A twist on the papier mache zombie head, now you can display your zombie slaying prowess with these all mounted zombie trophy heads.
Last August I started offering Papier-mâché miniature village classes where participants could created small houses or building in a scale that matched that of Dept. 56, Lemax and HO model railroads. The classes proved to be tremendously fun and creative. I have never been a fan of working on small scale Papier-mâché pieces but this workshop proved to be an exception to the rule. The classes started as making haunted structures but evolved into Christmas themed, Gingerbread and Seuss inspired Who-ville buildings.
This evening I experimented with some anamorphic artwork. Anamorphic artwork is flat art (2D) that has been distorted so that when viewed from a certain vantage point appears three dimensional. These examples were achieved using Photoshop and some of my old artwork, in addition to the distortion adding shadows and cutting the paper added to the illusion. The 3D effect only works if you close one eye or view it through a camera lens, even so I’m sure there could be a cool application in a haunt or Halloween display. There are a lot of tutorials and videos showing how to creating this effect, I followed a tutorial on www.instructables.com to create these pieces.
This year we had two Halloween displays. The first was for Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge during the last weekend in September and the second was on Halloween night at the studio. The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge was a take on a dark carnival freakshow while Halloween at the studio was a display of previously built pieces.
The yard display went up on Monday, October 28th and while technically it was the smallest display we have done since 2006 it did feature a lot of new pieces.
New for 2013 were three large Green Demons, two Green Goblins, a dozen papier mache Tombstones and two new Gargoyles.
The three evenings leading up to Halloween were beautiful but Wednesday night the rain started and by my estimation we received over two inches of rain by Thursday morning. This is the second year of crappy weather but we pushed through the mess and had a fun Halloween all the same.
Hope everybody’s favorite day was fun and safe….now get started on 2014!
What happens when Home Depot asks you to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge?
There were two zombie workshops going on this past week and as you can see in the photographs there was a lot of zombie building intensity happening in the studio.
Check out the workshop schedule for a couple more zombie building opportunities in August.’
Sculpting with homemade paper clay is a lot different than sculpting with oil or water based clay. Once you learn how it behaves you can make it do what you wish.
My Mighty Midland Mantis sculpture is on display in downtown Midland until mid September. The Mantis is located on the corner of West Main and Gordon…across the street from the H Hotel. He’s big, he’s bright and pretty photogenic. As one of the participating artists I was invited to Dow Diamond to watch a Loon’s baseball game in the Chemical Bank suite…good food and good company.