Join What’s Up weekly and our Coloring Corner sponsor DeadBeach Brewery on Thursday, Dec. 28, as we color the work of prolific local artist Michelle Delgado.

Outside of her illustrations, Michelle’s signature art pieces are her plush creations under the moniker Lula-Squid. From pizza slices to luchadors to famous figures like Charlie Chaplin and Batman, there’s pretty much no limit to what she can create with a needle and thread. She even managed to make the Franklin Mountains a googly-eyed creature you can now purchase at the El Paso Museum of Art!

After earning a bachelor’s in history from the University of Texas at El Paso, Delgado decided to go down the road she was discouraged from pursuing: the life of a full-time artist.

“I could see where they’re coming from,” Delgado said about those who said she couldn’t make a living off of art. “But I think what they should have said was, ‘It’s not impossible; it’s just really, really hard.’”

However, her countless hours of work often pay off. One big way was when she was commissioned by a stand-in cast member of the Fox network show “The Last Man on Earth” to create plush dolls and illustrations of her cast mates. “Mad Men” actress January Jones, who plays the character Melissa Chartres, posted a photo of her alongside co-star Kristen Schaal and their mini-me plush dolls on Instagram.

“I went crazy when I saw it,” Delgado said. “To know that they have a piece of art that I made is super awesome.”

Next on the horizon is a partnership with sculptor Gino Ybarra to create original figures under the name Ghost Fox Toys.

You can see more of Michelle’s work on Instagram (@lula_squid), Facebook (@LulaSquid), ghostfoxinc.bigcartel.com or at the El Paso Museum of Art gift shop. Catch her at the R Bar & Grill Art Market at 4172 N. Mesa on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12-6 p.m. or at our adult coloring night event on Dec. 28.

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