Ali Bubba

Meet Ali Bubba.

Ali is the Magical Elephant, all knowing and all seeing.

Bubba is the mouse, all loving and all giving.

Together, they remind us to be open to receive the gift of love. 

And to share that gift to others and with ourselves.

I hope you like Ali Bubba.

Sculpting Ali Bubba

I love Elephants. They are spiritual creatures with hearts of angels. They cherish life and respect their dead. They are the epitome of a enlightened being, and live in complete harmony with their surrounding.

I wanted to created a contemporary elephant who would embody Ganesh godlike attributes(patrons of the arts, science and wisdom), but in a present day human form. My creations tend to evolve as I work on them, and first was a female childlike character, then was transformed into a male yet still androgynous figure.

Read more on my sculpting process at Toy Finder.

2015! YAY!!!

Happy New Years everyone!  Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 filled with much joy and happiness. Be kind and be safe, and lets make 2015 a great one!!!

Sunmoon is in reproduction phase :)

Here is the final prototype figure I sculpted and painted. Sunmoon will be produced by Vince Su of VTSS. Can not wait!!  He will have a rotating head, so you will see the Moon face.  Will be really cool, I'm very excited about this release. :)

Photos from collectors, Thank you!!

I got these wonderful photos from collectors. So nice to see Benny the Dreamer in different parts of the world making people happy.

From Jessica in Mexico. Thank you Jessica, love it!

From Jessica in Mexico. Thank you Jessica, love it!

Night Dreamer Benny at Bjorn and Rebecca's wedding in Boston. Thank you Bjorn and Rebecca, wishing you both so much joy and happiness!!

Night Dreamer Benny at Bjorn and Rebecca's wedding in Boston. Thank you Bjorn and Rebecca, wishing you both so much joy and happiness!!

Little Dreamers in Singapore. Thank you Junhao, glad you like them :)

Little Dreamers in Singapore. Thank you Junhao, glad you like them :)

Releasing July 1 - Little Dreamers!

Taken from a wonderful write up by John Stokes of Spankystokes.com:

If you're a fan of Okedoki's fantastically fun "Benny the Dreamer" figurine, then this new miniaturized set of the design from VTSS Toys is the perfect addition (or beginning) to your collection. Containing five version of the iconic piece — the original red "Benny the Dreamer," the white-garbed "Daydreamer," the sinisterly black "Night Terror," the gold electroplated "Alchemist," and the glow-in-the-dark "Lucid Dreamer" — are all interpreted as 3-inch tall, hand-painted resin pieces for the "Little Dreamers Collector Set." Limited to an edition of 280 copies, each set comes housed in a laser etched wooden box for a mere $145! With a price that can't be denied, this must own collection will be released tomorrow (July 1st, 2014) at 8AM Pacific time in the VTSS Toys online shop!

VTSS and I have worked on this project for over a year. We really wanted to make this release very special for our fans, family and friends who have supported us over the years. Along with new fans and friends, we hope to share our love for Benny the Dreamers to them as well. 

Benny the Dreamer is very special to me, both spiritually and personally. I created him during a trying time in my life when I was very ill. I hope through Benny, many others can find joy and happiness, and pass on the vibe of peace and love for each other.  

In this Little Dreamers Collectors Set, I chose the 5 designs as they all are significant.

The Alchemist(Gold Electroplating edition)- inspired by one of my favorite book by Paulo Coelho, is the art of turning something of no value into something precious. I think it's very crucial we are all alchemists. We have to transmute all things into love.

The Lucid Dreamer (Glow Edition) -  when I was little, I had these glow in the dark plastic dinosaurs. We would turn off the lights, and randomly hide them, and one by one we would seek them out. It was a fun game. I have been extremely fond of glow in the dark since then, as it reminds me of a very precious time from my childhood. I created Lucid Dreamer, as he is radiant even in the darkest places. I think this is a reoccurring theme for me, as we have to be the light when it is most dark, and shine. 

Night Terror - even Benny the Dreamer has his inner demons and this is reflected in his mischievous grin and glowing green eyes. I really like this design. It's playful and shows a darker side of Benny the Dreamer. 

Daydreamer - happy, carefree, and light. This is the epitome of bliss. I really love this design, it's so airy and happy, and his expression says it all. 

Regular Edition - I made sure there was a slight change from the original design. Its very subtle, and its easily missed. I wanted to make Benny the Dreamer happier, so I changed the curvature of his mouth to express this. I wanted people to see Benny and have his happiness be contagious. 

Hope you enjoy the many incarnations of Benny the Dreamer!!!!

Many blessings...

Okedoki

 

Awaken Dreamers...

Little Dreamers

Releasing next week!!!  

Little Dreamers Collector Set

Limited Edition of 280, hand painted resin, 3" height, housed in a laser etched wooden box

Price: $145 USD

Each Collector Set contains: Benny the Dreamer, Daydreamer, Night Terror,The Alchemist (Gold electroplating), Lucid Dreamer (Glow in the dark)

 

Produced by VTSS

Unleash your inner Dreamer...

Toy Art 2.0 book is now available

More than 50 interviews and essays and over 150 delicious eye candy photos tell the story of this unique community and addictively accessible art form.Toy Art 2.0 is a must for anyone with a curious mind and a deep appreciation for strange beauty. It is for the art lovers and the future collectors. It is for the eternally young at heart.

Hardcover, 290 pages
First printing limited to only 1000 copies
By Okedoki and Jeremy Brautman
Published by VTSS Creative Integration Co.,Ltd
Book Dimension: 29cm * 23cm * 3cm


Contributions from:

Alvin Tan Jian Shan, Amy Del Castillo, Ayleen Gaspar, Bigboy Cheng , Bjorn Calleja, Brandt Peters, Brian Flynn, Carl “Mutonismyfriend” Kent-Smith, Walter “Chauskoskis “Jacott, Chris Ryniak, Dan Harris, Doktor A, Dov Kelmer, Eduardo “Vinyltoyz” Olegario, Ferg, Francesco de Molfetta, Frank Kozik, Frank Schaefer, Gino Joukar, Glenn L Barr, Haynmade, Henry Loh, Huck Gee, Ian Malcolm, J*RYU, Jesse Hernandez, John “Spanky” Stokes, Jon Lao, Julie B., Justin Jewett, Kathie Olivas, Kev Taylor, Kirby Kerr, Kirkland Jue, Kristoffer “Wtfunks” Butiong, Laina Jones, Lee “Leecifer” Gajda, Luke Rook, Marcos Janri, Mark Nagata, Muschelschubser, Nakanari, Nicolas Caldas, Paul Kaiju, Phil “Plur511” Lin, Raymond Choy, Rob Clarke, Ron English, Ryan Roberts, Sara Harvey, Sergey Safonov, Skinner, StacyJean, Steve Agin, Sucklord, Vadim Tslaf, Vince Su, Yosiell Lorenzo

Book is not available at VTSS.

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Sun and Moon

I have been working on this piece for a while now, trying to finish for a release this year.  Like many of my designs, the finished product is different from my original concept, as I let the life of the character and story develop as I sculpt it.

Originally, this was to be an elephant wearing a suit, while meditating. However, it has now turned into a turtle with 2 faces. One face is of enlightenment/yang/sun.  The other face is of reflection/yin/moon. 

Here are the latest photos, still much to do yet, and tons of sanding before he's sent off to VTSS for reproduction. Hope you like it. :)

 

Mini Benny Box Sample

Vince of VTSS sent me this photo of Mini Benny box design. It looks great!  Mini Benny will be coming out very soon!! 3 inches tall but full of Big Dreams!! :)

Toy Art 2.0 - coming very soon!

Thank you Vince and Mankas of VTSS!

I just received these new photos from Mankas who is in Hong Kong dealing with printing productions for the book.  Looks incredible so far!  Myself and everyone involved are very excited to see this book finished. Can't wait! :)