About the Artist

Hello, and welcome! My name is Shilo, if the title of the site didn’t give it away. 😉 I’m from Yukon, Canada, and have loved to draw and create since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I consider myself more of a jack of all trades, master of none (no one can be a master, there is always something more to learn!), as I enjoy trying all sorts of new art projects all the time. From drawing to working with clay to painting to my newest passion, sewing, I enjoy the variety. I am largely self taught, learning from watching others, and simply trying new things. I feel that the best thing about art, is there that there is no end to the types of creativity a person can try!

I’ve always been a fan of cartoons growing up, something that sticks with me to this day. Cartoons, comics, and video games are all heavy influences in my life, especially things like Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony, Astroboy, and Disney in general, so don’t be surprised when you see lots of fan art in my gallery! I’ve been an avid poster to art sites like DeviantArt for years, and have gone by a few online names like Tilas, TilasTrinity, and KeonaKii.

I’ve started to follow in my fathers footsteps and get into sewing, though while he is an upholsterer, I lean more towards making stuffed animals. I have always loved collecting plushies, so getting into actually making them felt like a natural evolution. I have so many ideas for plushies I want to eventually make, I don’t think I’ll ever get to them all! I hope to eventually start making my own plush designs to sell online!

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Frequently Asked Questions

SEWING

1. What Material do you use?
I use Minky for all of my pony/creature plushies, Fleece for hats, Denim for pouches, and Deersuede for humanoid plushies, plus whatever else I might need to use for accessories and things!

2. Where do you buy your material?
Fabric.com is my main supplier for fabric and embroidery thread.
J Ennis Fabrics is where I purchase tools like my scissors, foam, zippers, etc.
Walmart is where I buy my fluff/stuffing.
I buy my thread and accessories for my Pfaff directly from the Pfaff Sewing Center of Vancouver, BC.
Oh, and Amazon.ca for all of my stabilizer and other little things.

3. What equipment do you use?
Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Select 150 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Creative 1.5 Embroidery Machine
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine (Poor beastie sadly is no more…)

4. What type of thread, stabilizer, etc do you use?
Sewing: Guttermann sewing thread
Embroidery: Madiera embroidery thread, Brother 90WT Bobbin thread
Stabilizer: Sulky Cut-Away, Tear-Away, and Sticky

5. Will you sell/give your patterns to me?
I do NOT give away any of my patterns, however if it’s a pattern I had purchased I will happily share the link to the artist so you can buy the pattern yourself though!

6. Do you make your own patterns?
I am learning. Some of my plushies are 100% original, others I use bits and pieces of other patterns I have purchased in the past to create. The best way to learn is look at how others create their patterns. I have purchased quite a collection of patterns, and while many I may never actually use, they help me learn how pieces go together. Just like with art, referencing is a valuable tool!

7. Where can you buy patterns?
Valley Violet – My Little Pony Plushies. Amazing patterns, well made and simple to understand!
E The Pony – My Little Pony Embroidery files for eyes and cutie marks. My first stop shop for files!
Soapy Bacon – My Little Pony and other fandom embroidery files.
Funky Friends Factory – Various animal and critter patterns, these patterns are great for beginners.
Haan Crafts – Clothing, plushies, bags, and lots more! This site even includes all stuffing and thread!
Plush n Bulbs – My Little Pony Patterns, Embroidery files, custom plush, and even electronics for sale.

8. Do you have pets?
Yes, I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, so while I do my best to ensure my art room stays clean and I lint roll plushies before I ship, please be aware of such if you have pet allergies when ordering a plush from me. 🙂

9. Can you teach me how to sew?
Sorry, but no. I don’t feel I am anywhere near the caliber to teach others, as there is still so much I need to learn myself. However, I can try to answer questions if you have them, or at least try and offer advice on where to look. 🙂 I love to share knowledge! That said, at the bottom of this page is a collection of tidbits I’ve learned from my experience.

10. Can I save money by ordering a smaller plushie?
In regards to plushies size, contrary to popular belief, smaller plushies are not cheaper to make vs larger plush, quite the opposite in fact. Smaller plushies mean smaller pieces, which are much more difficult to sew, turn, and stuff, require much more hand sewing, so they take far more work, and hence actually cost more to do. So in saying that, I generally won’t do smaller plushies, unless they’re super simple like beanies.


Things I’ve learned while sewing

1. Fabric direction is more important than you think.
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2. Buy good needles and strong thread, it will save you hours of headache.
3. Prototyping is crucial when making new patterns, don’t be afraid to make multiple tests. You will never get it right the first time.
4. You will always find pins… with the soles of your feet. I suggest wearing slippers or shoes.
5. Clean your machines weekly. This includes taking out the bobbin casing to get to the thread shreds, oiling your machine, dusting it, and re-threading your spool and bobbin.
6. Change your needle constantly. Minimum monthly for a sewing machine, and weekly for embroidery. If you even suspect a needle has been damaged or bent, change it. Needles are cheap. Machines are not.

Updated January 14, 2018

DRAWING

1. What art programs do you use?
I have a gambit of art programs. Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Sketchbook Pro, Clip Studio Pro, Inkscape, Procreate, Affinity Photo… and I use them all to certain extents if the work calls for it, but when it comes down to inking and coloring, my primary program is Affinity Designer! It is a wonderful vector program that allows me total control over every single line, so I can get things exactly how I want them (I’m finicky), and being vector, it allows for infinite resizing, so I can make the final product any size you want, which is perfect for you to print your work any size you’d like! I prefer to vector my art because the line work is just so perfectly crisp and clear, I love the look of it.

2. What equipment do you use?
Printers
– Xerox Workcentre 6605
Scan/Copy/Fax/Email/Print workhorse, I bought this to be the “cheap mass printing” option. Extremely useful for printing sewing patterns, as I can photocopy pieces to make minor adjustments quick and easy. Prints flat colors such as vector work extremely well, works great for printing my tiny journal stickers on matte paper. Colors are bright and vibrant, and being laser it works amazingly well for printing anything that needs to be colored with markers, as the print won’t run or smudge. While it can print ‘acceptable’ photos, it can not print photo stock, or card stock. Much more suited for “office uses”. With a machine like this, keeping to flats or blacks is your best option. Word of warning, Xerox machines need massive amounts of power as the fusor heats up in seconds, and may not be suited for home use, especially in older buildings. Check with your electrician before purchasing a Xerox to ensure your home breakers can withstand the extreme load a Xerox requires.

– Canon Pixma Pro 100
This is a very high end printer, made especially for photo quality printing. Expensive to operate, as it requires 8 cartridges, which are quite small for a printer this size. Still, the quality is amazing. I’ve found I rarely need to adjust from “Standard” print to get spectacular results. Very little setup is required, it comes with most of the apps and drivers it needs (especially if you have photoshop). Be sure to purchase the Canon brand photo paper to get the best quality photos without any work with this machine, as it’s programmed to know just how to print to it’s own brand. It works well with labels from Labels.com as well. I use it primarily to print my large 4″ stickers, and it has no issue printing on a thicker stock. The machine is very large and very heavy though, so you need space to keep it, don’t expect to move it much.

– Canon Selphy CP1300
I’ve actually never printed a photo on this printer yet. I use it strictly for printing my custom convention badges. It prints 4″X 6″, which I cut in half, to make a 4″ X 3″ double sided badge. For printing vector artwork, the printer is crisp and clean, though it always prints quite a bit darker than the computer shows, no matter how much I calibrate the monitor. The printer has very little in terms of calibration or settings, so what you get is what you get. Once you’re aware of the difference, it’s fairly easy to compensate in an art program before printing. It’s a fast, 4 layer print (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Clear). The “ink” cartridges and replacement paper is a little pricey for what it is, but for the “convenience and speed”, it’s not too bad. My first Selphy developed a strange blotch in the Cyan layer after about the 2nd cartridge of use. I called Canon to ask if there was a way to clean the machine, thinking dirt got in somewhere since I’d already had it like 5 months, and they said it was a flaw in the machine. They happily replaced the machine, free of charge! So have to say, very pleased with Canons customer service there!

Tablets
– iPad Pro 12.9, 2015 Version with Apple Pencil
My go to drawing tablet. I’ve yet to find a stylus that works better than an Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro 12.9 is a large and heavy beast, so it’s not great to haul around traveling, but for working at your desk it’s perfect for its price. Pair it with Procreate and you have one powerful drawing tablet. I do all my sketching on Procreate. With Apple releasing other iPads with the Apple Pencil support, I highly recommend checking them out for drawing.

– Wacom CTH670M Bamboo Create Pen Tablet
Quite a nice little tablet, basic Wacom, good quality. I always recommend the Bamboo line as a good entry level drawing tablet, even though I don’t use it much anymore myself.

Computer
Custom Rig PC
Windows 10 OS
16 GB Ram
128 SSD HD (OS drive)
4 TB HD (Data drive)

Updated July 20th, 2018

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