I’m going to be at the Mini Maker Faire in Round Rock on June 8th. Come visit! It’s in the Tech Shop from 10AM-6PM. I’ll have a beta version of one of the dino bags, portfolio and other stuff.
Come look! Click the robot for more info.
I got over my lazy phase and finally dragged the SLR out of the depths
The wallet is still a mite bit tight. No doubts it will slacken with age and use.
As for the idea of this chimera-monster, I really can’t say which one thing set me off. Myths of monsters, cave drawings of shamans- who knows. Nothing good can come of meeting such a creature.
Painting this was fun. Antiquing it so that it looked all dirty and hyper-3D was a heart attack a moment, but worth it.
I used Royalwood Irish Waxed Linen thread in Country Red to sew it together. The crow head was cobalt, magenta and unbleached titanium dry brushed over Mars Black. Skin started out straight unbleached titanium white, and I bled in some deeper brown shades. The feather still needs some touching up- too much of the blue got eaten by the black gel antique.
I need a new wallet
I adore my Checkronomicon wallet. It’s one of the first things I made. But looking at it now, it displeases me. The ‘guts’ are too tight, it’s hard to keep all my receipts, random notes jotted on scraps of paper, bubblegum wrappers, REI membership card, debit card and so on..all fitted properly without it busting open. I dropped my wallet the other day, and it had the appearance of a slow motion vomit fountain of paper scraps and plastic. Disgusting, yet hypnotic. Time to move on.
In researching paleolithic art for the Paleo Cthulhu painting, I was struck by the repeated theme of man-animal hybrids. All time periods, all over the world- half beings. Sometimes spectral, often creepy, and sometimes kinda kinky and WOAH inappropriate for modern viewing.
It’s along the spectral and creepy lines that led me to my new wallet design. I don’t even want to think about that last one. But some birds are really damn big. Ew. Gross.
Look! Pictures of wholesome, normal creepy stuff. Not all…yeesh.
Pretty little feather on back
The guts for this wallet are the ones we made in the workshop. This is really a fun little project.
I got to take a 4 day workshop with Chan Geer, learning Traditional Sheridan Carving (and there I was with only my figure carving tools and western stuff). I learned so much-he even spent a chunk of lunch break showing me how to make graceful cuts with a swivel knife. I saved the practice leather because it’s amazing how much he can do with just a little knife!
Now, traditional work is not usually my thing. But learning these styles gives enough of a foundation in technique, composition and construction that really can’t be beat. I will be getting better at Sheridan, and as I do I’m going to start introducing some of these elements into some of the creepier things I’ve been planning. Good stuff!