Here’s a holiday commission I made for a colleague’s parents. They live with a robot named Elgin. Given that prompt, and that they like Jazz…this showed up.
Some folks in the Land of the Dead are as interested in returning to life as we are in staying alive. Here’s a scene from a prestigious philosophical society in the Land of the Dead – The Resurrection Research Society.
This is 10″ x 10″, shown at the bottom.
Waking up in the Land of the Dead, our protagonist finds they are not alone! What Joy! What fun, to start the next adventure companionably and fortified with excellent company!
For years, I’ve been bringing dead raccoons home to bury them in a makeshift pet cemetery. It is a nice thing to do for them, and it provides a safe way for me to interact with them.
I recently started a new taxidermy experiment. I’m not so interested in stuffing them at this point (although I would love to own some stuffed raccoons), but I AM interested in their bones.
Instead of burying them and reclaiming the bones later, I am trying a new approach, which is to keep them in a cage above ground until they fully decompose.
The photo below is from a few weeks ago. Living in such a rural place has been a big advantage. There is a sad abundance of dead raccoons, and the nearest neighbors are far enough away that smell hasn’t been an issue.
I introduced meal worms to the bodies shown above. Once the bones are exposed, I’ll put them in a box with more meal worms, as they are supposed to rapidly clean the bones. My cage has successfully frustrated visiting vultures and other critters.
I will make 3D scans of my clean bones. I’ll process those scans into .stl files, which I can then print using a MakerBot or similar (as I do with action figures).
I’ll have new, plastic skeletons to use in my work. They can be armatures, charters or sculptures.
These plastic skeletons totally reminded me of Ray Harryhausen’s work. I “merged” several figures by melting them together. I’m still not sure what to do with them – below is a simple diorama test. I opted to NOT draw the details on the background. I think it would work better with that detail, and I may add it later.