Flat Cats, Assemble!
I sculpted the original flat cat head back in August of 2015, but I didn’t get around to painting any of them until December, because lo, I got a little carried away with my plaster casting! 😉
But once I got going with these little guys it was hard to stop. The form lends itself to a more abstract cat design and my muses are still trying to figure out the best way to decorate them.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 08/08/2017)
Circle Fantasy Dolphins – Go, Go, GO!
Before I started down the roads of plaster casting, I had a lot of fun turning the various ArtMinds shapes into magnets. One of my favorite is the Dolphin, but I can’t seem to bring myself to paint on that’s actually dolphin-colored! 😉
While I haven’t painted as many of these as I have the old horse shape, the more I play around with it the more I love it. I have a feeling that there are going to be quite a few more dolphins on the way in the coming months.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 8/10/2017)
Back when I started sculpting shapes to try aluminum casting I tried to make very simple ones… hence the corgiloaf! (aka Sleeping Superman-pose Pembroke Welsh Corgi)
Although it was intended for metal I ended up using this mold to cast a few plaster and wood glue magnets. There’s just too much cute in this little guy/gal to let them waiting in the shadows for me to get my smelter rebuilt!
I started out painting them in non-Pembroke colors, because of my fondness for Cardigans and their multitudes. However when it came time to list them to the Etsy store for real, I resigned myself to only a few mismarked souls.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 06/27/2017)
Wax Cats and Sand Plaster Molds
Back when I started sculpting shapes to try aluminum casting with I did a simple cat and a simple dog… you can guess which one this is!
Although it was intended for metal I ended up using this mold to figure out the perfect ratio for my plaster and wood glue mixture. That means I’ve got a lot of bodies to paint and a lot of cats headed to the Etsy store (or as gift for folks with american shorthairs.)
In retrospect, now that I have a cat again (good old President Taft!), the head is a little too big compared to the body, but it still looks okay. I think I’ll do a sitting one in the future, using Taft as a model.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 03/09/2016)
This little guy was one of my favorite experiments! He started out as a Super Sculpey sculpture that was too fragile to cast in plaster without a backdrop, but made a cute little resin magnet without one.
As you can see by his initial rough-out in Sculpey above, he’s evolved somewhat as the molds and casting went on. He now has two hind legs, his mane is slightly less wild and wooley and he has a variety of flat and rocky backdrops to keep his tail from breaking off.
I do love casting things in resin, but a lot of the casts I’ve made from this sculpt have been plaster because it’s a heck of a lot cheaper to cast and to modify the mold once the cast has been made. The one thing I did learn from this whole adventure is always take off the paper labels! (The silicone cast picked up the wood grain and the label in annoyingly sharp detail that both the plaster and resin are happy to recreate).
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 06/29/2017)
As much as I love painting the resins that other folks are selling on Etsy, what I really wanted was a horsehead of my very own… so I could paint a few dozen horses and not go broke! 😉
Since there’s nothing I love more than a drafter face, the pick of breeds was an easy one. Although ponies are my second love, I figured it was easier to go big for my first stab at realism.
This was my first sculpt actually based on a photograph (the simple horse head was just me winging it using a model as a reference). It still needs work, but as I work on refining a resin cast which will become the new master I’m having a blast painting plaster copies.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 03/06/2016)