Thursday, November 29, 2012

11.29.12 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Ok, I let 12 days go between updates. Time for a new one then.

Gideon's shirt is done as are the lapels and most of the middle of his coat. The outline of his left arm is done, and you can see the very beginnings of his left hand.

Like I said before, things move pretty quickly when I'm essentially just drawing his outline.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

They Have a Cave Troll

We recently got a Lego Store in one of our area malls and it has been a disaster for our wallets (the husband wants a 4 foot Star Destroyer).  The kids have enjoyed going to the mini-kit build events (first Tuesday of every month) so back in July when I saw they would be doing a larger build event tied into the new Lord of the Rings sets, I signed the kids (and husband) up.  For answering trivia questions, the kids ended up scoring some cute stickers.  Rather than having them end up on random pieces of furniture, I got the idea for a project. 

You'll need stickers, scissors, and magnet paper.  Mod Podge and small children are optional.  I found the paper at my local Office Max because I was much too impatient to order it from the Internet, but it is cheaper when purchased online.  The magnet paper is meant to be put through your printer, but I just had the kids apply the stickers directly to it.  I had to go back and move some of the boy's stickers because they overlapping, but they enjoyed having some control over the project.

I was mildly concerned that it would be too easy for the stickers to peel off the magnet paper and since I didn't use all the Mod Podge in the bottle when I made the glitter shoes, I applied a top coat over the stickers.  The stickers were left to dry for two hours and then I used scissors to cut them from the magnet sheet.  I have little faith that the magnets will hold up anything other than themselves, but they are re-enacting the fight in the Mines of Moria on our magnetic dry erase calender.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

11.17.12 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Gideon's head is finished, and thank goodness.

Gideon's very tall, but most of his body is his white suit, so things will speed up from here. You can see the line of his shoulder, his red shirt collar and the start of his red necktie.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

11.10.12 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Back to the focused shots, then.

Gideon's hair is completed, as are his glasses. His ear is mostly done, and you can see the line that makes up most of his nose.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Prop Making 101

Ok, I'll be honest. I never thought of myself as a "crafty" person. I'm much more of a engineer by nature. That being said, I've been mulling over the idea of a few costumes for ECCC 2k13. One of which needed some props. I scoured the internet looking for the 2 things I felt I would need to add to the costume. One I found easily, the other was either non existant, or you had to buy expensive ones that people had made. Then I stumbled upon the necessary data and blueprints to build your own.

Follow me through this new frontier.

I decided the best way to make this would be to craft the prototype out of styrene. Styrene is what makes styrofoam, but there's almost no air in it. It's flat and hobbyists love this for building things. After doing some research, I went to the local hobby shop and gathered my supplies.

For this project I used:
1) Hobby Mat (there's a lot of cutting and I am not buying another 20 dollar Ikea coffee table)
2) X-acto knife
3) Some sort of square preferably metal (as you can see I bought plastic)
4) Styrene sheets. 1.5mm (1), 1.0mm (2) and .75mm (2)
5) Ambroid Proweld. This stuff is amazing. Takes 10 seconds to "weld" the plastic together
6) X-acto compass cutter 
7) White plastic hobby putty
8) Sandpaper

What you will do is start by measuring out what you will need to create the pieces. The first piece was a rectangular shape for the grip. The great thing about styrene is that you just have to score the sheet and bend it and it will give you a good clean line. However, because of the plastic square, my lines were crooked. Mainly because I kept cutting into the square with the knife. If I had to do it all again (and I might), I would use a metal ruler and a pencil. Measure several times, cut once.

Once you have your pieces, line two of them up as you want them and add some Proweld to the joint. Hold it and count to 10. It should hold. Add a few more passes with the weld just to make sure. 30 min later I had something useable.

Just look at those sexy legs.

From there I measured end pieces and attached those. That wasn't easy. First off I noticed that my sides were not the same length so it took some time shaving them down. Then I had to make many passes to keep it secure.

This particular prop needed a grip on the handle, so I used the .75mm styrene to craft the additional pieces. The finished result is below. 2 sides had the cut out and the other two were flush. Again, my hastiness led to crooked edges. This will require sanding and putty to fill in the gaps.

Finally I had to work on the top piece (pictured below) It's a type of trapezoid, one side is at a sharper angle than the other. It was getting late and I wasn't very focused so this piece doesn't look that good. It will require a lot of clean up work on the edges and the bottom features some gaps in the plastic that will require putty to fix. 

Stay tuned for the next installment when we bust out the compass cutter and putty.

Can you guess what this is?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11.1.12 Scott Pilgrim WIP

One year ago yesterday was the first update I posted. *sigh* This is going to take a while, isn't it? I'm going to start putting the year in the title of these posts because now it's necessary to keep track. CURSE YOU, RED BARON.

In any case, I'm going to give y'all a full project shot one update earlier than normal. It's probably a week or two later than normal due to delays in updates, but such is life.

Gideon's crazy anime hair is almost done, so he should have the beginnings of a face when next we talk.