This past holiday, our fabulous Gupeteer Nick Fabin made some exciting new Gup Gup creations for his young nephews and cousins. Unlike his usual method of painting and gluing all kinds of stuff to the Gups, Nick created vector designs in Adobe Illustrator, then transferred them using transparent stickers. He first painted the Gups a base color with acrylic paints, then transferred the stickers using heat from a blow dryer to ease the transfer process. Next he covered them in a spray varnish to seal the artwork — and to make them invincible! (And by invincible, he means able to withstand grubby little hands playing with them!)
As you can see, Nick created one design (of this crazy four armed alien beast carrying a little beasty) and altered the colors to make three different versions.
He did the same with this robot design to make a rusty steam punk version and two slick silver versions.
And last but not least, a flattering portrait of his brother-in-law.
Feast your eyes upon these awesome Gup Gups that pay homage to our favorite fantasy characters! These fanatstic creations were made at the “Gup Gup Fan Art” workshop at Smock Cafe, Toronto, ON.
BAM! POW! WOW! Batman and Superman created by Ryder!
My precious…my precious Gup Gups! Bilbo Baggins and Gollum made by Liam!
Pzzzzt….Vrrrt….Dr. Who and a Dalek created by Liam!
And last but not least, a Totoro made by the workshop instructor, Nick Fabin.
Behold! Here are some new Gup Gup creations made during the first session of the “Gup Gup Winter Workshop Series” at Smock Cafe, Toronto, Ontario.
Here is a strange ancient alien warrior Gup Gup created by Zak.
Here is an even stranger alien warrior with a massive sword made by Faris.
Here is some sort of fluffy white bunny-beast with mystical powers and no arms, created by Liam.
Here is a an artistic interpretation of Gandalf the Grey made by Drew.
And finally, here is a scary tree monster created by May.
Stay tuned for more creations from the “Gup Gup Winter Workshop Series” at Smock Cafe, Toronto, ON.
The following are Gup Gup creations from the Lower Elementary students of High Park Gardens Montessori in Toronto, Ontario. Much like the “Gup Gup Islands” summer workshop at Smock Cafe, these creative kids also constructed a Gup Gup village to house their new creations. Enjoy!
On Tuesday, October 23rd, Nick Fabin invited some friends/band members of the local samba band Samba Elegua to a very special Gup Gup crafting party!
Here is a “self-portrait” of the lovely bell playing extraordinaire, Jess Duarte.
Here is a creative interpretation of a mexican skull Gup Gup by Adam Kafal.
Here is a very sexy and possibly the most risque Gup Gup ever created, brilliantly executed by Sandra Riml. Note: These might be the first Gup Gup high heels ever made!
Here is what was produced when Jess Duarte said, “Im just gonna go abstract with this one.” We all thought he came out very reminiscent of a Dr. Suess character.
Here is a portrait of one of my favorite Hip-Hop artists, MF DOOM, made by myself, Nick Fabin.
And lastly, a shot of the whole gang together (including the half-finished Goran Gup Gup, made by Sterling)!
On Wednesday October 24th, Nick Fabin held a Halloween themed workshop entitled ”Goulish Gup Gups,” which turned out to be a pumpkin smashing success!
Behold: A “Pumpkin-headed Farmer” made by Willow!
Beware! A creepy “Mummy” made by Saskia!
Be afraid of this spooky “Skeleton Girl” made by Millie!
Here is the proof that Gup Gup evolution exists: the brand new advanced creations from Gup Gup artist, Nick Fabin.
“The spirit of Halloween compelled me to create the Jack-O-Lantern Gup Gup! I created this by adding polymer clay to the top of the head, cutting the face shapes with an exacto knife, cutting the entire body in half and inserting an electric candle inside (which I can turn on and off because I cut a hole in the bottom of the foot) and gluing it back together. I really thought outside of the box on this one.
“This was a birthday gift for my three year old neice, Halo, who LOVES Strawberry Shortcake. First ,I took the character design of the new generation of Strawberry Shortcake characters, and made new member of the gang in Gup Gup form, Pineapple Smoothie.”
“Here is a gift for my buddy Jon. I made him a portrait of a custom super hero named ‘Hawk Beard’ in Photoshop, then it became time for Hawk Beard to become Gup-a-fied (using paint, Ploymer clay, faux fur, and feathers).”
“Here is a birthday gift for my lovely wife, Ashley, who has a large admiration for whales! This Gup Gup was the first experiment with using Polymer clay applied directly to the Gup Gup, then baked, then painted with acrylic paint.”
Take a look at the new Gup Gup creations made by kids of all ages at Smock Cafe (Toronto, ON)!
The Lion King (complete with his crown) + The Lion Queen (even though she has a mane) = A pair of adorable royal lions!
Didn’t know that Gup-mice wear jewelry? You do now…
Maybe it’s a “Gup-Zombie.” Maybe its a “Gup-Frankenstein’s Monster.” You be the judge…
And last but not least, a Gup Gup version of the Pokemon, “Torterra” turns out to be a very unique Gup creation!
Treat your senses to the amazing movie trailer for “Gup Gup Islands” created at the Gup Gup summer camp at Smock Cafe. Experience the mystery! Experiece the majesty! Prepare to get Gupped!
Gup Gup Islands
A special thanks goes out to Kolya and Samantha.
We’re happy to welcome Nick Fabin onboard as our Toronto Workshop Coordinator! If you’ve been following our blog, you know that Mr. Fabin both creates brilliant custom Gup Gups and he’s also been running inspiring workshops at the Smock Cafe in Toronto.
Here’s Nick Fabin’s Latest post:
“In the time that I have been an art facilitator at Smock Cafe, I have had the time and resources to create some pretty exciting Gup Gup customs of my own!”
“This was a gift for my two cousins, who have been nicknamed “Spoony” and “Forky.” Behold, The Spoon King and the Fork Queen from Planet Delicioso!”
“I was inspired by all the fake flower parts we have at Smock, so I created this very flowery potted Gup Gup for my sister-in-law, Liv.”
“And last but not least, here is the adorable “Bride and Groom” Gup Gup couple, presented to my dear friends, Chris and Lauren at their wedding.”