Thursday, February 6, 2014
BlytheCon 2014 Art by Dr. Blythenstein
We are SO happy to announce the official BlytheCon 2014 art! This amazing creation was done by Juan/Dr.Blythenstein. We are truly honored to have him contribute his work and talents to this year's convention. There are lots of surprises in stored for attendees. ;)
On a personal note, I'm deeply touched Juan included Guy in the logo as Toto the dog. T_T I'm so happy and shedding tears of joy!
THANK YOU JUAN! From all of us on the BCon planning crew and the Blythe community!
Introduce yourself, who are you, what do you do and where do you live?
My name is Juan Jacobo Vaz and I am also known as "Dr.Blythenstein", I am an illustrator and doll creator that lives in Mexico city, Mexico. I am currently working full time, in my own studio customizing the dolls I create like the yarn heads and faux bois, and other illustrated projects that come around.
How did you get started with collecting Blythe dolls?
I started collecting Strawberry shortcake as I was looking for a wig for them on Ebay I found wigs for Blythe and wrote the seller asking if they would fit SSC. The seller replied saying this were for Blythe dolls. I didn´t know what Blythe was and started Googling her. When I found all the potential she had to be customized I ordered my first one on 2007 (one a half year later after that e-bay discovery.) From that moment was instant love and ever since I haven´t stopped customizing and collecting her.
What was your inspiration for this year's BlytheCon logo?
The diversity of scenarios that the city of Seattle brings, like the humid forest, rainy city and skyline, mixed with the characters of the Wizard of Oz. A match made in heaven because there are many similarities between the two of them. Its a city full of fantasy and beautiful nature surroundings.
What is your favorite feature in your logo design? Are there any hidden surprises?
My favorite part is the Emerald city surrounded by friendly clouds and a rainbow. I love the colors of the whole design. There is a Starbucks cup in the hands of Glenda The Good Witch, (because SB is originally from Seattle.) Also Toto was replaced by my favorite Flickr pet "Guy" as a tribute to his memory.
Do you collect anything else and what are your other hobbies?
I also collect Strawberry shortcake dolls and Monster high dolls. My other hobbies include drinking crazy amounts of coffee and going to the supermarket toy aisle for inspiration. I also like running just not to be fat.
What's one interesting fact we may not know about you?
If I am in a good mood sometimes I recreate the balcony scene from Evita , the musical, from my own balcony and wave my hands to strangers in the street.
Where can we find you and your work online?