Look how small he is! He can fit rather snugly in the cup of one's hand.
I have forever been entranced by ideas of little magical creatures secretly living in peoples homes, fixing things during the night or causing mischief by stealing socks and buttons, breaking things and the like. I'm a big fan of the creatures in European folk-tales and stories such as The Borrowers and The Spiderwick Chronicles. And so, I was inspired to make some creatures of my own.
The rotund little creature with the bowtie is a brownie, a friendly, helpful house-dwelling spirit, while the thinner grumpier fellow is a boggart, a malevolant spirit that delights in causing trouble in the household. In my mind these two fellows are relations, maybe cousins or brothers. They live in the same old house and naturally don't get on. Brownie wants to help the household and does good deeds like pairing odd socks and sewing on buttons during the night, but Boggart is of course always causing trouble for him.
I always plan out my sculptures first in plasticine as it's easier to plan and alter the pose and shape of the figure. Once I'm satisfied I transfer the idea into air-dry clay (I like using terracotta das) and then paint with acrylics.
These guys, as you can see, are still in the plasticine stage.
I put a pin in Brownie's neck so now he has an opposable head. Creepy or cool? You decide. I'd love to do a stop-motion animation with these characters at some point.
And that's all for now!
I don't like thinking too much about going into my final year at uni (can we really be there already?) I feel so unprepared, especially as we are given full-reign for all our projects from here on out. I still have no idea what kind of an illustrator I am, or even if I want to do this on a professional level. My plan so far is to just try and have fun with my art and see where that leads me.
Here's that original blog post:Here's that original blog post: Notice how publishing date is just about this time three years ago? I thought that was quite interesting.