Monday, 24 November 2014

Dragon scales and legs

Overall, I think the dragon skin project is starting to show real promise.




The legs and tail each have a strip of wire inside to keep them in position, but other than that they are just paper.  By using layers of tissue impregnated with thin glue, I find I can create a surface that folds and curls in on itself much like a dried animal skin.




I've also had a little play around with some ideas for dragon scales.  I've got large ones in the center of the spine and smaller ones along the sides.  So far, I quite like this arrangement.  Eventually I'll extend it over the rest of the skin.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Time for a new project



I like anatomical specimens, and with that in mind it's time for another dip into the fertile imagination of Eddie Topsell.





I want to do a dragon skin.  Just the dried skin, not the innards, because I want it to look like something from Topsell's time.  Explorers who encountered strange new beasties often just kept the skin and left the soft parts behind because they couldn't preserve the animal for the trip home.

I've built a mould out of screwed up paper and duct tape, and used it to shape the inside of the skin.  Remember, this is just the inside of the skin.  That's why it doesn't look like an animal yet.


Head end on the left, tail on the right.


Once I add feet, it looks a lot more promising.






Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Finished

I finished the Red Serpent with a coat of lacquer to protect it and bring out the colours.  This makes the speckled markings stand out a lot more, and shows off the contrast between the mostly reddish-coloured body and the green spots.  I think the result is quite lively.






  I'd like to mount it or frame it in some way, but I'm not sure how I want to do that yet.

Monday, 17 November 2014

That's better

My previous attempt at painting the Red Serpent wasn't a great success, but attempt number two was more productive.

You can see the contrast here between the old paint job and the new one.

This time the colours are blended a bit better and I've added faint green speckles.  The speckles contrast with the main colours and make the whole thing more interesting.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Painting screw ups

I had a go at painting the Red Serpent last night, and this was the result:





Not a success, really.  I think the overall idea is sound, but there's just something missing.  There's not enough depth and I think a few yellow and green tones might be a good idea.  It needs a bit of contrast.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Back to the Red Serpent

Now that Halloween has been and gone, I'm back to the red serpent project I started in September.  Yesterday I finished up the fins underneath its body.






It still needs pectoral fins, but other than that it's really just a matter of painting this thing.  Not sure when I'll get around to doing that though, because I want to make some clothes.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween everybody!

I put a final layer of paint on the zombie head last night, and now it's sitting on a windowsill ready to greet the trick or treaters this evening.  Here's hoping the rain passes over by then.




I mounted the head on a table lamp, which means I can do this:




Sure it's cheesy, but hey - it's Halloween.  In Old Norse you'd call this a draugljotr: a zombie lamp.  Sometimes zombies in Viking sagas are associated with strange, supernatural lights, so I thought why not?

The skin colour looks a lot like a bog body, with some nice blue undertones.  I've also put gloss varnish inside the mouth and on the scabby areas to contrast with the matte finish on the surface of the skin.