A Picture Tribute To Socks

July 2, 2007

SockBear

I took pictures of this sock bear at different stages of it’s creation and put together a picture tutorial of sorts. You can find it in my portfolio section.

2007_06_30_1Materials

These are some of the things I use to create sock creatures. It’s pretty much just socks, upholstery thread, and stuffing.

2007_06_30_2BuildingShapes

To start, I use an old sweat sock to build a shape. I might sew several shapes together to achieve the overall form that I want. This is rough, quick work because it will all be covered up later. I then take another sock and begin “skinning” color onto the shape, (as I have done with the black sock in the second picture).

2007_06_30_3Mouth

I want this to be a roaring sock bear, so I create the top and bottom parts of the mouth first.

2007_06_30_4Attached

The black sock I sewed onto my shape earlier will be the area that I sew the mouth onto.

2007_06_30_5FinishedMouth

I add sides to the mouth and a bit more bulk to the bottom lip and chin.

2007_06_30_6Body

Now I build another shape and add it to the bottom for a… well… bottom.

2007_07_01_7Skinning

Now it’s time to “skin” the bear. I will use the inside of these brown socks because they have such great texture.

2007_07_01_8EyesAndEars

I add the ears, sew on some buttons for eyes, and add a heavy brow for personality.

2007_07_01_9LegsAndTail

All that is missing from this roaring bear is the legs and tail, so I make those.

2007_07_01_010FinalAssembly

I sew on the legs and tail and the bear is complete.

2007_07_01_011Finished

A finished, scary, roaring, mutant sock bear.

The Comments

Don Jones

This bear puts my stuffed bear to shame. Fantastic! Great tutorial too… If you would modify one of these creations into a golf club head cover I would buy one… that is if it was under $100 bucks.

Doug Jones

Great tutorial! Now that I see how it is done, I will be making one of these reall soon. Like maybe in 2008. So, when are you off to foreign countries to buy those cool European socks?

Don Jones

Have you got the Brother Jones 2007 Preachin’ Tour t-shirts printed up?

Doug Jones

maybe he has already left…

Nick Jones Everybody

Seriously. That is the coolest thing ever. I think you should just make sock bears for a living.

Dennis Jones

…if I could quit everything else I do today and just sit in front of the TV sewing mutant sock creatures together, I’d be a happy man… and play hockey… if I could just sew mutant sock creatures together and play hockey I would be a happy man… did I mention I SCORED A GOAL IN LAST FRIDAY NIGHTS HOCKEY GAME!!! …I didn’t? …I scored a goal in last friday nights hockey game… it was all very exciting… I would love to tell you more about it, but I must get to work now because unfortunately I can’t quit everything else I have to do today…

Doug Jones

I guess we will never know when the big overseas sock buying trip is…

Dennis Jones

…oh… sorry… the end of this month sometime… I’m still on a “need to know” basis for this and all other important information…

Don Jones

Hey Nick Jones Everybody, Has your recent move of homesteads impacted your golf playing frequency?

Doug Jones

I suggest white socks for the preaching gig. (I thought you “needed to know” this)

Don Jones

and whitey tighties.

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November 5, 2009

BlueTeddyBear

If you do what I do, (and it just so happens that I DO do what I do) you are going to draw the same sorts of things over and over and over. When you do that you tend to come up with “go to” characters. I came up with a teddy bear that has made countless appearances in my artwork for the last several years. Button eyes, (one missing) heavy stitching (to show it’s not a real bear) rounded paws.

With the cold weather kicking up again, I find myself sitting in front of the fireplace at night and trying to entertain myself while my wife grades papers. The other day I decided to make a sock version of that little bear I’ve been drawing for all these years.

The Comments

Don Jones

A great face and like that shade of blue!  One cute lil’ bugger.

Doug Jones

is that a Kolts bear?

The “Ripleys” Guy

I know this is a stupid question, but consider the source….is that bear for sale?

Dennis Jones

…well, this particular bear has a “K” on it because it was part of a fabulous birthday celebration for my wife Karen, but I suppose you could arm wrestle her for it…

Don Jones

Karen gets all the good stuff.

The “Ripleys” Guy

Wouldn’t want to do that! But darn, those things would sell! A good agent could make you a billionaire!

Jeff

Has the bear made as many “Guest appearances” as the little bird or Twitchy cat?

Don Jones

Mr. Ripley… Billionaire? I don’t believe it! Dennis is already working on making his second million… he gave up on the first one.

Dennis Jones

…boddaBING!

Nik

KACHING!

Don Jones

You RING?

Dennis Jones

…hey, check out this trailer for the new Dreamworks movie… looks like it’s right up our alley here…

Nik

That looks like an awesome movie!

Jeff

Thats a must go!!