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Little Minions: Harriet

on December 3, 2010 - 1:15pm

Harriet mumbles. Partly because she normally speaks with a light lisp, but mainly because she likes the sound of her words when they aren't coherent.

Her speech often deteriorates into gibberish, which leads to boisterous laughter on Harriet's part. She's so entertained by her own garbles and nonsense noises that she's prone to walk away in mid-conversation, chuckling to herself, completely unaware of the people she was chatting with.

Harriet is 5.5" tall.

She too is on Etsy.

Little Minions: Kitty

on December 3, 2010 - 11:19am

She's the first cat I've ever sculpted. Ever. Isn't that kind of strange? You'd think by now I'd have done at least a handful of them, but no.

I simply refer to her as Kitty, or Miss Kitty if I'm being formal.

She stands 5.5 inches tall, and wears a black shawl.

I know the red eyes and superstition around her black coat might make some people fearful, but look at that little pink nose. Nothing bad can come from something with such a cute nose, right?

Besides, look at that "Who, me?" expression. Totally innocent. In fact, she's a little shocked and appalled that you would imply she's up to no good.

I've put Kitty on my Etsy site, just in case anyone wants to nab her as a last minute Christmas gift. Will be adding a couple more minions soon.

Little Minions: Marjory

on December 1, 2010 - 9:11am

There's a few little minions you never got to meet before they were taken home to a new family. Marjory is one of them.

Shy and self conscious, despite her mighty horns, Marjory spends most of her time unsure of herself, making her even more socially awkward.

While she hasn't the ability to discuss complex, philosophical ideas, she does knows the important things in life: how to make the perfect gooseberry pie; how to touch her nose with her tongue; three marshmallows are the exact number to make her hot cocoa delicious; be kind to others (and bring pie to social functions as an ice breaker...or an excuse to hover around the refreshment table and not have to talk to anyone).

Posting Minions to the Gallery

on November 30, 2010 - 11:42am

One of the overdue tasks I've been neglecting is posting all the minions I've made to the gallery. I was hoping to have the new site up by now (ha ha ha), and was putting the project off until then so I didn't have more content to migrate.

ANYWAY, I couldn't remember if I ever shared with you a commission piece I made for friend and follower of this blog, Cooter. His wife asked me to make a pirate minion, and this is what I came up with.

Cooter has already received this gift, so I'm free to post it ;)

More minions to come!

The Amazing Bird Boy!

on October 23, 2010 - 11:51am

I'm just getting ready to head out to Dia de Los Muertos Festival of The Arts. Thought I would share some last minute additions with you quickly before I skedaddle.

Ever since I made Aucellus, I've had a hankering to make little skeleton birds. Maybe robed creatures. Maybe caged creatures. I didn't know what would come first.

A friend saw Aucky for the first time and said "You should really make small versions of this. I'd buy it."

Everything fell into place (meaning I found items I'd want to use for making such a creature), and the process has begun. The first is the Amazing Bird Boy, a beaked humanoid creature.

I was having some fun with what his species would be, and the closest I came up with was Premuman (Premature Emu Human).

Regardless, he sits upright with a human torso and a definitive birdlike head, with a beak a bit narrower than his feathered brothers. More like a nose.

Ghoul Friday Collections

on October 22, 2010 - 12:02pm

There are so many images of items from my last show that I still haven't posted to the website. I thought I would post pictures I took this morning immediately so they don't get put on the back burner as well. And perhaps it will entice some of you fence-sitters to decide to come out to my show tomorrow!

It's all about miniature sets this time around. First up are the mini jack o'lanterns. People often see my table display and comment on the pumpkin patch I create. So I decided to make 2 tiny pumpkin patches people can take home with them.

Plague Doctor and a Letter to Ruth

on September 26, 2010 - 8:39pm

Another long overdue post. We'll start with the last Plague Doctor that was sold at Festival of Fear.

Playing around with the texturing on his mask, I ended up giving this fellow an orange/yellow finish which I really liked. I was entertained by how such a warm colour still came across as remarkably dark and sinister, regardless of its bright tones.

I've also started using metallic paints for the eye goggles, and I think this makes such a difference in appearance (not that my earlier versions looked bad, but it certainly adds a new dimension).

I hope to experiment further with different colours in the future.

But now, I have to write about Ruth who adopted one of my earlier Plague Doctors. I've been meaning to email Ruth back for months...that's right, months. And I've felt very guilty about not making the time to do so, especially because her story and comments touched my heart.

Ruth actually got one of my figures as a present. I didn't know how she'd react to it, especially since it turned out Ruth actually works in a field that deals with infectious disease. AND she had been to Italy, and had seen the wonderful Plague Doctor masks made by people with far more skilled hands than I.

Little Minions: Red-Eyed Owl

on September 15, 2010 - 10:16am

Have been fighting off some sort of virus, so I'm not up to writing the longer post I had planned for today (or really yesterday, which I spent sweating and freezing on the couch).

Instead, here's a picture of one of the owls I made and sold at Festival of Fear.

There's a second owl with different features who wasn't lucky enough to get a winged cape. I'm thinking I may give him one since I liked the look on the first one so much. It's on my list of things to do before my next show on Sept. 24 at the Rivoli in Toronto.

But that will have to wait for another day. All of today's energies will be spent on visiting my mother which works out, because in my experience Moms tend to be the best people to see when you're not feeling well, regardless of your age.

She also has dogs, which again score highly on the nurturing scale. I think me and my buddy Ludo will be spending some quality time watching tv in the living room.

Yetch is wonderful, but a nurturing soul he is not.

Little Minion: My Little Red Devil

on September 8, 2010 - 1:07pm

I let myself keep one or two figures from a series. I'm pretty good at sticking to this rule. So good, in fact, that sometimes I forget that I'm allowed to keep them.

I hummed and hawed over this little red devil for a long time. When I was making him, he seemed like a neat little character but nothing too extraordinary. But each time I passed him, it was like he was intently grinning at me. And I would involuntarily grin back, unable to help myself.

A few days before the convention, my mind was settled. I could not live without him. And so, he is now a permanent member of my private collection.

I also think it's a good idea to keep a piece where I achieved something...maybe it's a pose, or the bend of a body, or the fold of a cloak, or the texture of a paint finish.

While photographs are a great learning tool and I've often used them as a reference, having the actual figure in front of you is better. Do I think he's the perfect example of effects I'm going for? No, but he's the closest I've come so far. At least for my personal taste.

And I really liked the combination of colours. I've started another horned figure using the same colour scheme but he has a drastically different facial expression and feel to him.

Another Little Minion with Pumpkin Features

on September 1, 2010 - 2:55pm

Every single time I saw this little guy, I couldn't help but get The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by XTC stuck in my head.

Of course, the figure is far less political than the song.

He was, perhaps, the second minion to go to a new home at the convention. I know he went fast enough to cause a hesitant shopper who'd come by the table earlier to lament their decision to not snatch him up when she had the chance.

I always want to put up a sign that says "If you really like it, please buy it now because it will be gone the next time I see you." Such is the nature of one of a kind pieces. I don't have that sign, of course, and if I ever do you are all allowed to throw stones at me because it just seems in bad taste. But I still always feel bad for the people when they discover a certain piece has been sold. And it happened a few times this weekend.

Anyway, I really like how he turned out. I wasn't sure how the pumpkin might look with eyeballs, but it certainly gives him an animated appearance. Might make a few more similar to him in the future. He added a certain festiveness to the table.

I also got to play with more gathering of material at his feet. I really like the look of them wearing cloaks too big for them, that have some wear. Makes me think they've just gotten back from an adventure and are just fooling me into thinking they are inanimate by standing still.