Entries in sculpture (51)

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!

 

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.

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.

Thursday
Aug142014

Brian's Hawk

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!

Monday
Dec092013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Final!

It's done! At last! Santa Cthulhu 2013 is complete. If you haven't been following along, this is now the fifth not-quite-annual needle felted Santa Cthulhu extravaganza for us. You can see previous years' projects in the Felt Gallery. This one took a while, Brian and I started working on it back in mid-October. Santa Cthulhu sits in his Octi-Sleigh, ready to deliver his bag full of squirmy presents to children all over the world. A shoggoth pulls Santa and his sleigh; why bother with eight tiny reindeer when one protoplasmic behemoth will do? Keep scrolling for far too many photos ...

 The bag of presents appears to be made of fishing net. It erupts with assorted tentacles, and a single giant crab claw.

Santa is needle felted entirely from wool. Oddly, this is the first year we've given the Santa Cthulhu wings. I have no real reason for that. In previous years I think we just got close to the finish line and thought, "Wings? Nah, that'd be more work ..."

The shoggoth is a writhing, amoeba-like mass of needle felted pustules, eyes, appendages and teeth. A shoggoth is a constantly changing creature. As such, it's somewhat difficult to put a yoke or harness on it. Santa just hitches his sleigh up to a large metal ring that he has to trust the shoggoth to keep incorporated into its fluctuating body. Chains hitch the shoggoth's ring to the sleigh, and Santa holds leather straps as reins. The eyes are glass cabochons that we painted specifically for the shoggoth. The teeth are epoxy clay.

 

The Octi-Sleigh is a substantial sculpture I made specifically for this project. It has a wire armature covered with nearly 4 lbs of epoxy clay. It is painted with acrylics, and I'd just like to point out that this was my very first attempt at painting with an airbrush! If you look back at the last several journal entries, you can see lots of work-in-progress photos of the sleigh.

Lovecraft's shoggoths are described as iridescent. For fun, we went with fluorescent. If you have a blacklight handy, the shoggoth (and even Santa) will glow!

 

Santa sits about 11" tall. The sleigh is 13" long and 7" tall. The shoggoth is about 8" tall and 11" long. And just to help, I took a photo with my hand in the shot, to demonstrate how big these figures are.