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Artist and illustrator Shing Yin Khor’s online bio begins with a single four-word sentence: “I am a maker.”

We like that.

Right now, Shing, who spends her daylight hours operating under deep cover as an online security specialist, is making and selling handmade sculptures and gaming miniatures from her “Specimen 7 collection:”

These creatures were found on the estate of Mrs. Edna Lee Ellis(1949-2008), the second wife of disgraced scientist Charles Ellis(1930-1998), well known for his research into other-planetary life forms. Although much of Dr. Ellis’ research is now considered to be a elaborate hoax, or at least not reproducible, we have no explanation for the thousands of carefully preserved specimens found in the Ellis basement.

Shown uppermost is Specimen A, nicknamed “Oopy,” who reportedly “was discovered in a file cabinet filled with hamburger wrappers.”


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And this one is her D&D-inspired Shambling Mound miniature.


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D&D fans–or online gamers, for that matter–will also probably recognize a Gelatinous Cube when they see one.


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Steve, here, is number 28 in Shing’s series of petri-dish monsters. He likes indirect sunlight, bread crumbs, and not, so much, cats.


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Shing lives in Los Angeles and describes herself thusly:

[I am] a sculptor and illustrator inspired by monsters, tentacles, mediocre science fiction movies, bikes, Dungeons and Dragons, and really adorable cats. Educated as a theatrical scenic designer and prop maker, and employed in the technology field, [I] now synthesize my eclectic skill set into accessible and affordable art ranging from desktop monster sculptures to walk-in spacepods installed at Burning Man.

You can see more of Shing’s work in her Makers Market store.


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