Okey dokey. I had some extra time before Christmas and popped out an altered altoid tin diorama for my boyfriend. He's been really awesome to me this year, so it was time to just make something special for him.
It's tiny, but full. For size reference, there's a soda pop tab right next to the monster's thigh.
The monster is carrying a spork, which is a utensil he loves - and he uses the name in most of his online personas. The sign in the background is of Magic the Gathering - a huge hobby and personal love that he's had for years. The metal bit holding it up is from a special dinner we had together with his mom.
It was stuck in the steak he was eating to tell him out it was cooked (medium rare).
Apparently, my memory is horrible and it was holding the bacon wrapped around the steak medallion in place. I'm totally weird, and stole it for art uses later.
The necklace on the monster represents a silver pendant that he gave me six years ago this New Year's. It was a necklace his father gave him when he was younger. I wear the necklace everyday, and it's for him to be with me every time we're apart. Which is most of the time, because we've been in a cross country long distance relationship the entire time we've known each other.
You can barely tell is an altoid tin! It's supposed to be shaped like a turtle shell. Later in the post, there's some pictures showing the backside.
Mixed media frenzy ahead! I attached the base to the tin and some preshaped aluminum foil to the back of the tin with a hot glue gun. Then, a layer of paper clay was added to covered all the crevices from the foil. After, I covered the entire thing with strips of paper dipped in a glue mixture so it would be all the same texture. And finally, it was painted with acrylic paint.
Here's a detailed image of the wee books I made from cardboard and scrapbook paper. Their titles left to right: I. Montoya, Code 4 Apes, #000000, Killer Dice. All of them are references to shirts from his thinkgeek wishlist. They are: Code Monkey, The Dice Are Trying to Kill Me, #000000 (in black on a black shirt) and Hello My Name is Inigo Montoya - in one of those hello my name is stickers. I couldn't buy them for him, so I used them as inspiration.
The back of the tin! Not a lot going on here, just a tag and a some extra decorative buttons. The shell is smooth, I couldn't figure out a good way to add the hexagon shell patterned. One day, turtle! Your secrets will be mine to use for aaaarts.
Here's a the altered tin next to some sketches. Though it would be cute to have them side by side. The completed object always looks so cool hanging out near the initial 2D idea. You can also see some design ideas that didn't make it in the final cut - like the spork tiki crown. It turned into a normal crown in the end. Maybe an idea for the future!
He loves turtles and I love frogs passionately, and they represent the two of us. The turtle was a wee silver pendant and the frog a plastic whimsy I received in a swap.
And this one holds a semi good picture of the dice the monster is holding. He's a RPGer and there were super appropriate to include in the tin. The heart on top is just me being silly sweet.
A small detailed shot of the base - it was too plain, so beads and things were attached to make the piece more interesting.
A close up of the tag. Instead of signing like an art piece, I decided to make it more personalized for him.
These last two images are some WIPs. This one includes some more brainstorm sketches and the wire/foil armature for the monster.
This last picture is a WIP of the monster hanging out on my keyboard. These were taken for my tumblr, but I thought they would be a good addition here.
Hope that wasn't too much reading! And I appreciate it if you made it through everything. I can't wait until Christmas now! Questions/comments/mudslinging, all are welcome!