‘Votive of the Deep One’, finished photos.

Finally finished molding and casting the ‘Votive of the Deep One’, seen in my previous post.

Overall I was pleased with the initial cast, but will tweak some things to get a better ‘aged bronze’ look to it.

I am wanting to develop a lot more projects and items like this in the future, but materials can be costly, and I try to keep my prices at a reasonable and affordable amount. Sale prices like this help get my name out, and also help me build up funds as well. Any help, is always appreciated.

‘Votive of the Deep One’

Started a new piece just a few days ago, and so far it’s coming out very well.

I’ve been racking my brain on attempting to figure out more Lovecraft/Cthulhu based pieces, from idols, other tablet artifacts, anything. Sometimes, being your own boss just sucks.
Mike Mignola of Hellboy fame is an inspiration of mine, and I love that his comic style isn’t the usual norm. Each page, heck, each PANEL seems to be a stand alone piece, and he often hides little vignettes of artifacts, statues, and other little treasures, in the background or right in a separate panel.

While browsing http://www.artofmikemignola.com, I came across an image of ‘Abe Sapien’ with a curious little piece right in the middle.

I’ve been looking over my collection of Hellboy titles for inspiration, finding a little, but not enough. So that one just hit me.
So scrounging up supplies, doing my own doodles to decipher his work, I went and started a small piece.

It’s done in Super Sculpey Firm, and is 3 inches long by 2 inches wide. I plan on doing some texturing work next, and hope to have it molded and cast this weekend.

Enjoy!

Cthulhu Cultist artifact.

A while ago, I had started yet ANOTHER Skyrim build, and wanted to experiment with a new technique. I have alot of Sculpey laying around, and thought I would try and use some of it. The intent was to make my base form on a piece of thick clear acrylic, bake it with a heat gun, then pop it off and smooth it down, and add on the details. I was going to go this route to try and get as crisp and clean details as possible.

Unfortunately, I neglected in thinking ahead, and the piece was affixed to the acrylic after backing. I tried multiple methods of getting it off intact, but ultimately, failed. The piece cracked in an unusual manner, and I thought, ‘Huh, this looks like it could be used for something’, then tossed it as side for a rainy day.

The above photos show you the first initial set up of the prop, as you will see, it went through some minor changes. Originally I had thought of doing two separate metal pieces on the top, but could not decide what should go in either one, so I just made it a single piece. Since the Sculpey was already cured, all the work was done with a hobby knife and files, which made it a fairly easy build at that point.

Except, I couldn’t really decide on what to put down. The first big hurdle was the writing. While thinking of this piece, I knew I wanted some sort of untranslatable foreign language to be prominent on the artifact, but had a hard time figuring out how to make it all branch together. After getting some scans of some of Lovecraft’s drawings, and going to the library looking up ancient languages, I eventually settled on basing it off of the image of the ‘Elder Sign’, while doodling for the center piece.

Here’s why: I’ve always felt that the Elder Sign looked like a very archaic symbol, like it was first scratched into a cave wall by someones bloody finger nails to try and ward of the terror that was consuming the world. Since the mythos of Cthulhu is supposed to be so ancient, that made sense, also that perhaps, some form of secret language could be based off that single glyph. So I set forth working on variations of the Elder Sign, and began to etch it into the Sculpey with files. It took some time, but I was very pleased. I may go back at some point and try and do actual translations using those symbols for, well…something?

So here we are, the finished piece. I picture it as something a cultist may have found in an attempt to prove their devotion, and over the centuries its been worn down, cracked, lost, dirtied, yet the depiction of the Elder God seems to be the least blemished. The symbols on the back must baffle most archaeologists, as its more mechanical and unrelated to the glyph’s on the front. What a secret….

I may be making this available on Etsy soon, but also, please check out my Facebook page as well!
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H.P. Lovecraft Relief.

Several weeks ago I started a small portrait of the author, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors since childhood, as I had taken a copy of ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ from the library of my middle school, and was well, scared silly. I never finished the book until about 6 months ago, and seeing as though I currently reside in Providence, I thought it would be fitting to do a piece of him.

I started by just working on a small portrait, as I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach this, as I had way to many ideas (as usual). I thought of doing some sort of idle, or votive piece. I have a tendency of not really nailing down an idea when I start random projects like this. Occasionally it can be a good thing, but often times it tends to get me caught in too many directions, and things never get finished.

Here’s the initial portrait!

It’s a fairly simple portrait, and rather thin. I made a mold out of this (after smoothing out details, and adding in sculpted eyes), and it then proceeded to sit on the back burner for about two months. Eventually I got around to checking it out again, and thought about finishing it. Of course, I started to come up with yet more ideas, did a few sketches and mock ups, but nothing really seemed to click for me.

One night however, after picking up some more Lovecraft books from a used bookstore, and thought of a few more ideas. I had wanted to base it on a combination of something from his mythos, as well as using references from Art Nouveau or Art Decor. I did alot of doodles, looked at alot of posters and such, but again, couldn’t quite figure out the look.

Eventually, I decided on just starting to sculpt, and if something comes out from it, then go for it.

So I put on ‘Tucker and Dale VS The Evil’ on Netflix, and got to working.

This, was the end result:

The face was not the clay version shown above, I did a quick cast in resin, and then just sculpted around it. I had done a few quick mock up’s, and eventually decided on basing it around Lovecraft’s main character: Cthulhu. Wings and tentacles seemed the most simplistic way of going about it, and I also wanted to add an ‘Elder Sign’ as well. Now, I’m not entirely versed on lore around Cthulhu, so I could have easily mix mashed two completely different malevolent powers! Hopefully my intestines don’t get infested with bunnies, or my socks all turn into soggy pasta. Or…something bizarre.

Yet another mold, but this time around something better suited to make multiple pulls, and after an initial test case (and failure), I did another cold-metal casting with the nickle powder.

Really, REALLY pleased with the results!

I am INCREDIBLY please with this piece, and the first casting is already mounted on my wall.