3.28.2008

The Halfland Octopuss



My good friend Shelley Noble issued a call-to-artists over on her blog a few months ago, seeking a smorgasbord of underwater creatures to populate a scene in her "Halfland". I designed and created the Octopuss for her, basic twisted wire armature with epoxy putty in the head and torso, covered in upholstry foam and painted with latex and black acrylic pax paint, then drybrushed with white acrylic. I can't wait to see it on camera with all of the other critters she has received.



3.24.2008

Two Quick Paintings

I'm still tinkering with cemetery bits, but over the holiday weekend I read Stephen Kings new book, 'Duma Key', a ghost story starring a painter. Great novel, his best since 'The Dark Half' or 'Green Mile' IMHO, dealing with the haunting nature of creativity, to say the least. I was inspired to paint, not the Troll Bridge, but something quick, unplanned, just to see what would come out, and I ended up with two 3o-minute paintings, one oil, one watercolor. Here they are.....

3.18.2008

Unearthed - Grave Assembly

I've been plugging away on the cemetery set, cutting down pieces of foamcore and assembling the wrought ironwork. Heres a couple of pics, followed by a handful of photos taken at Lafayette Cemetery not long after the storm, for a freelance photography gig I did for "Epitaphs" magazine...





3.12.2008

Unearthed - Cemetery Beginnings


I've carved out two of the reliefs, also got to work on some cemetery set pieces. I made a couple of new wrought ironworks (metallic black fabric paint on plexi), railings for a strip of graves which will be similar to the alley set but smaller....also started on a portion of the cemetery's outer wall.....for this brick, I slathered on the wall patch, let it start to dry, about 2 hours, then pressed my latex 'brick' mold into it, using the mold as a texture stamp.....

3.10.2008

Unearthed - Relief Sculpt Sketches

Carving at the clay with a sculpting tool, I sketched out what I want each little piece of frieze to show....next I start carving away the relief.....


3.09.2008

Unearthed - Frieze!

I seem to have animator's block...The cafe sets all ready, lighting is set up, but still the puppets just sit there. Waiting for me to do the work, as usual. Why they can't just get up and act themselves is beyond me (I said all the incantations right, I think.....voodoo ain't what it used to be :)
I've been diddling with other set pieces in the meantime....Part of the point of this short is to feature/pay homage to some of the great cliches of gothic horror, particularly literary...there's a treasure, and a ghost, a manuscript, and a secret cave....the works of Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and of course Lovecraft are especially influential....
Once Herbie opens the manuscript, he follows a map out into the bayou, through a cemetery, through the marshes, to a secret (Faerie) path in the woods...the path leads to a cliff, which he climbs to reach the cave.....as he closes in on the cliff, he begins to see broken bits of ancient architecture lying about, pieces of a frieze which tells some horrific story....yesterday I rolled out some clay and today I start carving my frieze, relief sculpture which I've never tried before....once they're carved I'll make a latex mold and cast plaster pieces....

I also continued mossin' up the cave set....I still need to alginate-mold bits of my Lady to finish the cave, that'll be happening soon....