Sunday, May 9, 2010

I have been quite busy

Hi All. I have been remiss in my duties of blogging on the internet due to the affairs of many obligations and not enough time to do it all.

For the store we have been doing a lot of spring cleaning. I have been working on a news letter for the store called "This week at the Guild" where I promote the events at the store, local gaming clubs, conventions, a classified section. Since I am the guy to produce the layout, design, and artwork for it; means that bossman is kept very busy.

The monstrosity pictured to your left is the result of another one of my obligations. I participate in a Live Action Role Play Organization called "Alliance" and for the first two years I simply donated a mess of stuff that they could use for their props department. Since then (3 years ago) they made me their "head of props".

The Alliance chapter (HQ) located in northern PA is the chapter I work with and it is rather challenging and I normally do not enough time to make the bigger stuff that they need. This monstrosity is one of those last minute things that I have dropped into my lap. I had one week to complete an obelisk that would be H.R. Geiger inspired. It was to be four ft. tall and about 24" across at it's base.

I created the piece to look like a veritable hodge-podge of different things all of which is organic in nature. The entire structure is made of pink insulation foam. (You know the stuff we normally make terrain out of). The foam was cut and shaped a little before the entire surface was treated with a blow torch. (this makes the surface burn away a little and become very organic is appearance. (Veins appear and all sorts of neat pollups come forth from the surface of the foam) The heat treating also plasticized the surface making it much more durable.

After the heat treating, I used expanding foam to make cancerous bulbs on the surface and if you do it just right you can also string it out to make it look like intestines. pool noodles were stripped down and made to look like arteries over the surface and a nice serene face was "grown" into the side of surface as well. (very off putting!)

Once the goodies were done being put on my sculpture. The surface was painted with latex paint and then special areas were treated with colored spray paint to help accentuate interesting, um... bitz. The bright arterial red gloss spray paint did wonders for the overall appearance. And this was part of what I have been working on instead of my zeppelins... I will have more of the stuff I have been contracted to do as well, and hopefully, I will be able to get back to my zeppelins in the next week or so. :P (I need to have less obligations) Until next time!
- Bossman

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