A friend gave me some Triops Longicaudatus eggs and some oil pastels. This happened next!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
In Summer of 2014, I came across Akiane Kramarik's Website, which astounded me and made me want to take up painting. I decided to start with what I knew, and googled "painting dinosaurs." this led me to discover James Gurney's blog (The author of Dinotopia). I took note of his method of sculpting clay maquettes for reference in his paintings. I decided to make my own maquette, and ended up creating a self-contained work of art. This was my first time sculpting since my teenage years, and I was pleased to see that it turned out a lot better than my previous sculptures.
And she works as a maquette!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
This was my first latex puppet. I decided to do a test puppet based on my original stop-motion puppet, Dennis. I used this video as a tutorial.
|Cutting it in half|
|Detail added, after the halves are separated.|
|Brushed with Plaster|
|Plaster Casts forming|
|Clay dug out, latex skin forming. It took me forever to do this part, with the eyestalks, fingers and mouth posing a challenge.|
|Renoining the halves.|
|Sides of mouth fused together.|
|Painting: Little blue dots|
|Mochi Ice Cream made by balls of clay covered in latex and flour.|
Friday, February 10, 2017
Perelandra is a world almost completely covered in water. It's full of diverse animalia, which either live in the sea or on huge floating islands. These islands are like big carpets of moss that roll along on the waves, but they carry whole biomes of plains and forests.
My challenge here? Nudity. Perelandra is an Edenic world, untouched by original sin, and the inhabitants dress accordingly. This is all well and good in a book, but a completely accurate film adaptation would either have to make use of a lot of very creative close ups (ruining it), or have a strict R-rating. Thus, I did something I almost never let myself do and strayed from the source material. I immediately rejected the idea of puling a John Carter and giving the characters Avatar-style "loincloths and shell bras." This sort of attire covers nothing except what needs to be hidden, and thus implies that something needs to be hidden. This would be totally contrary to the planet's Edenic nature. Instead, I played around with the idea that Perelandrians might sometimes opt to wear clothes for the sake of expression, but not out of compulsion. This seemed like an idea Lewis might approve of. I was vindicated a few months later when I read The Great Divorce, in which the citizens of Heaven only ever wear clothes to express an inner beauty. Now as to why Ransom would wear clothes to this planet, I'm not sure. Doing so out of a nagging Earthling compulsion seems more in line thematically with the kind of misinformed decision Professor Weston would make... Give me a break though. Judging by the above picture, I probably can't draw naked people worth beans anyway.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
|Meldilorn, Circa 2014|
The Sculpture project
|One of the pink giraffes herded by the Sorns. I thought about sculpting one. I tried to give its head some mosquito influence.|
|The Sorn was so tall I had to make a special stretcher to fit him in the oven horizontally.|