Friday, June 20, 2008

Who the HECK are YOU?

I was making a monkey figure or in my terms a "minkey" last night. I know I was. But low and behold this little guy appeared. HE wanted a tail...but not a fuzzy one and no external ears. But he was adamant that the tail have a vinyl tip and that he needed vinyl stripes on his face too. A lizard monkey? Well, I guess that's what I've made.

I thought he might like wings... wasn't interested. I didn't make this doll by myself. He just seemed to take control of the process and I followed along for the ride. So here is my newest addition to my Pet Shop of the Old Ones.... A lizard ape.

Man, I need to come up with a better name. Winter Lizard, Scaly Ape, Wooly Dragon, do any of these sound good to you?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I love Lalo, my light tent!

I used to have a horrible time taking pictures. At first, I didn't understand how to use the camera and MJ's idea of teaching me was pointing at some teeny button and bellowing. "Push that now!!!No No! That! " I never could figure out what "THAT" was.

Now when I teach somebody to do a thing, I say, " If you want to cut
the wire, use the wire-cutters on the table." not "Use those with that." Maybe it's just a guy thing? I don't know.

Anyway, I read the camera manual and learned the names of the buttons and what they were supposed to do. I even bought my new friend, Lalo, the Light Tent.

Lalo has been very good to me. This pre-Lalo picture of Bubbles Latour is okay, but I think the pictures of Lyla (the cat) and Elvis (the monkey) are not thoroughly embarrassing and show my sculptures off pretty well.

With Lalo, the problems I had with lighting my pieces are fewer and make this venture into photography much easier for me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Chihuahua Poco Diablo

I really enjoy making these little patchwork dogs. Diablo is my newest piece in this series. He's also the
first chi I've done with an open mouth.

I re-did the head a couple of times to tone
down the facial distortions. The mouth was more time consuming than I thought it would be. The fact that this dog design needs 2 eyes of different sizes made things more difficult.