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Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

07 Oct

I’ve now done several hot air balloons in the steampunk style. All are fun and colorful…except this one. I thought doing one that had the appearance of being plucked out of an old daguerreotype photograph would be fun and different from what I usually do.

Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

Detail of gondola

This balloon is currently on display and available from the Artisan’s Bench in downtown Brighton, Michigan.

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Medium sized Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship

09 Sep

I’ve done larger ships and I’ve done smaller ones, but this medium sized, Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship is a very desirable one. It’s small enough to easily place in a room without special accommodations, yet large enough to make a statement and be the center of an arrangement.

Medium Victorian Steampunk "Maki" airship

Medium Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship

This piece, as with all my work, uses upcycled, repurposed materials and found objects in its design and construction. It is approximately 36″ long and 22″ deep and 18″ wide. The gondola is my own adaptation of a “pirate ship” profile, with wood plank decking and brass anchors.

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Wouldn’t you like to fly in my beautiful…

07 Jun

Balloon!

I mentioned in my previous post that there was a repeat order for two more steampunk hot air balloons from the person who bought the first one, so here they are.

Orange and yellow

Orange and yellow

Gondola close up

Gondola close up

She had indicated that she wanted one to have a yellow and orange stripe pattern and the other to have green and teal, so here’s the second balloon…

Green and teal

Green and teal

Gondola close-up

Gondola close-up

Both have the patina of age and the copper and brass look that I use on my steampunk pieces.

So now I’m off and running on yet another steampunk hot air balloon and several other airships. The fun never ends!

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Up, up and away!

22 May

Most of what I’ve done in the past from a steampunk standpoint has been dirigibles or airships. I love doing them and they can be quite different from each other while still maintaining the classic arrangement of envelope and gondola. However, in the gallery where my work is on display for sale, The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, Michigan, there have been several requests for hot air balloons in the steampunk aesthetic. Well, I finally got to the task of creating one…a sort of maiden voyage, if you will…and here it is.

Maiden voyage

Maiden voyage

As anyone who knows my work already expects, this piece was made using re-purposed and up-cycled materials that I happened to have or collect.

Gondola close up

Gondola close up

The balloon part was the trickiest part…trying to maintain some symmetry without driving myself too crazy. Deciding on how to paint it, what colors, how to patina and antique it, how it would hang, etc.

Balloon close up

Balloon close up

All in all, I think it was a success, and apparently, so did the lady who bought it right away and ordered two more!

As always,  I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom piece of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Visigoth

13 May

Today I’m posting a piece I just finished for a client and friend of mine. This friend approached me a couple months ago and told me he was writing a three part sci fi novel series which featured a spaceship…a battleship, as it’s centerpiece. He wanted a model of the ship built, both as a way to further bring the story to life…as inspiration and also as a model to photograph and use in book cover production. This was certainly a departure from what I normally build, but I’ve always wanted to build a sci fi spaceship. I mean, my whole life I’ve wanted to build something like that…and here was my chance. How could I say no?

The name of the ship is the Visigoth. A heavily armored, heavily gunned battleship, with 8 huge rail guns, 4 on the dorsal surface and 4 on the ventral surface. The ship essentially has 8 facets, arranged in a 3D diamond shape, with each facet containing a rail gun turret, as well as two defensive array panels, each with a laser cannon, a missile turret and a sensor, for a total of 16 laser cannons, 16 missile turrets and 16 sensors.

The Visigoth

The Visigoth

It’s certainly a formidable looking ship. The build was a challenge for me since the materials were somewhat different than I’m used to working with and the finished look is hard and angular, which is a huge departure from the steampunk copper and rivets and more organic shapes I usually do. But what a fun piece to plan, sweat over and finally finish, to the immensely satisfied client!

Nose and landing bays

Nose and landing bays

Profile view showing all railgun turrets

Profile view showing all rail gun turrets

I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

18″ Steampunk airship 003

22 Apr

Today’s post is a mid-range size steampunk airship. This dirigible has a more “grunge” gondola with the propeller mounted on it instead of on the airship envelope like others I’ve done. It also has a pillar mount rather than the more Victorian looking netted suspension and the fins are a plate copper design. The overall length is about 18″ due to the propeller being on the gondola.

18" steampunk airship 003.

18″ steampunk airship 003

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

22″ Victorian airship 002a

29 Mar

Today’s post is a mid-range size Victorian steampunk airship recently finished. This dirigible has a ship-like gondola and a more “protracted” design on the propeller. It also employs a netted gondola suspension, rather than a pillar suspension.

22' Victorian with netted ship-like gondola

22′ Victorian with netted ship-like gondola

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

20 Mar

Today’s post is a piece that I’m particularly proud of! I thought that cutting an airship lengthwise and building something cool on top would be fun. Then I had an epiphany and decided to make the up-build an aircraft carrier. Now, before you say it, I know that the biplanes on the deck are a bit anachronistic, but hey, steampunk is nothing if not a bit time warped, right?

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

Aircraft detail

Aircraft detail

As always, this airship uses repurposed/found object, cardboard, paper and papier-mâché in its construction. How many recognizable objects can you identify?

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

 

 

 

Steampunk paddlewheel airship

07 Mar

Next in the mid-range airship line up is the steamunk paddlewheel design. This airship is approximately 22″ long with a turnable paddlewheel on each side, reminiscent of the Mississippi riverboats of days gone by. This is the first time I’ve done a paddlewheel and I had a great time building it. It gives me a lot of ideas for other airships!

Mid-sized steampunk paddlewheel airship

Mid-sized steampunk paddlewheel airship

I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

 

Steampunk airship 002

22 Feb

Today’s post is a recently finished Victorian style steampunk airship. This one is approximately 24″ in length overall and has very decorative stabilizer fins and a wooden propeller with scaffolded prop struts.

As always, this airship uses repurposed/found object, cardboard, paper and papier-mâché in its construction. How many recognizable objects can you identify?

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I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks goes Hollywood (part 4)

06 Feb

The night of the Red Carpet event happens and the airships by Artsmith Craftworks fly high over the crowd of young film makers. The theme of the night being steampunk, many cool decorative items can be seen, setting the mood for the event. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

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Diabolus on stage

Diabolus on stage

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I’m glad I got the chance to have my work displayed at an event that honors those in the film arts. I anxiously await the call ordering airships for the next big Hollywood steampunk feature!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

Photo of the Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet Event. Stephan J Smith. Artsmith Craftworks. steampunk airship

 

Artsmith Craftworks goes Hollywood (part 3)

29 Jan

Disaster strikes…

I got a text from Michelle, my contact at the Orange County Film Festival, along with a picture.

The text read,
:( Working on a refund right now

Mortally wounded Victorian Airship

Mortally wounded Victorian Airship

Needless to say, I was immediately nauseous. My heart racing, I replied, “What happened?!? Michelle said, “They put a heavy crate right on top and it fell right through. So mad. It clearly says on your crate, FRAGILE, Do not stack.”

Apparently, the Diabolus was undamaged, but the Victorian was a wreck, which gave me an idea. I texted back saying, “I don’t know what your status is, but I have an idea. I’ve been toying with the idea of building an airship battle scene. In fact, I have a customer that wants me to do that. A natural progression from just posing nice airships in menacing positions would be to show one or more with damage. If you know of someone who’s good with model production, maybe have them hang the damaged airship in such a way that it looks to be crashing after being hit by the other. Use paint and lighting to simulate smoke and fire. Could be very dramatic and cool. Let me know what’s going on.”

I didn’t hear from her for the next two days, but on the 4th of January, late in the evening Michigan time, I got a text from Michelle saying, “Hey. Sorry if this is so late. The film festival is going on as we speak. We managed to save your airship!!! We had to make a new airship blimp. Everything else is pretty much the same. Some supports broke so we had to be creative. But we used both of your airships. You are amazing and we love them!!!!!!! Thank you again for working so hard to make his happen for us!!” The following pictures were attached…

Resurrected Victorian at the OCFF!

Resurrected Victorian at the OCFF!

Quite different, but a great save...

Quite different, but a great save…

 

Flying over the Red Carpet

Flying over the Red Carpet

Well, I was very happy that they’d managed to save the Victorian and use it for their event. It was considerably different than it was before damage and repair, but they had pulled it off and the piece certainly got the point across. Michelle said she would send professional photos of the event as soon as she got them back from the photographer, as well as video coverage when it was finished being edited.

Next time, I’ll wrap it up by posting the pictures of the event. ‘Til then…

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks goes Hollywood (part 2)

10 Jan

I got up early on Christmas Eve day and did some calculations for crate sizes based on my airships’ dimensions. I then needed supplies and luckily, my brother was able to help, so off we went to get the necessary lumber. Of course, it was only 10 degrees outside and windy, but we managed to get what we needed…and some of it on sale, and headed back to the barn.

My brother Jason hard at work building crates

My brother Jason hard at work building crates

We fired up my propane heater and got busy. All day long we worked, measuring, cutting, nailing and joining pieces. The freight company was supposed to be there to pick up the two crates around 5 pm that day, and I was on the phone several times to California for status updates. As we came down to the wire, we were told that the freight company couldn’t get there afterall and it would be the day after Christmas. Well, that was actually good news, because frankly, we weren’t ready.

Diabolus in her crate, ready to be secured with straps

Diabolus in her crate, ready to be secured with straps

We got to spend Christmas Eve with family, enjoying each other’s company, but for me, there was a lot of work to finish and I was anxious to get it done. I did a little measuring and cutting on Christmas Day, but the day after, I got back out to the barn to finish up since freight was supposed to be there between noon and 5 pm.

The Victorian dual engine, crated and ready to secure

The Victorian dual engine, crated and ready to secure

Finally, the job was done and awaiting pick up by the freight company. I was only a little nervous about sending my babies of to California… No, really I was a LOT nervous, but we’d done a good job of securing and protecting the airships.

Sealed crate containing the Victorian airship...labeled and ready for shipping!

Sealed crate containing the Victorian airship…labeled and ready for shipping!

And off they go…

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Next time…arrival in Orange County…

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks goes Hollywood!

07 Jan

I had a really great thing happen just before Christmas…

On the 23rd of December, in the late afternoon, I got a call from California. I almost ignored it because a lot of times, random calls from California or Utah or Nevada, etc wind up being credit card come-ons or something. I answered it anyway…glad I did. It was a girl from the Orange County Film Festival and this year for their Festival, they chose a steampunk theme. They explained that they were looking for airships in particular and had been looking locally and online and couldn’t find anything, and they were getting worried since their Red Carpet Event was being held on January4th. That’s when they found Artsmith Craftworks! They had been looking at the pics I’ve been posting, and they were interested in the Diabolus and the large double engine Victorian.

Airship Diabolus

Airship Diabolus

Victorian double engine

Victorian double engine

Needless to say, I was happy to help them make their event a big success! This meant, however, that I had to rush to get it out and the timing was a worry. Afterall, this was the Monday before Christmas! So the heat was on…

I got home and at 9pm, I was taking their credit card payment for the two airships and talking about shipping arrangements. They were going to set up the shipping on their end, but I needed to prepare the airships for transport, which meant building crates for them. Now, I’m pretty handy, but I’ve never built a crate before, and certainly not under these time constraints. I also really didn’t have a shed or building to build these crates in, which meant I had to pull things together even faster because, I had to drive to my mother’s place an hour and a half away to use her barn.

So after quickly putting together an extra stand so I had two, and taking seats out of my mini van, I carefully carried each airship out to my van, walking on ice and with snow blowing at midnight… By the time I had gathered all needed tools, supplies and personals, I left, arriving at my mother’s place at 2:30am.

I went immediately to bed, knowing that Christmas Eve day was going to be very, very busy!

More to come…please stay tuned…

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Small steampunk gunship #2

18 Dec

Another of the 12″ steampunk airships that I built for the 2012 World Steam Expo in Dearborn Michigan.  Similar in shape and design, but with some modification. Like my other airships, it uses recycled, repurposed materials.

12" Steampunk Gunship Airship 02

12″ Steampunk Gunship Airship 02

If this ship is one that you would like to have built as part of your own home steampunk display, don’t hesitate to email me for details!

As I said before, I welcome all comments!

 

18 inch Victorian steampunk airship #1

13 Dec

This is the first of a new mid-range sized airship I started which is about 18″ long. This particular airship has a Victorian aesthetic, with a ship-like gondola, suspended with netting and cable. The propeller is a frame and sailcloth style, rather than a solid style.

18" Victorian Steampunk Airship

18″ Victorian Steampunk Airship

From the bow, you can see a bit more detail in the gondola.

Bow view

Bow view

And a close-up of the propeller…

Aft view

Aft view

I’d love to hear what you think of this ship. Drop me a comment!

 

 

Small steampunk gunship #1

03 Dec

This is a 12″ steampunk airship that I built originally for the 2012 World Steam Expo in Dearborn Michigan. I actually built four of them, but this one and one other are the only two I have photos for. I’ve built quite a few at this size, and they are nice, but surprisingly, they seem to be less popular than a version I’m doing lately that’s about 50% larger. I try to build airships that capture a Victorian whimsy or a harder edge steampunk aesthetic, but that always look well used machines, not bright, shiny relics.

12" Steampunk Gunship Airship 01

12″ Steampunk Gunship Airship 01

This airship is a simple Victorian design that, like all my other work, uses recycled, repurposed materials. I save scraps of just about anything to use as raw materials for my sculptures. My wife thinks I teeter on the edge of being a hoarder, but I’m more of a saver of artistic elements, so I guess I hoard with a purpose!

I’d like to say that there is a link for this to my Etsy site for purchase, but alas, this one is sold. If this ship is one that you would like to have built as part of your own home steampunk display, don’t hesitate to email me for details!

What type of features would you like to see on the airships I build? I welcome all comments!

 

Adding steampunk accessories

18 Nov

Now, I’m wrapping up the steampunk deer head so I can post some airship stuff!

To do this, I start adding the accessories that turn this sculpture from typical deer head into a steampunk sensation! In order to speed things up, I’m going to post a bunch of pictures in succession with captions, so here they are…

Nostril tube, eye LED and left ear mount

Nostril tube, eye LED and left ear mount

 

Close up showing ear in place

Close up showing ear in place

Addition of lens piece and battery

Addition of lens piece and battery

Detail of steampunk ear

Detail of steampunk ear

Now I make the plaque that the deer head mounts to so we can hang it on the wall.

Mounting plaque

Mounting plaque

And now the finished deer head, mounted for display.

Finished steampunk deer head mount

Finished steampunk deer head mount

This has been a fun project and I hope you liked seeing how you can repurpose everyday objects into cool pieces of artwork. I’d love to hear from you and find out what you think of these pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting the fur on the deer head

28 Oct

Last time, I said I’d show how I painted the fur on the steampunk deer head. Remember that there is a tooled latex over the mâché which gives the illusion of fur, and with the addition of realistic painting, the deer mount itself begins to look quite convincing.

Base coats of paint

Base coats of paint

Base coat on eye

Base coat on eye

After basecoating everything, I went in and dry brushed white over the fur, then went back in with a light wash of brown to give the illusion of highlighted top fur.

Further color development

Further color development

After the brown fur is painted, the white areas are put in and the “natural” antler is doppled to look like natural horn.

White areas covered

White areas covered

Natural antler detail

Natural antler detail

Next post, I’ll show some of the steampunk accessories on the deer head as we get close to wrapping this project up…see you then!

 

 

 

 

Adding “fur” to the deer head

04 Sep
Latex "fur"

Latex “fur”

I first showed this technique when I posted the progress on my papier-mâché giraffe. It’s a relatively simple way that I came up with to add the illusion of fur on my sculptures, but have it be rigid and easy to paint. It involves using a simple latex caulk and tooling it to have little ridges or striations that resemble fur.

Fur around the ears

“Fur” around the ear

For the “natural” antler, I used the same latex, but didn’t tool it to look like fur. Instead, I smoothed it to look like the bumpy antler would look.

Latex on the antler

Latex on the antler

Latex smoothed out on the antler

Latex smoothed out on the antler

Next time, I’ll show the beginning stages on painting the deer head. Can’t wait!!