Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Actually it's son and father. My 2T Otis head (on the right) came first. Then I sculpted a larger full-size head. The bigger Otis is my first casting from the mold. The smaller Otis was going to be a new nerd character until I got an order for an "Otis the Moonshiner" figure. So instead of buck teeth and half-masted eyelids, he gets a snaggle tooth and wide-open eyes.
Monday, December 09, 2013
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
The elf figure I built for a Canadian Santa made it in time to be in the Christmas Parade. You might notice that this Santa is a unique Santa with his blue beard and tiger suit because Santa is channeling Jimmy Lightshow Reedyk. I'm sure Santa and his elf were a big hit as they marched down the street and waved to the crowds.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Just got a shipment of new cast heads from Braylu Creations. Among them is my new 3T Otis the Moonshiner head. This one will be a full 40" tall. I'm also going to build another full-size Cheeky Boy ("Jackie"). The third figure will be a nerd using a 2T Otis head.
Let the work begin!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My new 2T cheeky boy sculpt has progressed a bit since we last spoke. After grinding the eye sockets to open them up more, I hot-glued a couple of 1.25" wood knobs inside the head. They'll act as a backstop when I PaperClay over them.
My main goal was to shape the upper lip, though I added to the right and left cheeks. Everything isn't quite left-to-right even yet, but by moving this far along and letting the PaperClay dry, I can balance the two sides more easily next time out.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
These two scary photos represent projects I set aside quite awhile ago. Others became more urgent, so the feet and new 2T Cheeky Boy sculpts ended up in a box in the workshop. Now I've re-started them.
I already showed you my first "rough" of the left foot. Now here's a peek at the first "rough" of the right foot. I prefer to sculpt the general shape of the foot. After the PaperClay dries overnight, I'll compare the work to photos of a real foot, then add or subtract shape and detail. It's a multi-stage process that requires patience.
The head started from a 2T Braylu blank. The only part I like so far is the nose. I was unhappy with my original eye socket work, so I Dremel-grinded the sockets overly wide to re-start that work. I also over widened the mouth to accommodate a jaw frame that now freely swings open and closed.
I have a long way to go with both projects, but it'll be worth the time and effort in the long run.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I picked up a project I started a few months back. I intend to sculpt a pair of feet suitable for a 2T-4T figure. To review, I'm using a pair of feet from Braylu Creations. The Braylu-supplied feet are small enough to function as a good armature for my new feet. I realize I'm going to have to do this in steps, adding a little more detail after each step dries. (I'm using PaperClay).
Monday, November 18, 2013
It took a while, but I'm pleased to say Jackie has found a home clear across the country in New Jersey. He was the first one I built from this head design. However after I built him, I learned several new mechanical and painting techniques, so I made a "New and Improved" model. I also gave him a really nice new wig I found at my favorite wig store...Goodwill.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Because my elf figure was purchased without a costume, I decided to put a shirt on the little munchkin for a few beauty shots. I've added this character to my website and named him "Quigley the Elf" for reference. He was actually made with one blue eye and one green eye. But through the magic of Photoshop, I've turned both eyes blue for the photo session.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This year a Canadian Santa will have the assistance of the little fellow you see here. He was made using my Otis head. Add some pointed ears, some buck teeth, half-masted eyelids and a small white beard and you've got a Christmas elf. I just need to do some paint touch up and he'll be ready to greet the naughty and nice.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
My goofy Christmas elf has progressed since we last spoke. His one-blue-and-one-green eye combo have been installed. His jaw is in and his eyebrows are working (though unpainted). After the Magic-Sculpt dries, I'll prepare and install his headstick. I'm going back to the rod-and-tube eye mechanics rather than the rocker-style side-to-side eye set-up. He should be ready to ship to Santa by the end of next week.