Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I am a massive fan of the film Blade Runner. In terms of overall visual style, it is breathtaking. And the gun wielded by Harrison Ford is a thing of clunky beauty.
Now, there are several companies/individuals who sell prop replicas of this piece. Most of them are really high quality; parts cast from the same guns used to make the prop for the film, etc. (and the hero, full-detail version of the pistol was just rediscovered by the prop-nerd public a couple years ago, leading to another round of even-more-accurate replicas). Unfortunately, replicas cost money.
Since I am, if nothing else, a crafty nerd, I opted to make one of my own. The shots above are how it stood as of late 2007. I made mine a bit bigger than the original - I wanted something solid, that feels good in the hand. I was/am much more concerned about trying to get the feel of it, as opposed to strict accuracy to what was on-screen. There are folks who can do accurate amazingly well, I'm just not one of them.
Shots below are as of late 2008 - a lot more sculpting work done. Of course, still a long way to go...
Build Materials: PVC pipe, ApoxySculpt, wood, Styrene of various sorts, brass plumbing fittings, cast-off bits o' plastic. Also of note: the only power tools I have are a Dremel, and a small belt sander. Everything else is done by hand.
Friday, May 29, 2009
This is the first real painting I ever finished. It's hanging in my living room now, actually - it's extremely rare for me to finish something and not hate it. That's actually part of why I'm putting all these things on Ye Olde Blog; it's an attempt to make myself look at this body of work more as a whole, not as individual pieces that I'm not proud of.
So anyway, this is from a photo I found of Zoetica Ebb on Flickr, right around the time I first discovered the site. At the time I had no clue who Miss Ebb was, other than a painfully striking model with a very peculiar(read: Amazing!) fashion sense. She's one of the founders of Coilhouse, she had a weekly column on SG (What's Zo Wearing?), and is also an artist and photographer.
It is possible I have a crush.
This was my slightly-damaged base sculpture for a planned Demon-headed lightswitch cover, to be cast in plastic. Built to fit over a real lightswitch cover, so as to avoid any hazards by way of electricity-meets-meltable-substance-not-designed-to-go-near-electricity.
I got as far as starting to make the molds for this, but then discovered that the silicone I was using was a different formula than I thought it was/was familiar with...the mold halves stuck together terribly. After much tension and trying to cut it out of the mold, I put it in a box and forgot about it. I still have it, somewhere, still trapped in (by now) crappy, useless silicone rubber.
I made two severed heads (and a miscellaneous hand)for Gamut Theatre's production of Titus Andronicus a couple years ago. Massively stressful (I was working with materials and techniques that I had read about but never actually used before).
The basic method was taking lifecasts of the actors' faces, building up the back of the head & the ears with clay, making a two-part Ultracal mold of the complete head, pouring in casting latex, letting the latex cure a bit, then filling the hollow casting with an expanding foam before pulling the cast heads out of the mold.
All this made more hilarious by a truly terrible application of (almost) blood-colored paint, and the fact that the expanding foam that was used was really squishy and flexible after curing. In essence, Nerf-Heads.
But I will say this: seen from a darkened stage, they were creepy. And recognizable as the characters. Good times!
Sheesh, these are two really old drawings...the one on the left is from '96, maybe? A drawing of Fairuza Balk from some magazine of the time. The one on the right is from '94, drawn from the back cover of the very first tattoo magazine that I ever purchased. That drawing was actually the first time that I ever used chalk/charcoal on a black surface. Aahh, college.
The trip down memory lane will continue throughout this evening. You have been warned.
Honestly, folks, how often do you get invited to make foam
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