Well it’s almost that time of year again, so I guess I’ll have another attempt at properly carving a Halloween pumpkin ‘a la’ the fantastic Ray Villafane.
I expect his site is getting loads of traffic as everyone checks his pumpkin carving tutorial nowadays, on how he makes such amazing sculptures out of a simple fruit (ok, vegetable if you prefer, but it has seeds, so technically it’s a fruit!), so if it’s down, try checking back later.
If I manage anything not too terrible I’ll post a few pics.
Someone else I meant to post about just a few days after mentioning Yulli, was one of her co-workers from Hot Toys, Kojun
Check out his site and the Hot Toys site for yet more of his amazing work.
I’ll assume anyone reading this knows who Dr. Horrible is (and if you don’t shame on you, either download it on iTunes immediately or if you’re in the US it’s out on DVD, and most certainly pay the official site a visit).
Either way, as I’ve finally started to try my hand at sculpting again I thought a sculpt of the Doc would be quite fun (I’ll also be making a Captain Hammer at some point too). Here’s how far I’ve gotten so far, most advanced sculpt I’ve attempted yet, and I think it nearly looks like him, but not sure how much better I’ll be able to make it. Will hopefully get around to making a full figure (or even action figure if I’m feeling brave) at some point.
I finally got round to finishing the Wolverine blank I mentioned in an earlier post, that I’m hoping to turn in to chocolate lollipops for my wedding.
I kept putting it off because it was taking a lot of work trying to get it all symmetrical, smoothed out and to the high level of finish that I wanted, but my fiancÃ©e reminded me that most people that will be seeing these aren’t comic fans and so won’t care if it looks like who it’s supposed to, or if the right and left sides of his costume match, and it’s only likely to last about three seconds after it’s discovered that they’re made out of chocolate before someone bites the head off anyway, so as she was happy with it I decided to leave him asymmetrical and call him finished.
For a bit of variation, I knocked out an equally asymmetrical Spider-Man (black suit so I didn’t have to try and sculpt the webs 😛 ), the texture looks a little weird on him, as I ran out of primer mid spray.
Figures are in 1/12th scale.
Last weekend I attended the second annual Birmingham International Comics Convention (I know, I didn’t realise there’d been a first either, thanks a lot to a friend of mine who told me about it, you know who you are).
I had a pretty good weekend overall and managed to get out of there spending hardly any money on comics/graphic novels etc, and even managed to snag a few free sketches/signatures from a few luminaries of the comics world.
As I pre-ordered tickets I got entry into the launch night the evening before the show in a pub in Birmingham and found myself sat at a table with Bryan Talbot and Jordan Smith with Mike Carey and lots of other ‘names’ milling around within arms length, but I found myself a little shy that evening (uncharacteristically so, especially with a couple of pints inside me) and decided to let them all talk to people they knew instead of bothering them, before retiring fairly early (not the cheapest bar I’ve been to).
Getting to the show late the next morning, I just managed to get in and get a seat for ‘Comic Artists Flip Out’ which had Alan Davis, Staz Johnson and Mark Buckingham at the front of the room sketching whatever they felt like on A1 sketchpads (and taking requests and answering questions at the same time). It was great fun to watch professionals knock out such good pictures in such short order, and the really good part was that everyone in the audience got a raffle ticket before they started and as soon as a sketch was complete they called a number and whoever had a ticket ‘won’ the sketch. It turns out Mark Farmer was sat in the row in front of me and won the first completed sketch which just so happened to be an Alan Davis Batman, (I was gutted to say the least, but then I actually won a Mark Buckingham sketch myself).
Later on after queuing for an age I got to talk to Dave Gibbons who was a genuinely friendly and chatty bloke. As I knew Dave was going to be at this event I thought it would be fun to try and make something to take along and get signed, but as I’m still not very good or fast and only had a limited amount of time to work on anything I decided to use one of the penguin cast-off’s I had lying around from the penguins I make for my fiancÃ©e I made a couple of ‘Rorschach Penguins’ gave one to Dave to keep, and he was more than happy to sign the other one for me as well as do me a little personalized Rorschach sketch and sign all my copies of ‘Watchmen‘.
After a bit more wandering round I just managed to catch Mike Mignola before he went off for the first of his Q&A sessions of the weekend and gave him a ‘Hell Penguin’ custom I’d made and got him to sign one for me too. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get into his incredibly popular talk that day, but did manage to catch the ‘Darkness Calls‘ talk the next day as well as see the Q&A session with the incredibly talented and unassuming Kevin Nowlan who later on did a quick Wasp headsketch for Susan and a Jack B. Quick for me.
My only regrets from the weekend were missing the Adi Granov and Esad Ribic talk and the Matt Hollingsworth colouring master-classes and that I didn’t manage to get more sketches and signatures, but then there’s always next year.
I decided to make an original and collectable style toy for my girlfriends birthday as a unique gift and it also gave me an excuse to put everything I’d learned in my First and Second attempts into practice.
The full process (if not as detailed as my first two experiments) can be found either through my Toy Making Page or directly here