Original Custom Sculpt. Hand painted. Mister Softee Ice Cream Mascot Zombie.
This character is the most memorable icon of my childhood. I remember waiting with my brother on our stoop, listening out for the iconic jingle that told you Mister Softee was coming. We’d run to him, cash in hand, ready to claim our cones! I can’t remember a summer without Mister Softee Ice cream. Its like no other. It's soft serve sweetness always got me excited and I looked forward to it whenever I got the chance. Even now, when I hear that jingle and see the truck approaching, I can’t help but feel that rush of excitement that triggers happy memories.
As I’ve started creating characters, I’ve developed a style that seems to speak to me. I love something that is cute, simple and turn it into something kind of gross. I like the contrast of cute/gross and I try to reflect that feeling in my art. I love designing characters with drippy elements to show a feeling of decay. I deep set the eyes to look morbid but simple. I like to add a hanging tongue to bring it it all together to create a decaying, dead zombie look. A mix or old/new, young/old, bright/dull.
Mister Softee felt like the perfect character to create with my style. He has a lot of qualities I like in a toy and immediately knew I needed to create him for the Monsters in Advertising.