Cat statue (Happy Easter)

Hello everyone and happy Easter! Hope you’ve all had a good one. Last week, I had the idea to create a final tribute to my late Wendigo in the form of a garden stone cat ornament painted to replicate him. This will eventually sit in the garden in honour of him. Disclaimer: I did not make the ornament I’m referring to here.

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I started the project off by buying this plain stone cat. This would be the ‘canvas’ I would paint on. To decorate it as well as to make it fit enough to be put outside, I had to source the correct paint, primer, and varnish (which was quite difficult to do).

I didn’t want to make any mistakes at this stage as choosing any wrong paints or varnishes could be disastrous. I’m not familiar with painting on stone, so was anxious and desperate to get it right.

 

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This is the statue painted with my choice of primer. At this stage, it worked like a dream! It’s actually a combined primer and undercoat so does two jobs in one. It was a great foundation to start with. It kind of looks like a marble statue like this doesn’t it?

 

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This is painting in process. I used acrylic paint on top of the coats of primer to do this.

 

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And this is the finished statue fully painted and varnished. It turned out ok, some of the varnished peeled here and there which I had to amend, but otherwise, the outcome is fairly good overall in my opinion.

But what do you think? Feel free to comment and say what you think! Cheers, and I’ll see you next time! Once again, happy Easter!

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Wolf Style Family Portrait

Hello all! Firstly, I’d like to announce that my posting day for now on will be Monday instead of Sunday… It’s just for my convenience, but nothing else will change.

It’s now been 3 weeks and 1 day since Wendigo passed away, and I’ve been feeling a bit tender about it… but otherwise, we’re doing very well getting over this tragedy. I’ve been preparing another tribute for him, which I will tell you all about in due time.

Anyway, here is another drawing of different styled wolves done in an experimental way: as a family portrait! This is done so I can try drawing my wolf character in different styles. Hoping you all will like it. Cheers and enjoy!

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Rough Wolves

Hello everyone. My apologies for this post being a day late! I’ve been busy trying to relax and get myself together again.

I’m beginning to think about the overall look and shape of my character design. To put this into action, I’ve been sketching roughs of wolves in different styles and body shapes to see which kind of form I like best. Please see below for some examples of what I’ve done.

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These two are kind of based on the same style but with some subtle differences in anatomy between the two.

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A more exaggerated cartoon styled sketch done in Biro pens. Totally unlike my typical style, but this is experimental after all.

 

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This is more my typical style of sketch of a wolf. The colours are my sort too.

That’s all for now. Tell me what you think! Feel free to comment, like, and follow me, and thanks so much for looking.

Cheers! Have a great week.

Happy mother’s day! Paper Delights

Hello all. Today marks 1 week and 1 day since Wendigo’s death… But the good news is that we’re moving on well and trying to be strong for the others. Since it is mothers day, I’ve decided to take a break from my current project to create a load of gifts for my mum out of paper. Ive loved paper… Ever since I was a kid, and making paper gifts for this mothers day, for me, was a nice way to de stress as well as good for a viable design aesthetic. See below for what I made!

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A paper origami cat. This was quite challenging to make as it included some complex folds, but was worth it in the end!

 

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Origami parrot. Just another fun thing to make whilst simultaneously being a therapeutic challenge.

 

 

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Roses! I had to make some flowers for my mum… It just seemed natural. The method to create these were hard to learn, but once I had the hang of it, was able to make them naturally. Out of shot, I also created some origami lilys and placed all of the created flowers in a paper bouquet.

 

 

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I managed to also make these paper stars.

These were great fun to make, I simply cut a couple of strips of paper, glued them together to make one long strip, tied one end into a pentagon shaped ‘paper knot’, then wrapped the strip around this knot and tucked it into one side. After that, I pushed my thumbs onto the edges of the resulting pentagon shape to make a puffy 5 sided star as shown above.

They’re great… The process of making them is very therapeutic, they’re nice to hold and feel, and, when made with coloured paper, look very pleasant, almost like sweets! They make wonderful decorations and gifts for mothers day.

I hope you enjoyed looking at what I created for my mum on mothers day, feel free to comment, like, and follow me!

Cheers! I wish you all a great week ahead.