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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / New shrunken head! with making of. on: January 14, 2016 04:30:24 PM

I just finished making this lovely fellow:

It's the first pull of a batch of shrunken heads I started a few weeks ago.

He's a bit bigger than the heads from the batch I made three years ago, which made possible a much higher level of detail.

And now he's all cozy on my dresser. I'll probably be able to make about ten or so copies before the mold loses too much detail, but probably less, though. I've cast 4 of them and already I can see a difference in the quality. That's what I get for using plaster of paris instead of ultracal for the mold!

I made a three part making-of video of this little guy which covers pretty much every step, in case you're interested!

part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU0h4he_xhg
part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtOFKvNP6rE
part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV-HYZ-k-yg

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Maenads (NSFW!) Oil on Canvas on: April 05, 2013 02:23:45 PM
"Les filles aux yeux creux, de leur corps amoureuses,
Caressent les fruits mrs de leur nubilit"
                                                - Charles Baudelaire

Hey there guys!

Here's a picture of my latest oil painting, which is done on a 16'' x 20" canvas.

Two big thumbs up for my models; I tried my best, but there's no way in hell I could do justice to the heavy sensuality that filled the room at that moment. At least I feel like I captured the intimacy between the girls satisfyingly.

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3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Samples from my Sketchbook! (NSFW) on: March 14, 2013 04:55:50 PM
Hey there! I thought I'd post a few scans I have of drawings from my favorite sketchbook (for the moment!), which is leather bound and 8.5'' x 11''.

All of these are done with graphite, usually 2B, but with some 6B thrown in for good measure now and then.

This one's a banker type character I ended up with without thinking much.

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Good ol' zombies.

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This one is sketched after a suicide girl, can't remember which one, though.

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Here's a mermaid I drew out of boredom during a law class.

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Last but not least, my lover putting on a blindfold.

I'll probably adapt a few of those to canvas (it's been a while since last time I used my oils!), we'll see!

I hope you like them!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cthulhu! on: February 03, 2013 09:38:33 PM
I recently painted myself a Cthulhu face. He's all oils on a 16'' x 16'' canvas. Done in 4 sittings.

If you like him and would like to see progress pictures and read about my painting process, I covered all that here: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/02/breakdown-of-oil-painting.html

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / N00dz (NSFW!) on: January 23, 2013 09:56:33 AM
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Hey there people!

I just wanted to share pictures of the last few nudes I painted. Some are oil, some are watercolor, I'm sure you're smart enough to guess which is which, but I'll identify them anyways  Tongue

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Dat Ass, watercolor on paper, 10'' x 15''

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Untitled Nude 1, Oil on Canvas, 20'' x 24''

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Sugar Tits, Watercolor on Paper, 9'' x 12''
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Untitled Nude 2, Oil on Canvas, 12'' x 16''

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Self Portrait, levitating; Watercolor on Paper, 10'' x 15''

aaand that's it. I hope you like them, feel free to ask any question you may have, comment & critique!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / More Tiny Heads! (PIC HEAVYYYY!) on: January 15, 2013 12:00:42 PM
Hey there!

I made a bunch of shrunken heads. Even though I've already shown off my first one before, I thought I'd share pictures of those new ones with you guys.

Each head is made of latex, butcher's twine, and kanekalon.

The second-to-last is a custom order to guy who used to teach me puppetering, set and prop building, and the last one is a little something for my college's christmas tree.

If you want to make your own just take a look HERE and HERE.

I hope you like them!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 08, 2013 09:39:27 AM
Hey there crafty folks!

I recently finished making & mounting a hand of glory reproduction.

A hand of glory, for those not versed much in old creepy talismans or the potter verse (Draco Malfoy uses one to escape the room of requirements!), is the mummified hand of a criminal who died at the gallows.

This was used mostly by thiefs because when the fingers, or a candle made from the fat of the dead man placed in the palm, were lit, the inhabitants of a building would fall into a deep sleep, that only blowing out the flames (only milk or blood used to work, according to some) could arouse them (from their sleep. Not something else. silly.)

I made mine using traditional corpsing techniques, by applying liquid latex and toilet paper on a skeleton hand armature, which I made using crappy, cheap markers, hot glue & string.

Those are the fingers before beefing up the knuckles

Knuckles beefed up!

Now with a newspaper & tape forearm

And here's the beef!

Plastic nails were added

And now a bit of paint...

And here's your hand!

It's looking so much better enshrined in a shadow box.

It took just a few hours to make,  the hand cost tops 5$ in materials, and you can make it cheaper using glue instead of latex, the most expensive part was the shadow box which I got unfinished at a local craft store for 8.99$.

If you liked it, I've got a much more in depth, step-by-step, picture heavy tutorial on my blog, in two parts. Feel free to take a look over there!

Part One: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-one.html

Part Two: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-2.html

I hope you enjoyed!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / N. W. Hammersworth, Esq., & M. Cockburn. Portraits. on: December 28, 2012 09:29:17 PM
Hey there! Just wanted to share with you two "portraits", painted on Photoshop CS6, using the smallest Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch tablet ever.

First, we have Sir Nigel W. Hammersworth, Esq.

Followed by Lord Montgomery Cockburn.

I hope you like em!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tsantsa with tutorial links on: July 25, 2012 09:28:29 AM

I made a new shrunken head!

you might remember this one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317305.msg3654669#msg3654669

Well, I wasn't totally satisfied, I couldn't manage to put hair on it, and I broke the mold. Derp.

So when, last week, I got my wisdom teeth removed, I decided to start a new one while I recovered, and really document the whole process. I also made the mold stronger and of a better quality, so I can pull many latex copies, and perhaps sell those some day.

If you want full details, here's part one, which covers sculptin, molding and casting:

And here's part two, which covers painting, decorating, and finishing:

Take care!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / three pieces of religious satire. Oil on canvas. on: August 06, 2011 07:11:50 PM
Ok, so I'm working on my first solo art show, which will happen this november in a dark, crummy little bar, no less!

Most of works featured will be satirical in nature, and mostly inspired by classical or religious imagery, with a creepy little twist from yours truly.

Here's three that I consider to be a satire of christendom, or mostly, of what the twisted minds of corrupt men made of christianity. Thus, those who might take offense, rest assured that it is not a mockery of christianity (I myself am a baptised catholic), but mostly a statement directed at the hypocrisy that once controlled the head of the church, and the iconography commonly accepted for religious figures, which don't always make sense when you think of it.

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