I was contacted from someone in the UK looking to indulge her friend's obsession with all things 'Pug' one step further...by having me tailor Pug portraits for her friend and her fiance as a gorgeous Wedding pressie.
A few photo swaps for references later - and I had my Pug couple. So began the Pet Portrait adventure...I had a couple more requests for Pugs and other animals a little later on for happy couples to remember their special day in a more slobbery, furry form.
What made this project so much better? The impressions of their very own Pug faces they sent me. Glorious.
Working with a group of Illustrators gave me the kick up the arse I needed to open my own little shop and voila! The Strongpencil Store was born! Thanks to Etsy I now sell my little nic-nacs to equally Pug loving, succulent-obsessed customers.
The whole shop was basically an excuse to play with Fimo again so...y'know. That happened.