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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk stiltwalker costume - Pic heavy! on: May 17, 2009 06:13:00 PM

Hello, ye bunchy o' crafty folks!

As a final project for college, I made me a costume to wear on stilts!

It was inspired by a desire to make something steampunk-ish, with a bit of cyberpunk influences, but all in all inspired by the works of Giger.

I also wanted to make something big, something that would be noticed, and at 9' tall, I think I managed this pretty well!

It was quite a lot of job to build (the mask, the pants and the stilts were made from scratch), and very sweaty to wear, but definitively worth it.

The mask was started by making a duct tape mold of my face. I did it by myself, at 11pm, in front of the mirror. Lots of swearing was caused by this simple step. Afterwards, pieces of leather and polyurethane were glued to the "mask", followed by lenses from aviator glasses that were to big for my face, anyways.

The "respirator" is a cheap plastic horn that I conformed to my face after heating it. I attached to it a few feet of tubing to complete the look.

Most of the clothes I already had, and all it took was some heavy distressing to make them look the way I wanted. I had to buy the hockey shoulder pads, but at 4$ it wasn't too much of an expense.

The pants were sewn by my adorable mom; they're the pants I usually wear when I'm hired as a stiltwalker/clown (best job ever).

The stilts are made mostly out of basswood, glue and huge screws. Some bits of tubing were taped on there, I stapled some old mesh I bought after halloween, and a bit of paint later they were done.

Here are some "construction" pics:

I made a wooden dummy in a hurry so it could be shown standing at our final art show. The dummy is made mostly out of wood and foam, and without the stilts stands 6' tall, a bit shorter than me, but it does its job pretty well nonetheless.

Before the final show, me and another steampunk fan who's also a close friend decided to do a bit of publicity for the show. We both went distributing invitation cards on which were written both the place and the schedule of the art show, and which were made in an Art Nouveau style, inspired by the calling cards of the victorian era.

For my own safety, I decided to put on my 1.6' stilts instead of the 3' stilts I made for the costume, so I may look a bit short  Tongue

If anyone of you needs more info about how and why I did this, just ask and i'll be glad to answer!  comments and critiques are most welcomed, as always! thanks!

22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pope Alexander VI - Caricature on: April 29, 2009 06:13:49 PM
Here's a caricature of pope Alexander VI, alias Roderic Llanol de Borja i Borja (Rodrigo Borgia).

He's in my opinion one of the worst popes ever, and he was a great fun to paint! I strongly suggest you to look up his name on wikipedia, he was quite a sinful and interesting fellow.

The painting is acrylic on canvas marouflaged on hardboard, and mesures 70'' x 18''.
My college's library has let me known they were interested in acquiring & displaying it permanently. I'll let you know if it happens!

BTW sorry for the bad pictures, i'll get a better one soon, I swear! Wink

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wunderkammer in a box (dead animals ahead!) on: March 05, 2009 08:04:02 PM
firstly, ladies and gents...


The rats were bought dead & frozen as snake food at a pet shop. They were humanily euthanized.

And taxidermy, even though it might seem gross, is a craft that helped science and sideshows for years and musn't die, so don't go around saying "oh that's cruel! and so disgusting! I don't respect you anymore! when you'll die I'll urinate on your grave!" because, in all respects, I won't give a rat's ass (Oh! a pun! I rock)

However, believe me when I say I respect animals and would never harm one (unless I planned on eating it for dinner.) Thus, I respect animal rights activists and vegans (As long as they don't think they are worth more than me nor go berzerk on my skinny little buttocks.)


I built myself a wunderkammer (cabinet of wonders, which is, one could say, a shrine dedicated to curiosity Wink )!!!

and it's small enough to hang on a wall!!!

how wonderful!!

It was a long and complicated craft. I made all the woodwork myself (which includes the support for the geode and fossil, the support for the preserved rats, the mystery box with an eye on it, the small box with stamps and quartz in it and the main box.)

The small with the "Rattus norvegicus" label contains the skinned remains of a small domestic rat preserved in alcohol. The other small jar contains the organs of 2 of these rats. I used the skin of the preserved rat to make a finger puppet for a friend. I skinned, tanned then stuffed the other rat, and "mummified" his body. He is now dancing on the top of the "mystery box" with his own skin.

Speaking of the mystery box(the one with the eye on it), it contains a flickering yellow LED. Although the amount of light emitted is small, it is enough, when you peek in the box (the pupil of the eye is a peep hole), to see a close-up of a woman's anus. that's what you get for being to curious.

The rest is just random rocks, crystals, fossils, stamps, aged anatomical charts and coins glued here and there. The hand holding the magnifier was made with wire, cotton and latex.

If you need more information, just ask!

It's my entry in the shrine challenge, if you like it, show me some love with your vote!

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Horace the mechanically separated pig! on: February 19, 2009 12:15:12 PM
Hi folks! here's the last sculpture I did for my 3D art class in college.

The head is a real pig's skull, retrieved from a previous taxidermy project. I welded the skeleton from different gauges of mild steel bars and wires, and covered it in chicken wire and plastic wrap. The lighting is simply a small set of incandescent christmas lights.

In darkness, internal lighting turned on:

In plain light:

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 5' marionnette on: February 07, 2009 07:58:29 AM
Meet Klaus das Kunstlicher Mann, a 5' wood, foam, and papier mach marionette.

He has a great range of motion, and is articulated mostly with tenon and open mortise joints, but is too tall and too heavy to be manipulated standing by one person. He can easily be manipulated when he is sitting down, though.

I welded the support he is hung from with scrap steel, in a configuration that permitted me to pose him the way I wanted when he was exhibited.

Myself enjoying a beer on stilts with Klaus

26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Nude male sketches! yay! (slightly NSFW) on: February 05, 2009 06:10:33 PM
Yesterday, there was a drawing "workshop" if we can call it that way with Jean-Denis, a male model hired frequently by my college. there was no teacher this time, we just drew what we wanted the way we wanted and Jean-Denis chose the poses himself and kept them as long as he was comfortable.

Here are 4 of my sketches (there are 9 in total), done in charcoal, sanguine and white comt crayon on manilla paper. The model kept the poses about 20 minutes so in all there's about an hour and a half worth of work in these 4 sketches (which are about 24''x 18''.)


27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self portrait on slab of beef with power outlet on: October 10, 2008 06:29:12 PM
Completely random, like me!

Acrylic on hardboard, 18'' x 24''

I look meatier than I actually am, but that's a tendency I have to always make my subjects larger when I do a portrait or model drawing. (to those who wonder, i'm 6'2'', 145 pounds, to give you an idea of my level of fleshyness Tongue )

what I don't like is that it was painted when my mohawk was getting long and looks much more like a faux hawk. (it's actually a thick mohawk that gets thinner the further you go from the hairline down to the nape)

28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cabinet of Curiosities picture serie (warning: body parts and dead animals) on: September 15, 2008 07:29:04 PM
Hi there! I've just finished a trio of pictures you guys might enjoy.

They were all taken at my college (cegep de jonquiere), with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera (borrowed at the same college).

The specimens were in the biology labs, except for the stuffed rats, which I did myself. (no animals were harmed for this purpose, they died of natural causes.)

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bismuth - GITD Stop-Motion Puppet! EDIT: now with his friend Astatine! on: August 10, 2008 08:44:38 PM
Hi! I made this puppet called Bismuth this evening. It was a quick but fun craft and i'm very happy with the results! I'll update this with an animation as soon as I can.

It's simply polymer clay over a simple wire armature. I used glow in the dark clay, and colored it with light washes, so it still glows. Unfortunately, my crap camera can't pic k it up in the dark.

My girlfriend loved it as soon as she saw it, so we made another one together. She designed it and I helped her make it. His name is Astatine.

I hope you like it  Grin

(for the curious, Bismuth looks like this:

and astatine looks like this:
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / from 2006 les paul to retro rockin' rockabilly guitar! (pic heavy) on: June 22, 2008 07:36:17 PM
So earlier this month I started a thread in which I showed my guitar, with swallows I painted on with acrylic paints. Well, the swallows were rubbing off, and there was a few pretty large scratches all over my guitar, so I decided to refinish it completely. I took out all the hardware and electronics, and stripped the paint off, sanded the body, repainted it, and polished it to a nice, shiny finish, but less smooth than before to give the guitar a used look so scratches and bumps won't show as much.

here's before:

stripped, sanded, and stained to a nice faded color:

the devil design:

during the painting:



look at that sheeeeeeen!

also, take a good look at that devil 'cause i'm effin proud of it! I designed it on a whim without any reference!

This craft made me learn a lot both about painting, wood finishing, electronics and guitars. I had a few problems putting it back together, and it's still not 100%, but the electronics work correctly, so it's just a few small adjustements i'll get done next time I see my gf who's stepdad happens to be an absolute guitar maniac.

If you have any questions about the process, just ask!^^

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