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Greetings Bronies of Australia! It's art and craft week on Great Southern Swag, and I have a very special treat in store for you all in this issue. My guest today is Plushie artist and maker, SnuggleFactory! She was kind enough to give time out of her busy schedule for an interview.
Spoiler: Interview with Snuggle
Here are some examples of her work:
Applejack Custom Plush
Although this adorable plush is quite a convincing three dimensional translation of Applejack's two-dimensional counterpart, there are some proportional details which set the two styles apart. One of the most apparent of those details is the plump and stubby form of this plush's limbs. This strong and stocky legged structure gives the figure a more rounded and infantile quality, much like how differently standard ponies appear in comparison to the body types of Princess Cadence, Luna or Celestia.
These legs give a sense of added stability, both visually and structurally. Notice in the frontal view how the outside of her front legs are situated wider apart than her ears, yet there remains only a small amount of negative space between the two front legs. Not only is there an apparent cuteness, but also strength in these legs; which very much suits the applebucking prowess of Applejack.
Standing on the cutting mat situated underneath her, this plush stands at approximately 35 cm's in height. Even without it's exact dimensions disclosed to the viewer, one can still make out a general understanding of the scale; especially when taking into account the measured markings on the green cutting mat. This centimeter grid of the cutting mat being used as a measuring device, is reminiscent of Eadweard Muybridge's work on animal locomotion, especially with shots taken at different angles of the plush in a series of photographs. This subtle inclusion of a measuring device doesn't take away from the visual impact of the figure, yet grants the viewer a greater sense of spacing, scale and proportion. Really putting an emphasis on the little in My Little Pony.
This is a simple and playful plushie design, taking Applejack's frequent utterance of endearment to whole new level. For not only is this work very cubic, but it is also undeniably sweet as sugar. This compressed and compacted form can be interpreted as a more developed and further exaggerated expression of the previous plush's stocky stature. This geometric depiction of the pony form brings to mind the Analytical Cubist works of Picasso and the Post-Impressionist works of Cézanne before him. Although this plush is a three dimensional work, sporting all of the sides or faces of any other cube; only one face is dominant. The face of the cube which bares a face.
The eye style of this cute face seems consistent with the depiction of newborn foals on the official television show. In addition this same eye style also shares a similarity to the "cut-out" style featured on the episode titled: Canterlot Wedding - Part 1; where it featured during the sequence of the hit number Big Brother Best Friend Forever. The gaze of these eyes is quite engaging, despite lacking complexity, beckoning the attention of a B.B.B.F. It's of little wonder why this series of cubed pony plushies were dubbed Companion Cubes, aside from the reference to Portal the video game.
Rarity Floppy Custom Plushie
The form of this gorgeous plushie this time serves as an antithesis to the previous designs, in terms of style. It is interesting how the distance between the base of the neck to the dock is a lot shorter than a standard pony structure from Friendship is Magic. Yet Rarity's limbs and other projections like the tail, are comparatively elongated in contrast to the compressed torso, which exudes elegance. This from of organic abstraction shares a lot in common with the Mannerist style seen in art during the late Medieval to Early Renaissance period, particularly with Parmigianino's depiction of the equine figure in his painting, The Conversion of St Paul.
This use of stretch and pull as a technique of distortion gives the effect of being affected under a weight, by substituting volume for length. Combined with Rarity's exasperated or tired expression, this plushie successfully alludes to a state of rest.
If you're interested in Snuggle's work be sure to watch her on DeviantArt, subscribe to her Youtube channel, like her Facebook page and follow her on Etsy. You can also be a patron for Snuggle on Patreon, which is a fantastic idea particularly for anybody out there who would like to learn more about the art of plushie making. In addition, Patreon supporters have access to certain perks depending on the amount pledged, and can also be eligible to receive some giveaway prizes! Find out more by checking out her Patreon.
That concludes this issue of Great Southern Swag. If you know of any underrated Australian Brony artists/ craftspeople or happen to be one yourself, send me a private message and we can arrange to write a future article on your chosen artist!
If you'd like to read reviews on new episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, make your way to the thread titled: Riku Reviews in the Episode Discussion section.