We are so pleased to announce another artist as part of our Care Bears female artist series! Today, on www.kidrobot.com the Linda Panda Polite and Perfect panda. We had the pleasure of previously working with Linda on the Crayola Critters Mini series and now this adorable piece is another perfect addition to the collection… We asked her a few questions about being an artist and her new piece check it out!…..
What is a memorable experience you have of someone’s reaction to your work/your art?
One year my mom came to see my booth at Designer Con. As I sat down to finish up a commission she told me that she saw people standing at my booth with big smiles on their faces while they looked at my art prints. She told me my artwork was making everyone smile and it made her so happy to see me bringing joy to other people. I love that my art brings joy to others.
- What is one of your favorite things about this piece?
I love that the bears can hold hands, just like how they did in the show!
- What was your first toy you made with Kidrobot?
The Crayola Critters series!
- Why a panda? Is it your favorite animal?
Pandas are my favorite animals so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to bring The Perfect Pandas into the Artist Series.
- If you could live in any other time period when would it be and why?
If I could live in a different time period it would definitely be the 50s because of the amazing design and fashion sense. I’m often times on the hunt for great vintage wears!
- What was one of the challenges you ran into with this piece?
Since I design a lot of toys for the mass market toy industry I was worried that my design for this series felt too “commercial” and I always look at Kid Robot as being more cool, edgy and avant-garde. So I found myself second guessing my design a lot, worried people might not find it cool enough. In the end I had so much fun working on these and was so honored Kid Robot asked me to take part in this series and just stuck to my guns!
- When did you first start doing art?
I remember seriously loving art when I was 10. I was in the 5th grade and won a small art competition in my class and it perked my interest to continue developing my love for art.
- What’s something you LOVE about the art/vinyl toy world?
I love that people are creating their own toys and characters through the vinyl toy world. In a time where content is dominated by established licenses and characters, it takes so much courage and hard work to put your own creation out there. So I commend all the vinyl toy artists who keep creating, and I hope they can continue to keep that dream alive!
- Tell us something your fans might not know about you…
I have ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), a term used for an experience characterized by a relaxing tingling sensation that happens typically on the back of my head and runs down my back. For many people this sensation is triggered by watching and listening to crinkling sounds, light tapping, and soft spoken or whispered dialogue. There’s a whole community for ASMR on YouTube. It is so relaxing sometimes that I watch a YouTube video and pass out!