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john venturi

Nintendo Characters And South Park

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These are some characters that I just finished. I had them shelved for a long time because i was so busy with making other Planet Christmas members characters..These were all made with scrap wood I had so they are not as crisp as some of my others due to the wood being so crappy for lack of a better term...anyway I hope you like them ..I asked my son to choose some characters that kids his age(12) would like and he told me these so I made them the South Park one was my idea to make because its the only image I could find of a character that would fit on that thin of a piece of scrap wood but all the others were his choices. He wants a Pikachu and a Yoshi made also Im not sure Ill get to them this year but Im going to try...These characters are as follows encase you don't know who they are its Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong(donkey kong jr.) and Super Mario and Luigi and Toad is the little mushroom guy and the last one is Sonic the Hedge Hog...And then of course the South Park Guys stacked...post-18115-0-35555900-1382635616_thumb.jpost-18115-0-79533300-1382635634_thumb.jpost-18115-0-52208900-1382635650_thumb.jpost-18115-0-04127500-1382635667_thumb.jpost-18115-0-63690700-1382635687_thumb.jpost-18115-0-84116900-1382635711_thumb.jpost-18115-0-87484700-1382635727_thumb.j

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I tried a different paint scheme on the 2 monkeys and it came out pretty cool so at least i know how to make fur look a little better now but i dont think you can see it that well in the pics...

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I'm a huge Nintendo fan, so I really appreciate these.  My 3 1/2 yr old would LOVE them!

 

I don't think Christmas and South Park go that well together personally.  I find the show funny, but not relateable to Christmas.  That's just me.  Great job though! 

 

I might have to come up with my own Nintendo themed cut outs. 

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John you are doing amazing work! I love all of them! You have me inspired again for next year. I took this year off, I guess I had a bit of burnout. But your great characters have me motivated for next year. The kids in your neighborhood are going to love your display.

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John you are doing amazing work! I love all of them! You have me inspired again for next year. I took this year off, I guess I had a bit of burnout. But your great characters have me motivated for next year. The kids in your neighborhood are going to love your display.

Wow that means alot coming from you remember im Danielson and you are MRs Miagi lolololo if I spelled that right so thanks for the nice comments but Ill never get as good as you i just pretend that I know what Im doing but i hope you do more because i love getting inspired too talk to you later hun and thanks again...

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I'm a huge Nintendo fan, so I really appreciate these.  My 3 1/2 yr old would LOVE them!

 

I don't think Christmas and South Park go that well together personally.  I find the show funny, but not relateable to Christmas.  That's just me.  Great job though! 

 

I might have to come up with my own Nintendo themed cut outs. 

You know what i kind of agree with you but i think that if the parents see stuff in your display that they can relate to and not always cutesy stuff they will bring their children to see it Ive done the Simpsons The family guy  which is my brothers and this South park if they are done in good taste i think they are fine and the parents i hope will appreciate it we will see what kind of feed back i get but i hope its positive but thanks for liking them they were fun to make..

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Thanks everyone for the kind comments i try to make them as close to original as i can i hope they come across that way have a great season decorating im so far behind i just cant seem to get motivated i better soon or im in trouble...

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You know what i kind of agree with you but i think that if the parents see stuff in your display that they can relate to and not always cutesy stuff they will bring their children to see it Ive done the Simpsons The family guy  which is my brothers and this South park if they are done in good taste i think they are fine and the parents i hope will appreciate it we will see what kind of feed back i get but i hope its positive but thanks for liking them they were fun to make..

Yes, very good point.  I hope I didn't come off to hoity-toity. 

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