Skip directly to content


Corpsing A Skeleton: Part 2 is Done!

on October 21, 2011 - 1:35pm


Here she is!

Isn't she perty?

Finally got to finish her today and I've written up the second part of the how-to with some close up images for you to get a good look at the subtle changes that make a huge effect. 

I can't wait to get her dressed up for Halloween. 

Dem Bones

on October 18, 2011 - 2:20pm

Teaser for Project 3 (of 4) in my adventure stars this 5 foot posable skeleton. Doesn't she look nice and rested?

I'm about halfway through her transformation process, and will spend the next hour or so typing up the start of the how-to. Stay tuned!

Update: It only took me 3 hours or so, but here's part one of a two part how-to, and the first step of this skeleton's journey into a new character.

Bone Dump and Nuit Blanche

on October 2, 2011 - 12:19pm

Last night was Nuit Blanche, when many of the streets in downtown Toronto are turned into living art exhibits. It runs from dusk (6:59 pm to be exact) till dawn.

Yetch and I got an early start since I didn't think I'd be able to stay up late (I'd been working all day, and recovering from a nasty week of migraines and cold viruses) .

We actually didn't get home until 3 am, but that was more due to having to wait for a subway train that was actually in service (we had three go by that weren't picking people up. Thanks for extending hours, TTC. I could've caught the bus faster. Or walked).

There seemed to be less art exhibits this year, which is a shame, because it's such a big night in the city and it's one of those things that defines who we are (to me, anyway). Hundreds of thousands of people, all walking around in the middle of the night, pointing and smiling at the sights. Even when the throngs of bar-goers come out, you generally don't see any scuffles along the art routes (there was a LOT more drinking happening last night than previous years. That and the prevalent waft of pot that hit you every five minutes. I joked with Yetch that if any tourists are visiting, they'll go home telling everyone that in Toronto, everyone just walks down the street getting high) .

Halloween Window Display

on November 4, 2010 - 12:04pm

This Halloween, since I'd taken the year off from building a theme, I was able to display some of my favourite pieces in my living room. It was so nice to have them out at once (usually only a few might make an appearance depending on the theme).

It was so nice, in fact, that I've been trying to figure out how to bring them out each year (and no, I can't have them all out year-long). I'm toying with the idea of keeping the front room as a classic Halloween decor area that I can build on as I collect and create some goodies.

Then, when it comes to the "theme", I might stick to the dining room and whatever other area of the house I feel like taking over.

And on the years when I want to convert the front room for the theme as well, perhaps I will instead decorate my office (which always has bits and bobs of Halloween in it). Because you know, I really need to bring out my favourite items more often. They lighten my heart.

Here's the first batch of pictures from this year. The focus is the front window. More images 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.

An Army of Skeletons in Art

on November 17, 2009 - 2:48pm

Animal Theatre skeleton art installation by Xiaotao
I love this image of "Animal Theatre" by Zhang Xiaotao in the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art.

Check out all the photographs of skeletons taking over in the photographer's flickr account.