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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? ;)

Clementines and Plague Doctors of Mine

on December 18, 2010 - 6:19am

After a ridiculous set of dreams where I was causing problems in social situations, I woke up at 5:30 am this Saturday morning. I lay still for a while, waiting to see if perhaps it was just a sleep hiccup and if so I might still drift back to dreamland.

No dice.

But that's fine. I was tired of making scenes at important events anyway.

Besides, I had tasks I could accomplish. For example, the night before I had started to make Honey Preserved Clementines. After the initial cooking, you need to set them aside for 8 to 12 hours before putting them in jars. 5:30 was the 9 hour point. It all works out.

I've never made preserved anything before. I'll tell you in a week how it turns out.

Meanwhile, I'll be trying to finish the gaggle of Plague Doctors I've started over the last month. I think they're making Santa and Mrs. Claus a bit nervous. What do you think?

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.

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.