This illustration was done as a gift for two friends we’ve known from the local convention circuit for quite a while, who announced that they’ve gotten engaged! I was secretly approached by one to do a picture for them, and while it should include a dragon, an image of her green garnet engagement ring, a ladybug, and a shamrock, all other details were left up to me. In fact, even she didn’t know what it looked like until I met with them to present it!
Nearly everything in the image is symbolic in some way, from the dragon coiling into a distinctive infinity symbol, the arrangement of the ring, ladybug, and clover, the vines entwining it all together… I really love how this one turned out – and I’m happy to say, so did they!
I sculpted each of the tiny dragon’s 148 bones separately out of polymer clay, and once they were baked, reassembled them in the configuration I wanted using more polymer clay to hold them together. The “stone” is DAS air-drying clay, the terra cotta variety. It’s the first time I had worked with it, and good grief, it’s messy! I molded it around the skeleton, pressing it in to give the impression of the wing membranes. The whole thing was finished off with a wash of acrylic paint to give the stone more depth and texture. The final sculpture was 8″ x 10″, to fit inside of the frame.
Paleontology was one of my first loves, and it still fascinates me to this day! It seemed only natural to combine it with a touch of fantasy.
This one-of-a-kind sculpture was sold 6/29/2012.
For this Halloween, I had a bit of a challenge to come up with a costume that was fairly elaborate, but still comfortable enough to wear all day long at work. I had to be able to drive in it, to sit in a chair, and to free my hands to be able to type. This was what I came up with. (Mind, I couldn’t wear the wings while driving, and had to don them once I got there!)
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In 1996, I made what I would consider to be my first reasonably successful costume.
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