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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Plague Doctors: The Raven

on January 5, 2011 - 9:49am

This one is Yetch's favourite of the bunch. So if no one adopts him, it will make Yetch happy.

This is an example of another version I've been itching to do: all black. And I expect, at some point, I'll make another with similar colourings but for now, he's the only one of his kind.

You'd think with all of the Plague Doctors I've made, one would have been all black by now. But no.

I've given him a subtly soiled glove (and tip of his scarf). He was too "clean". He looked pristine. Like he never got his hands dirty, which honestly isn't the case, and you'd be foolish to think so.

I might give the other end of his scarf a bit of a blotch too. What do you think? Does it need it? Or does the one soiled area work on its own? Take a look at the other pictures below and let me know what you think.

He, too, is now on Etsy. (Updated: he has been adopted. Thank you!)


Plague Doctors: The Cardinal

on January 4, 2011 - 9:58am

Figure two in series four.

I've dubbed him "The Cardinal". He doesn't have all of the classic colourings of the aforementioned bird, but the word comes to me every time I look at him.

I've wanted to paint one of those leather hoods bright red for a long time. Especially since I painted that one mask bright red. Makes me feel better now that I have it out of my system.

He has joined his brother in my Etsy shop. (Updated: he has been adopted. Thank you!)

I can't tell if the set of pictures (below) look like a mugshot collection or some sort of record album promo card. I just like how it turned out. He seems to be photogenic with a little dash of cool.

More to come!

They're Coming...

on January 3, 2011 - 11:31am

FINALLY. Series 4 of the Plague Doctors is complete. There are 4 different figures, all holding their hats.

I've been working like mad - without rushing - to get these little beauties finished to coincide with the feature in Rue Morgue Magazine.

Photos have been taken but need to be edited still, which takes an amazingly long time, especially when they all need various specs depending on where I'm posting them.

The plan is to definitely get this one posted here and in the Art Ghoullery (done), and then post him to Etsy. (Updated: he has been adopted. Thank you!)

With this Plague Doctor, I wanted to revisit the white mask on a figure who wasn't wearing a hat. Attempted to create a more traditional mask - perhaps not traditional strictly to Plague Doctors, but in general mask making. Especially since most of the figures coming up are not traditional. In any way. They've certainly taken on a life and will of their own.

As Seen in Rue Morgue Magazine

on December 30, 2010 - 8:33am

Walked into a Chapters store yesterday while celebrating Yetch's birthday. And what should I discover? The January/February issue of Rue Morgue magazine has hit the stores.


We quickly flipped to page 14 and there they were.

I laughed and said "I'm famous!", much to the confusion of fellow shoppers nearby. Ok, so I'm not really famous. I need a word that expresses kinda-sorta-famous-in-a-particular-way. I tried using "fermus" but I'm not sure it will catch on.

I snatched up three copies - one for me, one for a friend, and one for my mother if she can't find it at her local store - and happily carried them to the front cash. The woman behind the desk, as she was ringing them in, said - half stating, half asking - "you have...three of the same issue."

"Yes" I said. "I certainly do."

Now, of course, I just need to finish the next set of Plague Doctors. There are 12 in total at various stages of completion. I expect to have 4 ready by next week.

There is still one left in my Etsy store from a previous series.

Do I need to makes signs for my tables at shows that read "As seen in Rue Morgue Magazine" now? ;)

Christmas Eve 2010

on December 24, 2010 - 9:09am

It's Christmas Eve at Ghoul's house. Last minute preparations are being made for a night of merriment.

And oh look! Santa's here! Glad he's early. I could use his help to finish cleaning. Odd, most of his presents are twitching and oozing. Looks like a great Christmas for me (though I'm not sure Yetch is going to like it as much. His present is growling).

So from me and Yetch, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, with a bit of nightmare sprinkled in.

See you when the wrapping paper settles.

Clementines and Plague Doctors of Mine

on December 18, 2010 - 6:19am

After a ridiculous set of dreams where I was causing problems in social situations, I woke up at 5:30 am this Saturday morning. I lay still for a while, waiting to see if perhaps it was just a sleep hiccup and if so I might still drift back to dreamland.

No dice.

But that's fine. I was tired of making scenes at important events anyway.

Besides, I had tasks I could accomplish. For example, the night before I had started to make Honey Preserved Clementines. After the initial cooking, you need to set them aside for 8 to 12 hours before putting them in jars. 5:30 was the 9 hour point. It all works out.

I've never made preserved anything before. I'll tell you in a week how it turns out.

Meanwhile, I'll be trying to finish the gaggle of Plague Doctors I've started over the last month. I think they're making Santa and Mrs. Claus a bit nervous. What do you think?

A Little Halloween to Warm Winter Blues

on December 14, 2010 - 12:02pm

Saw this over on Scary Mary's Blog. It's wonderful, and the music makes it hauntingly so.


Black Thinking

on December 13, 2010 - 9:58am

Looking for a way to pass the time on this chilly, snowy, icy Monday? Look no further.

I give to you Part short films, part choose-your-own-adventure, it's a website with many rabbit holes to tumble down. So many, in fact, I haven't had the time to explore all of them.

It's just one of the many things I've been meaning to share with you for weeks. I can finally check it off my list.

Have fun!

Sunday Sculpting

on December 12, 2010 - 1:46pm

Spent part of the day working on the initial sculpt for some new Plague Doctors. I generally work a bit on one, then work on another one as the first one dries.

I'm glad to start getting faces on these. For a while, with just the base of white clay on their heads, all I kept seeing was the group of seagulls from Finding Nemo. Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

Christmas Decorations & Big News (99% Confirmed)

on December 7, 2010 - 7:57am

From a grand Halloween display in my office, I moved directly into tackling Christmas decorations in the living and dining rooms.

With the exception of one gift, I am done Christmas shopping.

I have one or two gifts to make, and then I'm free to create. This is important. It will be the first time in months that I will be able to create in an organized space, without distractions of other things I should be doing.

Not only do I look forward to the simple act of getting messy while making some monsters, but it's the last thing on my 'to do' list. In fact, I've been rushing like a mad woman to get the rest of the things done so I can get to creating.

Because you see, I have some news.

It's 99% confirmed. And being a pessimist sometimes, I generally like to keep news to myself until I know the good is going to happen. But I don't think I can keep it a secret any longer, and I don't think I can wait until January.

So here it is.

I'm going to be in the January/February issue of Rue Morgue Magazine.

Well, my Plague Doctors will, in their Needful Things section.