Graphite work

Been mucking with graphite, graphite dust and graphite wash on Strathmore plate 500 series. This is a trip back to the beginning to sort things for myself. Thankfully, i don’t draw like thirty years ago so I am having a fair amount of great fun with this.  Outcome as follows…

waterbeetlework                                                                                                                                                                     Water beetle

ravenprofile                                                                                                                                                                              Raven profile

Gold_bug                                                                                                                                                             The Gold Bug by E.A. Poe

eurasianbadgerwork                                                                                                                                                           Eurasian badger

blacktail_jackrabbit                                                                                                                                                                         Blacktail jackrabbit

 

 

 

 

Fetal Deep One, Museum Specimen

Mausonian Museum Announcement Alert! The Fetal Deep One museum specimen was debuted at Necon 36 this passed weekend to great acclaim! This specimen was collected in November 1931 by a French naturalist in the mangrove swamps of  Chira Isle off the western coats of Costa Rica. The specimen entered the museums catalogs several weeks later and is now permanently housed at the Cultural Mythology Wing of the Mausonian Museum.

Only three specimen replicas have been created of this rare find. The first has been housed in bell jar display and is available here at my Etsy store. This specimen replica measures approx 5” high by 4” wide x 1.5” deep. It is created with resin, painted with acrylics and sealed. Gill structures are fragile and running your fingers through them is not advised.

This is the end product of a series of blog posts detailing the casting procedures for this beastie back towards the end of last year. Yep, it takes awhile to get things together.

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Pack Portraits

Bit of painting of pack members current and past. They are oil, 8×10.

 

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NecronomiCon Art Show 2015

Yep, it was last September, maybe August….memory ain’t what it used to be. Anyway, here are some pictures I ran across while cleaning out somewhat extensive picture files. NecronomiCon was great fun. I got to participate on a panel with some cool intellectual folks and managed to get a piece into the art show. Below is that piece. It is called Cthulhu Africanus, made of cold cast iron, nails, wire, and some acrylic. This is the first one I produced and the only one that has the gold paint scheme.

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On the way to the show we spotted this plate in a parking lot….very cool, indeed.

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Plenty of things to do, no doubt! Here is Dark Adventure Theatre doing a rendition of The Shadow Over Innsmouth with audience participation….croak…crOAK…CROAK…

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The device…

 

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A couple of pics of the cool fabric art and the well attended opening night of the art show at the Providence Art Club.

 

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An unexpected joy at the Biltmore Hotel…

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A grand con, well done and looking forward to the next!

 

Fetal Deep One Moldmaking and Casting 04

So last time, we left with everything setup to do the second side.

The second side of the limb molds and the main mold were poured. The main mold being two separate pours with the second pour having a thickener added to the silicone. These were left overnight to cure.

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The main mold was then prepped with a retaining wall for the second side of the mother mold. Real important here: generous vaseline on the mother mold surface (pale yellow area) that can be seen buried in the clay. If you don’t, when the two parts meet and cure, they will become one. Your silicone mold and model will be trapped inside. And that is the way they will be forever unless plied with some tool of destruction.

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The mother mold material applied and then the resulting mother mold shell out of the clay matrix.

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So, now all is  done. Here are the molds, open and ready for casting. I did not grease the silicone surfaces so i had a bit struggle to separate them as it had setup overnight. I usually pull these apart after three or four hours without difficulty. The longer the two surfaces stay in contact, the stronger the bond between the silicone halves becomes. When anyone tells me that silicone won’t stick to itself, I just grin and nod. In truth, I should grease just as a matter of good work protocols.

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Initial test castings.

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For my needs, the castings are quite successful. From here, the work flow becomes cleanup, adding parts, finish work, painting and mounting. The main figure will serve as a base to which more fins, gills etc. will be added by hand to each individual sculpture. These parts will be created with apoxie sculpt as i go along. Given material costs and time frames, some things are just easier to create by hand than to cast. The limbs will be glued into their appropriate holes and blended to the body. I am now roughly one third complete with this project.

If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact me.

 

 

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By the next day the molds have cured. The main mold of the body needs one more step before we can begin work on the other side. We need to get this sides half of the mother mold  shell on. The clay retaining wall for the silicone has been removed and the silicone trimmed to provide a clean edge. Another retaining wall is built a bit further out from the silicone. This one is for the mother mold. This will be a jacket to support the silicone mold.

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The mother mold material applied to the main body mold. The material for the mother mold acts like cake frosting and sets up quickly.

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A few hours later, i pried the clay platform up from the board and flipped it over. You can see the rapid build of the platform with chunks of clay from this side. The other side of the model is revealed.

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And voila! One half is done. You can see the model couched in the silicone which in turn sits in the mother mold.

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The process now begins again. A clay retaining wall for the silicone is put up.

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The little clay boxes that contained the arms and legs were broken down and the walls reused to quickly build up new boxes to be able to do the second silicone pour. You can see the little buttons on the surface. These were the dimples from the first part. The sprues, those little conical towers, are buried in the silicone matrix. These are examples of block molds. When i use these, a couple of rubber bands will be all i use to hold the halves together.

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The pouring of the silicone for the second sides is a two step process. The first silicone layer is put down thin to avoid bubbles and to make sure all the surface detail is captured. After the silicone becomes tacky, in about an hour, a second batch is poured into the small molds. The larger model model has a thickened silicone applied so that a shape can be generated instead of having the liquid just run down to the lowest areas leaving all the high points without enough coverage. This all needs to sit overnight again.

Merry Christmas 2015

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