Fat Dolphins #001-003
Behold the majesty of the sea!
These little guys were part of the ’round 2′ in the Fat Animal Magnet Christmas present lineup and I can’t remember if I made them or the Orcas first. (This is why I really shouldn’t wait a year to do posts! *facepalm*)
This was another sculpture that ended up needing some epoxy work after casting. For some reason the tips of the tails just didn’t want to cast, no matter how much I tried to de-air-bubble them. Hopefully once the second round of sculpting is done on it the new mold will be a bit better. 🙂
Fat MinPins #001-003
I had a blast last year making the Fat Animal Magnet as Christmas presents, but it’s taken me forever and a day to finish getting them all up on the blog. That’s what I get for painting 50ish things at a time, I suppose! 😉
Anywho, these cute little doggos were done as a portrait of a friend’s miniature pinscher. They have cropped ears and a docked tail, but I’ve got another natural version half-done. It’s a little alarming how many ‘new’ Fat Animals are still waiting in the wings…
I need to stop casting new ones and just finish up the ones I have!
Fat Songbirds #001-003
It’s been almost a year to the day to when I first painted these little guys! I really need to catch up on my blog entries… 😉
Back when I was first dreaming up the Fat Animal Magnet as last year’s Christmas presents, I was planning on just doing these little songbirds. But once I started playing around with the idea of Fat Animals… it snowballed from there!
Still, these guys were some of my favorites and I was a little torn on what species to pick when it came time to paint them. There are a lot of songbirds that will work with this general shape, although I really want to do a variation so I can have a fat Bluejays and Cardinals later.
Fat Cats #001-003
In the course of sculpting the Fat Animal Magnet zoo for Christmas I ended up doing three different cats… and this mold was the only one I was really pleased with! I have a kittenloaf and a round sleeping cat, but both of those came out not quite cat-shaped. Feline faces are definitely a steep learning curve.
The backs of felines are muuuuuch easier! 😉
These little silhouettes came out quite nicely and there isn’t a lot of touch-ups I have to do to the cast. I may tweak the tail placement a little, but they were a blast to paint… I really need to get around to casting some more! Continue reading
Fat Buffalos #001-004
It’s May and I still have a bunch of these old posts left to catch up on! Yikes! O_O;
Most of my relatives are from Buffalo, NY so when it came time to picking critters for the Fat Animal Magnets for Christmas, these guys were a shoe-in! 🙂
I made an extra buffalo because I figured I’d need at least one more and it turned out that I probably should have doubled the herd. I still have another Bills buffalo in the pipeline and to be honest now I really want one of my own…
This mold had a lot of issues with the horns, but that was mostly because I was casting these quickly. So the amount of resculpting on the Christmas presents was a lot higher than the ones I’m prepping now. I’m actually torn on if I should make another mold of this guy or just wait until I finish the resculpt. (It seems there are always things I want to improve on once I get the resin cast out! 🙂 )
Fat Hawks #001-003
After making songbirds I couldn’t resist the urge to add a little more feathery goodness to the Fat Animal Magnet lineup! (Although these little guys are slightly more pointy than their backyard cousins.)
Sadly this is one of the sculptures that didn’t come out as well when I made the mold, so the beaks are a little less intimidating that planned. But I’m starting to get better at mold making, so I’m looking forward to the resculpt (and recast) of this little guy.
(I also really want to make one with spread wings… *puts on the To-Do Someday list*)
Fat Hedgehogs #001-003
What kitchen doesn’t need a little hedgehog??
This was the very first sculpted request animal (via my awesome Mom) and it gave me the confidence to open up the Fat Animal Magnets to my Facebook friends. After all, if I could sculpt passable hedgehog, anything was up for grabs!
…To be fair, quite a few folks thought he was a sheep, so I’m not 100% sure I pulled it off, but it was a popular choice come Christmas so I’m happy. 😀
I’m looking forward to doing a few more of these and seeing how they do out in the Etsy wilds. (Note to self: Someday I need to actually sculpt a sheep.)
Fat Dogs #001-003 (#001 not shown)
With all the cats in the Fat Animal Magnet parade, it was only time before someone requested a dog!
A Carolina Dog (or American Dingo) is a generally dog-shaped dog, so sculpting one of these gave me a wide range of other breeds to play with. It is a fat dog after all, so most of the breed specific body types go out the window. 😉
Sadly I gave away the magnet before I took the final pictures (I overestimated what I could accomplish by Christmas), but you can see the dog hanging out in the group shots below. Only one of the dogs came back home with me after the holiday season and that one (Canis Major) has a place on my fridge… so time to cast more canines!
Fat Hippos #001-003
To be honest, hippopotami were not the first animal that sprang to mind when I started sculpting the Fat Animal Magnets for Christmas, but apparently they should have!
Somehow I had forgotten about the earworm I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, but thankfully my cousins hadn’t and it resulted in an impromptu singalong in their kitchen. I also have one pending request for a hippo in a Santa hat that I still need to sculpt…
I’m looking forward to make a bunch more of these, they are a lot more fun than I had expected and ideas for fantasy variations are creeping out of the workbench. *pats magnets fondly*
Fat Ponies #001-003
It’s one of those universal truths… if you give me some sculpey, I’m going to sculpt horses! Well Fat Ponies, to be precise.;)
The completely unsurprising addition to the Fat Animal Magnet parade turned out to be one of the harder ones to cast. As you can see by the raw resin casts the mold picked up a few weird artifacts and I had some issues with bubbled in the hooves. I’m already working on a second version (this time testing out a non-silicone mold) that will hopefully sort things out.
Because if there’s one magnet you know I’m going to be painting herds of… this is it! 😀 Continue reading