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Time to put together the ideas in my head,  with the materials in my basement.  Etsy store,  here I come.

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Laurel is out of town and I’m finally getting motivated on my next set of door knockers. This is the first truly mass produced set. I bought enough parts to make 50 of them, these are the first 10. They still need a few screws and some primer, then it’s on to the painting. I need to get them out the door, I just booked an awesome wedding band!

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I see a video like this and it reminds me that sometimes I say to Laurel “I can’t really draw” and she laugh’s at me and tells me I’m just doubting myself. I can copy somebodies drawing style, but I can never really find my own. When I sit down and really want to draw something I can never think of anything. I think I need to start doing still life or something just to get my hands back in shape. I know there’s good drawings in there somewhere.

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So a few weeks ago I published a photo of two skulls that I sold to a couple in Maryland. They had the order in for a long time, but I hadn’t finished them. For some reason I was having a horrible time deciding if they were cool enough yet. I think it’s because they were the first ones that I did in black with colors instead of a normal dark in the eyes kind of thing. Here are some pictures of it in progress. I really like the finished products, but I think there’s something to be said about the gloss black and gloss red. I just need to get it right and figure out how to use oil paints better.

Gloss black and red

Gloss black and red


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Carter Skull

Carter Skull

Hamill Skull

Hamill Skull

I finally delivered these last Monday. I’d been working on them for a long time. I got an email from someone who had seen them at Artomatic and wanted one for a unique wedding gift for a friend and one for herself. She wanted them to be mostly black with these specific colors. I hadn’t done a one with black as the main color. I had a few false starts and paint mistakes, but in the end I think they came out awesome.

Things I learned from these.

  1. Gloss black is cool by itself, but hard to do color effects over.
  2. I hate oil paints.
  3. Airbrushing is both harder and easier than I thought.
  4. Plaster casts can be brittle.
  5. I need to pay attention to knocker length. (that’s what she said)
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Or at least that’s what I call it.

Laurel was working tonight and I had some projects that I needed to get done so I put on my art boots and got to work. Once again this camera sucks, but I think it’s good enough for this.

This did not turn out right

This did not turn out right

black and red "carter"

black and red

Purple and Green "Hamill"

Purple and Green

Old copper

Old copper

Pewter

Pewter

I still need to work on a couple of these, but I really had doubts about a couple of them. The red and black one is my favorite, I was REALLY unsure about the purple and green. I couldn’t seem to get it not to look cheesy. But a little time, some chances, and I’m really getting siked about the results.

Later!

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