Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Custom Commission: Mumbot

I've featured the lovely work of Jersey City-based artist Jade Kuei in the shop (her wearable art brooches are amazing -- you can see more on her Etsy page), but she's also been working on a special project for me. In addition to what she brings into Kanibal Home, Jade also takes private commissions and several months ago I asked her to do a portrait of my dog Ernie.


Now, I'm usually a closeted crazy animal person, but I had to share the final results because it literally BLEW MY MIND.


(Detail of the painted portrait)


(Full view. Side note: That's my bird, Dale, in Ernie's coat pocket. Dale's been in my life for MANY years and loves Ernie, but a week before I got this portrait Dale passed away unexpectedly. Devastated was an understatement of how I felt -- and still feel -- so I was really shocked and super happy to see that Dale was included in the image. It makes it even more special.)


(Matching wearable art brooches!)




I gave Jade total control. I wanted her to apply her whimsical treatment to Ernie and she totally captured his personality. Seriously. She made him look like Sherlock Holmes. How awesome is that? And she didn't even know my nickname for him is "The Inspector" because of his curiosity and obsessive behavior in checking out every box that comes into the apartment or shop. I'm smitten and LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ernie portrait.

OK, personal post over. But I had to share Jade's incredible artistry.

11 comments:

Tara said...

That is SUPER sweet! Incredibly cute and I just love the story. Great work Jade!

Veggiecrocker said...

Oh, how adorable!

palafoxstudio23 said...

very, very cute!! nice work!

**Allison** said...

I love love love this! I may need Jade's info to do something similar for my millie :)

Love, Luca said...

I LOVE it!!! Great job, Jade!!

theAnecdotes said...

adorable! i had to give my little hermione a cuddle after reading it!

Julie Webb Photography said...

Wow, fabulous work! I LOVE the birdie in the pocket, so sweet! :)

Kanibal Home said...

I've been wearing my matching brooches on everything! It's such a sweet way to carry around your loved ones as you run around all day.

mumbot said...

Wow, what a reward! Thanks for this super sweet blog about the artwork/brooches. I'm SO glad you love them! It is a really great great great feeling reading this (and seeing your reaction in person). =)

Ninja Acupuncturist said...

That is TOTALLY Ernie captured in mini art! I love it and love my bee girl too.... awwwww

silentlotus creations said...

What a fabulous treasure! Jade is so talented! Just like her to include your sweet birdie in the piece. It's a wonderful brooch! I'm so sorry for your loss. *hug*