Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I should be jumping at the chance to set him up off-season, and for some reason I can't bring myself to do it.
Have I lost my touch? Am I worried about offending someone? Am I just being lazy?
So what do you think? Should I put him out or not? It's all in your hands people...if there is enough response to set him up, I'll do it. Otherwise, Mr. Sandman stays in the shed until next October.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
We have sighted a second "Electric Goblin"...ready to frustrate you with the strings of lights that just won't seem to stay lit. Its going to be a bad year for lights, I am afraid. His friend on the left is the Goblin of the Sick Pet. All pet owners should know about this guy already. If not, read on:
You know when it will happen...the table has been set, the candles are lit,
and the company has been seated. All is quiet as you prepare to say grace. All
of a sudden a guttural heaving comes choking out from under the table as the cat
hacks up a gob of hair and tinsel.
Yep, the Goblin of the Sick Pet has paid you a visit. Friend to the furry
beasts that we call pets, he coaxes them to consume odd shiny items, knowing
full well that it will ruin your festive gathering.
Somebody get a napkin.
Both Goblins are available on Etsy with free shipping thru Nov 30th. Check out the store for more pix of these devious little guys.
Let's face it. Holiday meals can be pretty rough. The Food Goblin is here to make sure whatever can go wrong does. He is a very swashbuckling sort, able to come and go quickly. He dashes across the stovetop, changing the heat setting on the oven, making sure the turkey is undercooked and the cakes are burnt. If access to the stove is blocked, he knows how to reset the oven timer. If all else fails, he can dash across the table, giving his long furry tail a swish, dropping hairs in every uncovered dish. If you have a Food Goblin running about in the house, you better have the pizza guy on speed dial.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The tall gent in the center is the Stocking Goblin. This particular specimen has the proud responsibility of patrolling the stockings on Christmas night. After they are filled and everyone is in bed, he scrambles up the hearth and drops in any number of particularly nasty items...his favorites being cat vomit, used tissues, bandaids,and q-tips, and if you have been extra nice you might get an already chewed piece of gum.
The nasty little guy on the right is the Electric Goblin. He loves to mess with electric cords, and is skilled in ways to disable strands of lights leaving no trace of what is wrong. He can loosen bulbs, remove fuses, and strip cords in the blink of an eye. He is an excellent climber, and lives in the branches of both real and artificial trees. He blends in well with the green branches, so don't try to look for him. You will know he is there when you smell a whiff of smoke and suddenly are in the dark on Christmas eve.
Last but not least is the Bulb Smasher Goblin. This devious little chap loves the sound of breaking glass. He carries a small wooden mallet, and will clean off a tree in a single evening if you leave him unchecked. It's best to leave a few bulbs down low and just let him have his way, because if you try to outsmart him he might find his way into your good china.
More pictures of the Christmas Goblins on my etsy site!
Stay tuned...more Christmas Goblins are on their way to ruin your festive gatherings.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It is not my intention to try to go into detail to explain the inner workings here...if I were to rebuild this prop I would do things very differently now. There were several major flaws with the design.
First off, the head was an attempt at mache using cheesecloth and carpet adhesive. I know many folks swear by carpet adhesive as a corpsing medium, but for me it did not work out. It took forever to dry, it was heavy, and it was never very rigid, easily deforming and collapsing in on itself. I would go with straight paper mache now...lighter, stronger, easier to work with.
Next, the mechanism was not thought out very well. When it was working, the effect was pretty neat...unfortunately the cable system had undue stress and was continually snapping, rendering the arms stationary. I would redesign this using separate motors and cranks for each arm, attempting to balance the weight so as not to over-stress the motors. A lighter weight outer skin would also help to keep this motion reliable....again I used carpet adhesive, latex paint, cloth, and cheesecloth to get the outer skin...it was very heavy.
The motor running the head was fine.( for a while) I believe the basic mechanism here was fundamentally sound. I would opt for something more reliable than the rotisserie motor that I originally used. Also, i would design access into the prop so if something did happen to go wrong it was easier to work on. (without looking like I was giving some sort of demented gynecological exam)
Finally, the major flaw is that the overall size of the prop was huge. I had trouble getting her through standard doorways, and she gobbled up the storage space in the off season. I have learned since then to make large props that come apart for storage.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
" The skull appears to be from a bird of unknown species. While the receptacle
is rusted and nearly disentigrated, it is still fully functional. Some unknown
source of electricity is held within, presumably the source of this strange
phenomena. A piece of human tissue has been grafted over the left socket. Seated
within is a small ocular device. There is warmth to the tissue, and it responds
to external stimula. I cannot be sure, but it seems that the purpose of this
device is reanimation. I feel its gaze upon me. God help us all."
Friday, November 13, 2009
Still no name for this piece. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Undead Horse Looms Menacingly over the yard
the Funeral of Baby Cotton
This is a strange picture. I know the blurred images are just Trick or Treaters, and appear spectral due to the flash setting I used....but check out that ghostly image near the center. What is that large bundle she is carying? That is not one of my props.
Yesterday I posted progress on a new piece that had taken an unexpected turn in the design process. I have decided to follow this piece with progress posts, showing how I work from the beginning of a sculpt to the end result.
This morning I woke up with an idea of a design element that I found fascinating. The concept was to give the eyepiece an accordion style shroud similar to those of old box cameras. This would add a unique texture to the piece, and also give it an element befitting of the steampunk era. I struggled with how to create such an element, folding bits of paper and cloth, but due to the small size I eventually decided it would be easiest to just sculpt it directly onto the piece. Another unexpected turn has resulted.
While sculpting, I had a flash image of a ragged piece of flesh attached over the eyepiece, connected to the overall apparatus of the base with wires. Since I am going with a bone-like surface to the majority of the bird head, this will give a nice contrast of dead and alive. This is going to be one strange, strange contraption.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
While working on the third version of my "Steampunk Fish Head" sculptures, I met full resistance. This piece simply did not want to be a fish. I worked and worked on the armature, carefully planning the fishy details, but the moment I started sculpting the true character of the piece became evident. Some strange amalgamation of falcon and parrot has emerged, altering the course of this piece entirely. I usually work with a very loose idea of the final outcome, but I find it fascinating when a concept changes so drastically during the course of creation.
Monday, November 2, 2009
My kids had a party the day after Halloween, so I left everything up. This gave me the opportunity to enjoy the quiet of my yard in the light of the full moon.
( I really wish I had moved my car for that last shot.)