Creative Imagery on Social Media

The mission of The Republic of Cute was not only to sell artwork, it was to provide regular entertaining, educational, and inspiring content to anyone who connected with the spirit of the brand. This was done through creative social media posts that were highly visual and imaginative. I designed the digital collage and comic series to ENTERTAIN and connect the ROC with fun pop culture references that people could relate to. I also posted regular "behind the scenes" art studio photos, looks at in progress works, and art tips to SHARE my knowledge with others. I always carried a Pink Pet and Buck sculpture with me, so I could readily photograph them in inspiring locations and CONNECT the ROC with other local businesses and the greater Cleveland community.

Buck pledges his undying love for Jack Frost Donuts.
Chuck is having a dance party with Shiva to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
"Thug Buck" posing for his album cover in front of some grafitti at Parklawn Beach in Rocky River. It read: "Things are shaping up to be pretty odd." I thought it was appropriate!
Yetterson the yeti is enjoying the first snowfall.
Beach bumming in the caribbean.
Deep thoughts with Buck?
Pink Pet loves cheese. And Melt.
I posted this image on Instagram to let my local followers know that I was at The Cleveland Flea....and was loving the salted carmel macarons I bought from my friend Caitlin, who runs Philomena Bake Shop.
That time we were up to our CHINS in snow! (a relative measurement)
Pink Pet, the rebel.
Pierogi with pierogis at Sokolowski's University Inn. My little pierogi guy looks pretty happy here. He must not know what is happening.
"Let's paint a happy little Buck right here." (homage to Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting)
Pink Pet joins "The Fashion Club." This was a favorite show of mine in high school, so I figured that many of my Instagram follows would appreciate the trip down memory lane. (homage to "Daria")
I posted this photo a few weeks before Christmas as part of a photo series and a special blog post that I created as tribute to my all-time favorite Rankin Bass Christmas movies. (homage to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
I was going to Photoshop Buck onto a cover of a classic 90's album.....and then I thought "NEVERMIND." See what I did there? Also, it's worth mentioning that Buck's character is obsessed with chips, especially Doritos®. (homage to Nirvana: Nevermind)
 Maybe it's just me, but growing up, I always thought this scene was a little harsh! #savethebumble (homage to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
These Bucks want you to "Come play with them." (homage to The Shining)
Apparently, Pink Pet has joined the sticky bandits (formerly known as the Wet Bandits). (homage to Home Alone 2)
Pink Pet and Buck go churching. (homage to Home Alone)
Buck does not trust these busty statues or their laser eyes. (homage to The Neverending Story)
The process of sculpting "Chuck" from polymer clay.
The line-up of my 2014 holiday characters. These are the originals that I hand-sculpted in polymer clay. After this step, I create molds of each character so I can create many identical copies that look exactly like their originals (it will duplicate fingerprints, scratches and all!)
To keep the colors super smooth and even-looking, I preferred to airbrush my sculptures whenever possible. This meant that I had to cover ("mask") any part of the character that I didn't want to airbrush, such as the eyes, noses, and teeth. They always look like zombies when I take off the masking!
My social media audiences seemed to really liked the "zombie" look! So I posted photos of this stage a lot.
Resin is a dirty job! This is a look inside my pressure chamber. Mold making and resin casting is not something that many people are familiar with, so I took a lot of photos of my casting process and materials to explain how it works.
I normally only make one mold per sculpture, but in this case, I needed to create 500 pieces in I made 20 molds! The molds were small, so I was able to cast 20 pierogis at once, which helped move the production along (well, it still took forever, but it was faster than doing it one at a time!).
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