Sculpting a Ventriloquist’s Dummy Mask

Halloween is less than two weeks away! A few weeks ago, I showed you how I sculpted a Witch Mask using Crayola Model Magic Foam Clay.

This week, I followed that up by sculpting a creepy Ventriloquist’s Dummy Mask with Foam-Mo Foam Clay.

These are mostly intended for decorative use (there’s a lot of dicey chemicals that go into the sealants) but of course I’ll put one on if it means having some spooky fun on Halloween night.

Did Foam-Mo perform as well as Model Magic? Is a creepy dummy as terrifying as a scary witch? Watch the video to find out. -v

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Zombies and Witches. Halloween is Coming.

Hey, we are back from hiatus on our YouTube channel and celebrating fall, the upcoming Halloween season, and monsters of every stripe. So here’s the latest process videos we dropped.

First, Inking The Tarman Zombie from Return of the Living Dead. A favorite zombie movie of mine, and a great opportunity to practice my inking.

But we also work in 3D at the studio. We wanted to experiment with foam clay, so I made this witch’s mask. Didn’t turn out too bad, and now I wanna make more.

Hope you enjoy the videos. We have lots more fall/Halloween/monster related projects we’re trying to squeeze in before the end of the year. If you’re into that stuff, come on over and subscribe to our YouTube channel, Long Lost Friend Studio. It’s spooky fun. -v

Inking Batman’s Scaliest Villain, Killer Croc

A few weeks ago, Run Red Run and I descended into the Gotham City sewer system to ink Batman villain, Killer Croc. And like some of the other things I’ve inked on our YouTube channel, Croc is currently (as of me typing this) available in my shop.

I used a brush for some of it, but I really relied on my tech pens for texturing his arm wraps, scaly skin, even the hatching on the slimy stones in the dank tunnel.

And for fun, Run Red Run played a round of Ink It or Stink It and inked another batman villain favorite, The Scarecrow.

How did we each do with our inking? You can watch the video and see -v

Toned Paper Drawing of the Kanamit from The Twilight Zone

I don’t work with toned paper very much (I did that Jekyll & Hyde sketch back in February)so I thought I’d get some practice in.

For my subject, I picked the Kanamit from the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” It’s always been a favorite episode and I had a Kanamit action figure on my shelf to use for reference.

I used the same tan-toned paper as last time, and a range of regular graphite pencils (4H to 6B) as well as a white charcoal pencil.

I think I made just a little progress with this one. And I had fun talking with Run Red Run about The Twilight Zone and my Kanamit action figure. All that stuff’s in the video, if you wanna watch. -v

Ghost In The Graveyard Diorama

Summer’s here and school’s out. That means endless nights of euphoric middle school kids running around in their friends’ backyards playing Ghost In The Graveyard. Or maybe they’ll just be hanging out, scrolling through Instagram. How do I know?

So, how do you play Ghost In The Graveyard? Do you remember? I honestly can’t recall. So I built a diorama instead. And, of course, I made a video of the process, so you can follow along as I turn insulation foam into a creepy headstone with the help of a foam cutting machine and a craft knife.

I also use tea leaves and moss to create the neglected grounds surrounding this abandoned grave and its forgotten occupant. Creepy, right? Well, it’s all in fun.

In fact, I had a ton of fun talking about graveyards and childhood games with my friend Run Red Run. You can see how it all turned out in the video below. -v

How To Make an 8-Page Mini-Comic from One Sheet of Paper!

That’s right! No staples, no stack of paper…just one sheet of typing paper, some creative folding and cutting, and you can make your own mini-comic! I’ll show you how in our video this week.

I mean, you’ll also have to write and draw your comic, or story, or whatever you wanna fill 8 pages with. But once you figure out what you want to say, there are a number of ways you can go about getting it on paper.

In the video, I talk about drawing and lettering it by hand directly onto a piece of paper. But I also create a mini-comic from scratch using some graphics software (Clip Studio Paint) and a printer. Either way, the process is pretty simple.

I hope you give it a try. And if you do, I hope you have fun! -v

Two Hellboys for the Price of One!

And since nobody’s charging an admission fee, that price is free. Free to watch me ink this Hellboy.

I used traditional, brushed ink on watercolor paper, something I’ve been trying to get better at.

But that’s not all — I said two Hellboys and I meant it. In an episode of Ink It or Stink It, Run Red Run also took a shot at inking a Li’l Hellboy drawing I did!

How did she do? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Hope you like it! -v

How To Draw A Cartoon Cat

We move from 3D witch sculpting to 2D cartoon drawing this week. A simple How-To-Draw tutorial that’ll take you through the steps of drawing this cute little cartoon cat.

This is more or less a recreation of a short presentation I did with some girl scouts over a zoom conference troop meeting. I had to do a “how to draw” segment, and this cartoon cat was what I decided to use. I worked digitally (in Clip Studio Paint) but the exercise could be done with pencil on paper as well.

I tried to keep it pretty basic — simple shapes, not too detailed — and if you follow along, yeah, in the end, there should be a cat on the page (or monitor) in front of you. But from that starting point, you can experiment, change, alter, or even forget everything in this lesson, and create a cat that’s personal to you.

It’s a pretty short video, and easy to follow. Hope you have fun! -v

The Witchening! Diorama/Terrain Build

We’ve finally reached the finale to our month of First Time Craft videos. It’s with a healthy sense of accomplishment that Run Red Run and I present….The Witchening!

All four videos from April connect back to that Witch House we built last year. That was our first “build” of any kind, and we always wanted to add onto that build as we learned more skills. So, we’re finally getting around to it.

In our finale, we put all of the items we built in the previous videos (the stump & axe, the well, the creepy tree) together into a diorama. But before we could do that, we had to build the witch’s territory. And that involved some more First Time Crafts: making plaster terrain, creating foam flocked bushes by hand, static grass application, and plenty more.

In the end, it all came together in a pretty nice (and pretty creepy) diorama fit for a wicked little witch. And if you watch the video, you’ll see her too!

Enjoy the video, and thanks for sticking around to watch us try out new things all month. -v

First Time Craft: Sculpting With Spackle?

This month Run Red Run and I are doing a series of four videos where we’re working with a new craft or technique or material in each one. For week three, She and I made a creepy witch’s tree out of — well, out of a lot of stuff. Wire, foil, paper, glue… And as a surprise, last-ditch shot in the dark, spackle, of all things.

All four of the videos connect back to that Witch House we built last year. That was our first “build” of any kind, and we always wanted to add onto that build as we learned more skills. So, we’re finally getting around to it.

The tree is about a foot-and-a-half tall, and we started the process by twisting three different sizes of armature wire into a basic tree shape. This part was a very loose, free-form wire sculpt that, for a couple of first-timers, came out pretty good. After that we wrapped it in foil, just like bulking out the armature of any clay sculpture.

Then, for the bark, we tried a tissue-and-glue method we’d seen people use on trees like this, but it didn’t give us the control we needed to sculpt the bark. Clay would work, but might make the tree super heavy. So we settled on spackle (or joint compound) and gave it a shot. Turns out, it’s not just for patching holes. You can actually sculpt with the stuff!

You can watch us build the tree from start to finish in the quick video below. Don’t forget, all of these First Time Craft videos lead to a final video next week where we put all the items we made together into one project— Witch House Part 2: The Witchening. See you next week for the finale.