Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sculpture: Cobra/Dragon Hybrid 7

Next on this guy, or gal, was to add to the upper/head/torso portion. I figured it would make the final assembly much easier. Explanation on the final assembly decision i'm taking, I will explain in an upcoming post.

 So, to add this extension i proceeded to make attach the head to the stand in the preferred position by using wire, masking tape, and some bed sheet (light blue portion you can see in the image above). I went on to cutting strips of cereal box cardboard, hot gluing the ends together to make rings and then hot gluing them in place. Note: these cardboard circles, in order to make the extension flow into the tail portion that it would later be attached to, i progressively made them smaller in size...hmm..is that clear?
 Leaving the torso portion still attached to the tripod base, i went in to add the paper mache over the cardboard circles and let it dry completely.
 Once dry, i went ahead and used more cereal box cardboard to better form the body and to pop out the spine. The direction of the spine, i calculated by testing out the two pieces on the tripod base and marking where the spine ought to be...
 Hmm, i actually have no picture of the next step, but it's simple! I then covered the cardboard frame buy gluing newspaper pieces on top. why didn't i use paper mache? i'm not even sure...Now, once that got dry i followed up by filling in any ugly dents with the same paper clay i have previously mentioned in other posts...
 Next steps followed just like i have explained my previous posts. I added the green cloth, dipped it in white glue, then arranged it in the desired position. Added some more of the cylindrical clay pieces i used for the tail portion to the sides of the belly. Then covered these small pieces with paper towel pieces with glue...same fun stuff...
 Now, here's something new! I was actually excited to start this part! Wasn't so sure if it would actually end up looking awesome but not bad, i say. For the scales i used an old bed sheet. From it, i cut out squares, roughly an inch more or less that i then dipped in white glue. I then folded two adjacent corners inwards to make the triangular shapes you can see in the pictures above and below.
After hours and hours of cutting, dipping, folding, placing, i finally got around to finishing the tail portion! THAT was one happy day! Note: as i was adding the spike wrapping and the scales, i would be adding glue with my fingers to the spikes themselves in the hopes that the various coats of glue would help strengthen them. Next on this guy, you'll get to see how it would look on its tripod base!

Friday, July 27, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 8 Final

A little overdue but here they are, painted and then staged! With this guy i went with a dark purple as seen below.
 Above shows the book with the black wash added on. Below shows the cut construction paper cover, cut and then glued in place using tacky glue. I believe on the previous books i failed to explain this step...so here it is. To make sure that the book covers opened and closed comfortably, i first went in and glued the areas closest to the spine, pressing the paper to the spine's cover with a wooden tool and continue gluing outward. Then closed the cover to let it dry for about...half hour?...then continued on to the other side of the cover.
 And finally got some of my goodies together to give them a proper stage. I finally found out what all the random stuff i had lying around could be used for! So here is this guy! Shall I add in the back story?..which by the way, doesn't really appeal to me, but here it is! ...again:
Long ago there was an age in which dragons roamed the heavens. Freely and majestically they soared until the race of men turned upon them for aid when fierce wars among men erupted. However, the hearts of men had grown corrupted by greed and their thirst for blood had driven them mad. When the dragons refused, men enslaved them, tortured them, and killed those who opposed them. Their numbers dwindled until, on the eve of a major battle the dragons vanished. They became ashes that engulfed the heavens with darkness and then dissipated. Legend tells that the dragons did not die, but instead, that they mustered their power to scatter their souls across the land. They fused with natural elements such as rocks, lakes, and even objects so that their spirit would live on, with the hope that one day peace would reign the land and they can, once again, be free..
 I present to thee, GALLIR!
 I'm hoping the teeth/claw pieces at the corners don't loosen up with use...

And for the fourth book, here is the painted stage. I decided to try out some metallic acrylic and i say it didn't come out that bad! 
 Added the black wash...

 Glued in the construction paper covers to the hard covers...
 Aaaand staged it! So here is this guy!

 I present to thee, HEFNIR!
 ...really liked the wrinkles that formed along the spine...

And that is it for Gallir and Hefnir. Not bad, i say...Four down, six to go!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sculpture: Cobra/Dragon Hybrid 6

I believe i started this project last summer and a year later i finally feel like i'm getting somewhere! I'll admit i missed working on this one. Links to the previous project posts: Cobra/Dragon 4 Cobra/Dragon 5
 So, with this one i started with the tail. Initially i had in mind to add spikes to the end of the tail so that they would be a continuation of the spine spikes, but didn't end up like that. I went with a...i shall call it a spade tail! I cut it out of some random cardboard paper that i then wrapped with paper mache as seen below.
 Somewhere along this step I added the cylindrical pieces that you can see in the image below. These are of the same kind i used for one of the tomes i did. Made out of some air drying clay i had. Hot glued these guys along the belly scales and I then filled some of the bigger gaps around these pieces with joint compound. If your wondering, why joint compound, it's simply what i had on hand!
To further get rid of the crevices in between these cylindrical pieces i went in and glued pieces of paper towels on top of them. Glued the pieces and then covered them with some more glue...
 Then i got around to making some of that awesome paper clay and used it to patch up some imperfections along the tail as well as to finish up detailing the spade tail.
 Out of the same air drying clay i made the spikes that would run along the spine...Turned out to be a bad idea! The air drying clay, i found to be a little to fragile but too late for that. I'll keep that in mind for any upcoming projects...Anyways....hot glued these guys along my baby's spine...
The central spikes along the actual spine I made them slightly larger than the left and right  rows. And all of the spikes i made them go smaller as they reached the tail and head portions.
 Out of some old shirt i cut out long-ish rectangles that i then proceeded to dip into white glue. Then came yet, another time consuming task of placing these cloth pieces around the spikes. This would be the dark portions you see along the spine...
After this step come the triangular scales on the tail and even more time consuming work on the other half. Definitely something to look forward to!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


So, for you people out there interested in what i post in here, here's whats up: Summer Vacations. Decided to spend a couple of weeks over at my mom's house back in my little ole' hometown, which means, i get to work on my Cobra/Dragon Hybrid! I've actually done a great deal of work on it...and by that i mean hours and hours of sitting down listening to movies...sometimes singing along with 'em! Haven't had the time to post anything new and that is not because i was having loads of exciting things going on, it's simply because i've been on lazy mode...Up next i'll post up the finalized images of Tomes 3 and 4, followed by a couple of posts on the progress i did during these last two months on my Cobra/Dragon.