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Preview: A Few More Minions

on June 14, 2011 - 1:25pm

No time to type up stories, but I thought I'd post a sneak peek of 3 more completed figures.

Little Minions: Imperious Slitch

on June 14, 2011 - 9:27am

Imperious Slitch came to be a couple weeks ago. Born from ash and brimstone, his fiery personality is one of dominance and ego.

In conversation, he is quick to point out his many abilities. Mention that you have a knack for carpentry: "I can do that!". Suggest you have a talent for smelting: "Oh HO, what I've smelted in my day!". Comment on your degree in architecture: "You've built bridges, while I've built kingdoms! And then destroyed them simply because I was in a foul mood *evil laughter*".

Needless to say he isn't a favourite around these parts. I've heard the other minions plotting his demise. And so has Imperious Slitch. His reaction?

"If you're going to plot to disembowel someone, only a fool would use a dagger. It's an obvious tool! Instead, I would use a crochet hook. Or a mouldy toothbrush. Or a spoon! *evil laughter*"

Little Minions: Maurice

on June 2, 2011 - 12:35pm

Maurice is the newest member of my little minions. He hasn't been able to tell me his story yet, but I wanted to post him on the site before I took off to go camping this weekend.

I tried to coerce him into sharing his personal tale, but he found it offensive I'd keep packing and vacuuming while he was talking.

All I've been able to glean from him is that he's an associate of Mr. Phibious T. Toadlington (though the idea of referring to the two of them as friends brings pretentious laughter from Maurice and a quick "Certainly not").

But I wonder.

He walks in quick short steps, never revealing his many legs beneath the robe. The confined cadence makes him look as though he's rising up and down on waves billowing below the cloth, bobbing stiffly like a pop bottle on the ocean.

And he has a taste for port.

A Tale of Two Kitties

on May 24, 2011 - 12:39pm

You may remember a few months ago I made The Feline Oracles for someone. Well, after a mistake on my part and then some weird Bermuda Triangle voodoo done by the postal system, those little cats went on a crazy extended trip across North America. They finally made their way back home (thank goodness), but it was decided they needed two guardians to keep them safe and make sure they never are lost again.

And here are their rougher-looking kitty counterparts, paws clasped in meditation, ready to do their part.

The Feline Oracles

on January 27, 2011 - 8:58am

I was recently presented with the photograph of one of the most regal looking cats I've ever seen from someone hoping I could make two figures in honour of her beloved furry creatures.

I've said it before: nature trumps art every time. This cat was beautiful. And I'm not a cat person, so for me to be going on about a kitty says a lot. Something in the eyes. Wise. Confident. So much so, I could imagine telling this cat my problems.

Quickly, I knew I couldn't do the animal justice if I attempted to do a reproduction. So instead, I went with inspiration.

Thus, the Feline Oracles were born. Heads a little larger than normal, with features exaggerated slightly, I wanted them to clearly resemble cats but have a subtle variation that set them apart.

Their white prayer scarves are a nod to the beautiful tuft of white fur on their chests.

I hope she likes them, and that I've done justice to the two cats - Star and Angel - to whom these figures are dedicated.

Christmas Custom: Salome

on January 18, 2011 - 7:42am

A fellow haunter and friend asked me to do a custom for her husband as a Christmas gift. She wanted me to make a minion with a pin-up girl flair (while staying true to the minion style).

I struggled, trying to find a balance, but in the end I was very pleased with what came out.

I named the minion Salome after the biblical temptress who, in my opinion, got a bad rap.

I've since gotten word that her hubby was most surprised and happy when he opened it up on Christmas.

Kinda neat knowing I was part of making someone's Christmas special. I know somewhere in North America someone else opened up a Plague Doctor that was bought for them back in August at Festival of Fear. And there's at least one more Ghoul Friday Christmas present story left to tell. One that I was bursting to share in August. I'll write out the whole long tale in the next post.

Plague Doctors: Golden Gaze

on January 12, 2011 - 10:23am

Trying to stay away from making him sound too much like a Bond villain, I still want to call this figure Golden Gaze. For some reason I imagine he clinks and clanks as he walks slowly through the streets.

Two PD's left for me to paint and post, and then a break.

I've popped a couple of Peek-A-Boo eyeball plants into my Etsy shop along with this fella. (UPDATE: The Plague Doctor has been snatched up. Yup. In less than 2 hrs from the time I posted it. Thanks!)

Snow is covering most of the continent, and Toronto is no exception. Spending my mornings shovelling is not my most favourite way to wake up, but it's not so bad when people passing by smile, say good morning, and thanks for clearing the sidewalk. Even had one person call me a good Samaritan.

Off to the post office today among other errands and work (despite the snowy weather), so I'm not sure when I'll get to completing the next figure. If only the rest of the world would leave us to our art and deal with the mundane of the everyday without us.

Plague Doctors: The Patina Pantomime

on January 11, 2011 - 10:40am

It's the beginning of the end, my friends. I only have 4 Plague Doctors left. In total. All of the others have sold, and I only have this last series (3 of which remain unfinished. Hope to have one done tonight). Their success is faster than my posting abilities.

I am overwhelmed by the responses I've had to these figures and how quickly they've been adopted to new homes, along with whatever else happened to be in my Etsy shop at the same time. Thank you.

OK so let's talk about this fella. I will regret selling him, I know it. I hummed and hawed over whether or not to post him for a long, long time. But I have pretty strict rules about how many figures I'm allowed to keep, and I already kept one from the last series.

I don't often have plans when I make figures, so when this one turned out looking like an Italian street performer of time gone by, I was pleasantly surprised. More pictures in the Art Ghoullery.

OH. And I should mention this is the last figure who is not wearing their hat. The other 3 all have their hats on.

But hats are cool. So buy those ones.

(In her best Obi Wan voice: This is not the Plague Doctor you are looking for)

Plague Doctors: Final Figure For Series 5

on January 10, 2011 - 3:54pm

Generally speaking, these figures are without a particular or dominate sex even though I tend to use male pronouns when I talk about them. But this one...this one surprised me when my own thoughts, as I examined her while painting, included the word she. A female? Perhaps. Or at least feminine.

And she's staying with me as part of my personal collection.

You can see a few more pictures of here here.

Plague Doctors: The Blue Bruiser

on January 10, 2011 - 2:47pm

To make up for my lack of posts on the weekend, I thought I would push through and get one or two more up.

This, my friends, is the Blue Bruiser. With his red-tinted glass, he strikes me as a tough customer. Sure, you could say most of these figures have a certain air of danger, but...I don't know. Something about his pose. About those eyes. About his brooding colour.

It's amazing what a difference certain colours make. It completely changes the look of a figure, and the mood.

He is up on Etsy as well. (UPDATE: He's been adopted. Thanks!)

I think I might sleep better knowing he's been adopted by someone else.