Archive for the 'literature' Category

24
Sep
14

Poetic Justice: With my needle, I felted an ALBATROSS!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Albatross Art tip: When the inspiration behind a commission is a grim poem about sailors dying at sea, you should avoid googly eyes on your fiber sculpture.

That said, I just finished another commission! This time the subject was a very serious albatross. Nothing too whimsical in this design since the recipient is a big fan of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner — if you know the poem, you’ll understand why we went with a more somber, less cartoony bird.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Albatross

The client who commissioned me gave me a photo of a specific albatross for reference. i pulled a few more images from the web to get a sense of the bird and went for a realistic interpretation of the subject. I was lucky enough to be there when the gift was given and it was a hit. Whew! I had some fun with Photoshop, pretending the seabird was out for a swim, and there are a few more studio shots in the gallery.

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10
Jun
12

Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe

Run Red Run Needle Felted Edgar Allan Poe

I think melancholy sums up my most recent project.  Edgar Allan Poe has always struck me as a sad figure–maybe that’s the price he had to pay for his genius.  There was the movie, The Raven, recently released, which uses the last mysterious days of his life as the setting for intrigue and…murder.  I think John Cusack had the look of Poe down pat.  Something about the eyes, again, sad.  I tried to capture that very same sadness in my feltie’s eyes.  And of course, the coffin also adds a bit of the macabre to the piece.

Poe was another team up with illustrator Vince Dorse.  To see the sketch that I worked from, head over to his blog and take a look.  And go to my gallery to see more photos.

 

 

 

Run Red Run Edgar Allan Poe Bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29
Oct
11

Ichabod Crane Gets Needle Felted

With Halloween in the air I thought it would be a good time to put up photos of my Ichabod Crane art doll.  Inspired by the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and designed by illustrator Vince Dorse, Ichabod is one of my favorites… and a great companion piece for the Headless Horseman & Daredevil figures I made.  Along with the design sketch posted below, you can see Ichabod, running for his life from the clutches of  the Headless Horseman on Vince’s home page and in his gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10
Oct
11

Needle Felted Frankenstein and Vampire For Sale

The 13th of October marks another SpookyTime Jingles update.  To celebrate Halloween, I have not one but two items for sale this month — Frankenstein’s Monster and a little vampire so cute he could charm the plasma right out of you.

I designed The Monster with a wire armature in his shoulders to help keep his arms up in strangling position.  He’s sad because he just wants a friend…or a wife…or an undamaged brain.

The little vampire has his own wooden coffin to snugly sleep in during the day.  I rarely make anything this small, but my friend Vince spotted the coffin while shopping for art supplies and then designed a vampire to fit into it. Curse him and his constant flow of ideas.  Check out his blog to see the design and all his other great illustrations.

 

 

 

21
Mar
11

The Horseman Rides Again!

As promised, here’s a better photo of the Headless Horseman’s horse (he’s actually jet black, but the flash washed him out).  If you choose to believe the ghost story was just a hoax perpetrated by Brom Bones, then you can call this horse Daredevil.   This was my first horse doll as well as the first time I experimented with an armature.  There’s always room for improvement, but I think he came out pretty good.

I had plans to put a saddle on him, as well as a face plate and fancy reigns.  But in the end, I decided the Headless Horseman wouldn’t dress his steed in a bunch of fancy doodads.  And the saddle would be obscured by the rider anyway.  So what you get is a basic horse with just a bridle and reigns.  Below is a photo of the horse with his rider.  Check my last post for work in progress photos.

 

 

 

The Headless Horseman rides tall atop his demonic charger.

14
Mar
11

Daredevil work in progress

What’s a Headless Horseman without his horse?  When I was felting the spooky Hessian I planned to make him a trusty steed to ride, but wasn’t sure if I could actually do it.  The friend who designed the horseman for me decided I should handle designing the horse on my own.  I was a bit nervous at first, but I was determined (and encouraged) to do it.  So, here’s a shot of the finished horse (better photos in my next post) and below are some of the work in progress pictures.  Not too bad for my first horse.

Since the horse was going to have a rider, I needed to make an armature for support. This is the first time I ever worked with an armature.

Working with the needles around the wire proved challenging.

But the hard work paid off! I used dozens of horse photos for reference to get the musculature right.

12
Nov
10

Needle Felted Headless Horseman Design

As I’ve done for the last few dolls, I’m posting Vince Dorse’s concept sketch for the Headless Horseman.  This image (along with some other, rough sketches) is what I used for reference while felting the doll.  Vince has a step-by-step on his process blog that outlines how he put this illustration together.  If you’d like to take a look, it’s here at this link: Vince Dorse Art Blog: The Headless Horseman




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