Thursday, December 22, 2011

King Kong Auction

I'm selling my bust of Kong mauling a skull island native on eBay. I hate parting with him but I need the space for new work.

"This is a handmade, one of a kind sculpture of King Kong for sale. Inspired by the 1933 horror film this bust depicts Kong chewing on a Skull Island native. It would make an eye catching addition to any collection! The bust is an impressively sized piece measuring 19" L X 15 1/2" H X 11" W and is sculpted in Apoxie Sculpt clay. Apoxie Sculpt is a two part epoxy type clay that when set is extremely hard and durable. Adding to the realism of the sculpture is the actual grass skirt and real miniature necklace the native wears".

Anyone looking for an interesting one of a kind piece for your collection stop by eBay and check out my auction:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Peggy the Seagull

Last year my wife and I were throwing some leftovers to the seagulls. Competition among the gulls to get at the chow can be pretty intense.

It was then that I happened to notice a seagull with a strange leg watching us in the distance. Its one foot was deformed and its leg stuck out at an odd angle.

I pointed the seagull out to my wife and she immediately felt sorry for it. She tossed a piece of food to it and the bird made an attempt to hobble over to it but the other seagulls swooped in and stole it.

A few days later the gull with the strange leg showed up again. By now I had named it Pegleg. My wife thought that was inappropriate and christened her Peggy.

So now all our choicest leftovers are set aside for Peg. Well throw something large like a chicken carcass to the rest of the gulls and during the melee Peg will hop over to us and scoff down what we brought her.

She has figured out some feeding strategies on her own. While the other seagulls go into the water to bath after eating Peg will wait for us by the exit to the beach for a quick nosh as we are leaving.

This past month we hadn't seen Peg for a few weeks and I began to think something had happened to her. Sunday my wife and I were a few blocks away from the beach when I noticed a gull flying high in the opposite direction.

I couldn't be certain but I thought its leg stuck out like Pegs. So as I'm looking up the gull does a quick turn around and circles over our head. Here I am deciding if its the gull I think it is and the gull is circling lower cocking its head doing the same exact thing.

Then I realized we were wearing different coats and hats then we usually wear when we walk the beach and Peg wasn't sure at first that it was us.

When you take in too account all the other people strolling around us its pretty amazing that a gull can pick out two humans by facial features alone!

Peggy will be happy to learn I have some leftover baked salmon with her name on it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

I'd like to wish all my online friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I've been busy getting ready for my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at my Etsy shop:

I'm having a 20% off sale and offering free shipping on purchases of artwork ( after discount ) of $100.00.

Between working on my Etsy listings I braved the supermarket for some last minute supplies.

This year instead of a turkey were doing a roasting chicken stuffed with ( of all things ) White Castle hamburgers!

Here's the recipe in case you think I'm ribbing you:

White Castle Holiday Stuffing

10 White Castle hamburgers, no pickles

1 1/2 cups celery, diced

1 1/4 tsp. ground thyme

1 1/2 tsp. ground sage

3/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 cup chicken broth

In a large mixing bowl, tear the burgers into pieces and add diced celery and seasonings.

Toss and add chicken broth. Toss well.

Stuff cavity of turkey just before roasting. Makes about 9 cups ( enough for a 10 - 12 -pound turkey). Note: Allow 1 hamburger for each pound of turkey, which will be the equivalent of 3/4 cup of stuffing per pound.

Let me know if any of you are brave enough to give it a try!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bad Santa

I thought I'd share a few work in progress photos of this nasty little fellow I just listed on Etsy: Clubba The Bad Santa by BlacknickSculpture on Etsy

If you missed my earlier blog post this is the armature I made for the sculpture.

I like to wrap the armature with floral wire to help the clay stay in place.Once the armature was completed I began adding Apoxie sculpt clay.

Here the final pose is taking shape. The legs are done but I can still reposition the arms and head if I choose.

Adding some detail to the face with a needle tool.

Adding the bat to the figure and sculpting the sleeve.

The finished sculpture and base outside being primed.

Beginning painting the face.

Giving the figure a wash to accent the details.

Putting the finishing touches to the gift box my bad Santa will be holding. I named this guy Clubba because, well, what do you name a character holding a Louisville slugger?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zombie Santa

Shades of the Walking Dead! I felt like making a Zombie Santa ornament yesterday.

I used Apoxie clay to sculpt the zombie and finished it in acrylic paint. It has a cord in the head for hanging it from a Christmas tree.

I also started a couple armatures for sculptures I'm planning.

Here is the finished armature wrapped in floral wire. I find the floral wire helps give the clay a toe hold as I'm applying it. I hope to have more done on this by weeks end!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Monster Time

Halloween is right around the corner and I haven't finished my new monster decoration yet! Our old monster had one of those paper skulls from Michael's that I sculpted paper mache over.

We got a couple of years out of it before it started crumbling apart. The new monster has a styrofoam skull which I sculpted Apoxie clay over.

Here he is with some hair being added. I'm hopeful he'll stand up to the elements better then his predecessor!

Besides monster making I've been replacing hooks on my fishing lures to get them ready for the fall striper run.

I have another board full of lures just like this one. But thankfully I don't use every lure. So I only have to ready my " go too " lures. These are the lures that over the years have proven themselves to produce more fish for me.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kong Spider Pit Finished

I have been working on my interpretation of the stop motion puppets and spider pit from King Kong (1933). I thought I'd share some photos of the completed work.

Here is a full view of the ravine.

A detail view of the right wall.

View of the top of the left wall.

The lizard creature slithering out of the cave in the ravine.

The lizard attacking one of the convicts.

The crab snatching one of the survivors up into its claws.

The lizard and the crab fighting over one of the convicts.

The spider polishing off a victim.

Convicts being menaced by the spider.

A view of the ravine shot through the cave opening.

The tentacle creature on the attack.

The inhabitants of the pit waiting for something else to fall into their lair.