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Author Topic: A few of my humble Lovecraftian creations (photo heavy)  (Read 55123 times)
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« Reply #275 on: April 16, 2015, 10:03:02 am »

Thank you for the link.  A beautifully done document.
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« Reply #276 on: April 16, 2015, 10:30:00 am »

Thank you sir. I was really happy with how it came out. Using Photoshop and my printer rather than my usual method of staining or baking the paper worked pretty well.

Printing the brownish texture on the backside as well helped a lot.
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« Reply #277 on: April 16, 2015, 01:27:27 pm »

Actually I'm female, for a while I signed myself The lady with the unusual walking stick.  I enjoy your work, it has inspired me to do some files as eldritch books.
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« Reply #278 on: April 16, 2015, 06:02:33 pm »

Oops. I'm so sorry. I'm glad to have been of help.
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« Reply #279 on: April 16, 2015, 08:08:13 pm »

And here's my latest commission piece, Dr Jeffrenson's retirement gift. Etched, lacquered wood.



w/ cover letter.




And inside, the actual specimens.



A few closeups.



More detail descriptions are available on my DeviatArt page.

http://herbertw.deviantart.com/


That is a very, very fine piece of work; I hope the recipient feels suitably chuffed to receive such a distinctive gift.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #280 on: April 17, 2015, 12:08:08 am »

They seem very pleased. So I'm happy.
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« Reply #281 on: April 17, 2015, 05:36:17 pm »

Something I like so much about your creations is that they look so real. None of it looks look fake, not at all.  It's as if you reached through into an alternate reality and retrieved these items.  That indeed is an art.
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« Reply #282 on: April 18, 2015, 01:05:42 am »

You're also very kind to say so. Thanks. I'm a big fan of realism. Which can be a problem when I try to make steampunk items. I tend to create things that are very utilitarian. i.e. a bit boring, without to touch of whimsicality that comes with a good steamy gadget.

But I'm working on it.
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« Reply #283 on: May 10, 2015, 10:27:14 am »

A sneak peak at my next piece.



Naturally the skeleton will need some work.
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« Reply #284 on: May 10, 2015, 03:24:04 pm »

See Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book although, I presume, yours will be mummified rather than pressed.
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« Reply #285 on: May 10, 2015, 04:00:50 pm »

Just went through the entire topic : D Really amazing work!
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« Reply #286 on: May 11, 2015, 01:39:59 am »

A sneak peak at my next piece.

Naturally the skeleton will need some work.

I like it.  How about embedding it in plaster of Paris or some suitable resin?  Fossilised Fairy!
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« Reply #287 on: May 11, 2015, 09:03:46 am »


I like it.  How about embedding it in plaster of Paris or some suitable resin?  Fossilised Fairy!

Maybe in a future piece (I still have plenty of skeletons). This ones going to be mummified, then stuck in a black shadow box as a preserved specimen (like an insect).
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« Reply #288 on: May 15, 2015, 10:15:01 am »

Even in the age of steam, one occasionally requires the protection of the gods of the old world.

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« Reply #289 on: May 18, 2015, 04:42:14 pm »

Oh my goodness! I'm in love with this thread! What wonderful creations! Well done, sir. Well done indeed!
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« Reply #290 on: May 18, 2015, 08:00:01 pm »

A sneak peak at my next piece.

Love it.
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« Reply #291 on: May 18, 2015, 08:31:34 pm »

And here's what we have so far. I've fleshed out the head and shoulders with epoxy putty, and begun skinned the torso with tissue paper and white glue. Also reshaped the feet, thinned the wrist and ankle bones, then held them in front of a heatgun to reshape the feet and hands into more realistic poses.






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« Reply #292 on: May 21, 2015, 02:21:56 am »

And here we have one mummified faerie, currently on loan from the British Museum.









After an undercoat of dark brown and much drybrushing with shades of tan, golden yellow, and cream, I got her to the point I was satisfied.

I had a small shadow box with some butterflies (now resting safely on my bookshelf) that I found at Goodwill for a few bucks that I took apart, and after attaching the fairy to some textured paper from the craft store, backed by a bit of carboard, and inserted it into the box. You can't see them well, but there are straight pins tucked under the fairies arms and between the legs. a bit of copper wire holds the severed leg in place.
As an afterthought, I added some hair by unraveling a piece of hemp cord and tucking them under the body. (couldn't find my doll head dangit).
Then I went online and found some old British Museum labels that I Photoshopped, printed out, cut out, then stuck on the back.
And there's your finished fairy, all ready to go to its new owner.
The only 'oops' in the process is that when assembled, the tip of the fairies nose broke against the inside of the glass. I dabbed a little brown paint on to hide the break, and we were fine.
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« Reply #293 on: May 21, 2015, 02:55:12 am »

I like it, but the wings bother me.  They are too obviously maple seeds.  The rest is very convincing, the wings not so much.
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« Reply #294 on: May 21, 2015, 03:54:38 am »

I like it, but the wings bother me.  They are too obviously maple seeds.  The rest is very convincing, the wings not so much.

Camouflage?

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« Reply #295 on: May 21, 2015, 11:18:29 am »

Well I took your comment to heart, and redid it overnight, printing out a set of Cicada wings onto printable plastic film, spritzed it with transluscent brown spray, and glued them in place. I also added more hair, and updated the name tag.  So it's more of a traditional fairy now. Better?

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« Reply #296 on: May 21, 2015, 12:30:54 pm »

Fantastic in my opinion.  Looks complete now.
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« Reply #297 on: May 21, 2015, 01:08:39 pm »

Mummified fairy. Note the perfect preservation of the delicate wing structure.
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« Reply #298 on: May 21, 2015, 05:20:14 pm »

Mummified fairy. Note the perfect preservation of the delicate wing structure.

Yeah I know. But I couldn't figure out a way to sand, file, or otherwise rough up thin acrylic sheet.Too floppy you see.

So, careful scientists and fairy magic anyone?
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« Reply #299 on: May 21, 2015, 05:34:17 pm »

A little bit of heat might do it.
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