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Red Mask, White Mask

on January 10, 2011 - 12:27pm

As of this morning, all of the previous Plague Doctors have been adopted. Thank you to everyone who has given them a new home.

I spent the morning getting images together for the first 2 figures in Series 5. They are currently on Etsy (UPDATE: He's been adopted. Thanks!) and also have been added to the Art Ghoullery where you can see full images of each one.

It's been a while since I made a figure who wore his hat and had a white mask. I wanted to give him an appearance of old plaster.

And for the second image, I've never made a figure who wore his hat and had a red mask. I do so love the look of the red mask. Almost kept this one for myself.

The Gang's All Here

on January 7, 2011 - 1:05pm

Series 5.

They look cooler in a group.

One of these little darlings is staying with me. There's a second one who whispers they want to stay too, but I've firmly put my foot down and said no.

Will post individual pictures over the weekend, and get 3 of them up on etsy.

Plague Doctors: A Rusted Helmet

on January 6, 2011 - 12:30pm

Rounding out series 4 is a figure whose mask is actually a complete helmet.

Perhaps they are readying for war.

Or maybe it's a result of me watching too many Doctor Who episodes, and this is some sort of Dalek/Cybermen hybrid.

Whatever it is, it's resulted in a very unique figure with tons of tiny detailing.

Series 5 - the next group of figures - are waiting to be photographed. Two hold their hats, and two wear them.

The last group remains unpainted as of this moment. Once they are done, I'll be moving on to new creatures for a few months.

This figure is now posted to Etsy. (Updated: he has been adopted. Thank you!)

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? ;)

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!

Little Minions: Agatha

on December 3, 2010 - 2:32pm

Even with her reptilian-like skin, Agatha is arguably the darling of all my little minions.

She's sweet and gentle. Agatha enjoys strolling along and enjoying the world as a quiet observer. She rarely speaks and never raises her voice. She melodically hums while bending to examine flowers, or while ogling fish in a pond, or just simply listening to the hush of the wind.

Her wide-eyes express the wonder she feels, and I think it also gives us a sense of her kind spirit.

I almost kept her for my personal collection.

And of course, she's on Etsy too.

I have one more minion that could go in the store. He has a pumpkin for a head. Let's see if I have it in me to do another post.

Little Minions: Blart

on December 3, 2010 - 1:50pm

At 7.5 inches, Blart the Demon towers over the other minions I've made. If his size wasn't intimidating enough, his grimacing face and brimstone skin will make onlookers a little uneasy in his presence.

I should warn you, he has a tendency to snap at approaching fingertips.

He's listed on Etsy.