Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 7

So, here's the progress for book four. Pretty much a variation of book two. So, with book two, crazy me cut each individual scale and glued each one on one by one. Well that was friggin time consuming so this time i went with cutting the scales from strips of cardboard, leaving them attached. Easier, much easier...
 Ignore the white paint on the spine, I was simply testing how the acrylics worked with the black cloth. So once done with the gluing of the scales i proceeded to make the frames. These were 3/4" and with them i proceeded to mark and cut the excess scales at the edges so that the frame would sit nicely on the illustration board.
 Next, I still had to get rid of the seam that would be created with the overlapping frame and illustration board covers. With book two I used tissue paper and when it came to painting over it, it wrinkled a bid so for this guy i went with some random regular copy papers which would offer more rigidity.
 In this case i only needed to cover the three outer sides of each cover...
 I designed this book to have a different kind of material that would wrap around the spine and corners of the book. This i decided to do with the same paper towels i had used previously. I went ahead to cut the pieces to the right of the bottom picture. These I would wrap with the paper towels to offer more thickness...Not sure if i'm making myself clear there...
 See if this helps...So one of the corner pieces of cardboard is right under the dark stain of diluted glue. The paper towel, I first wrapped under the hypotenuse of the triangle and then glued it onto the frames corner. The other corners of the paper towel, I then wrapped around the illustration board....
 Hopefully you can imagine how i did the spine section. It pretty much worked the same as the corner pieces, but instead wrapped around strips of cardboard...I then proceeded to make the round white-ish pieces you see in the bottom picture. These I made out of air drying clay, same i have used previously. Went in an cut out my dragon-ish logo. I figured, i'll just use the same one for all the books! Started painting this guy, going with dark red...
Seems like i have actually made my deadline for these guys! I actually finished them up today. So, up next will be the painting progress along with the final staged books!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 6

I've been working on the next two books since last week. Once again they will be draconian themed, so here is the third book. I had some teeth made out of polymer clay left over from the bunch that i baked for my hybrid cobra/dragon so i decided to use them for this book. I started b cutting the corners of the cover pieces, front and back ones. In this case i also went with adding a piece of chip board to the front and back covers. This would get rid of the line problem i had with the first book where you could notice the seam where the black cloth met the illustration boards. Plus, a little more thickness doesn't hurt!
 So, same thing as the previous book. Scales cut out of different cardboard thicknesses to give it a faded look. Decided to carve out a dragon like design at the center, so i left that area sans scales.
 Hot glued the teeth to the corners, front and back covers.
 Using some discarded cloth, i cut a couple of strips and dipped them into diluted white glue. Then wrapped the pieces around the individual teeth, giving it some extra wrinkles along the way.

 Added the paper towel on top. Once again used diluted glue, dyed with acrylics and brushed it on. It's better to start brushing from the center so as to avoid and overwhelming amount of wrinkles. I'm still trying to get the hang of it...got a little too many wrinkles on this one...
 I was halfway gluing the first paper towel when i realized i forgot to glue the spine first. The spine was pretty much the same as the one from book one. Cylinder like clay pieces, hot glued onto the book spine.
 And finally, i carved out the same dragon-ish emblem from book two onto this guy.
This guy, although i think it looks awesome in that dark gray color, is gonna be a purple leaning more towards the red spectrum...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thing In a Jar: Baby Dragon 2

So, with this guy, I realized it needed some wings. What dragon doesn't have wings??! So here it goes!
I took some pieces of wire...
 wrapped each piece with strips of newspaper that. Gluing it as i was wrapping.
 hot glued the pieces together and then onto the back...
 Slightly made them bend forward...
 Took pieces of a paper towel and stuck them in place over the wings skeleton with white glue diluted in water.
 Let it dry over night and then proceeded to cut the excess paper.
 And finally, i arrived at the painting stage! I went with a light green with slightly darker specs to accentuate some areas and a peachy flesh tone for the wings and belly scales.
 And finally applied the black wash...
 made the spine darker...

Next on this guy (or gal) is waterproofing it with liquid latex. I'm hoping it works well! But first I must find the perfect glass jar to put it in! I had one, but with the addition of the wings it no longer fits...Hopefully I find one soon!

Friday, May 18, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 5 Final

So, these are the final steps of my first two books! Eventually I got around to painting these guys. I gave this guy at the bottom  some olive green scales with yellow highlights. When it came to painting the "metal" gray portion, the tissue paper on the surface wrinkled a little so i gave it a good amount of coats to try and get rid of them. I'll definitely reconsider what i use for this part upcoming books.
 This guy below, I went with navy blue with a hint of green and a light blue/brownish color for the edges.
 Next up, came the part that can either mess it all up or make the object awesome, the black wash! The way i do the black wash is i fill about three small containers with water and add different amounts of black acrylic to each. Light, medium, and dark. On this guy below i added a bit of brown the the wash when it came to working with the light edges and initially i black washed the dark portion but there really was no difference...
 This guy after the black wash. It really brought the book to life...
 And finally, I dug out some stuff and made a couple of props to give them a proper stage. I'm not that good at making back stories for artifacts but I'll give it a try:
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...
Yeah, whatever...Here's the first one! 

I present to you, ANKAR.
 nothing much too say, aside from the awesome specimen-ish bottle i pulled off in ten minutes...along with my other props...
 And now the second book.

I present to you, FREY.

I believe i didn't mention this before but somewhere along the way I gave the edge of the pages a bit of a worn out look. I sprayed the sides with water and then added drops of combinations of diluted acrylics with coffee to give it a little of an aged look instead of crisp cut edges. So, that's it for Ankar and Frey. Now, I'll get busy sketching different designs for the other 8 books and getting some started!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 4

So, this is the second book i started working on. For this guy, i decided to go with traditional dragon scales.
 I went along and cut and glued each scale individually ...which proved to be a pretty time consuming process...but it came out well.
 Made the its frames out of chipboard...ignore the punched out corners, they ended up not serving their purpose...
 Once i had the borders, i went on to cut the scales that prevented them to set down flat against the illustration board.
 And added a cover for the spine. This was the same thing i used for the first book. A piece of paper towel that i then glued on with a combination of diluted glue and acrylics. By the way, With this book, unlike the first on, i didn't glue the block of pages to the cover. I did this to experiment which one would be easier to manage while making the cover and it turned out that attaching the block of pages for me, was easier to handle. Below, during this step, the block of pages was still not attached.
 Since i wanted the borders to be thicker i made a total of four and then glued them in pairs. However, this left me with the two edges of the frames to be seen, so i decided to cover them with tissue paper.
 Below, is the already glued frame. The edges of the tissue paper would then wrap around the illustration board...

 At this time i attached the pages. I then felt like the front cover needed something, so i went in and carved a small dragon-like logo, symbol, whatever...
 I made some kind of bolts/nails the same air drying clay i had used before and glued them on...i'm hoping these won't fall off with use...
Next on this guy, is painting it. Olive green shall be his color!

Friday, May 11, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 3

So the first book that i started with, i designed to have a draconian theme to it. First thing i did was glue the block of pages to the illustration board cover and letting it dry overnight. 
 With this design i went for adding overlapping scales that mimic the ones that dragons have at their belly/chest areas and i went for a more reptilian skin. For the scales below i used pieces of cloth dipped in diluted white glue and wrapped them around the edges of the front and back covers.
 For the reptilian like skin i wanted to avoid having to cover the book completely so i decided to make the scale bums fade away so i used cardboard of different thicknesses to do this.
 The thickest cardboard is the large brown pieces, then added the grayish pieces which were slightly thinner and finally i used some white bristol paper for the thinnest.
 I had some air drying clay laying around so i made these cylindrical pieces that i then hot glued along the side scales.
 I also added some of the same pieces to the spine of the book...
 Next, i took a paper towel and cut it to the size i wanted for the book cover. Luckily i only needed on single piece.
On the side, i diluted white glue with water and added a hint of black acrylic to darken the mixture. I then went on and brushed the mixture over the paper towel. Below you see the still, wet mixture and how dark i made it...before doing this i slipped pieces of plastic behind the covers so the inner pages wouldn't be affected.
 Below is the book once it got completely dry and the book does open nicely! These are not the final colors by the way. With this guy i think i will go with a dark navy skin with a blueish/brownish mix for the side scales.
Up next will be the progress of the second book, which will also have a draconian theme...