๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐๐จ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ ๐•๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ

I recently wrapped-up making a Nosferatu vampire art doll inspired by the character from the classic film of the same name. I used reference images from the film and also found some inspiration as I did research about the original film, there was one line that stuck with me that described Nosferatu as vermin-like as opposed to the more debonair portrayals of vampire that weโ€™ve had in later media.




One point where my version of Nosferatu diverges from the film version is that the costumers had given him these long, thick eyebrows, which I found to be kind of silly looking, so I eliminated them from the design. Many modern interpretations of Nosferatu omit them, so I canโ€™t be the only one that feels this way.

 This is the final illustration that was created with the vampire art doll. If you would like a print, you can get one  here .

This is the final illustration that was created with the vampire art doll. If you would like a print, you can get one here.


It was also fascinating to read that Nosferatu was actually an illegitimate Count Dracula. As many people are aware, Bram Stoker wrote โ€œDraculaโ€ and when he passed his widow, Florence Balcombe, had authority over his works and didnโ€™t authorize a film adaptation of the novel. This didnโ€™t prevent the creators of Nosferatu from going so far as to advertise Nosferatu as adapted from Stokerโ€™s Dracula!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this lurking terror come together! To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon (but because YouTube's wonky, you can also join the newsletter). Catch all of my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. Until next time, make believe!



๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐˜ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐‚๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ | ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐

๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐˜ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐‚๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ | ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐

In the final installment for making the Jack Oโ€™-Lantern illustration, Iโ€™ve a tutorial for making a DIY clay crow. Heโ€™s really simply made with just forming a clay shape over some aluminum foil, using some armature wire, acrylic paint, and feathers (Iโ€™m quite pleased with my use of feathers on this!). You could use this simple technique in making a polymer clay bird of whatever type you like, just modify the shapes slightly and paint colors and patterns that match your favorite bird.

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๐๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐‡๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐‰๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ž ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ŸŽƒ

In continuation of building a Halloween Jack Oโ€™ Lantern art doll, Iโ€™ll be making Jackโ€™s body and clothes (because itโ€™s simply indecent to have a nude Jack Oโ€™ Lantern running around!). I wanted this character have something of a folk-art look to him, so I chose to give him twigs for hands which have the added effect of looking rather creepy- and thatโ€™s a good thing.

Watch Building a Halloween Jack Oโ€™ Lantern Art Doll ๐ŸŽƒ



This characterโ€™s body, like many of my art dolls, is built from aluminum armature wire with a chest and pelvic block made of plumberโ€™s epoxy and that is covered with upholstery foam. Once the characterโ€™s built, I move on to hand-sewing clothes on to the art doll. I take measurements from the character and simply draw this on to my fabric, cut it out, and sew it on to the figure, making adjustments as I go.


This Halloween character was built to create this illustration, which was photographed in a hand-made set and is available as a print:

 Jack and his fellow pumpkin-sprite friends are looking forward to that time of year when they can roam the mortal world once again! You can purchase a print from Etsy  here  as well as the original sculpture  here .

Jack and his fellow pumpkin-sprite friends are looking forward to that time of year when they can roam the mortal world once again! You can purchase a print from Etsy here as well as the original sculpture here.

If you missed how the halloween art dollโ€™s head was sculpted, you can read my post about it here.

Weโ€™re not quite done visiting Jack Oโ€™ Lanternโ€™s world as Iโ€™ve one more crafting tutorial to show with you! In the next video, Iโ€™ll show you how the crow on the fence was made! To be the first to know when I launch new polymer clay art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon.

Catch all of my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here:  https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/.

And sign-up for my newsletter to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!

๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐‡๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐‰๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ž' ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ ๐’๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ญ ๐ŸŽƒ

In my latest project, Iโ€™m making a Jack Oโ€™ Lantern art doll. This character probably has the largest head out of any art doll Iโ€™ve previously built in proportion to his body, but I found using a large wad of tin-foil to do the trick all the same. In making this Jack Oโ€™ Lantern head sculpt, I spent plenty of time looking at reference online, looking various interpretations of Jack Oโ€™ Lantern characters and photographs of real Jack Oโ€™ Lanterns people carve for Halloween.


Making a Halloween Jack O Lantern Art Doll Head Sculpt ๐ŸŽƒ



The design of a Jack Oโ€™ Lantern characterโ€™s pretty simple, itโ€™s just a round or oval shape with a stem and a central seam at the top and bottom of the form, though since I created a human-like figure, the neck overs much of the bottom of the pumpkin. I love art and objects with surface texture, so I really enjoyed adding the variations of the pumpkin rind on the art doll head sculpt and later the way the sepia ink wash was able to pick-up these little indentations.

 Here Iโ€™m roughing out the spherical shape of the Jack Oโ€™ Lanternโ€™s head sculpt

Here Iโ€™m roughing out the spherical shape of the Jack Oโ€™ Lanternโ€™s head sculpt



 Giving this lil Jack Oโ€™ Lantern doll a smile

Giving this lil Jack Oโ€™ Lantern doll a smile


Continuing with this series, Iโ€™ll show you how I built this little Halloween Jack Oโ€™ Lanterns body as well as how as I made a crow that appears in the background of the finished dimensional-illustration. To be the first to know when I launch newย polymer clayย art videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon. Catch all of my videos here:ย ย https://www.youtube.com/thedreamsyndicatearts. You can also find many of the supplies I use in crafting here:ย https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/supplies-gear/. And sign-up for my newsletter to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!


 Around his mouth got a lil bubbly and warped, but I actually think it added to this piece

Around his mouth got a lil bubbly and warped, but I actually think it added to this piece