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The uncle of all dragons

A few months ago I was contacted by (and I have to stand up and salute when I type this) the head of the Guild of Makers that I’m a member of, asking me if I could sculpt some DRAGONS!

Wooot. oh… Missed a line… Some dragon hands? Whaaaaa?

It all makes sense once you get down into the details. The mind lurking on the shoulders of Dr Lucy Rogers who first appeared on this blog many years ago, had conceived of a way to make a smoking dragon head using an e-cigarette (those things people make huge clouds of smoke that smell like Bakewell tarts) and a cast dragon head.

I approve 100% of the materials used by the way. Dragon Skin is one of my favourite mould making materials and I use it a lot for my castings. My current moulds for Loki (GRAAAA! Still not done a write up for him!), Odin and Freyja all use Dragon Skin moulds.

I was handed* a brief which was to make two pairs of hands as if they’re exploding out of the wall and to sit on either side of these smoking heads.

So armed* with this concept, I knuckled* down to come up with something handy**.

At some point, I bought a large 4lb pack of Aves Epoxy sculpt thinking it would be cool to do these in something new, but ended up falling back to my old favourite, Super Sculpey. Stick with what you know.

I spent ages doing the scales on each one. I was going mad some evenings when I was doing them as I felt I wasn’t getting far and then all of a sudden… BOOM. Done.

The two right hands got a little over done in the oven, but other than a little darkening down, they came out fine. The claws then got added with Milliput.

I then made the left as if they’re in the process of ripping through the wall. Once baked, I cut up the wooden bases and carved chunks into the back to fit wall mounts.

The back of the mounts had a recessed area so the hangers wouldn’t stick out and remained flush to the wall.

Many tubes of glue gave their lives in the process. A minutes silence for them please.

Next came the smashed wall bits. I finally used the Epoxy sculpt and its quite nice to use. I made the wall texture by scraping cracks and then pressing a stone onto the soft Epoxy to give it a rocky surface.

I regret not making the whole hands out of them a bit now. They fit well on the walls.

Some paint. Mainly bright but simple colours, as they had to match the castings. I didn’t do as much shading as I could have done but it was nice to do something simple.

The original dragon heads I’m matching. The green isn’t as minty as it looks from what I understand.

I like the red one. Nice and Welsh. Cymru am byth.

The green looks good as well though.

Big ol’ google gallery time https://photos.app.goo.gl/oJ8YwwHAChKeEdRY9

*bad pun

**that one didn’t work.

Tome'Thulhu

Pad’Thulhu

I’ve been a listener to the Call of Cthulhu based Podcast “The good friends of Jackson Elias” for a while now and, every year for their Patreon backers, they send out a Fanzine inspired book. This years cover was drawn by the genius that is Evan Dorkin and before my copy arrived, I thought I’d have a go at sculpting the little chap known as Pad’Thulhu.

Pad'Thulhu
Pad’Thulhu

I managed to get the majority of it done in two afternoons, which is probably the quickest I’ve ever made ones of these things. Sculpted in Super Sculpey firm with wooden spheres for eyes, dowel for toggles and some lolly pop sticks with plastic details for his suitcase.

I don’t have any major WIP photos simply because I was working so fast. I often pause to look at what I’m doing and take photos but I was moving too quickly.

The hardest part was actually the hat, I struggled a bit to get the edge the right thickness and shape but it came out ok in the end.

Baked Pad'Thulhu
Baked Pad’Thulhu

Once baked, he was coated in Macragge blue because for some reason I have loads of it… don’t know why *cough* hashtagmarchformacragge *cough*

Blue'Thulhu
Blue’Thulhu

Once painted in traditional Paddington colours using GW paints and inks, he was based on a nice block of stained wood and his suitcase and luggage tag was added.

Pad'Thulhu front
Pad'Thulhu tag
Pad'Thulhu back

By coincidence, or possibly summoned at the same time, my copy of the Tome arrived the weekend as I painted him.

Tome'Thulhu
Tome’Thulhu

Its at this point I often link to a google gallery of more images. I hate to disapoint and I’ve got most of them here already but heres a few extra if you want to see them.

If you don’t already, I’d suggest having a listen to the Good Friends podcasts, especially if you’re into horror books, films, games or anything Cthulhu related.

Big Trouble in Little China + Warcraft = David Lo Panda

Big Trouble in Little China, one of my favourite films. A few years ago an artist I follow posted a photo of something that really made me laugh which was a mashup of Big Trouble and Warcraft and for ages I thought I’d love to have a go at sculpting it. So before I go into this further it’s time for a bit of background information.

I’m a massive John Carpenter fan, I wrote about him while studying my degree at university and last year I actually got to meet the man when he toured the world to promote his second studio album and afterwards I thought I should get round to doing something based on his work which made me think of that drawing again. So when I found a small slot of time, I made a start. Theres are WIP photos in the gallery link at the end of the blog.

I wanted to do a big figure and ended up with quite a heavy piece.

Big Trouble in Little China

He’s a bit of a big chap

Details on him are made from buttons, pins, wire, drawing pins, a knitting needle, some brass tubes, a glass eye and a couple of wooden spheres. Nothing like a bit of random stuff to add interest.

Big Trouble in little oven

Just after baking

It’s a bit of a basic paint job at the moment but I am planning on going back to add more details at somepoint when I’m feeling braver. Probably after I’ve rewatched Big Trouble in Little China for the bazillionth time. If you haven’t seen it, it is a great film and worth a view.

David Lo Pan

Painted Panda.

A Google gallery, if you want to see more pictures including the WIPs, is here: https://goo.gl/photos/Kvew6dxg2LQe6Wfa6

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