In trying to figure out what to send to everyone, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do for Mark. One of the things that I love about his work is, of course, his monsters. Who wouldn’t!! But, I do not have the skill to do them justice nor do I have the skill to try and render any of his characters. So, what to do? Aside from his love of metal music and Lee Majors, comics certainly have helped define who he is so I hit upon an idea that I thought might work. What if I made a plush of his website name, CV Comics? Each comic that he does is important to him, but his website as a whole is just as vital and representative of what he values. So, I decided to go for it and that’s what I did.
I wanted to try to bring something from his comics to the project, even if it was just the tiniest nuance, so I attempted to use his 60s style as an influence. Rather than copying a free font that might look the part, I drew each of the letters in a simplistic fashion but tried to make it more interesting than regular block letters. I’m not saying I achieved this, but that was my intent! Some of that intent may have gotten lost in the sewing process, and it could be something I get better at in the future. I also decided to go two-tone with his website name and make the CV part in a warm, somewhat muted blue and the Comics in a warm, golden color. They were somewhat reminiscent of the kind of palette he enjoys using at times, and the two stood out nicely against each other.
I drew the letters during my work breaks. Mark helped me out a lot by choosing a name for his site that had three C’s in it! So, that certainly cut down on the sketching part of it as well as the cutting out of the letters. Once I had that completed, the sewing began. I cut and stitched each letter and when that was finished, it made me realize that a plush alphabet would be a great teaching aide for kids. They came out so soft and fun that I bet kids would like to play/learn with them. Of course, I’m sure someone else has thought of this idea as well and there are probably countless sites out there to find such items. It’s definitely something for me to keep in mind because you just never know what people might want and from where.
Since I didn’t want to send a jumble of plush letters in a box for little Mark to spell out his website, I sewed the letters together so it would make one giant plush website name. I sewed them together in pairs first, and then sewed each pair to another with the CV going on last atop Comics. It was actually a good thing that I planned to do this because the first “C” I did was for Comics so it was golden, and it ended up looking kind of like a banana. But when you sew it to another letter, you can squish it down and anchor it to hold its shape. Voila, no mistake!! The “V” kind of slants to the right though and I couldn’t fix that as easily, but overall it came out pretty well. At the very least, it’s probably the only plush website name in existence!!