Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brothers Grimm - Sculpting the Boar Head Maquette

Tips for using Polymer Clay
1. Use Vaseline to add non-baked clay to baked clay.
2. If the clay is dried-out and hard soften it by beating it with a rubber hammer.
3. You can bake polymer clay in a toaster oven.
4. Use a mirror to check the symmetry of your sculpture.

Wild Boar's Head Maquette

I'm in the process of sculpting a boar head maquette for the upcoming art show / book release:  Iron John & Other Grimm Brothers Faerie Stories.

The final boar head will be about the size of buffalo's head. Also, instead of using Super Sculpy I plan on using spray foam for the final. Maybe if this mini-boar head turns out well I will say it is one of the boar's babies, muahahaha!

You can see some of the illustrations for the book and my trading screens in the background. Sometimes when you trade stocks there's a lot of sitting around and waiting.

img of Wildschwein and cute baby boars
How can something so ugly be so freaking cute?!?!
I've started referring to the maquette as Boarby, although in the original Grimm Brothers text the boar is called Wildschwein.
In the story called, The Singing Bone, "Boarby" is an evil forrest boar who has killed tons of people with his terrible tusks. Two brothers set off to rid the land of beast and claim for themselves a prize.

Update, several hours later:

polymer clay boar head sculpture for Brothers Grimm Illustration Book
Halfway stage.

polymer clay boar head sculpture for Brothers Grimm Illustration Book
Still have to add his "terrible tusks" and right ear.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Ratfist - Webcomic by Doug TenNapel

Ratfist Webcomic Doug TenNapel
Ratfist by Doug TenNapel
Ratfist officially launches today...woot!

Doug TenNapel, creator of  Earthworm Jim, Catscratch, The Neverhood, Ghostopolis, and Creature Tech is a guy that is really freaking tall.

TenNapel's style is reminiscent of the Spaceman Spiff stories within the Calvin and Hobbes universe, but with a little more grit. I love his off-the-wall characters and witty dialogue. What really shines are his original off-beat concepts, paired with loose masterful brushwork.

Something New, Something Old
Ratfist will be his first webcomic. I guess afterwards he will return to his traditional Japanese Sumi paintbrush methods as opposed to the digital drawing process he used in some of his previous graphic novels.
meat donut
Why did they ruin this masterpiece
with tomatoes?!

For me, Doug's stories are like a meat filled doughnut, tasty sugary goodness on  the outside yet centered with meaty meaning and substance.

Some of Doug's other work:
ratfist doug tennapel creature techratfist doug tennapel creature tech

Rat Testicles, Commentary:
I have heard that Doug produces his work very quickly, it must be true because in under a minute he replied to my comment about rat testicles:

Jacobromeo had this to say about Doug's work:

Agricola - Board Game Review (kinda)

The Photoshop Grass Brush was
used to illustrate the sheeps fur...
need I say more? 

Supposedly this game Agricola is really fun to play.

The Simpsons, Stonecutter meeting mocking the Masons.

I couldn't get past the initial set up and the lengthy instruction manual. I'm guessing it's like a secret Stonecutter thing. IF, you know how to pronounce Agricola correctly, then you MIGHT be invited to play a round with someone "in the know". Only then will you learn how to properly setup the multiple gameboards and if you still have stamina left, play the game.

The artwork, as with some other popular strategy boardgames on, is shoddy at best. Take a look at: "Social Climber" and "Village Elder". 

< How can they get away with such blatant rip-offs?

The guy on the left is obviously Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the guy on the right looks like a Hayao Miyazaki character, from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

"every last inch of me's covered with hair"

Nausicaa Mustache Man