Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Dear god, its been a while! And that’s all I’ll say on that matter! This post isn’t about where I’ve been, but rather, what I’ve been doing. In this case, about my newest build for the latest Denver Zombie Crawl.
The last two years I had gone to the event as one of my drawings, a zombie character that I named Mort. Last year I decided to retire him, due to the impracticality of the costume not having arms, as well as the fact that the head piece was actually starting to show signs of falling apart.
I decided to create a whole new zombie for this year’s Zombie Crawl.
First, like the last build, I started by doing several layers of mache’ over a large rubber kick ball. After several layers, I was able to smash it down and reshape it into more of an oval/egg shape. Then I used more newspaper to build up the chin and mouth area…
After several layers of more mache’ over the built up area, I cut out the area for my head to fit in, and pulled out the deflated ball….
Next, I cut out the mouth through both layers. I would later clean up all the cut out areas with a few layers of mache’ around the edges.
The mouth itself was built out of a leftover piece of oval shaped mache’ from a previous project. The teeth and gums were sculpted onto it out of a polymer clay…
….and glued over the mouth after the perfect placement was determined. This would be the predominant area that I would eventually see out of while wearing the head.
First test fitting. At this point I had already cut out the eye sockets and added detail around them with more polymer clay. Also, I created a fracture at the very top of the head, detailed around the edges with polymer clay, and filled with a soft styrofoam from a craft store.
For the inside of the head, I made a place that cradled my forehead as well as a place for my chin. Not only did this help hide my face from being easily seen through the openings, but it made the head fit more stable, like a mask.
Next, I finished up the details around the eyes and skull fracture, and added some around the open mouth. The inside of the head was painted with a black primer, and the parts wear my face and head would fit were sealed with a few layers of clear acrylic.
I had been mulling over the idea of making hands, and finally committed to them at the last second. I made them by cutting out the back of the hands from a mailing tube and gluing on some velcro straps. The fingers were made from wooden dowels and wire; shaped, and then fixed in place with polymer knuckles. The whole hands were covered with a few layers of mache’ after baking.
The finished sculpts, ready for painting. (stuffed the head and skull fracture with paper)
After a few layers of white primer, all the pieces were painted in a variety of colors of acrylic. Being colorblind, I was kinda hoping for the best.
….and finished!! Several layers of paint, glazing and dry-brushing. I also painted the styrofoam in the fracture black….
….before adding the finishing touches of flowers.
At the last second (the day of the Denver Zombie Crawl) I decided to make some quick business cards to give out….for promotion, yes, but mainly to ask folks who take photos with me to send me a copy via email.
And here’s the finished look moments before the Zombie Crawl. I named this guy “Vincent”, for obvious reasons.
Like I started this post, it HAS been a while! Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me here, and I hope to share some new stuff with you soon!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It might take me a while, but I eventually do make good on my threats…of course speaking about finishing a new website, finally!
So, Welcome to the new/redesigned website!
Even though it’s been a long time in the works, this being it’s first week finds it with a few things that are still needed, namely: a more complete gallery and a working storefront…..as well as dancing monkeys. I will be adding to the galleries over the next few weeks as I scan or photograph current works – and I hope to have a working storefront in the same amount of time, after I figure out the correct way to appease the Finance Gods (not sure if I’m supposed to sacrifice a money stuffed virgin chicken on the Full Moon or the New Moon….and I don’t know how to check a chickens hymen).
Basically, what I’m saying is: Please stop by! I hope that you like my work, and if you do, check back often for updates.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
So, I basically left off my updates here with the completion of the Alphabeasts (albeit, late completion), and during those weeks of drawing and posting, I alluded to the fact several times that I planned on collecting all of them in their own tome (for I like the word “tome”….as well as the fact that many people asked me how they could see or acquire this series).
BUT; (isn’t there always a “but”?) I wasn’t done just by finishing the series. While making the initial list of creatures to coincide with each letter of the alphabet, there were many that turned out to be second runners up….and third and fourths for that matter. So I kept drawing, and eventually completed an additional twenty creatures.
Here is a tease of the additional beasts:
I am still working on this collected volume I’ve been threatening to make available, which will contain all the alphabeasts shown online as well as the twenty added.
I hope to have a bit more information on it in the very near future.