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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Project Glukkon: Feet

Still working on the head, but took some time to start constructing feet for the Glukkon. They remind me of those cardboard clown feet they used to put on party balloons for the kids, but these are made of scraps of press-board, angle iron and 2x4. It pays to be a hoarder.

I toyed with the idea of buying shoes at the thrift shop but decided to make my own.
The soles were traced from my own clown-sized shoes so they ought to be plenty big! They need to be large to provide stability for this guy.

Stylish orange soles

Here are some more head-shots:

With white waterproof masonry paint
 
Final skin color

 The head is nearing completion so I'll be concentrating on building a body for this lout.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Project Glukkon: Update

Head construction is complete. Here is the head, fully detailed.




And here he is "skinned" with shop towels. The towels add texture and wrinkles where I want them.


Next, I'll give this guy a nice paint job.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Project Glukkon: Cigar

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
Rudyard Kipling
 What Glukkon would be complete without his smoke? I found directions for making a stage-prop cigar and followed them for the most part. After slitting a cardboard tube and rolling it to the right size and taping it, I covered it with a few layers of PM for strength. This was wrapped in the brown paper, stained, glossed and the ends sealed with hot glue. Adding a custom cigar band and steel wool for ash finished the job.

Construction: cardboard tube, paper mache, masking tape, stain, hot glue, white glue, gloss polyurethane, gold foil from a candy wrapper, brown crepe paper and  steel wool (for the ash).


 
The sign of a quality smoke



Monday, July 15, 2013

Project Glukkon

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Proverbs 23:20-21
What, you may ask, is a Glukkon? Only an evil industrialist corporate type from Oddworld - as seen in the video games "Abe's Oddysee" and "Abe's Exoddus".

Rough plan

As you can see I just used the plan as a guide.


Armature
 A Christmas-tree stand makes a perfect base for holding the work. This is one BIG head! A mature Glukkon stands between 9 and 10 feet tall.


First pass
 Here he's got cranial ridges, eyeballs and some detail. (Paperclay is great for detail.) A Glukkon head kind of resembles an octopus. I still need to add his siphon-like ears.


Side view
 You can tell by the yellow eyes that here's someone you can trust!


3/4 view
More work still to do. Glukkons are also snappy dressers.