Applying gesso and drying it. Doesn’t look like much, but it’s an important step for good paint adhesion. 🖌🖤
This is an 18 x 24 inch drawing I did in high school. I did it entirely with ballpoint pens over the course of a year, carrying it around in a tube so that I could draw in between classes. I worked exclusively in black and white for years. 🥀 This piece is about growth and decay, the passage of time, and the cyclical nature of things.
I go to figure drawing sessions as often as I can to stay in practice. The one I go to is short pose. We start with 30 second poses, slowly increasing the time every few rounds until we end with a 20 minute pose. If you’re compulsively detail oriented (like me), it’s a great way to loosen up and practice drawing faster. It forces me to get to the heart of the pose quickly, then move on. It’s about finding momentum rather than creating a perfect drawing.
Adding subtle paint details: thin washes of gold, silver, red, purple, and blue. The new ghost chameleon pigment I’m using looks different depending on how the light hits it. It’s transparent, showing the most dramatic color shifts when layered over black. With just the chameleon paint, the details were hard to see, so I’m also adding lighter areas with tinted metallics to create greater depth.
To build the tiny rocket, I started by sculpting the body and fins separately. I carved notches in the body to recess the fins and make a stronger connection. After painting, I finished it with a matte varnish and a drop of high gloss in the window.
Gold, green, blue, purple. 🌖 I sculpted epoxy clay over a wood sphere using the tools in the last photo.
The planet itself is a premade wood sphere. I made a pattern for the ring system out of chip board, checking the size and fit against the sphere. After sculpting the rings out of clay, I made a mold and pressure cast translucent purple tinted resin with laser glitter. The cast is stretchy for the first few hours after casting, allowing me to fit it precisely on the planet. The planet was painted with a supershift chameleon pigment that looks different depending on how the light hits it.
For sale at the Wonder Goblin webstore. I started with a wire armature, built up the form with paper and tape, then sculpted on top with epoxy clay. Swipe to see the layers!
Check out these photos @wondergoblin took of the Mega Galactic Void! At 11 AM ET today the Void goes on sale in the Wonder Goblin webshop with all the unsold inventory from the Kaiju Cult art toy show. Set your alarms! 👁⏱
At a towering 15 inches tall, the Mega Galactic Void is on view tonight only at @facetgallery for the Kaiju Art Toy Extravaganza. There’s going to be crazy monster art by 50+ artists along with Japanese snacks, a cash donation bar, and a screening of Godzilla afterwards at the Plaza. Hope to see you there!
Planets included for scale. Come see a bunch of weird monsters this Saturday at Facet Gallery 7-10. event link in bio
Save the date—Sept 22 at Facet Gallery 7-10 pm.
We cast this one without pigment so it could change color.
Lighting by Gabby Ide
Project designed by Jeremy Villines
📸 photo credits: Chris Hunt Photography and repost from Stephanie Rae
I started with a 2D design by Jeremy Villines. I converted it into a 3d pattern in cardboard. We used the template to make a plexiglass mold and slush cast the tinted resin in layers. The plexiglass molds for the full crystals were built from 82 pieces! The exhibit is up all year at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Awesome background painting by Brianna Bass; project designed by Jeremy Villines. I built the front and back crystal halves. This will be up at the Center for Puppetry Arts for a year.
The Dark Crystal exhibit is open! I’m excited to share the gigantic crystals I’ve been working on at the Center for Puppetry Arts. This one is installed inside the exhibit. It’s difficult to photograph, but it looks beautiful lit up. It’s human sized!