…but you wouldn’t have believed me.
I’ve been in touch with an ol’ friend from almost 10 years ago which, for me, seems like another life ago. He’s a director who’s in pre-production for his next film, Haunting of the Whaley House. It’s a haunted house movie that’s… well, here’s a recent interview:
I’m no expert on REAL life, but in MY life Jose’s the buff of all horror film buffs. Ghoulish memories of Jose inspired this aborted… tumor… thing. For my own additional delight, I gave it a small degree of functionality by making it an Original Art Cover for a disposable Bic lighter.
If you plan to attempt a similar feat of daring-do PLEASE do not put even a “dead” disposable lighter in the oven. The trick is to loosely wrapped a piece of aluminum foil around the disposable lighter. It’ll need to slide off with the sculpture EASILY before it’s baked. Heed this warning friends, I do not want you having a hard time getting the lighter out once you’ve put all that work and effort into the detail… as I did. :\
Using some of the “cataract eyes” I made, I was going to apply more Super Sculpey and really get cranking on this puppy when I found a great flocking tutorial from Matthew Levin. He’s a sculptor of bizarre misshapen dangley-skinned characters who seem to literally ooze with life. This is where things get really flocking freaky! As experimental as I think I am with mixing clays and applying powders, I had never heard of the “flocking” he uses. My local art supply store had an assorted color pack of flocking powders for around $30 but all I wanted for now was red. I scoured the interweb, trying to discover just what the heck “flocking” is?! That’s when I found what seems to be the cost effective alternative I was looking for. This is flocking fantastic!
Apparently flocking is just little-bitty fibers. The basic idea behind the do-it-yourself flocking is to unravel ribbon and trim it into fine bits of thread. I must say, once I mixed it into the clay it came out pretty dang similar to what Matt ends up with in his tutorial.
What do you think? See the detail there?
So I sculpted on it for a bit…
It’s nice to “free sculpt”(?) and work on a piece without a precise predefined plan. I just started with the eyelids and worked out from there sculpting flaps, folds, scars and warts.
Besides my usual arsenal of tools, once I got down to the last bits of detail I was only using a sewing needle. Gently adding wrinkles with a sewing needle is definitely a technique worth exploring for sculpting a thin skin effect or “crows feet”.
Update: March Madness continued…