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on May 4, 2012 - 2:32pm

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Dark Dwellers: The Talpa

on May 1, 2012 - 9:49am

 

 
Caves, underpasses and abandoned buildings: these are the places you will find the Talpa. 
 
Damp. Dark. Uninviting. 
 
They prefer to be left alone, and usually will not trouble themselves with humans. 
 
Unless they are discovered by a scanning flashlight. 
 
More images below.
 
This figure is approximately 9" tall.

Dark Dwellers: The Nevi

on April 30, 2012 - 2:37pm

I've spent the last few days trying to catch up on posting images to the site. Who knew I was so far behind on this task? I finished last year's minions and created a new photo album for minions made this year

I also included an album for some of the Christmas & Halloween figures I've brought to shows over the years. 

All of these, of course, can be found in the Art Ghoullery, including the newly invented collection of Dark Dwellers

Speaking of which...

The ghoulish Nevi lives on flesh from beetles to rats to humans.

It prefers the meat moldy and rotten, often killing its prey, hiding the carcass, and allowing it to age.

It's not opposed to consuming roadkill but derives more pleasure and satisfaction from capturing its own prey.

Take a closer look at his gruesomeness in the images below.

This figure is just over 9.5" tall.

Little Minions: Hibbert

on April 26, 2012 - 10:22am

It's not horrible deeds that make people distrust Hibbert.

It's his nervous laughter that makes them uneasy.

He can't help it. People make him self conscious.

They stare when he eats his fish heads, even when he's careful not to make slurping noises when he eats the eyeballs.

They whisper about him when he's pulling snails from their shells, even when he made sure the slimy creatures are unconscious.

They move away from him despite his efforts to keep his shawls and cloak clean from the guts and gore that sometimes stick to the fabric.

He doesn't mind so much. It relieves him of the pressure to make small talk. The few times people engage him in conversation, he is taken by surprise and looks at them, wide-eyed, with a twitchy smile and a shrug, and a breathy chuckle. 

 

Little Minions: Montague

on April 24, 2012 - 3:30pm

I'm not sure how well Monty falls under the category of Little Minions considering he's 12" tall.

And with his boisterous personality, there really is nothing small about him. 

Montague, Master of the Lesser Demons, charmer of Sirens, and hero of hellions. 

No one can conjure a fireball faster, a curse coarser, or a nightmare...nightmarier. 

Despite being a creature of evil and all things unpleasant, Monty is oddly likeable.

Sure, he's bound to torture you without pity but yet you find yourself unable to deny part of you hope it ends in friendship.

Even as you pray the searing pain he's inflicting - so unimaginable it could only exist in a godless world - will end, you're also wondering if he'd come to the barbeque you're planning for next weekend. 

And really, isn't that the Devil's true trick? He does terrible things and will ruin your life, but man he's fun to be around. 

 

 

Little Minions: Whizzle

on April 20, 2012 - 3:18pm

Whizzle ain't so bright. But like his Ma always told him, it ain't smarts but hearts that get you through life. 

"My sweet Whizzy" she'd say, "don't you know peoples want to have a pint wit them who's makin'em happy, and not them who's showin' off all the time? Don't you worry, my luv. You show'em your winnin' smile and you'll see what I's talkin' about."

When people first meet Whizzle, and learn his neighbourhood nickname is W(h)iz Kid, they're confused, or think it's a way to make fun him. "Nah" say the locals, "Whiz kid's a wiz at figuring out how to make anybody, anywhere, feel better. He's a sorta...empathic genius". 

 

 

The Soulless Nether

on April 18, 2012 - 6:53am

The Soulless Nether sculpture by Ghoul Friday

The Soulless Nether is the newest creature in the Dark Dwellers collection.

A vacuous creature, with no understanding of love or mercy, it is one of the few figures who will step from the shadows to nab its prey.

Slow moving but relentless.

Sightless but always aware. And accurate when it strikes.

It feeds on blood, flesh and bone, but only a few bites. Rarely will it consume an entire being, being drawn more by their life force than anything else. Once that starts to fade, the Nether loses interest and simply casts away its meal.

The younger the being, the more enticing. It is likely to steal toddlers from sandboxes, or birthday girls from backyard parties while Mom is getting more punch. 

No charms or potions can protect you. This Dweller of the Dark stalks us and strikes at random. Enjoy the time you have, and pray for old age. 

The figure is 9 1/2" tall.

New Figures on a Friday the 13th

on April 13, 2012 - 10:27am

Happy Friday the 13th, my fellow ghoulies. And what better day to introduce to you a new line of sculpted figures I'll be exploring this year.

It isn't official, but I think I will be calling them the Dwellers of the Dark. Or Dark Dwellers. Which one do you like better? Let me know.

They are a bit more...monsterish...than my usual cute creepers. Totally out of my element, and oh what fun that is!

No teeth or premade eyes. All sculpt. And more...sinister undertones. 

They won't all look like these, but my intention is to give them a haunting or animalistic look. 

It's a style I've always wanted to explore. I hope you like them. 

With time, I should get a bit more skilled at the drawing out of the jaws and muscles. Practice, practice, practice. 

For now, the first three are completed. They are similar though one of them is 14 1/2 inches high (as you can see in the photo below, he towers over the other two). He was the first, and as is the tradition, that means he stays with me. 

Too Early For Trick or Treat?

on March 27, 2012 - 12:18pm

The first completed sculpture of 2012 helps to set the mood for that far away holiday we wait for all year.

He stands at 11 inches. This year I'm going to make some of my Little Minions not so little. There will still be smaller figures but I thought it was time the Plague Doctors had some competition when it came to size.

It's been a lot of fun making various creatures in a larger scale, and I'm excited to experiment more.

I do wish I was a better seamstress. While I did sew his trick or treat bag, I'd like to get more inventive with their outfits. Sewing skill would help a lot, though I know I can find ways around my lack of talent with a thread and needle. I just need to be more creative. 

Hopefully you folks are finding some time this spring to bring a little Halloween into your hearts.

 

 

 

Happy Booday to Me

on March 25, 2012 - 11:28am

Spring has sprung, but instead of flowers, it brings with it some monsters in the making.

In between puppy chaos, I've managed to experiment with some new figures, changing up my style a bit which has been fun. I'm excited to see how they come together, and trying to think outside the coffin...er...box...a bit when it comes to my designs. Now, none of these are revolutionary, but I think taking a step to the right of my usual style is a good thing. 

And it's about time I was hit with inspiration. Show season is sneaking up quickly and like old Mother Hubbard, my cupboards are bare. 

It's my birthday today. I almost forgot about that too. When you're spinning wildly, time has a way of being elusive. 

Today I am off to lunch with a friend (and perhaps a stop for a pint or two) while Yetch babysits Monkey Boo. He's been away to Denver all week, leaving the pup and I on our own. I took the opportunity to do some crash course puppy self-control lessons by staying with my mom and her pack of dogs. Monkey is pretty good around the older dog but wants to wrestle full throttle with Padfoot the Irish Wolfhound. Paddy can fit her whole head in his mouth (even though they are the same age). She doesn't even blink at his size. Even Paddy recognizes she's a wild pup (as you can see from the picture below).

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