Introducing NOCTURNUS, my eight legged entry for Davis Graveyard SpiderFest 2010.
This is a big fella, his body and head are 19 inches long and 10 inches wide and with the legs attached he measures 41 inches long and 36 inches wide.
The legs were designed to be detachable for shipping and storage purposes plus it allows the legs to be angled in whatever direction to achieve some very different looks.
The color scheme is simply black and white, I had played around with some different colors but felt the black and white suited him best.
When creating this piece I paid special attention to how it would look from all different angles because the spider will be hung from a tree and chances are it will turn in the wind and all sides will at some point be visible.
When taking these photographs I was pleased that NOCTURNUS was interesting from any angle.
Tomorrow I will coat him with some Spar Urethane to protect him from the rain then get him shipped mid-week so the can be part of Davis Graveyard SpiderFest 2010.
An update on the Davis Graveyard Spider for SpiderFest 2010…let me just say that I “changed gears”…yes the pun is intended.
A week or so ago I posted some teaser photos of my spider and as the clues suggested it was going to be a steampunk skeleton spider.
My original concept was to make a mechanical body with skeletal legs and head and as sometimes happens the concept wasn’t working and it was time for plan B.
The biggest problem I was having were the head and body proportions plus I really didn’t care for the angle of the legs.
The deciding factor to change my direction was that the spider wasn’t creepy.
The Davis Graveyard is sort of a spooky elegance and the steampunk spider was going in an opposite direction.
So here’s the new spider complete with a big bulbous body, a skull like head and eight large removable legs to accommodate shipping and storage.
There is still a fair amount of work to be done but I like the direction and think he now has a creep factor worthy of his destination.
I hope they like him.
You’ve heard of the Davis Graveyard right?
Have you heard about SpiderFest 2010?
The Davis Graveyard SpiderFest 2010 is a group prop idea where anyone can build a spider, send it off to the Davis Graveyard and it will be displayed in a big old willow tree during the month of October.
Sounds fun right?
Well after seeing a couple of incredible spiders that were created for this festive event I thought it would be fun to participate.
For some inspiration you can check out Mr. Chicken’s very cool spider or Pumpkinrot’s creepy creation.
I’ve got a few more days of work to go before my entry is complete, in the meantime enjoy a couple of teaser pics.
Yes it will be a spider and no I’m not just blowing steam, you have not been punk’d.
One final thing.. it’s made from papier mache.