Mwaah hahahahaa! As you may recall, there were “projects and more projects…” during this Mentally Challenging March. Did you know that I was freaky, baby? I made a tumorous-eyed-thingy lighter case for a disposable lighter.
Since then, I’ve detailed it further by dry brushing red and black pastel powder sparingly… and did I mention sparingly? I’ve explained in the past how I apply pastel powder to weather a robotic cyborg from the future to make it look more rugged (for the ladies), but never on a piece so pink and wrinkly. It’s surprisingly similar, just different colors really, but I applied them more sparingly. Here’s a link to it if you’re curious; it’s only a robotic cyborg from the future. That’s all.
First, I brushed the red pastel powder into the corners of the eyes, then other areas where the skin looked “extra tender”. I followed the red with a little black pastel powder brushed in the deeper looking creases to accent all the little wrinkles.
To keep the powders in their places I sprayed the whole piece with 2 coats of a semi-gloss acrylic clear coat. The semi-gloss also made the skin look a little oily and a lot creepy!
The finishing touch that really drove the realism home, for me, was when I painted the edges of the eyes and the corners of the mouth-looking flaps with an acrylic clear gloss.
Keep an eye out on Etsy. This original piece will be going up for sale there soon.
Speaking of Etsy…
In an exciting turn of events, I am now an internationally recognized artist… OR craftsman… arts and craftsman! George Smith, one of Australia’s celebrated art collectors globally renowned for his fine taste, left a comment along with his purchase of one of my handmade brass Tyrannosaurus Rex belt buckles. It read:
“I really should not be buying this, but it’s the best thing I have ever seen.”
Did you know it costs $58.00 to ship a padded envelope from the post office here in Florida to Australia?! Well it doesn’t… turns out it actually costs $38.00 but they didn’t mention that at my local UPS store. I’ve been going to that UPS store for some time now because it’s so close to my home, and the employees are funny and pleasant… but not $20 pleasant!
Suffice to say, I’m going to be making the extra trip to the post office. I’l also be making some more of these T-Rex belt buckles in case you might want one. Check out a past post on how I created this dashing accessory. I’ve never been the type of person to toot my own horn and I’m not going to start now. All I ask is that you reread George’s quote a few times and let that FACT sink in.
Thanks again George!