Friday, May 24, 2013

Quick Sculpture: Pan's Labyrinth

So I was watching Pan's Labyrinth, yet again, and couldn't resist the urge to to a quick sculpture of the faun! Would've been lovely to make a full body one but that would've taken much longer than the 5hrs it took to make this baby! First off here is the original and lovely Faun:

And my 5hr creation sculpted using an oil based modeling clay: 
Aye! those horns were pretty fun to do! Couldn't really get the mouth working so well, so i decided to not fuss too much with it...
Ears were also fun and pretty easy as well! 
I'm hoping i can get more sculpting practice in during this summer! Just have to find fun stuff to sculpt that would motivate my lazy summer self!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

How-To Make A Pirate Map 2 Final

And here goes the finale of this small project! Once the map was removed from the glass I went ahead and added some more details...A couple tears here and there to begin with...some wrinkling...
 Then using a felt tip black pen i went in and proceeded to add some grid lines and some others that were referenced about the center of the compass rose. Labels for a couple of regions were written in along with some other little details...This time around i didn't have the time to come up with epic labels for the different regions and towns but i sure will when i embark on a large scale pirate map project! aye, it shall be awesome!
 Afterwards i went on to burn the map in a couple of areas such as the corner you see in the image below. Couldn't really get the fire to leave a black ash residue on the edge of the burned areas which is what i would've loved...
Some more wrinkles...In this case i gave the whole map a couple of vertical and horizontal folds...a bit of tearing at the fold's creases...and some bloody stains using a slightly diluted crimson acrylic...
Once done, i got a couple of goodies together and staged this guy! Et Vide!

 Not that bad for a quick one! 
 As you see aging paper is not that difficult of a task! now go onward and feel free to create your very own map or maybe some fancy decorative scrolls! And thank you for reading!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How-To Make a Pirate Map 1

This is a small little project i decided on making for a project in one of my fantastic design classes. Steps are pretty simple so here it goes!  Due to the limited time i had for this project i went with creating a pretty simple map in photoshop...
 I printed this guy out in a plain 8.5 x 11 sheet...Mixed a dye using a mixture of tea bags, coffee and a couple drops of acrylics. As i mixed i tested the dye on scrap pieces of plain white paper...
Once i mixed the desired dye i began to add it to the map with a sponge. I like to do this procedure on a frame along with its glass. the glass piece would keep the paper flat once it dries and it make for an easy clean-up. And the frame (used with the front facing down) creates channels at the edges that catches the excess dye applied. Perfect for the job!!
 After making sure that the paper thoroughly absorbs the dye you can go ahead and clean up the excess dye.
These air bubbles are trapped in the process so you can run your fingers across the paper to get rid of them. bottom image is a view from below...
Let the paper dry up a bit and whilst still damp, use a needle tool to start tearing at the edges of the paper. 
 Next, using a paint brush i added some more of the same dye mixture to the torn edges in order to make them slightly darker than the rest of the paper. Added some more random drops of the same dye to the actual body of the map along with some darker dye to add variations in hue... as seen below...
Leave on glass until it is almost dry and then start to peel off carefully...since it is still a bit damp, tears might occur. 
Et voila! you have a nearly finished pirate map! 
Next blog post you'll get to see the finished piece of this guy. 
Thank you for reading! 

Pirate Map: Final