Creating Illustrations and Crafting Custom Plush Toys
My name is Chantal Benitez, I am an illustrator and plush toy artist from Vancouver, WA that loves to make people smile with creative character designs.
By fusing vector and traditional mediums together I can transport people to another dimension with my edgy designs.
Character design is a huge part on my illustration career. I love to create creatures and other worldly beings. By fusing vector and traditional mediums together I can transport people to another dimension with my edgy designs.
I work simultaneously between Photoshop and Illustrator so my work can stay shaped based, with just a hint of handmade texture. It’s this fascination with how traditional elements interact with solid shapes that makes my illustrations feel more alive.
One of my goals is to be able to take any 2D character and be able to translate it into a 3D object. Tangibility is very important to me and how I create things. I am very DIY oriented and love to make things that are handmade because it gives that object a sense of uniqueness. I mean, who doesn't love a plush toy?
Collaborated Work: The Grotto, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services & PNCA Illustrators
This is an image inside The Grotto located in Portland Oregon.
The Grotto, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is restoring and enhancing the 62 acre botanical garden in N.E. Portland Oregon for the benefit of native pollinator species. Also called The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, this beautiful sculpted meditation site and urban forest is home to a variety of urban wildlife species including deer, raccoons, squirrels, birds and insects.
The project was to help make banners for the Grotto and to spread the word about pollinators and how essential to our planet. Their were 3 students from PNCA (myself included) that worked on these banners. The concept behind them were to make the pollinators as friendly and to activate conversation. The pollinators that were selected was bats, bumble bees, humming birds, lady bugs and butterflies. Each banner is front and back with the fronts having an image of the pollinators in their habitat and the backs being a close up of the pollinator and a call to action.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the students that worked on these banners a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to the nation’s fish and wildlife resources.
This is the bat banner front image.
This is the bat banner back image.
This is the bee banner front image.
This is the bee banner back image.
This is the hummingbird banner front image.
This is the hummingbird banner back image.
This is the ladybug banner front image.
This is the ladybug banner back image.
This is the butterfly banner front image.
This is the butterfly banner back image.
This is an image of the real life butterfly banner front.
This is an image of the real life butterfly banner back.
This is an image of me with the banners at the opening party. The banners are now permanently installed in the upper gardens.
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