Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I thought I'd make a few more of my Norse Cthulhu Effigy piece, but a new variations. A faux bronze version. It's the same mould as the original, just cast in black resin and given a faux bronze finish with acrylic paint and a sealer.

I'll only be making 5 of them, maybe a year and occasionally for conventions, this these 5 are all you'll be seeing online for sale this year. $30 each, plus shipping. And if you're in the US, take advantage of our crappy Canadian dollar because that's $30 CAD.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Tandroka Demon (12 Months of Demons - January)

This wasn't much of a "planned in advance" kind of shoot, I think I had about a week to prep for it and that just involved casting/patching a new cowl piece, sculpting, moulding, duplicating and casting the horns. The only thing really different about this process was that I tinted the foam latex black, so I didn't even have to paint the horns. And really didn't have an exact idea of horn placement, we decided that while I was getting them ready to be glued on.

It was meant to be a simple shoot, possibly a product shot as well. I may, or may not, be selling these horns. It all depends on how consistently they can be cast.

Either way, here's a pile of pictures!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Troll Hunter Steampunk Demon.

This might be a bit of a long post.

This is one of my more elaborate and long time coming photo shoots to date. It went through several variations, delays, postponements and additions over the course of almost a year and a half. The biggest addition was the Troll head. I've no idea what really prompted me to do this, other than just to do it.

It was a long process, over the course of 2 weeks. I used some expanding spray foam and cardboard to building up a form slowly, covered it in paper mache and finally started laying on about 1/2 inch of clay (40 kgs). The sculpt itself was pretty rough and quick. I had some assistance in making a Hydrocal mould, I made it thin since it was for only one use and it'd be too heavy otherwise.

After demoulding I did three layers of latex and started backing it with more expanding foam in sort of a grid. And then I stopped documenting it with pictures, it got improvisational after that, but it worked so I was happy with it.

Here's the resulting piece. It wasn't too heavy, around only 5 kgs maybe. A little cumbersome to get around. It was 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide and over 2 feet deep. You can get a better feel for the size then you look at the 2 smaller heads and realize they're large pullover masks.

I also added some minor cool props. Part of Steampunk to me is the details. Maybe for some it's just Victorian garb and weird pair of goggles, but I wanted to make something a little more fleshed out. Some of the props you never really see up close, and that to me just added a little more character to it all.

 I didn't make this, I got it for free online. It's a Fallout 4 watch, looked Steampunk enough for me.

 I made this, it was inspired by the video game Dishonored, one of the in-game collectible items.

This is a beta version of a prop I'm making for my online shop, a Cthulhu Phurba Dagger. the mould was a little rushed and I'm not quite thrilled with the head of the dagger, so I'm redoing it. It'll be available as a Limited Run later in the spring this year.

And the gun, like everyone else I just modified a Nerf gun. The picture doesn't show of all the details, it was a little amateur-ish, but Steampunk guns aren't my forte.

As far as the costume, most of it was purchased, the hat was borrowed and a friend made the dress. We lucked out with a location that had the right feel to it as well and we more or less had the run of it for the morning.

And now, some pictures. Some are just slight variations, but I couldn't decide which I liked better, so here's all of them.