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I Quit My Job To Paint Stuffed Animals That Bring Back Childhood Joy
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I Quit My Job To Paint Stuffed Animals That Bring Back Childhood Joy

Hello Pandas! My name is Brent Estabrook, I live in Los Angeles, and I gave up my 9-5 job to do what I love: ART!

All my art inspiration comes from my pursuit of excitement and happiness. I have found that a life doing what you love will forever propel you positively forward. I often get asked why I paint stuffed animals and there are many reasons, one of the most important is to bring people back to the state of childhood when the pursuit of dreams and passions were encouraged. At some point in our lives, society tries to convince us to get a “good” job, save for retirement, and then at 60 you can go have fun… Screw that!.. I am going to do what I love now! And I would encourage others to do the same.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I have no idea how long each painting takes. Hours feel like minutes and I rarely know what day it is, I see this as a good thing. If I had to give some hard numbers, I would say 200-300 hrs for the more complex paintings.

Again, there are many reasons I enjoy painting stuffed animals and, for what I hope is not too selfish of a reason, I know I can connect with people of all ages and help encourage them to pursue their passions. I realize that full dedication to your dreams and passions are not always possible however I would encourage everybody to take some time out of their day, think about what makes them happy, and then start taking steps, no matter how large or small, towards a happier life!

More info: Instagram

My Twelve Homies

The newest painting in progress… It is an ode to my favorite artistic tool… color! This painting represents every primary, secondary and tertiary color on the colorwheel.

Paya

One of my personal favorites! Also my favorite color combination.

Dream Team

The piece that really started my life of painting all day, every day.

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Contemplate a.k.a Bored Panda!

I have always been fascinated by the pointillism master, George Seurat so I wanted to do pointillism… but to the furry extreme!

If You Can Dream It

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“Uniquely Special” in the studio

Warm & Fuzzy

Galaxy

My happy place! Inside my studio in DTLA

I spend here 99.9% of my life… Well, not that much but pretty close.

Me!

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Hiruya
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5 years ago

Amazing. They don't even look like paintings.

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5 years ago

:) Thank you very much!!!

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Caitie Forsyth
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5 years ago

Speechless! In the first painting pictured, it doesn't even look like a painting....i thought I was looking at the actually stuffed animals! Amazing work!!! Plus, you're kinda cute too ;) keep up the beautiful work and continue to follow your dreams!!! <3

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5 years ago

thank you very much... and double upvote for the cute compliment ;)

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AcousticGString
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5 years ago

OMG! Are these for sale? I'm in love with the panda one!

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5 years ago

Thank you :) ... it has unfortunately already sold

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Hiruya
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5 years ago

Amazing. They don't even look like paintings.

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5 years ago

:) Thank you very much!!!

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Caitie Forsyth
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5 years ago

Speechless! In the first painting pictured, it doesn't even look like a painting....i thought I was looking at the actually stuffed animals! Amazing work!!! Plus, you're kinda cute too ;) keep up the beautiful work and continue to follow your dreams!!! <3

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5 years ago

thank you very much... and double upvote for the cute compliment ;)

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AcousticGString
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5 years ago

OMG! Are these for sale? I'm in love with the panda one!

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5 years ago

Thank you :) ... it has unfortunately already sold

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