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December Update

As the year is blindly lumbering towards the cliff edge known as New Years Day, I thought I’d do an update about what is stirring the mancave.

Cthulhu

Due to a random series of events I have a bronze Cthulhu filling up space in the cellar so I’ve dropped the price by £10 to try and shift it… I mean pass onto a new owner before Christmas. I may even keep the price at that point after Christmas, who knows.

Now available in Castings of Cthulhu. Remember, each Cthulhu comes with a 100% guarantee of not being eaten by a great old one* or your money back.

*This offer doesn’t cover being devoured by Byatis, Hziulquoigmnzhah, Yig or Chaugnar Faugn.

Derek Danger

After all the “making of” stuff, its time for one final post about Derek. the book was debuted at Thought Bubble and is now available via Great Beast Comics as either a printed version or a digital download (for only 69p) and I should point out that page 42 is the finest part of it.

page-42

Apart from page 42, the rest of it is pretty cool as well (just not as good as page 42) so I’d recommend picking it up, but just remember… PAGE 42. I’ll even sign it if you want.

No really, I’d be happy to.

PLEASE LET ME SIGN IT!


Oh and it came with a badge which was pretty cool.

derek-badge

OK, enough massaging my ego, it’s just its been a while since I’ve had my name in print that wasn’t a restraining order.

Odin

After several hours fun with a trial pack of rebound 25 and the Oliver Stone film JFK the other weekend, I now have a working mould of Odin and I’m currently casting as quick as I can, which is about one a day.

odins update

I actually piled the rubber on a bit too thick for the mould so its hard to get out, hopefully it will get easier with practice but its a pretty tough mould so should last for many mouldings. I also remoulded Thor so I’ve got a backup for the day the original mould gives up. I’m pleased with the way Odin has come out in the end and I’ll get some better shots up once it’s the weekend.

Freyja

Freyja is coming on. A few nights ago I realised it was 2am and I was working away in my own little world which suggests that I was enjoying it. I felt like death the next day but fortunately it was a Saturday and was going to see Catching Fire, so I got to sit in a dark room for 2 1/2 hours.

freyja update

I’ve started from the top, heading down towards her feet and I’m working on her hands at the moment. Once everything is in place around her I’ll work on the feathered cloak last. The hands are proving tricky but its rewarding to see them slowly shape into something recognisable.


Looking back I realised it’s just over two years since I dug out my old block of hard, crumbly super sculpey and started on Jezail after such a long period of not sculpting and in that time I think I’ve improved a lot. There’s still plenty of room to improve but I’m eager to see what comes next.

Probably page 43…

(It’s not as good as page 42 though.)

Derek Danger pt2

Following on from the Derek Danger pt1 post last month I present Derek Danger pt2…

grey-derek



Finished off, Derek languished for a while but this weekend I has something of a motivation to get him finished. The dangeritis story on tumblr came to an end with the announcement that the book was going to print! Fortunately the deadline for the close of play is/was Sunday. Time to break out the brushes.

Not bad for starting on Friday night and finishing Saturday morning…

Theres a full gallery of the full build and paint job over on picasa.

As I said in the previous post, this whole thing came about from me wanting to try out some super sculpey firm and I’ve come to the conclusion that I like it much better than regular sculpey. I tend to slather my sculptures with Sansodor and regular sculpey can go a bit mushy, while the firm goes a bit squidgy it seems to be more forgiving with how you abuse it with the solvents (theres a couple of words the NSA can pick up on). I’ve still got two blocks of pink sculpey to get through and I may end up cutting that with firm as its easier to sculpt something you can see the marks in, the regular sculpey is slightly translucent and is a bit hard to see your flaws sometimes. Derek popped out the oven with no cleaning required and no cracking which is a first and I’m putting it down to the firm.

Now Derek is cleared away I feel good as it’s one less project hanging around. I’ve still got Odin to finish and he’s nearly done, after that I’ve got a couple of ideas to do but nothing set in stone yet.

Derek Danger pt1

I had some feedback yesterday about a picture I posted on twitter, I hadn’t expected it to get as much coverage as it did but I’m not complaining. In answer to a few questions I’ve had on Facebook about this sculpture I thought I’d better spill the beans and post about this as it’s nearly finished. This chap is based on the awesome Derek Danger tumblr http://dangeritis.tumblr.com/ and is

a comic strip hatched from the minds and hands of Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and Robert Ball

(taken from the site)

A few months ago I’d bought a block of Super Sculpey firm to try out after having worked with the normal pink fleshy coloured stuff for years. I found myself with a free saturday to do some sculpting, so settled down with a vague idea that I’d have a go at tackling something non-fantasy/sci-fi and I’d already seen this picture by Ian McQue and was blown away by it so wanted to have a go at sculpting that. I quickly whipped up an armature out of fan favourites, welding rod slathered in milliput and attached to an old bed slat.

Derek Danger armature

and set to work

 

 

 

Derek Danger
a few hours later.

 

 

Derek Danger
much later that evening.

 

 

I blitzed quite a bit in one day and was happy with the stuff I’d done but there Derek Danger languished for some time having been pushed back in favour of other things until early last month when I though the poor chap needed a seeing too (oo-er).

Derek Danger

Derek Danger

Looking better and also nearly finished. I will post some nice big pics when he is done which should be soon.