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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In my latest project, I’m making a Jack O’ Lantern art doll. This character probably has the largest head out of any art doll I’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 O’ Lantern head sculpt, I spent plenty of time looking at reference online, looking various interpretations of Jack O’ Lantern characters and photographs of real Jack O’ Lanterns people carve for Halloween.
Making a Halloween Jack O Lantern Art Doll Head Sculpt 🎃
The design of a Jack O’ Lantern character’s pretty simple, it’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.
Continuing with this series, I’ll show you how I built this little Halloween Jack O’ 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 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!