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Title: Library Exhibit
Post by: Patraw on April 18, 2019 11:01:46 AM

My city's library director put out a call, on Facebook, looking for local artists to showcase their work in the library's display case.  While I was interested, at first, I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do something like that or not, but, I eventually caved, and, last Friday, since the case was still empty, I asked her if anybody had come forward yet or not, and she said that they hadn't, so I offered to do it and she accepted.  In the past, Craftster members have asked me if they could see all of my figures displayed together (which, as I've literally made hundreds, isn't really practical), so, while this certainly isn't all of them (just 66), at least it's something.  You may recognize some of them that I've posted on Craftster in the past, many others I've never shared here, as they pre-date my membership.  I also brought some larger (relatively speaking) pieces with me, but, when I was setting up the display, on Monday morning, I ultimately decided not to use them, as I felt that they'd break up the consistency of the arrangement, so I only used smaller figures.

The ancient wood and glass display case doesn't have any wheels or anything, and it's fairly heavy, so, it has to be slowly dragged/slid across the carpet to access the door on the back.  The librarian told me that things on display inside tend to slide around as a result, so, to prevent any mishaps (you haven't lived if you've never had one figure topple over and take out a bunch of others with it, in a domino-like fashion), I cut out a bunch of cardboard disc bases and glued all of my figures down onto those, and that worked great, not a single figure fell once I had everything set up and moved the case back up against the wall.  The door on the case doesn't have a lock or anything on it either; it's just held shut (poorly) with a piece of masking tape--I'm a trusting soul, so, I have faith that no one will steal anything.  Rainbow Dash also promised me that anybody that sticks their hand inside the display case uninvited is going to lose a finger, and I believe her, that pegasus' teeth are sharp!  (Plus she really enjoys biting humans to begin with.)

The librarian didn't tell me that I couldn't, but, since young children frequent the library, I made sure not to select anything that was gory, potentially controversial, or had any nudity, which excluded a fair number of my pieces.  I did briefly contemplate making some tiny brassiers to cover up some of my female mythical creatures' bare bosoms, but, I was ultimately too lazy to do that (cutting out all of those bases and gluing the figures' feet to them was work enough!)  Rainbow Dash lectured me that (1) I don't know the first thing about bras anyway, (2) my modesty-challenged creations had to stay home, and (3) that if I didn't make that kind of stuff to begin with, this would never be an issue.

Top shelf (sorry the pics aren't the greatest, I used my Nintendo 2DS to take them instead of my digital camera):

Middle shelf:

Bottom shelf:

If anybody wants to see a better/sharper picture of any particular figure, let me know, and I can grab one from my web site and post it in this thread.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: bethntim on April 18, 2019 11:09:57 AM
HOLY HOT DOG this is incredible!  What an awesome exhibit!  Rainbow Dash should be proud!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 18, 2019 11:46:16 AM
WAHHHH This Is AMAZING! I wish we could visit your library Mark, my kids would go bonkers over that collection. Wow, dude. Just wow.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: gozer on April 18, 2019 12:02:55 PM
 Your figures are incredible. They looks so cool all together like that. I know a lot of people are going to be oggling that shelf. I would be! I'd love to see some more detailed pics. This is amazing.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: Smmarrt on April 18, 2019 12:05:38 PM
Yay for stepping up and yay for displaying all of these awesome tiny things.

Many kids and adults will be inspired. Next you'll be teaching everyone how to do that!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: TheMistressT on April 18, 2019 03:07:08 PM
WOW! What a cool library practice, but all the cooler with so many of your magnificent figures all together!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: SonjaBoo on April 18, 2019 04:58:09 PM
Very cool, Patraw! Congrats on the exhibit.

I collect PEZ dispensers and totally know what it's like to have one fall over and then see the domino effect. You came up with a great solution for displaying your pieces!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: curiousfae on April 19, 2019 05:49:39 AM
Fantastic display Patraw! So impressive. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see more detailed pics as well.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on April 19, 2019 06:51:21 AM
I WISH my local library asked for local artisans to showcase their work!  The library workers choose what is going to be displayed and it tends to be the same things over and over again.

Patraw, I am so glad that your artistry was able to be put on display for all to see!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: MissingWillow on April 19, 2019 07:31:40 AM
What an impressive display, you rock!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: rackycoo on April 22, 2019 08:40:31 AM
Your collection looks fabulous! I love seeing so many of your figures all together. You have set the bar high for any future artists who consider displaying there.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: greybird on April 22, 2019 09:09:28 AM
Wow!  That is a very impressive display!   Thanks for sharing.  :)

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: SiFi Mom on April 22, 2019 12:01:46 PM
Amazing display!  I would love to see more close ups of your work.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: loves2experiment on April 23, 2019 12:17:39 AM
What an awesome exhibit of your work!  Thank you for sharing your work with us...I wish I could see it irl! :)

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: Patraw on April 23, 2019 10:27:59 AM
Thank you, everyone!

@LadybugsAndBumblebees:  My library used to be the same way, same displays every year, but, the director has been branching out more lately, which is good.  Normally, this time of year, there'd be a display of Easter eggs, or something similar, in the display case, but, this year, there are two-headed snails and demonic candles . . . progress?

Here's a closer look at the stuff on the top shelf:

Demon Candle (from Dragon Quest V, I made it in July/August 2009):

Stix (from Phantasy Star III, I made it in September 2012):

Black Dragon (from Wizardry: Scripture of the Dark, I made it in September 2012):

NapalmMan.EXE (from Mega Man Battle Network 2, I made it in June 2009):

Handyman (from TimeSplitters 2, I made it in March 2009):

Evil Clown (from Dragon Quest II, I made it in July 2009):

Bulbfish (from Final Fantasy Legend III, I made it in October 2008):

Eiffelyte & Helicopter (from King of the Monsters 2, I made it in March/April 2008):

Elkenrod (from Chakan: The Forever Man, I made it in December 2011):
And, see?  Rainbow was wrong, I do know something about making bras!

Toad (from Final Fantasy Legend II, I made it in September 2011):

S-Knight (from King's Field II, I made it in October 2014):

This one I did post on Craftster, and can be found here:

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: JoyfulClover on April 23, 2019 10:33:04 AM
I really love others are able to see your amazing mini masterpieces.  There were several on the bottom row I would love to see, but couldn't figure out the best way to describe them all?

 There is a white one on the bottom with a square round face, and a wide stance. Next to the playing card?

How long do you get to keep them up for?

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: Patraw on April 23, 2019 10:45:28 AM
The figure you're describing is "The Walking Bread", a pun on the "Walking Dead".  That was a design concept that October Toys forum member "theRobotMonster" made for the Kickstarter-funded "OMFG" ("Outlandish Mini Figure Guys", not "Oh My F*cking God", lol) toyline, but, it didn't get picked by the voters for production.  In Patraw land, I don't have to play by the votes/whims of others and I'll "produce" whatever I like anyway, lol!  I made it in August, 2013.

theRobotMonster's original concept art:

I don't know how long they'll be on display for, as I didn't ask.  I'd guess probably at least until the end of the month, perhaps longer.

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: JoyfulClover on April 23, 2019 11:28:47 AM
Oh the puns! And the concept art!  He's so stinkin cute!!

Hahha, hilarious from behind! A walking loaf!  The carb lover in me is dying!

I imagine this as a full sized figure from syfy's cancelled Face Off!

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 23, 2019 12:18:07 PM
Oh squee, the loaf! I "loaf" heem so muchy! haha :D

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: BigBangMomma on April 23, 2019 05:51:23 PM

Title: Re: Library Exhibit
Post by: rackycoo on April 24, 2019 11:21:22 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project (! :)