The Land of the Dead

The Land of the Dead

I started this last winter, before my crazy class schedule began. This isn’t really finished yet.  I had bigger plans (more dead guys, for one thing)  but I want to start the next one, and I’ve decided to let this be an introduction to what I’m doing in my barn.


Land of the Dead Daddy-O's

Below is a study I did last night, before I finished making the dead Daddy-O’s.  I decided to make Frida be black and white like the citizens of her town. I like how this picture turned out.

Frida Study

I have always loved paper-mâché, and I rediscovered while helping my daughter with a school project. I got the idea for this from a drawing I did in someone’s sketchbook for the sketchbook swap:

Frida returns to the land of the dead

I am interested in seeing what happens when I try and make real world models of my drawings. When I was a kid I mixed flour and water (and maybe glue). Now, I’m using glue and water and the Baltimore City Paper.

Basic Supplies

The City Paper is good for....


More to come – there’s a lot going on in the Land of the Dead.




11 responses to “The Land of the Dead”

  1. […] is for this. Making these guys was extremely […]

  2. dead tam Avatar
    dead tam

    when may i move in? this is FAB.

  3. Jim Doran Avatar

    Dear Dead Tam,

    You can move in just as soon as we get your papers….


    Mr. Undertaker

  4. neil Avatar

    You have created an amazingly cool playground. A perfect time to have the new camera too, the depth of field shots look awesome!! I’m looking forward to further adventures!!!

  5. Jim Doran Avatar

    @Neil: Yessir. I’m pretty psyched to see what else is in there. :) Thanks!

  6. Jody Avatar

    This is too cool.

    I love that the buildings and stuff are 3-D and the people are 2-D. It makes it even better that they are dead. Because of course dead people can’t be 3-D :)

  7. Jim Doran Avatar

    @jody – I’m glad we understand each other.

  8. Chas. Avatar

    Jimmy, this rocks. I desperately want to see and hear these guys moving around.
    I love the way the drunk guy moves farther into the frame from one photo to the next. I guess drunk guys don’t stop doing that, even after they’re dead.

  9. Jim Avatar

    Thanks Chas. I think that’s a fine idea.

  10. leah Avatar

    AWWWWWWE-some!!! Love this!

  11. […] we have a street scene at the Port Authority of the Land of the Dead (inside another eye rinse cup) complete with hanging skull lanterns, musicians and the smallest […]

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