"Everything about him was cold and sharp and white. Except his eyes. they were black like a goat’s but with no iris. His eyes were like his sword, and neither one reflected the light of the fire or the setting sun.”
For my final project at Wimbledon College of Arts I knew I wanted to do something a little bit fantasy and a little bit creepy, and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to sculpt a life-size figure. Then I recalled the description of this particular character from the book, Name of the Wind, and how terrifying and chilling I found his introduction. It struck me that it would be an interesting project to see if I could make a sculptural interpretation of that, and if I could manage to make him as creepy as I found him in the book. My tutors said go for it, and 8 months and one Kickstarter later I think I managed to get pretty close!
I ended up donating the piece to Rothfuss's charity, Worldbuilders, and he is now lounging around in their basement terrifying their workers. My sculpture was featured on Pat's Blog, and earlier on in the process,he caught wind of my project and encouraged people via facebook to help me fundraise. So I'm eternally grateful to Pat and everyone who helped me bring my sculpture to life!
This project page is very picture heavy, and due to the size I've had to split the project up into two more pages! Click here for a run-through on the costume, and here for one on the sword!
Save for the shoes, I made everything that Cinder is wearing from scratch. The Chandrian's garb are never really described in the books so I I took the liberty of making my own version. I wanted him to wear dark colours so the paleness of his skin would stand out, and I wanted the clothing to be simple but detailed. I did a lot of weathering to make sure the clothes looked worn and lived in. This was the first project I did where I got to work with pewter for the first time, so I sculpted and cast some pieces for his belt and the belt buckle!
I was commissioned by Rose Theatre to make a model box for the play Good Canary, directed by John Malkovich (2016). The play features three big screens that move back and forth on a black frame. I started working from a 1:25 model of the stage, using mainly Balsa Wood that I cut with a scalpel and super glued together. I used foamboard with printed graphics for the screens and more balsa for the furniture pieces-.This was a quick job with a tight deadline, and my first time working with miniatures!
Inspired from the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, I made a Zydrate gun to go with my costume from the show. Like the one in the movie, this gun was made by modifying a gravity feed spray gun. Cutting off and adding parts, weathering and adding the leather handle. The Zydrate vials were made by mixing clear resin with blue glow-in-the-dark pigment, which gives a nice glowing effect when charged by sunlight or UV-lights!
Horns always add a special kind of dramatic flair to any costume, and I really enjoy making them! I'm working on a tutorial for the methods I used to make all of these so stay tuned!
I was tasked with making two crowns for the play King John directed by Trevor Nunn at Rose Theatre (2016). After making some test pieces I proceeded with doing the crowns in a light thermoplastic material, so they would be light and comfortable for the actors to wear on stage. Some of the gems requested I couldn't find available on such short notice so I decided to cast my own in clear resin and colour the back. The crowns were primed with several layers of PVA, and the golden effect was achieved by using gold leaf and weathered with acrylic-paint.
For our 2nd Year of Uni at Wimbledon College of Arts, we were so lucky to be taught portrait sculpture by none other than Steve Swales. We were taught measuring, observing and interpreting the model, Na'ama's, features in clay. It was very educational and taught me a lot about the subtle qualities of a face.
Rave of Thrones
A lot of people know Kristian Nairn for his work as Hodor on Game of Thrones, but not a lot of people know that he's also a producer and DJ. Currently he's touring with his event, Rave of Thrones, and I happened to work on the dragon that they use for decoration in the clubs.
I got the job to fix what they already had, which was a dragon that was not working out very well. It was too dark and the details didn't stand out very well in the dark club lights, the surface materials did not hold up well during transport and it just didn't look quite right. I arrived to find that the exterior had been taken off, and that I would have to figure out some different solutions to make this dragon work. I had two days.
I'm not gonna lie, this was a challenging job. I was working in extremely limited conditions with not a lot of space or access to proper tools and materials, but I had a lot of creative freedom to make the choices that I wanted to do. So even though it was tough, it was a very cool experience and I'm very happy with the outcome!
I sculpted some raven skulls to use for different projects and have found that a lot of them do really well as jewelry. The two biggest designs come with gem slots that will fit a mineral gem or glass bead, and I have a lot of fun with coming up with different surface finishes and combinations for them all. If you're interested in buying one of my skulls or jewelry, I put them up in my shop regularly. It's also possible to buy packs of unpainted, blank ones for a reduced price!
In 2nd year of University I made a number of prosthetic makeup pieces. I was interested in exploring the medium and experiment with it, since I'd never worked with anything like prosthetics before! Using home-made sculpting tools I was able to achieve a lot of detail and texture onto the clay pieces before moulding. The method explored here is the flatplate-moulds, where your designs can be sculpted and moulded flat. The silicone is then encapsulated with bald-cap plastic in order to achieve a seamless finish when used.
Materials used: Monster Clay, Platinum Silicone, Tin Silicone, Clay, Silivone Pigments, Bald Cap Plastic, IPA, Skin Illustrator pigment, Silicone Release Agents.
"His eyes were like his sword, and neither one reflected the light of the fire or the setting sun."
I attended Owen Bush's School of Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing in order to make Cinder's sword. I always wanted to try my hand at forging an actual sword at some point in my life and it was a great experience! I don't think I could pursue blacksmithing as a career but I would definitely like to do more of it at some point!
For our first year at Technical Arts and Special Effects we did a project that entailed making a scaled up replica of a small object. I chose a axe-keychain because I thought it would be a cool challenge. After scaling up all the measurements with digital callipers, I started by tracing and cutting up the outline on a sheet of MDF. I then used insulation foam to build up the shape and coated the surface with many layers of filler and a lot of sanding in between.
Materials used: Yellow Insulation Foam/Expanding Foam, MDF, Wall Filler, Car Body Filler, Clear Resin, Air Drying Clay, PVA, Acrylic Paint, SprayPaint.
This is a costume I made in 2012 to compete with in the Nordic Cosplay Championship representing Norway. I've been cosplaying since 2007 and it's been a great outlet for both my creativity and theatrical side! I've also found a lot of community and friendships through this hobby, even though I don't have the time or funds for elaborate costumes like this anymore! This suit of armour is based on an armour from the game Monster Hunter. It's made almost entirely out of EVA foam. The horns are sawed off plastic champagne-glasses coated with car body filler and sanded.
For the 2nd year of Uni, besides our Portrait Sculpture project, we also did 10 weeks of Life Sculpting. After the sculpting-process was done we moved on to moulding and casting the torso, creating a two-part silicone mould in a plaster jacket. Afterwards we made plaster-casts of the torsos. I unfortunately don't have any photos of the casting-process, because my digital camera had stopped working at the time. But I'll see if I can add a photo of the plaster cast as soon as I can get a picture!
I started working with pewter two years ago for my final project, and it blew me away how interesting it was to work with. Since then I've been doing small projects for myself and others, the latest ones being a couple guitar picks!
I wanted to experiment with cold-casting and to make a dagger fit to use on stage. I carved and shaped the master in PVC foam, then primed it with a black primer and used Silicone from Tiranti's to make a two-part mould. I cast the dagger in polyester resin with Aluminium -filler and wrapped the handle with a waxed cotton cord.
I've been making and selling jewelry and accessories for many years and I'm always experimenting with new techniques and methods. I've only been selling online since March this year, but my shop has been going really well! A lot of my designs are one-offs, but if you have a special request I would be willing to make something similar provided I have the tools. Message me on etsy if you're interested in a commission!
Recently I've been experimenting more and more with incorporating crystal resin into my work. I've got some projects coming up where I will delve into this material more and try to achieve a lot of different effects. I regularly post my progress on my Instagram, and I will also make some tutorials regarding this on the blog!
I've been wanting to make some planchettes for my Ouija Board for a long time! I started out by outlining and building a simple base in monsterclay. Then I made the design by incorporating different sculptural elements and decorations in the clay until I was happy with the result. The planchettes are cast in pigmented polyurethane resin, with different painted glass elements! To purchase one or make a commission visit my shop.