Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Green assembly

Hi again.  Well, here is the assembly of the fifth and last head of my Tiamat Dragon commission.  I have to mention that I made some changes to a couple of heads after getting some information from Amy.  She sent me a document with some more photos of the dragons.  It turns out that the Blue dragon has some very distinctive, large ears.   So I replaced the horns on the Blue dragon and added those ears.  I also made some small changes to the Red and White dragons.  I’ll show you those changes in a later post.    I’ll focus this post on the Green dragon head.

As usual, I put the jaws and tongue together first.   Then I used paper mache shells to build the forehead…

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green start assembly

… and a rudimentary nose.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green build forehead

Speaking of noses… I liked the crinkled look on the wallpaper on the left, but I also liked the more smooth version on the right.

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So I tried both.  In the end I preferred the smoother version.   But who knows, I may change my mind.  Everything is tentative until I crate these up for shipping.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green experiment on nose Paper Mache Tiamat - Green sculpt face

One of the main features of the Green dragon is a big, beautiful spine.   Right down my alley!   That’s what I added.   I also sculpted some little indentations around the eyes and temples that I saw in the wallpapers.  I like these brown eyes.  They will look good with the green color I think.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green Spine

Time to add the all important horns.  I wanted each dragon to have a distinctive horn shape.    I decided to give these horns a twist, kind of a spiral shape.   I’m happy with them.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green horns Paper Mache Tiamat - Green horns start

I added these horns along the brow, the chin (you can see those below), and the jowls.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green horns

Time to add the cloth mache skin.  The wallpapers showed a different kind of breast plate for the Green dragon.   They look more like scales to me.    I made some hexagonal plates for the breast.

Paper Mache Tiamat - wallpaper Paper Mache Tiamat - Green breast plates

Then I added cloth mache lips and eyelids.

Paper Mache Tiamat - cloth mache eyelids and lips

I also like the kind of scale on this wallpaper.

Paper Mache Tiamat - wallpaper2

This is my interpretation of that pattern.   Again, I just used paper mache shells for these.  That gave them a bumpy kind of texture.  I covered them with cloth mache.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green scales

So here is the assembled Green dragon.

Paper Mache Tiamat - Green assembled

And here is the Green dragon with the rest of the heads.

Paper Mache Tiamat - assembly complete

Next, painting!   Thanks for stopping by!

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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Blue Dragon assembly

Hi again.   So here is Tiamat dragon number four, the Blue dragon.   This one is characterized by the big, prominent horn sticking straight up from the nose.   Kind of cool.    And it has a more squat, kind of short face.    Very different from the other dragons.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue wallpaper Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue wallpaper2

In the paintings he also had buck teeth on the top, six very prominent teeth jutting out.    I didn’t notice those when I made the jaws, but it was easy enough to fix.   I pulled out the teeth I had in the front of the top jaw, then replaced them with six bigger ones.

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One quick check of how he (she?) would be positioned with the other heads.   The two top heads are going to crowd the bottom three a little bit.  I want to minimize that as much as possible.  I’m also trying to stick to the size constraints I was given by the people at the restaurant.    And, the two top dragons must fit on either side of the two large horns of the Red dragon (it’s hard to see in this photo).  All part of the challenge of this project.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue ready

I started with the big horn.  I must say that I’m very pleased with my rendition of this horn.   I made all the other horns for this dragon similar to this big one.    Note that I also decided to pull a couple more teeth on the side of the jaw forward (outward).    I used a paper mache shell to start building up the head.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue horn and forehead

I made a brow and added the eyes.   I choose some yellowish eyes for the Blue dragon.  I think they will look nice with the blue color.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue eyes

When I looked at the wallpapers it was hard to tell what was happening at the sides of the head.   There were structures that almost looked like ears.  But there was no mention of ear-like structures in the literature (like there was for the Red dragon).     I just decided to use more horns to make these structures.   I made them similar in shape to the big horn on the nose.   I’m happy with this interpretation.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue big horn

I added many more horns to the chin, jowls, and the top of the head.   And I added some pointy things along the spine.  I also made some nostrils just in front of the big horn.   Overall, I think the face captures that squatty (not sure how else to say that) look I saw in the wallpapers.    So time for the cloth mache skin.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue horns

I added breast plates and lips.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue breast plates Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue lips

I filled in the nose, added eyelids and scales.  I made these scales somewhat like the White dragon’s scales, but smaller, more sleek, and pointy.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue cloth mache on face Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue scales

I wanted just a little more detail on the face.   So I put some small scales on the cheek bones, and added some of my spit wads.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue spit wad

So here is my version of the Blue dragon before paint.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue assembled3

Here he is with the other heads.   It looks less crowded in person.   Overall, I’m very happy with it.

 Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue assembled2

One last view.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Blue assembled

One more to go, the Green dragon.  I’ll be back soon with that.   Thanks for stopping by!

** Addendum!   Well, Amy just sent me a link to a book that shows more detail than the wallpapers I was using.  In fact, now that I saw this other book, it seems clear in the wallpapers as well that this Blue dragon is supposed to have ears.   Not horns.  So…. today I’ll be making some revisions to this dragon.  Off with the horns and on with some ears.  Of course I’ll share those changes later.





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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – White dragon assembly

Hi again.  Time to assemble the White Tiamat dragon head.   In my mind the white dragon should be more symmetrical, and maybe a bit prettier.  Still fierce, but beautiful.   Once again I started by adding the jaws to the neck.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white

As always, I use the shells from paper mache balls to build up the top of the head.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white build face

Using more paper mache shells, wadded paper, and masking tape, I added some nostrils, eye sockets and brows, and jowls.  Have I told you how much I love masking tape?  Yes, I know I have, many times.   I don’t care.  I love masking tape.  As I said in my Papier Mache Monster book, I’d marry masking tape if it was human, and I wasn’t already married.   I tend to overuse masking tape.   Then again, isn’t that what you do with things you love?

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white sculpt face

I added some horns along the brows.   Then I added some cloth mache eyelids.  I also added the cloth to other parts of the face.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white eyes

It’s time to take a look again at the official Dungeons and Dragons wallpaper.  There is variation in the different paintings, but in most of them the White dragon has this long thingy at the back of the head.  I know “thingy” isn’t the right word.  But I don’t know what else to call it.    It’s long and, in the wallpaper on the right, it has something akin to rings.   It definitely is not a horn.   Also note that, overall, the White dragon has fewer horns that the rest of the heads.  And, as I mentioned earlier, it is more symmetric.

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So I added the long thingy.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white dragon neck

Then, using my cloth mache I added the rings and some texture.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white new neck thing

Then I added scales on the neck.   For this I consulted the written description of the White dragon.   “The scales and limbs are heavy, making them seem ponderous.”  So I made them heavy and ponderous, although I’m not exactly sure what it means to have ponderous scales.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White Dragon Scales

I added spit wads along the ridge down the center of the head…

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White Dragon spit wads

…and in various places on the rest of the face.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White finished side

So here is the White dragon sans paint.     It looks kind of goofy with the dark color of the spit wads.  Those of course will be minimized when the paint is added.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White sculpted front

So here is the bottom row of the Taimat before painting.  Left to right, the Black dragon, the Red dragon, and the White dragon.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - white sculpted

In case you haven’t been following, this Tiamat dragon is a commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

Thanks for following!  See you for the Blue dragon next.



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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Black dragon assembly

Hi everyone.   More about my commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant.   This time I’ll show you the assembly of the Black dragon.   This is my favorite head, first because of the cool, long horns.  Also, it is described as being the most gaunt, almost skull-like.  I like that idea a lot.

First I attached the paper mache jaws to the neck.   Then I added the all important main horns.  I’m very pleased with the way these turned out.   Then I started building up the forehead.   I just used the paper mache shell of a large ball for this.   I’ll say this many times, all of this is subject to change.  You can sit and stare at a project for a long time wondering how it should look.  I’ve found that I just need to start, and then make changes as I see fit.   This forehead is a little too big.  I’ll trim it later.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon - black dragon add jaws Paper Mache Tiamat dragon - black dragon build forehead

In fact, if you look carefully, you can see that I did just that.  I sliced off a layer of the paper mache shell and taped it together.   Then I pushed in the sides of that shell to form the eye sockets.  I added another paper mache shell for a rudimentary nose.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon - black dragon forehead

I added many more horns to the face.  I added several to the chin and jowls.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black dragon chin Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black dragon under chin and jowls

Here is a little better photo of those horns along the chin and jaw.   Then I added the breastplates.  It’s hard to see the pattern.    I matched the breastplates that were used in the official Dungeons and Dragons wallpaper I mentioned earlier.  You will notice a “W” sort of shape when it’s painted.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon - black dragon horns on chin and jowls Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black dragon breast plates

Speaking of the wallpaper….it showed the black dragon with a webbed spine.  So I added that to the neck and forehead.   You can see the spines I used here.   This is how it looked after I trimmed the cloth.

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After I did that I decided that they went too far down the forehead.  So I cut several of the spines off and added some more horns.   Much better.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon - black dragon forhead spikes

I used the cloth mache to add eyelids, and I fashioned a nose.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black cloth mache eyes Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black new nose

Finally I added some detail to the neck.   I didn’t want conventional scales for this guy.  So I used my “spit wad” technique (spit wads made with toilet paper, white glue, with some commercial Celluclay).

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -black scales

So here he is in his glory.   I really look forward to painting this guy.

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Here is Black Dragon with his Red head counterpart.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Black dragon assembled

Next post will be the White dragon.   Thank you for stopping by!





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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Red Dragon assembly

Hi all.  Back to the Tiamat hydra for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant.   I’ve established the relative positions of all the heads.   I know what I want as far as the look and attitude of each dragon head.  So now it’s time to build each head.    I left off on the last post with the beginning of the red dragon.  I’d added the all important long horns.   I’ll pick up from there.

As you can see, I used paper mache shells to build up the face.  Here I’m adding some jowls.  I’ve already added some brows, a cheekbones, and put in the eyes.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red add jowls

The red dragon is characterized as very aggressive.   The Dungeons and Dragons literature describes, “Two of the frills on the sides of a red dragon’s head aid in its hearing ability.”  It goes on the say that they are not actually ears.  They just assist the inner ear of the dragon.   Fair enough.  I added the structure for these frills.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red ear structure

I draped these with cloth.   When dry I trimmed them them the way I wanted.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red ear webbing

I built the nose using more paper mache shells.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red nose

I added the cloth mache to this.

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Then I started adding horns.  Lots of horns.  All over the head horns.  Horns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.    I added cloth mache around them.  I also added lips and a few other details.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red horns on face

I also added the breast plates using my cloth mache.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red breast plates

Then I added eyelids.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white dragon eyes

After that I added the scales, up the neck, and onto the top of the head and the nose.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red scales

Here he is from the side, ready for paint.  That will come after I build the other four heads.

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Here he is from the front.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red head on

I’ll show you another head in the next post.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – First assembly

Hi all.   The fun begins when the paper mache pieces are ready for assembly.   I want to emphasize here that, at all stages, everything is subject to change.  That is what I mean when I say that paper mache is “forgiving.”  I am not afraid to completely revamp anything I don’t like.

First, I really want these heads to be stable against the wall (actually it will be a large plaque I made out of walnut wood….more about that later) so I cut pieces of  1 inch pine boards to fit the back of the necks.  I used screws to hold the necks to the boards (and yes, screws into the paper mache works well).  I also drilled holes at an angle in the wood backings.   That allows me to hang the trophies on the wall over a long screw driven into the wall at about the same angle (as what I drilled in the pine backing).  I hope this makes sense.   It sounds a little convoluted.

paper mache Tiamat - attach backing

Then it was time to start putting the heads where I want them relative to each other on the wall.   So I drove screws into the wall and hung the necks.

paper mache Tiamat - attach necks to wall

Below is the bottom row of necks in roughly the positions I wanted.   Now I know some of you have eagle eyes and you will notice the neck on the left, the one with the piece of wood sticking out.  This is the neck of the black dragon, the one with the long, curved steer-like horns.   Because of the torque involved with those long horns  wanted to be sure there was sufficient support to hold them up.  So I added pieces of pine inside the neck (from the pine backing to the place where the horns will be) for additional support.  And yes, you see a few pieces of clothes hanger sticking out of the necks as well.  I buried those inside the necks for extra support.


paper mache Tiamat- first three heads

One by one I started adding the jaws, upper and lower, to the ends of the necks.   This is the  red dragon with jaws attached.    Note that I added the tongue as well.  That is connected to the back of the lower jaw.

paper mache Tiamat- attach jaws

Next, the upper jaw of the black dragon.  I know it doesn’t sound right when I say “upper jaw.”  It’s really the rudimentary upper part of the head.

paper mache Tiamat- more attach jaws

I added the other two necks to the array on the wall, as well as the rest of the jaws.  This is pretty close to the layout I want.   Pretty close.  Again, I will change it up slightly as I move along.  But this gives you a sense about how the heads will look together.

paper mache Tiamat -all jaws attached

Just a different angle.

paper mache Tiamat -more jaws added

Once I established the overall look, it was time to start building each individual head.    I started with the red dragon.   Here is the very beginning of that dragon, with the two long horns installed.

paper mache Tiamat- start sculpting

Next time …more sculpting of each head.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – jaws and horns

Hi again.    More about my commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.    I mentioned earlier that I intended to take some artistic license with the Tiamat dragon.   But I have a real interest in satisfying the restaurant’s clientele, and of course the people who commissioned me to make this hydra.   So I want it to look very familiar.  That means  I’m not going to totally fly by the seat of my pants.  I want the project to have a familiar “feel”.  I want the look of the project to stay true to the Tiamat in Dungeons and Dragons.    So I looked at a lot of  Tiamat art on the web for guidance.   Some of the renditions I liked, many I didn’t.   It just turns out that the renditions I liked the most are the ones created by The Wizards of the Coast for the official Dungeons and Dragons site.   Below are two of the Tiamat dragon wallpapers you can get (for free) on their official site (  This set of wallpapers is titled “Tyranny of Dragons -Set 3”.    I looked on the site for any mention of the actual artist who painted these wallpapers but I couldn’t find any information.   I would love to know who did the paintings.   They are beautiful works of art.   So beautiful that I’m taking my lead from these wallpapers for my sculptures.    I will try to incorporate many of the features you see in these wallpaper into my trophies.   Where it’s hard to see some of the details in the paintings, I will ad lib.  Of course I can’t insert fire into the throat of the red dragon, but I wish I could.  I’m sure some of you will think it is cheating or somehow copying the art.  Maybe.   I can tell you however that it also adds a layer of difficulty.    I’ll be curious what you all think as this project progresses.

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 Tiamat dragons

So I left off with a very large pile of pieces ready for paper mache.     I always use cheap white flour and water for my paper mache paste.  It has always worked well.  But the climate in Seattle is very different than it is in Savannah.  It’s much more  humid there in the summer.   I don’t want to take any chances with bugs (I’ve heard this can be a problem).  For this project I decided to use Elmer’s glue instead of flour and water for the paper mache.   I used the glue full strength.  It’s a little stickier, but it works just as well as the flour and water.   This is also a good substitute paste for people who have allergies to gluten or flour.

 Paper mache Tiamat dragons- paper mache

I always start my trophies with the jaws.   After my paper mache dried I cut open each of the head-shaped pieces.

 Paper mache Tiamat dragons- making a jaw shell

I pulled out the wads of paper that were inside (which I throw into a box to be re-mached later) leaving just the paper mache shells.   I use these shells to make the jaws.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons- jaw shells plus teeth

My first big decision had to do with the kinds of jaws I wanted for each dragon head.   I use hot glue to add teeth to the mache shells when making jaws.   As I mentioned before I think of the red dragon as being the most aggressive, the most wild.  So I made a sort of wild, somewhat random tooth pattern in the jaws.

 Paper mache Tiamat dragons- red jaws 2

In contrast,  I made a more evenly spaced tooth pattern for the white head.   Overall, I think of the white dragon as the least wild (in appearance) of the five heads.  I wanted the jaws to reflect that bias.

 Paper mache Tiamat dragons- white jaws

I decided that the green dragon should have longer, sharper teeth than his counterparts.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons-green dragon teeth

I gave the blue dragon a mouth that would befit a crocodile.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons-blue dragon teeth

Finally, I thought the black dragon should look more gaunt, even skull-like.  That is how he’s described in the literature, with deeply sunken eyes.   I’m not sure exactly why I thought this pattern would work but thought fewer teeth,  more clustered, would work well for the black head.

 Paper mache Tiamat dragons- black dragon teeth

I also made similar, but yet distinctively different tongues for each dragon.  More about these later.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons -tongue

I always cloth mache , and paint, all my jaws before assembly.  It is just so much easier to do this before everything is put together.    Trust me.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons- cloth mache jaws2

Here are all the cloth mached jaws (I know, “mached” is not really a word)(and the phrase “cloth mache” is downright silly.  But that’s what dubbed it years ago, and it works.  So there.)

Paper mache Tiamat dragons- jaws

Here are two sets of painted jaws, one before blackwashing, one after.   This is one place where I inserted my own artistic license.   The Tiamat dragon, as a hydra, is very distinctive.  Considering that all of the heads are so different, I was looking for ways to pull them together.  So I decided to paint all of the jaws and tongues the same colors.   I also used the same color Fimo for all of the teeth.   This consistency in the jaws will look good in the end.  You’ll see.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons - painted jaws

Likewise, I made all of the horns out of the same color of Fimo.   This is one of the horns I made for the black dragon.   In the literature about the Tiamat, as well as the art, the black dragon is described as having very prominent,  bull-like horns.    Since it’s such a big part of his personality, the horns had to be special.   I think these horns fit the bill.  I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons-black horn

Below are the sets of horns for each head.   They are organized into piles below.  In the front row, on the left is the set of horns for the black dragon.  The red dragon’s horns are in the middle in the front, and the set for the green dragon are in front on the right.   In the back on the left are the horns for the white dragon, and on the right are horns for the blue dragon.

Paper mache Tiamat dragons- horns

I’ll leave you here.  Next time I’ll start assembling each head.

Thank you for stopping by!


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Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

Hello everyone.  Well, my ADHD approach to my paper mache art is very evident lately.  I am still working on my dragon-like dragonfly.   But I’m also working on a commission that has become a bit all consuming.   So my dragonfly has been put on hold for a little while until I finish with this commission.   So, if you want,  I’ll take you on this diversion with me.   First, a little background…

There is a restaurant in Savannah Georgia called “The Chromatic Dragon”.   It is themed around the Dungeons and Dragons card game.   The name of the restaurant refers to a specific character in that card game called the “Tiamat Dragon”.   It is a super cool, five-headed dragon.  Each head has a set of physical characteristics defined by the game.  Each is a different color for example.  The heads are black, white, blue, green, and red.  Each has a different kinds of horns, scales, etc.   I have been asked to make a five-headed trophy of this dragon for the restaurant.   It was too big a challenge to pass up.   I just had to make it.   I’m pretty sure that the patrons of this restaurant will be highly critical of errors in artistic judgement or misinterpretations of the way these dragons are supposed to look.  So my task will be to make these heads consistent with the descriptions in the game, while reserving some of my own artistic license.    I’ll talk about all this as the project moves along.  First, the very basic, basic start.

As always, I started by crumpling newspaper.    Of course I sprinkled a little magic, dragon-dust on the paper before I crumpled.  (It looks just like graham cracker crumbs.)

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

At this point it is just about making the paper mache pieces that I will use to sculpt.   I never worry too much about precision at this stage.  It’s about getting a sense of size and composition.  Since everything is “times 5” with this project, I ended up with a large stack of crumpled balls.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

Once I had a few balls crumpled I started putting them together to make the neck of the first trophy.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

I decided that I would start with a row of three heads.   On the left will be the black dragon.  In the middle will be the red, and the white dragon will be on the right.   I like the idea of black and white on either side of the red.   In fact, after reading about these dragons, the red seemed to be the most aggressive.  So I figured that he should take center stage.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

I have a defined size to work within.   I’m trying to stay within a four by four foot space.  And it shouldn’t extend out from the wall more than about two feet.

I added the green and blue dragon heads above the row of three (green on the left).  In its roughest form, here is how I want the heads to be configured.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

I took a lot of this apart before adding the paper mache (for reasons I’ll tell you about later).

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragons

I also crumpled a few more balls.  I will use their paper mache shells for sculpting later.  I will leave you with this pile of pieces ready for the paper mache.

More later.   Thank you as always for your patience!



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Something for Cecil – A Paper Mache Trophy of Killer Dentist, Walter Palmer

Hello all.   I’ve been very busy making art.   I’m still working on my dragon-like dragonfly.  And I’m also working on a five-headed dragon trophy commission for a restaurant in Georgia.  I’m taking photos and shooting video of it all.  I promise I’ll share.  I just haven’t had the time to both work and share.   I know you understand.    Still, despite being  very busy, I just had to find the time to make a special trophy.   In memory of that beautiful lion, Cecil.   Like 95% of the planet, I too am disgusted by the actions of Walter Palmer.   It’s unbelievable that humans can be so cruel.    He tortured Cecil because he hunts with a bow, and he’s a lousy shot.   So Cecil suffered for two days before Palmer finished him off with a gun.   Palmer and his guide said that they were horrified when they found Cecil’s chip (as they were cutting off his head).   But that didn’t stop them from taking the head, skinning him, and leaving the carcass on the side of the road.   This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  He has also killed other lions, giraffe’s, and a white rhino.

There is so little any one person can do to stop this kind of cruelty.   So this is my little protest.    If you want to see the video of this being made, just click on the photo.

PS.   Please don’t leave any comments in support of Walter Palmer.   I don’t care if he’s a great dentist.    Who would want to get a crown from a psychopath?

Paper Mache Killer Dentist

Killer Dentist Walter Palmer

See you soon!

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Paper Mache Dragonfly – body, head, and eyes

Hi all.  Well, once again, this post is late in coming.    As I’ve stated many times ….it’s not my fault.  I have an ADHD problem with my paper mache art.   I start something and then get sidetracked, usually by another piece of art.   I am also working on a commissioned piece.   I’m making a fairly large set of trophies that illustrate the “Tiamat” Dragon in Dungeons and Dragons.   It is a multi-headed dragon that has five distinct heads.   I’m doing this for a restaurant in Savannah Georgia.  More on this later.

Meanwhile, I’m still moving along with my paper mache dragon-like dragonfly.   Here is a quick progress report.

My wings are finished and waiting.   They turned out well.   So on to the body…

I want a segmented body.   I started with a medium sized paper mache ball.    I added more paper mache balls (that got smaller as I worked my way down the body)…

paper mache dragonfly- start body

… until I got to the tail.   Here is a look at the body with all the balls in place.

paper mache dragonfly- body- done

I added a couple more segments for a neck.

paper mache dragonfly- add neck

Then I made a head in the usual way.  I made teeth out of Fimo.   I cut open another paper mache ball and hot glued the teeth around the shells to make jaws.

paper mache dragonfly-head

I also made a small, dragon-like tongue.

paper mache dragonfly-tongue

I added cloth mache to the jaws and painted them blue.  Then I hot glued the tongue into the lower jaw.

paper mache dragonfly- head added

Now I must talk a bit about the eyes.  I wanted big, bulbous eyes for this project.  That would make it more insect like.   But it is also a dragon, so I wanted something that looked enough like a dragon as well.   So I used two taxidermy, elephant eyes.  I used my Dremel grinder to grind away almost all of the paint inside the eye.   I left only what I wanted as slits for the lens.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes grinding

This is how they looked.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes- first lens

Of course, as soon as I saw these lenses I realized that they were just too thin.  So I used black paint to widen the lenses.  Sorry about the next few photos.  They are pretty blurry.  But you’ll get the idea.

paper mache dragonfly- new lens

I painted some yellow stripes emanating outward from the lenses.  While still wet, I added some orange paint.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes orange added

Likewise, while the yellow and orange paint was still wet, I added a layer of red over the entire eye.   Because it was all wet, it blended together.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes with red paint

Here are the finished eyes.   I like them.  I think when they are on the project, they will look both dragon-like and insect-like.  We’ll see.

paper mache dragonfly -eyes finished

Thanks for stopping by.  More later.


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