Male Elfling, pencil on paper.
Elflings consider themselves one of the first creatures to walk Uteria, and also claim that they gave the original names to many things. The Elves, considered cousins by the Elflings, do not hold to this belief. One should note that the terms Elves, Elf and Elfling are all human or dwarven in origin and each respective race has their own names for themselves, though elflings are quite content with keeping their common tongue name. In fact they readily accept the common tongue that they often have very illustrative surnames as Hilljumper or Stonethrower.
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I have had this mask finished for a while, just had not had time to post photos. I finished this after I sculpted our very popular duck bill prosthetic, as something that was more “me” than a duck bill. I just grabbed some clay and made it without and real plan. And I think it worked.
Alien Bone Armor Mask – Cast resin and hand painted. Michael Bielaczyc, 2011.
It is available to purchase over at our props section on the Aradani Costumes page.
So it has taken me so long to get the module published (The Tomb of Kochun; a Pathfinder open design RPG) I decided to repaint the cover. I really feel that this is the first painting that I have done after taking Larry Elmore’s painting class that shows all that I learned under his mentoring.
The Tomb of Kochun, oil on panel, 16×20, 2011.
This is the cover for a module that is being published by Signal Fire Studios. Written by Dane Collins, Josh Harper and myself.
finally able to get a little painting done. it has been such a busy summer. it was supposed to be my time for lots of art and costume making, but it seems i have been running from one thing to the next, while breaking technology along the way. but tonight, i finally got to sit down and put some paint down on the tomb of kochun painting!
i also have a commission that i have doing sketches and photo reference for, so hopefully i will be slapping some paint on that canvas soon. and i need 3 tomato based painting done for the East Nashville tomato festival. so i better get to damn work.
oh, and my review for Libertycon2011 is almost finished. be watching conspyer.com for that update.
Don’t Touch, oil on panel, 16×20.
I grew up in a household with a parent who has Obssesive Compulsive Disorder. This changed many things about the way I had a relationship with this parent, my friends and my living space. I grew to understand and work within these limitations and as an adult I understand the struggle people with OCD face on a daily basis.
What I can not stand for is the commercialization and normalization of this disorder. We have shows like Monk that make this serious handicap seem fun and frivolous, as well as almost making it trendy. We have big companies that want to sell us germ killers in plastic bottles, and are doing such a good job at it that often in restaurants I see bottles everywhere from next to the door in the bathroom to random shelves throughout. I see people who do not use their hands to open doors, instead using their elbows or feet. Our hands (with opposable thumbs), the thing that many believe separated us from common animals, we are now afraid to use. I see people afraid to touch other people because of some unnamed disease used to sell hand sanitizer.
There is cleanliness and proper ways to avoid germs. And there are mass-marketed fears. I hope at some point people look and question what they are really afraid of.
I sculpted this to help with my cover painting for the Tomb of Kochun module. With this guy, I get all the right angles and lighting for all the kobolds that will be in the back ground. This exact one was sold at Connooga, but I molded him, so there will be many more.
Zombie Kobold, 3″ tall, Super Sculpey and Acrylic Paint.