As I look ahead to this year before me, it begs the question, “what’s next?” I’ve a few pieces that have been lurking in my sketchbook for months, if not years, I want to involve this new audience that’s formed around my art and I’m going to occasionally ask their input on what to make next, and I’ve an idea for a longer form book project that’s probably going to take a couple of years to make the coolest thing I’m able to make at this time.Read More
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 we’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 can’t be the only one that feels this way.
It was also fascinating to read that Nosferatu was actually an illegitimate Count Dracula. As many people are aware, Bram Stoker wrote “Dracula” and when he passed his widow, Florence Balcombe, had authority over his works and didn’t authorize a film adaptation of the novel. This didn’t prevent the creators of Nosferatu from going so far as to advertise Nosferatu as adapted from Stoker’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!
In the final installment for making the Jack O’-Lantern illustration, I’ve a tutorial for making a DIY clay crow. He’s really simply made with just forming a clay shape over some aluminum foil, using some armature wire, acrylic paint, and feathers (I’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.Read More
In continuation of building a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern art doll, I’ll be making Jack’s body and clothes (because it’s simply indecent to have a nude Jack O’ 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 that’s a good thing.
Watch Building a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Art Doll 🎃
This character’s body, like many of my art dolls, is built from aluminum armature wire with a chest and pelvic block made of plumber’s epoxy and that is covered with upholstery foam. Once the character’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:
If you missed how the halloween art doll’s head was sculpted, you can read my post about it here.
We’re not quite done visiting Jack O’ Lantern’s world as I’ve one more crafting tutorial to show with you! In the next video, I’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.
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