I have been thinking about this costume for a while now. I went through some sketchbooks for inspiration and found this idea popping up over and over again.
I’ve been sketching this costume for a while, it or iterations of it are scattered though out several sketchbooks. I’m going to attempt to build a cardboard version of the Kukeri costume, a Bulgarian fur suit costume, used in the harvest festival to frighten away bad spirits.
I’m adding a spine element to the tall head section. A few pulleys and strings will help the neck/head move naturally, controls will be attached to my head. Turns and tilts of my head will be reflected by the costume tall head.
Sheets of blank paper taller than your thumb and to big for my backpack all screaming at me to get to work. For some reason the tooth and feel of this book is more attractive to me than the super thick and slick Bristol board book, or the 140lb cold press watercolor paper book. I’ve figured it out… it’s the same paper (but way bigger) as my first sketchbooks back when I was at DASH (design and architect senior high) in Miami. Mr. Milanez would hand them out like candy. I would burn through them in a few weeks, chewing them up. Nothing great but I couldn’t get over the fact that they just handed you another one.
What’s in the bag?
A bag full of markers and this book that reeks of high school made it easier to let go and have fun. I brought this bag with me thinking that I was going to do rock some ill outlines, pieces and fill-in, but I couldn’t get that started. Here are some bikes, dogs and other things that did come out.
Why using crappie materials could be a good thing.
Drawing on kinda crappie and large paper changes something. I think it’s the need to ‘finish’ that usually comes with larger formats. That feeling is gone. Another weird thing, the markers which are great for filling in large areas felt limited on this large format. I would fill the whole page with color in my 8×10 black book (ask me to show you). So line work became super important. I tried incorporating washes but the cheap paper didn’t like that. So line work is king!
I’m still learning that I have lots of hang-up. Getting free and removing myself from the work is going to take a minute, it was easier with this book. The more I work, the more I understand (maybe). I need to practice F$#king up stretched canvases. Media surface shouldn’t hinder the work, but stretched canvas vs found cardboard influences my work in profound ways. Similar to working on post-it notes.
This week was destiny came to model for us. I was teaching my Street Art class till 7:30 so showed up a bit late. I missed the one minute warm-up poses. Great lighting as always and the snacks are good although right now i’m working on my heath so no cookies.
I got there just in time for the last two five minute poses.
Line drawing in Red ink of Destiny stretching with hands forward. Five minute pose.
Hunched and resting, line drawing with red ink of Destiny, five minute pose.
One leg forward, sitting on a large black cushion, Painting with shapes using the roller tool in Paper 53 in pink and mauve tones. Destiny, ten minute pose.
This painting of Destiny resting on one hand, using orange tones, last ten minute pose.
Painting with purple tones, while Destiny sits in a large chair.
Painting with red pillow, a twenty minute pose while Destiny naps.
Last Pose of the night, a purple toned painting of destiny while she rests with her feet up.
The Group brought in Scott to pose he’s the first male model in a long time and it’s the first time using my iPad at a life drawing event. Tonights sketches all posted below. We started, like most sessions, with one Minute poses.
I took a minutes to make a quick pallet. As the night went on i added a pink and yellow.
Big fills with ‘Roller’ tool.
I’m using #Paper53 to do the drawings. The ‘Roller’ tool is my favorite!
Still just doing one minute drawings I feel a bit clumsy with the iPad, new media is always funny at first.
Scott is throwing down great one min poses.
Legs, one minute drawing.
Nope, jump to a new page.
Better, this is the last one minute figure drawing.
Ok five minute figure drawing are flowing better. I and able to break out shapes and show some structure.
More of Scott as captured by Alex Feliciano and his magic tablet.
Getting a bit easier now. More colors added to the pallet.
Nice hands in this one.
Hard pose, I was really trying to capture tention might go back and rework this at a later time.
More great hands, thanks Scott
working on the iPad is tuff but the ease of switching colors makes up for it, I’m using Paper53 on an iPad Pro and Apple pencil,
Now we venture into the 10 minute poses. Hello Detail, can this thing do it?
Yes it can, Another 10 minute figure draw by Alex Feliciano with Paper 53.
10 minutes adding yellow to the pallet.
Fingers, nope, next page please.
Fingers, Better, figure drawing of Scott with pole extension.
P.S. Scott has a light beard and because I don’t get many dudes modeling for me and none with beards I’m like WTF.
20 Minutes, I’m switching to a pencil tool on the iPad.
And the last figure drawing of the night, 20 minutes, Thank you Scott.
I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris).
Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall.
The bear head strapped to the top of the van, lots of cardboard and a minivan full of paint.
I started by cutting and trimming down the Bear Head costume. The shoulder pads, chest plate, and back panels where removed. I also removed some underlying structure inside the head. I pulled out the glue guns and started adding new support structures and prepping it for a flat wall.
I took a few minutes to add some color. On the right you can see the back of the bear head and some body panels that were removed and on the floor,
I moved the head to the table for more trim and paint. I also started a border around the head.
The day has come, halloween is here, and all this work is worth it. Gio has his afro cardboard frankenstein, Oscar is rocking a full cardboard Pokemon Charizard, Damien is welding a pair of custom cardboard katanas, and Alex is suited up as a cardboard bear.
This is a shot of the Bear at work, before the Costume contest, second place!
Don’t Shoot, I did not take the Picnic baskets and I am not a zombie.
Pushing hard towards halloween, flowing with Cardboard and Hot Glue, here is a picture of the Bear Head. You can check out earlier pics here. I’m happy with the head, I will be starting the suit next. Worried about the paint job, cardboard nude or custom paintjob?
After halloween I will get back to the Clem Heads.
Adding lots of detail, looking for the feeling of fur.
I’ve never built a bear head before. but i have always wanted to build a large animal costume. Alex Feliciano, ” I might make it in time for halloween”. We will see.
I really like this view. I think about painting it and wonder how to go about it, I have lots of crazy sketches and this dog head from a few years back.
I have been spending a lot of time this year sketching, in ‘@FiftyThree‘ s Paper53 app on the ipad or at the live drawing events held by #Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. I think it’s time to start painting now. Working with brushes is flowing like it should. I start to paint after the kids go to bed then I lookup… and the sun is peeking in. Feels great to lose that much time.
Three 40″x30″ canvases, and I have a 40″x70″ that i need to sand and surface. These pieces are still in progress, the one in the center is close to being done.
Working on some, overdue, new pieces for #sisandmoon‘s. Lots of work to do but it’s coming out like it hasn’t in awhile.
Green dog is going to get finished. it has been kicking around the studio for a few years. this one is going to be therapeutic.
I am happy to announce a small shopping cart is now available. Now you can shop online . I will be adding to it as time and items become available. Feel free to send feedback or requests or go to http://alexfeliciano.com/artwork/ and leave a comment.
Lots of figure drawing lately. It is good to draw like this again. I went to a class in Alpharetta, the ‘Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group’. They have a nice academic format, ten to twenty one minute warm ups, then some five and ten minute drawings. Oh and did I mention the cookies, lots of cookies. Then after a cookie break we do some longer poses.
On this day, my first time at the event I forgot to note the times for each drawing… fear not I will fix that in the future.
This was a short pose, I felt like warming up with hands. First time sketch live models in two plus years.
More hands to warm up, feeling good now.
I am able to get some back and face in this one, I think the lighting was very challenging, that’s a good thing, so it took a minute to find my values.
Now some feet.
Shoulders and chest.
Toes, need to do some toes… Fake means from memory. While she was changing poses, maybe..
Ahh a slightly longer pose. I like the ‘lay’ of the hand in this one.
Again the light was challenging I remember trying to find shadows.
This was a long pose 10 or 15 minutes, I think…
The model was switching poses and seamed so naturally at rest while she rubbed her hands, I think it might have been cold in the studio.
This is an old piece I found hiding in a friends room, it was never finished. I thought about re-working the canvas but decided to digitally work it instead. This is my first attempt. I’m using Paper53 on the iPad with a digital stylus ‘Pencil’, all very strange and fun. #madewithpaper / fiftythree.com
If you draw but don’t do it in a computer (photoshop, illustrator, and more) you are going to enjoy Paper 53, it’s on the iPad. They have just released some new brushes and I am liking the roller (fill tool). Now some self promotion… look what i did with it. If you are inclined Please! add your drawing to the comments as I would love to see them!
Car trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
My old neighborhood.
… and you can check them out here: https://www.fiftythree.com/paper
Just painting and planning, painting the last thee dog heads and planning the next iteration of sculptures/ paintings. Maybe giant dog head maybe giant kangaroo? Or tiny collectible dog dolls. Everything is on the table right now.
Hola, I have been hard at work making paintings for the Hive (LA), and getting The Sis & Moon Studio looking good. So the “Friday Sketchbook review” has been taking a back seat, But I’m back on track now. The materials haven’t changed much, water color box, fountain water color brush, fountain ink brush, and sketchbook. I have added a few color pencils and a white gel pen (LOVE). I also have just started a new sketchbook, you will see the work next friday from that one, It’s a Moleskine and I look forward to wrecking it.
Love, a “P” meets an “E” for some alphabetical lovin.
Smile peace, this is how you smile with half a jaw.
More smile peace, having fun with letters, ‘PE’.
What would you wish for, if it was Friday? Rainbow powers….
This is what your old mix tapes have turned into, free and wild.
Fun watching the kids race up and down the hill.
What dogs wish for on Fridays? Trips to the woods….
Touch his nose it should be wet. If it’s dry then your dog might be sick.
Next exploding grenade arrows!!
With diamonds, hunting wild almond alligators.
Sitting on airboats in the Everglades.
Pulling dinosaurs into the future,
That’s when we where picked up by space police,
They gave us two choices,
So back to the future,
Aiming condoms at Billy Ray.
It was all up to the kid… Aim (check) Always sharp.
When we got back… drama.
Space police tapping my sleeping head,
My young arrow spitter is getting ready,
Turns out the president sent for us. Without Miley the aliens aren’t scared and invade…
This time Back Back to the future with a space invader theme!
The end pieces are made up of 16 5x7ish collages that are mounted to birch. The background is a 6′ 8″ x 4′ piece of paper.
“Suit wearing a beard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Now with sprinkles” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Rub for luck” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“What the dog sees” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Remember me as I was” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Sniffing the new hand shake” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Response to trauma” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Lucky friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Facial hair on the wind” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Snow wizard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Surviving rabbits” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Responsibility” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Reflection of self ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Nothing up this sleeve ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Friends sniff friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“El Tio Gio” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
With the outer shell done (plaster around pink silicone) I made the first casting. The gary head is the plastic casting (copy), the white one is the original sculpted (modeling clay) head, and the pink is the silicone negative.
This is my first pour, I need to practice, a few thin spots and air bubbles.
Starting the mold (mould) from the sculpture.
Finished the left eye and nose, then started the mould process. I was nervous at first, I always thought that the original sculpture would be trash if you didn’t make the mould just right (that’s for plaster moulds), but after the first layer was dry I was hooked. I think (cross fingers) that this will be a good first test and I can then start scaling up.
First pour of silicone
I will let it cure overnight and apply another coat of smooth-on 5050 in the morning. So far easy to work with and i like the pink on white I can see the high/strong and low/weak points.
Clem is waiting for the first mold pour before she approves anything, Clem is on the left.
Third pour now with registration points, and dams to fill weak spots.
The ‘Clem Head’ is almost ready, I used scrap clay to make terraces around the eyes and nose areas (lots of detail low thickness). Registration pieces were cut from bits of foam insulation, but i will be using left over silicons bits in the future, the foam ripped holes and have escaped.
I made a Mother mold
Mother mold made out of plaster, it’s a simple two part mold, next time I’ll make it lighter and maybe more sections. I didn’t put too much (none) thought into the back.
Very excited about this part. After 4 days I wanted to see how the original sculpture would fare.
The original came out trouble free. The original is made out of Plastilina clay and popped out without the use of any demoulding spray.
Putting the parts together Starting the casting process mother mold together with the silicone mold, and the an after thought backplate.
The backplate, cork and elastic… will it work?
After twirling the plastic mix (smooth-on) around for 7-14 minutes. I remove backplate and peek inside. This is my first time doing this so I have no idea if this is right…
After demolding I am so happy at this point. Sculpture (pink) original (white) and first cast (grey).
It is late at night but i press on and make 7 castings. Clem Heads are ready to paint.
The next morning Clem joins me and checks out the work, she even poses so i can do a comparison, thanks Clem.
Update: The Giant Maggie head
I have a lot of work to do and can’t wait to get back to it. I have to finish the pieces for the May, Hive Gallery show first, and then it’s back to giant dog heads. Below is the incomplete Giant Dog head with coins for scale.
Working and getting excited about this new, in-progress, body of work (5×7 collage drawings, done with paper, paint and ink.) will be shown at the Hive Gallery in May for “The Lines Attack” show.
I have been attempting to illustrate a narrative that until now only lived in my sketchbooks, it’s a fractured series of vignettes that record my musings as I commute around the planet. Some of which, “A study on animal development in responds to auto injuries (in fast forward)”, and A rumination on advances in facial hair despite contrary marketing.
16, 5×7 inch paper drawings, Alex Feliciano 2014, for “The Lines Attack” show in May .
Natural responds to trauma, as seen in fast forward (less bones).
Making a travel watercolor set out of an Altoids Small tin.
I wanted something I could easily pocket, sturdy, a ulta compact. I have been super happy with this solution, it is a modification of others I have found online. The big difference is that I’m using clear legos to create the cake pans. I can switch them out, or rearrange them with out a mess or fuss.
Here you can see my set up, paints out, tins cleaned, test page to the right where I test my colors (I still forget what color is what) and Legos.
One “Altoids Small” tin.
Twelve two space bricks, Clear (clear bricks don’t have an inner support).
One flat 4 x 6 space piece.
White spray paint, plastic loving (Krylon Fusion)
White spray paint, old fashion metal loving paint (Flat white Krylon)
Paint, watercolor tubes.
brush, water and paper, for color testing.
Below is just a suggestion:
Lemon Yellow — cool light yellowCadmium Yellow Med. — warm opaque yellowCadmium Orange — medium opaque orangeCadmium Red — warm (toward orange) opaque light redAlizarin Permanent — cool (toward blue) transparentUltramarine Violet — violetUltramarine Blue — warm (toward red) blueCobalt Blue — "true blue"Manganese Blue Hue — cool (toward green) water blueCadmium Green — opaque light greenSap Green — dark earthy transparent green with yellow undertone
Start with a “Altoids Small” tin. Dump (or eat) all the mints, then clear and dry the tin.
This tin is clean and ready to paint.
Gather your Legos: 12 clear two space bricks and 1 flat 4×6 piece.
Add the bricks to the flat piece upside down, so that the nobs are facing down, what you should be looking at is a bunch of open spaces, like a book shelf.
Krylon Fusion and Flat white, if you like you can use Gloss instead.
Take that piece and place it nobs down and spray paint it with the plastic loving gloss paint, I am using Krylon Fusion. Then lightly paint the tin with the flat metal loving spray paint, just the insides.
Note: I use flat paint on the tin because I like the added tooth on my mixing surface.
Then fit the painted lego “shelf” into the tin. It should pop in with a slight push, if it gives you trouble pinch the sides and push harder.
This is what it should look like, you can reorder the bricks or stack them vertically ( two side by side) if you like.
Then fill up the shelves or spaces with your favorite watercolor. Let the paint air dry for a day and your ready to travel.
This is what you get when your done. The one on the right has bricks that was never spray painted, still clear.
I got a lot done this week. I will do a break down of the water color set soon. Water color set (Lego’s inside a Altoids case), water reservoir brush, ink reservoir brush, pink highlighter, and a white color pencil. I think there was also a red fine roller ball, a green highlighter and a purple sharpie.