Sunday
Mar262017

Dragon Bust

This winter, I had an urge to go back and sculpt another dragon bust (my last one was back in 2005, you can find it in the gallery here). Here is the end result! I do have lots of WIP photos that I will compile and put in a separate entry, but for now here is the finished piece. It is polymer clay and epoxy clay over a wire and foil armature, on a wooden base, painted in acrylic. It is 11.5 inches tall. The eyes are glass cabochons that I also painted. Thanks for looking!

 

Friday
Dec302016

A Year In My Garden

Last year, I took photos all around my yard every Sunday morning. I tried to take them around 9:00 each Sunday, though there was a bit of variation. I have heaps and heaps of photos now, and I spent a day sifting through and editing just one of the views. It's one of my favroite views, though. I'm standing in the attic of my barn, looking out the back window and down onto our flower gardens. I stitched them all together into a little video for your viewing enjoyment. :)

Monday
Nov072016

Warcraft Inspired Ornaments

I just posted a few new ornaments in the Etsy shop:

DPS

Healer

Tank

 

Sunday
Jan312016

Cernunnos Unearthed

Do you remember my Cernunnos sculpture? I do. It's been sitting in my studio mocking me for a long time. I started it so long ago. 2010 I think? I could probably look back through this journal to find his origins, but that'd be depressing. Today I cleaned all the half-painted Christmas ornaments off my desk and dug him out again. I sculpted all the fur on his neck/head. I know it looks odd two-toned, just try to imagine him painted. I do the initial sculpture in polymer clay because I need the working time it affords me. Then when I feel like the difficult part is done (usually the face/eyes) I bake it and position it on the body armature. At that point it's no longer suitable for baking (either the armature has components that shouldn't be baked, or it simply doesn't fit in the oven any longer) so I sculpt everything else with epoxy clay, which has a limited working time. So the brown is polymer clay and the grey is epoxy clay. Anyhow, I think he just needs his left hand finished and then I could move onto painting and clothing him. Cross your fingers for me, maybe I'll be able to maintain the momentum to get him done!

Friday
Nov272015

Argle Bargle, Part 2!

I went back and painted a second, darker version of the Shoggoth Snowman. No one told him snow is supposed to be white ...

 

Sunday
Nov222015

Argle Bargle!

Between the branches of every Christmas Tree there is a spot that cannot be filled with pretty glass, Santa Claus, or tinsel. In that space, that terrible place, only "shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light" will do. Shoggoths love Christmas. This one found a hat and a carrot, likely dropped by someone running for his life, and has taken the shape of a snowman as best it can.

The Shoggoth Snowman is a new ornament for this year's holiday season. You can find him in the Etsy shop here.

 

Wednesday
Dec242014

Brian's Cthupid

Brian and I both paint our various ornaments. Most of the ornaments have just one painting pattern, so we both paint them exactly the same. When I told him I wanted to try painting different patterns on the Cthupid ornament, he smiled and said he had a great idea. I left him alone in studio for a couple of hours, and this is what emerged. Behold! A Cthupid with rainbow wings wearing leopard pajamas! Hee hee! I put it up for sale in the Etsy shop with the rest of them. :)

Sunday
Dec212014

Painted Cthupids

We started painting the Cthupid ornaments. I couldn't decide on colors, so I tried several. Here are three of mine, Brian is still working on his own ideas so I'll post his once he has one finished. These three are up for sale in the Etsy shop.

First I made a red one, thinking of Valentine's Day.

Then I made a green one, because I like green Cthulhus.Brian had the idea to make one that looked like stone. I thought I could do that with the airbrush, so I painted his idea on this one.

Friday
Dec192014

Cthupid

 Cthulhu + Cupid = Cthupid! I'm just trying to think ahead to ornaments for Valentine's Day. I sculpted the original over the past week, made a silicone mold of it overnight, and poured the first cast this evening. Paint choices up next ...

Saturday
Dec062014

Snowflake Cthulhu Ornament

I'm almost too late for new stuff this year, running out of shipping days before Christmas! But I've been working on this one for a while, so here it is. The Snowflake Cthulhu! I sculpted the original some time ag0, and made a mold. When I tried to cast it in ultracal (like I do for all my other ornaments) it came out way too fragile. My first attempts wouldn't even come out of the mold in one piece. I could cast it in resin, which would be a lot stronger, but that stuff creates a lot of fumes. It is generally recommended that you cast resin in a garage or other outdoor sort of workshop. But it also doesn't set well in below-freezing temperatures, so casting resin in my garage this time of year just isn't going to happen. That's when I found Aqua-Resin. The stuff isn't cheap, but it's non-toxic. No fumes at all, as far as I could tell! And now I have the very first Snowflake Cthulhu ready to go. I painted it in iridescent acrylic for sparkly goodness. Because, you know, if you're going to go insane you might as well be sparkly while you're at it. I have this first one for sale in the Etsy shop right now, and I'll make as many more as I have time for, before the season comes to a close.