pillow ship in search of deserted sofa islands. Then I'd dig for treasure chests full of jelly beans and sour worms.
What's one of you favourite childhood games?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

my little studio



My little sanctuary where I can unleash as many crazy little characters as I like. I'm very lucky to have this little studio to work from in the heart of Whangarei city. If you are ever in the neighborhood feel free to drop in for a visit. Number 1 Rathbone Street...up the stairs in the Mercy Clothing Studio (room 7).

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Lantern Fest


This was inspired by the memory of my cousins wedding down in the beautiful Golden Bay. We filled the sky with these amazing wish lanterns. I'm huge fan of lanterns (you may have noticed if you follow my work) but floating lanterns!!...magic!!

Friday, 26 September 2014

art giveaway


Poor old Boris never coped well with confrontation. I'm giving away this little piece I did last year for a little exhibition called "Tales" It's a collage piece done on an old book cover. 
Please leave your name and where you're from in the comment section of this blog to participate. You have until next Friday at noon (New Zealand time) to play. 
I'll announce the winner on Saturday. Just one comment per person please.
I will ship anywhere in the world so you are all welcome to participate!

all my best
soju

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Thanks to North and South Magazine



So very stoked to have this beautiful spread in this months North and South Magazine....thank you for including me and to Nickie Muir for the awesome article.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

3 little pigs take flight!


If you follow my instagram you will know that i sometimes like to put my little characters into real life situations. Recently I thought I'd have some fun and place 3 little pigs around my home city (Whangarei, New Zealand) with little notes written on their backs which read - please take me on an adventure and pass me on. I also asked if they would take photo's of these piggy adventures and post them on instagram (using the hashtag #sojushots). So far I've heard back from 2 of the pigs and they are having wicked adventures thanks to the awesome people out there who are playing along.
Over the last couple of days I've had other instagram followers from around the world asking if they can have a little piggy to take on adventures too. So I'm off to print some off and send them around the globe....cant wait to see what they get up to! I'll keep you posted.

If anyway out there actually reads my posts and would like their own little piggy to take on adventures...Just let me know in the comments (or any of my other social media sites) I'm more than happy to send you one. The only condition is that you update me with piggy adventure photo's :D

best wishes
soju

new stickers!

I'm very excited to turn some of my little fairy tale peeps into little stickers.......they are just a few classic fairy tale characters which hopefully brighten someones day.

Billy was having such a splendid day...


hey friends! this one was obviously inspired by the billy goats gruff....one of may all time favourite stories. I'm a big fan of the Troll.....i used to have the little ladybird book version and the troll creeped me out in the best kind of way. This illustration is included in my little society6 shop along with heaps of my other designs. I just bought myself this troll on a t-shirt as he's one of my favourites. Hope your Weekends been a great one!
all my best
soju

Saturday, 20 September 2014

soju shots bookmark giveaway


I made some little bookmarks to celebrate my jump back into my little blog here. They're very simple but I hope they remind people to keep fairy tales alive. If you would like one just let me know and Ill be more than happy to send one to you.
cheers
Soju

Friday, 19 September 2014

Goldilocks and the three bears


Voting day today for those of us from New Zealand. Not sure what relevance that has to Goldilocks and the 3 bears......? perhaps someone out there can make a connection.
happy Saturday!
Soju

Imaginary enemies


One person wrote to me not about his imaginary friend but about his imaginary enemies. They used to chase him around the house and out into the garden. Thankfully they were never able to catch him.... and he became a very speedy runner.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Imagining imaginary friends having imaginary friends


What if your imaginary friend had their own imaginary friend!.....would you be able to see his/hers/it's? You could have a whole gang of imaginary friends and all go giant squid fishing together. That's what I'd do :)

more imaginary friends





Here's a few more of my favorite Imaginary Friends submitted to me over my instagram, facebook and twitter.
One little girl had a giant white tiger that made her feel protected....i imagined him in comfy,cosy socks.
The next little boy had an imaginary robot friend called beebot! Mum would pack extra marmite sandwiches in this boy's lunchbox especially for beebot.
Then we had a little girl who's friend was a cat-boy... he was best at spotting cloud animals.
Finally one young boy had a little cat wearing a red cape that would appear in his room....although he never seemed to fly.

hope you enjoy these imaginary friends as much as i did......I wonder where they are now?
luv soju

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

In the Autumn we build nests out of all the fallen stars


One boy had a little owl friend who wore a woolen onesie....they used to build nests together.

more imaginary friends...


One little girl had a tiny wee elephant who sat on her shoulder and would sing her happy tunes. I wish I had one of those!

Someone to be super with


One little boy had a little pig for his imaginary friend. They would fly all over the world saving people in need.