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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.

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 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.