I decided to make this into an ongoing (well at least until i finish this set) mini set making tutorial. For those of you who attended any of my set making workshops this is old stuff.
(pic 1) I start out with basic white foamboard, I cut it into the major set parts, floor, walls, door then i hot glue all these sections together. Once I’m done with the walls and floor i begin to cut out smaller strips for detailing, supports, door trim, access panels. I then glue all these smaller parts onto the base walls.
(pic 2) I wanted to cover all the beams and panels with various sized rivets to give the set a nice cartoonish industrial look so i cast a bunch of different sized hemispheres in urethane resin. To give the rivets a nice metallic sheen right out of the mold I mixed grey tint into my resin and i dusted my silicone mold with silver mica powder before i poured my casts.
(pic 3) I then glued each rivet into place.
(pic 4) I airbrushed the set with various shades of warm and cool grey then on top of this with a paintbrush i stippled on various shades of silver and rust colors to make the set look worn and “lived in”
(pic 5) Steve looking “happy” to be on his new set,…. (well as happy as it got for Steve on that particular day) :-)
Note: this is a “quick and dirty” method to set building. This is a great way to build a set for a quick photoshoot, If you intend on making a set that’s going to used often and roughly the base would Ideally need to be built of plywood, the details built up in various layers of wood and plastic then the whole thing either primed and painted, or if you need something highly textured, coated in a thin layer of epoxy paste and sculpted/finished. The difference being my set took a few hours to make and it cost me about $6 the other method would cost at LEAST 10x as much and take at least 3-4 days to a week to finish.
I hope the above makes some sort of sense,.. anyway,… for those interested I’ll continue this with a how-to about the room furnishings soon as i finish all of them. ;-)
Spent most of my day at the Doctors for a checkup,. I received a good report, my sarcoidosis is still in remission! so after I returned home to celebrate I spent the rest of the day goofing off in the greenhouse and taking plant pics.
I don’t normally post personal / hobby stuff on here (and I promise not to make a habit of it) But today I felt like doing something different, Ive been growing carnivorous pitcher plants (primarily nepenthes species and hybrids) since 94, Its something I do to relax and Ive always found their alien colors and forms to be quite inspiring :-)
A large commission, 15 face-plates (counting his 2 default faces) and one very Irate Steve (he doesn’t approve of nude photos being posted of him on the net, go figure)
Packing him and his faces to ship today. Its a rainy dreary day here, a perfect day for doll packing :-)
A Vince patiently waiting to be packed….. even like this he looks like hes up to trouble.
Its an odd feeling when you finish something you worked on for days, weeks, sometimes months and its time for it to be packed and shipped, relief, joy, victory and below it all that gradual gathering of energy to get the next piece finished and shipped.
Having a super mellow time here in the studio tonight listening to the crickets outside, just finisehd up 3 doll casts for Paul Pham and about to put the eyes/teeth in a bunch of Steve/Vince heads from a couple of commissions.
Ahhh the ultra exciting nightlife of a full time doll making guy. ;-)
I’ll be in the studio for a few more hours if anyone has any questions, about, dolls, doll making, Steve,… life,… the universe,… anything,…. (putting eyes and teeth in seventeen heads is just a LIL BIT BORING) haha. ;-)
My character Spade drawn by an amazingly talented artist friend of mine Dennis Kovalenko.
After Mira and Nails, Spade will probably be the next character I release. How does this well armed character (who by coincidence has rather nice arms) fit into the story? I guess you could call him Steves arch-nemesis. How will Steve survive the relentless threat from such a dangerous (and garishly dressed) fellow?,.. By using his superior intellect of course!!,.. oh,wait a minute,.. Steves not really all that bright,… hmm,… uhhh?,… Well, it’ll be interesting to find out :-)
Dennis Is working on a comic and just recently moved his workshop and is trying to raise some extra funds to finish both off. Hes currently taking artwork commissions so if you need anything illustrated give him a shout-out, his work is amazing (as you can see from the image above) You can find his Tumblr page HERE and his (extremely affordable) rate sheet HERE
My cluttered desk…
People are either enchanted or horrified when they visit the studio, never had anyone look bored… I keep forgetting how odd my work is, Im surrounded by it every day then someone new drops by and it instantly hits me again.
Its always surprising, peoples reactions. Ive had little old craft ladies giggle in delight at piles of hands and eyeless faces and on the flip-side Ive had supposedly hip twenty-somethings get that glazed look in their eyes soon as they walk through the door as if they just stepped into Hannibal Lecters walk in freezer..
people are funny.
Everyone who ordered kits/faces/parts from the Steve Store should have received tracking info by now, if not please send me a note/email.
To those wondering, I will be restocking the store again soon as i finish up a couple Vince and Steve doll commissions.(hopefully in a week or so) :-)
Steve the Gamer and his ‘character’, Allmost, are finished. Allmost was a very comical chaotic-neutral wizard character of mine for years. I decided to make a ‘gamer’ convention attendant, with a sort of classic con attendee set of belongings. Steve’s con badge says that he is from Brooklyn, NY, making a nice reference to Steve Rogers. His badge is a reproduction of the 2013 DragonCon badge. His clothing was all custom drafted for his size by me. He has a custom t-shirt that I made with iron-on printer paper, and jeans with little functional pockets, and lace-up high-tops. I made his canvas backpack with functioning pocket and zipper as well, added the tiny zipper pull, and used some heroclix to make him some collectibles that he purchased in the dealer room. Using tiny images in the Marvel Previews magazine, I was able to create super tiny little comic books also, and he has a character sheet FOR the wizard, all in a tiny scale.
His character, Allmost, (Vince is his mold), has a lot of subtle details and game references. His ‘tattoos’ are all nordic runes. They say his name and title…and then all the spells he has ‘memorized’. The player knows that the wizard character can only memorize certain spells per day, and so this is a reflection of that. The other tattoos are other symbols that I made up for the character as his various marks on things. He is also carrying rope, because that is the #1 item in any adventurer’s pack. He has some potions of healing, and a few daggers. His robe is gray, meaning that it is a Neutral Robe of the Archmagi. His skullcap hat has the word ‘Teleportation’ on it, so it is a helm of Teleportation. He is also carrying his own spellbook, which is removable and functional. He has a leather backpack for supplies, and enough room at the top for scrolls to stick out.
These are the last two dolls I needed to finish for the art show, so now I’m set!
Two incredible Vince and Steve customs by Buffdolls!! The wizard Vince custom is especially amazing! (its always soooooo much fun to see what other artists do with my guys) these are for her Dragoncon display, be sure to give her a watch for more details on when and where you can see her work! :-)
Steves locked in a broom closet again, must be Friday.. or a full moon. (Steve doesn’t change into anything on a full moon, just usually makes an ass of himself)
A quick little set I’m working on for a Steve test, I still need to paint on all the details, make the furniture, props, etc.
I thought it might be fun to do a regular question and answer mini comic with Steve. You ask questions and he answers them in a possibly entertaining and possibly informative manner :-)
It would also give me a lil taste of what I’m in for when i begin the actual comic and it would help me quickly find out what expression sculpts Im lacking.