Monday, March 24, 2014

Figure Sculpting

I took a figure sculpting course my last semester at KCAI, like a figure drawing course, but with clay. My favorite part (as you can probably tell from these pictures) was sculpting the skeleton. There was a medical model in the room we got to take a part and play with, and all the fiddly little details made the bones very fun to sculpt. When we got to muscle we moved to a real model, and whadyakno, they wouldn't let us take him a part and handle all his separate muscles, which was a real bummer.

I wish I could go back and work those muscles some more, but these were just sketches, and they have since been smooshed.

And of course the lady. Like her body, hate her face (that's what he said!) wish she were leaning ON something.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sarra's Door, Installed

 The gnome door is complete, and looks just precious in it's natural habitat. I will definitely be making some more doors for little people, though for Gnomes, Fairies or Borrowers I have not decided yet.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Second Story, done!

Tell me why it is, with a computer and Photoshop and a tablet and all these tools that are suppose to make things go speedy and without mess, I still inevitably choose whatever process will take me forever?

Each individual piece in this drawing is a different texture, with a clipping mask. Just organizing all the layers is intensive.

But! As we know, stupidly long processes are what make me most happy, so... 2 floors to go! Check back in a year!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finally Back to the House

Giving the commissions a break while I am once again in transition. So instead of more puppets, I spent some time in the 2nd dimension today! With my tablet and everything. It's like I'm living in the 21st century or something.

Anyway, second story, coming along. I'm wondering if, when I'm done with this version, if I shouldn't try adding color?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Painting the Gnome Door

The unfinished side of the door
The finished side

Painting the door was a lot of fun. I knew I wanted a red door with a limited color palette, though the first coat had me a little nervous. But! After I distressed it with the deep brown it looked so good I decided to leave it be. I can't wait to install it!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sarra's Door

Around Thanksgiving my friend Sarra asked if I would make a gnome door for her fence, as one of the planks had broken on the bottom and clearly needed a gnome door.

I am taking this opportunity to try a new medium that I have not gotten to spend nearly enough time with: Wood! I got this nice piece of wood out of a scrap pile and it fit the door-way perfectly, save for needing a little sawing into place. Since then I have been doing relief carving with hand-tools and my dremmel. Gotta say, I'm very pleased with how it's coming along.