Wigs, Wigs Wigs,… In all the colors of spring!,…well,.. not really.
Today i cast another batch of the cranberry wigs, last time i posted them in the store they all vanished in a couple of hours. Soooo due to popular demand they are back. There’s also one RED wig,(EDIT: this red wig is now sold!). the rest are now available on the Steve accessory page :-) (STEVE STORE LINK)
Ooops,.. spoke too soon
Thanks everyone for the barrage of kind notes and emails, I had a couple of patrons pay off commissioned work so Tyler is going to stay!! And to those worrying, Bishonen House is in no danger of vanishing, Last year was actually a record year for business! (the larger workshop is actually paying off) so my yearly tax bill was also correspondingly (and unexpectedly) huge!. combined with those “zany” health insurance folks it all amounted to a bunch of very large unexpected expenses all at once….next year ill be ready for their hijinks, thanks again everyone!!
Quick dodo eye test, As a few you know in my “ever shrinking” spare time Ive been working on a dodo recreation, (loooong story somewhat explained here LINK) I very rarely post my non-doll sculpting work so i thought it would be fun to share something a little different.. I cast the face in a slightly translucent light blue-grey resin, as dodos (at least from what little evidence is left) had bluish grey faces, with a few vivid blue highlights and some dark grey/grey green to black areas around the eyes and on the skin of the lower beak. Still needs to be painted of course, attached to the body then feathered.. the eyes are from an eye maker in Malta who specializes in birds.. The skull in the background is a museum cast of the dodo specimen in the royal Ontario museum. I used the cast as a base for sculpting my final.
For those who can’t get enough Steve pics here’s an amazing gallery of Steve photos from Aernath! check it out!! :-D
(Steve gallery Link)
(above photo by Aernath)
Some guy named Spade and some guy named Nails. (verrrrry early previews of 2 new characters) btw.. the clay in Nail’s mouth is there because of the mold making process, the clay is a holdout to make the mouth open (as is the clay in his eye sockets)
For those interested I just updated the Steve store! I added a single Steve Kit! probably the last one until the convention in June, I replenished all of Steves expressions as well as all of his wig colors (even 2 more of the super rare cranberry wigs), these are all very limited so……, here’s the store link for those interested.
As always any questions, note me here or email bishonenhouse (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Just finishing up a few doll casts for artist Paul Pham, Casting a nice “glowy” matte translucent resin and having it turn out flawless on the first try is always a thing of joy (translucent resins are a tricky lot to work with) just a few more casts and I’m done for the day!! :D!!
May will mark the 10 year anniversary I began making dolls full time, sooo over the next couple of months I’m going to randomly post some of my favorites Ive made over the past 10 years., I will still post new Steve work weekly of course and that will always be my priority here, but I thought it might be fun for those who aren’t really familiar with my older doll sculpting work.
This was a OOAK Nori I made and donated to Dollectible back in 2008, He was auctioned off and went for around $1,700, I had an amazing time at Dollectible and to this day remains one of the best times i had at a convention,.. not to mention it was an awesome adventure driving cross country from WV to San Francisco!… i need to do that again soon!! :-)
Nori like all of my dolls was entirely sculpted, molded, cast, finished, and painted by myself.
FINALLY Finished and sent out all these guys yesterday and today,
feels good to have finally gotten the first 5 out (actually one still hasn’t shipped because Im awaiting a new shipping address from the collector in Scotland)
Now that thats done its time to make 5 more O_O haha
Today marks my 2 year anniversary on tumblr!! so happy b-day tumblr page! and this May will mark my 10 years of making dolls as a full time career!! hopefully by May I’ll have some nifty event or occasion dreamed up to mark the 10 year anniversary :-)
Finishing a bunch of Steve faces.
After sanding and embedding magnets in the back of each face I use watercolor pencil to draw on individual stubble hairs along his jaw and chin (this step not pictured) I then shade around the eyes and “stubble shade” his jaw with an airbrush, very lightly blush the ears and lips and nose with ground pastel and finally I paint on his eyebrows.
Seems like a really “simple” faceup until you need to do it a few hundred times, haha ;-)
Steves costume accessories, (all handmade by myself)
These took a bit longer to finish than i expected, Steve boots were originally going to be cast out of soft silicone, The prototype silicone boots looked really nice but after taking them on and off a few time they began to tear, the problem with using a silicone soft enough to stretch over his feet is that it is also somewhat delicate so I eventually decided to cast them in resin and joint them at the ankle. The resin boots can be easily swapped with his standard foot sculpt.
I modeled Steve’s belt digitally in 3d, 3D printed it, made a silicone mold from the 3D print then cast the finals in soft silver silicone, I embedded magnets in the ends of the silicone belts and also in the backs of the resin belt buckles so they lock together. (It took a LOT of experimenting to get it right)
Aside from Steve’s belt buckle i also modeled his bracelets in 3D, 3D printed them, created silicone molds form the 3D prints then cast them in resin, i then sanded the seams off and then hand painted on the details like the little silver studs and tiny “metal” stars.
I’m running late as always and currently buried in painting extra expression faces that were ordered as extras to go with the finished LE Steves but even so ALL of the first 5 finished Steves should ship by Monday.
As always any questions can be sent to me here or emailed to bishonenhouse (at) yahoo (dot) com