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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
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.

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.

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).

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