I recently completed a custom request for a camera pouch. My customer found my pictures of the Yoshi Instax Camera Case that I previously created for another customer and asked if I could do one of her favourite character Eeyore. I have to admit that my first instinct was doubt. I spent a lot of time staring at picture after picture of Eeyore in Google image search. I thought he was too much of a 3D donkey shape, how was I supposed to get that down to camera case proportions?? It was a real mind block moment at the time and I was hesistant to give my customer a positive answer.
But after thinking about it for a while, I found that I really wanted to try anyway so I accepted the request and set about squaring Eeyore out. After all, Yoshi is dinosaur shaped so how different could it be to square out a donkey?? As it turned out, not too different after all. :)
The main challenge of this case was Eeyore's eyes. It was very difficult to get that just-right depressed Eeyore look, I went through quite a big pile of eye cutouts. Eeyore went from being sleepy, to stoned, to downright suicidal. I needed just that fine balance where he's slightly depressed, resigned but at the drop of a hat could also look somewhat uplifted. He's quite a complex character! I also noticed something new about myself during this process. I realised that in order to achieve a certain expression on a character that I was trying to create, I had to put my eyes into that same expression. I don't have to look into a mirror or anything, I just have to put move my eyes in the way I would if I was angry or depressed or whatever and somehow my hand could recreate that same feel, whether with a scissors or pencil. So all through this process, I had been trying to look at a picture and then cut the felt however that picture looked like and it just wasn't coming out right! And then I started drooping my eyes down as if I was being emo and then voila! Eeyore was sharing that same feeling with me. It was a weird revelation! (Or maybe its a really natural human thing to do that and I only just noticed it ;p.)
I didn't photograph the inside of the case, but there's also a padded compartment separator sewn in because my customer had asked for enough space for her camera and a spare camera battery. I figured it probably wouldn't be good to store both camera and battery together in case the camera gets scratched or bumps into the battery lots so I created a small space for the battery.
I also added drawstrings on the sides of the opening so that the tightness of the case could be adjusted. When not pulled tight, the case is able to fit a camera (I was trying it out with my Fujifilm X100 and my customer's camera is the same size as that), a spare camera battery and still have space to fit in a thick camera strap or some other little accessories, even a purse or phone. When pulled tight, the fit is snugger around the camera and battery.
I really enjoyed making this case, Eeyore is one of my favourite Winnie the Pooh characters and I hope I've done him justice! And I just realised I haven't seen the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie yet! I shall go a-hunting for the DVD now.