fantasy art doll making

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goblin art doll

Iโ€™m not sure what my latest polymer clay fantasy art doll Drust isโ€ฆ I think of him as some sort of goblin I suppose. If you asked Drust, I donโ€™t know what he would tell you he is either. I imagine him to be adventurous and likely mischievous at times. One day in his boredom, a wayfly happened by and Drust couldnโ€™t help but chase it!

In the scene captured in โ€œReachingโ€, I imagine that Drust has scaled a column of face vaults, statues with secrets of the ages locked away within, and finds his wayfly quarry just out of his grasp! Will he catch it or will it slip through his spindly little fingers?

A wayfly is a winged-key found in the wilds of the Dream Syndicate. Found individually, in pairs, or flying in flocks, wayflies often are found near ancient ruins or in catacombs. Capturing a wayfly takes guile, but the real clever feat is to determine which lock a given wayfly calls home.

A wayfly is a winged-key found in the wilds of the Dream Syndicate. Found individually, in pairs, or flying in flocks, wayflies often are found near ancient ruins or in catacombs. Capturing a wayfly takes guile, but the real clever feat is to determine which lock a given wayfly calls home.



Watch the process of how the poseable goblin art doll Drust was crafted

poseable goblyn artdoll

Prints of โ€œReachingโ€ are available through my store here:

Limited Edition of 25 Print: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/thedreamsyndstore/reaching18x24print

Open Edition: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/thedreamsyndstore/reaching11x14print


Watch Details Being Added to the Face Vaults Polymer Clay Sculptures


Check-out a Winged Key Fantasy Stop-Motion Animation

Thanks for joining me so far and hereโ€™s to the adventures we have in future! 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 (in the sidebar) to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!

๐Ž๐๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ž๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐€ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ก๐š๐› ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ญ | ๐Œ๐จ๐›๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ

Iโ€™ve had a fair number of sketches similar to the image I created for my Captain Ahab piece, โ€œOde to Obsessionโ€, for years. Iโ€™ve been intending to make a Captain Ahab portrait and actually read Herman Melvilleโ€™s โ€œMoby Dickโ€ for years. Recently Iโ€™ve finally read the book and crafted a Moby Dick inspired art doll, but itโ€™s telling that I was able to make an image that gets the theme of Moby Dick and Ahabโ€™s disastrous pursuit of the white whale across without ever having read the book- most of us know this story without having ever read it! Thatโ€™s the power of Melvilleโ€™s Captain Ahab: he is THE archetype of when passion and drive crosses-over into self-destructive obsession and ruin. Heโ€™s transcended the pages of the novel and become the cliche, the shorthand of the thing he represents.


Watch the Captain Ahab Art Doll Being Crafted



Designing a Moby Dick Art Doll

When creating the Moby Dick art doll, Melville describes Capt. Ahab, aside from his iconic whalebone peg leg, as having a scorched face, grey hair, and a scar that runs the length of his face and body, which I wanted to capture in my interpretation. Iโ€™ve seen other interpretations of Ahab that make him look hardy and vigorous, but when I imagine him, I always see him as this hard-angled, hollowed-out sinewy character. I really liked this idea of Ahab solemnly looking out and being tangled-up in his harpoon line and though itโ€™s kind of subtle, he has a noose cast about his neck, foretelling the doom that he seeks and the prophesy of hempen rope being his end.

Captain Ahab art doll sketch


St. Ahab: Patron Saint of Creatives

I find myself thinking of Ahab as a patron saint of creatives or anyone that has a passion, a drive for what they do but the path is unclear and even perilous. Many artists find themselves making emotional, relationship, and financial sacrifices to chase that white whale of earning a livelihood doing the things that they love. And since we donโ€™t only have an effect on our own life, we impact the liveโ€™s of those around us, the pull of our creative pursuits could also take a toll on our loved-ones as surely as it did Ahabโ€™s crew. The ups and downs of a creative life can be harrowing and itโ€™s often trying to even know if youโ€™re heading toward your white whale or if the risks and the inner turmoil will pan-out and be worth it in the end. The only thing you know for certainโ€™s as scary as all of this has been, is, and will be, looking back and regretting not even attempting the pursuit wouldโ€™ve been infinitely worse.



I do want to pull this back from the bleakness a bit and say that we right now live in the best times to try to be a creative! The fact that you can attempt to put your art in front of thousands of people across social media and various websites, the only thing it costs you is time, and find-out if anyone cares- thatโ€™s such an opportunity that all of us creators shouldnโ€™t take for granted. This opportunity simply wasnโ€™t there for creators that were trying to put themselves on their career path and previously only a few people at publishing companies were the ones to decide whether your art was โ€œgood enoughโ€. Now if you figure-out how to market your work and amass only a few thousand dedicated fans that you workโ€™s for them, you can have a sustainable career and life, just getting there is full of headwinds and crashing waves. And for that I think itโ€™s worth risking the venture!

Prints of โ€œOde to Obsessionโ€ are available through my store here:

  • Limited Edition: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/thedreamsyndstore/ode-to-obsession-captain-ahab-portrait

  • Open Edition: https://www.thedreamsyndarts.com/thedreamsyndstore/ode-to-obsession-captain-ahab-portrait-cwas5

Here is the finished Capt. Ahab illustration! If you would like a print, it is available as a  Limited Edition  and for a limited time, as an  Open Edition Print .

Here is the finished Capt. Ahab illustration! If you would like a print, it is available as a Limited Edition and for a limited time, as an Open Edition Print.


Thanks for joining me so far and hereโ€™s to the adventures we have in future! 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 (in the sidebar) to get the latest studio goings-on! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey and until next time: Make. Believe!

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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

Making Slimy Slug Art Dolls with Resin Slime ๐ŸŒ

Today we'll be embellishing wooden display bases as we make slimy slug art dolls with resin slime! I'd previously sculpted these polymer clay slug art dolls with super sculpey over aluminum foil armatures, made these handsome display bases, and only recently had the idea of "slug trail" trailing behind them as if the slugs (slowly) made their way up on to the base.

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WATCH MAKING SLIMY SLUG ART DOLLS WITH RESIN SLIME ๐ŸŒ

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I'd already given the slugs a thin coating of two part epoxy resin to give the sculpey art dolls a wet sheen look and I used the material again to make the slimy path for the little critters. Since I've had these particular opened bottles of epoxy resin for a few years, this was a great way to use the older materials rather than wasting them. 

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Slimy Slug Sculptures

These slug sculptures can slime their way to your home & heart.

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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!