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Brittany Zerkle
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United States
Hello there, I’m Brittany Zerkle, the owner and creative force behind BeeZeeArt.

It has always been a dream of mine to support myself with my artistic abilities. I discovered Etsy. In it, I found the tools I needed to express my creativity and share my quirky creations with the world. Thus, BeeZeeArt was born. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds and my work can be found in every state in the U.S. and over 31 countries worldwide.

These days my focus is primarily on designing and producing stuffed animals and their patterns. I draw inspiration from my love of animals, my own personal plush collection, and the knowledge that something as simple as a cat image on the internet can brighten someone’s day. I try to find that perfect balance in my work that is cute, yet quirky, and sometimes even a little creepy.

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Journal Entry: Fri Aug 8, 2014, 12:14 PM
So for my "story" I decided to show some plushies and talk about my progress. I started on deviantart drawing neopets and slowly moved my way into crafting and now I've found something I really enjoy.

I specifically am looking at Espeon plushies since that's my favorite pokemon and it's something I just keep coming back to.

Espeon Plush by BeeZee-Art

This was one of my first plushies I made and I thought it was downright adorable. But like most things, within a few days I thought I could improve it. So my second mini espeon came next.

Inquisitive Espeon Plush by BeeZee-Art

This was a huge improvement. Cute standing pose, better formed head, better eyes. I thought it was awesome, but looking back on it, I'm cringing at using acrylic paint to paint eyes on.

Standing Espeon Plush by BeeZee-Art

My third espeon was a huge improvement. It got a new pattern, much nicer sewn on eyes, a real gem, super cute face in my opinion. I wasn't happy with the way the head was connected, but you can really see the improvement so I was proud.

Espeon Plush 2.0 by BeeZee-Art

Again I think this was another huge leap transitioning into minky and embroidered eyes. This is the same pattern as the last one, it's amazing how different something can look with just more practice and better materials.

Floppy Espeon Plush by BeeZee-Art

And finally my most recent espeon. Though I don't like these photos (I was short on time to get good ones) you can, again, see the improvement. This one has a flocked safety nose, I improved the embroidery for the eye, and I made a new pattern which I think is cuter again. It also has thread sculpted toes which no other espeons had. This was made pretty close after the last espeon, but I'm really happy to see the improvement even in such a short time.

I'm so excited with where I will go from here and hopefully my next espeon will blow even this one out of the water :) Though it's hard to imagine now getting even better! And exciting too :)

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Natakiro Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing artworks! I love them so much; you have a great unique style. Here's a much-deserved :+devwatch: :squee:
DancingVulture Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sierie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Have you ever considered starting a youtube channel and making tutorials? Once you get enough subscribers, you could make some extra money that way as well simply by recording what you're making anyway.
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've considered it actually. I think a video tutorial would be much easier to understand than photos of steps.

But I don't have any video equipment, I often work at night when lighting is not so good, and my bird's cage is right next to my sewing desk and he's always banging around or yelling. One time he hung upside down from a bell and swang while screaming into it... for two hours straight...

On top of the time commitment to get things started, it's not something I want to tackle quite yet.
Sierie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you think about it, the cost of equipment is just an investment which will hopefully be returned to you once you start making money off it. As far as the birds go, you can just mute the recording in post production and dub over it with your commentary. Or you could just use text explanations and play music over top of the video, but I prefer hearing verbal explanations myself. : ) That's hilarious about the bird though. Anyway, if you ever do decide to "tackle" Youtube, hit me up. I'll be your first subscriber (and I'll share the crap outta your work)! : )))
Fire-Topaz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you do commissions/plush trades? I feel stupid, but I can find any commission information. XP
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't, sorry!
Fire-Topaz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's okay! Thanks!
3laughingladies Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So nice to see another artisan/crafter! You are way ahead of me. Love your stuff!
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww thanks! :D
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