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!
I went back and painted a second, darker version of the Shoggoth Snowman. No one told him snow is supposed to be white ...
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.
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. :)
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.
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 ...
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.
This one is mostly Brian's creation. Normally, his willow sculptures are huge. 8' tall scarecrows, 25' long sea serpents, and life sized moose - that's just Brian. This time he thought he'd see if he could work willow on a much smaller scale. This fellow is about the size you'd expect for a red tailed hawk, sitting about 20" tall. Brian did all of the willow work, I just helped with the other parts (eyes, talons, beak). We got it done just in time to enter it in the Cornish Fair!
I've been working on a bunch of little needle felted creatures lately. The idea behind them is that they are amorphous beasties that don't really have an identity until they pick a mask. Once they put on a mask, then they can take a shape. I want to make a whole bunch of them, because I have many ideas! So far I just have the three, but that's enough for me to share them with you. I must thank my friend, Misty Babcock, for giving them a collective name. I had no idea what to call them. Misty initially suggested 'Pluffo' which Brian then modified to 'Plufo' and I just liked it. So, Plufo they are!
They are each between three and four inches tall, needle felted of wool. Their masks are epoxy clay painted with acrylic.
They'll be for sale in the Etsy shop, and you can see photos with more angles of each of them there.