A day late but nonetheless I achieved a lot yesterday in the studio, I made my way through a lot of cardboard too. Starting with the ceiling which I have not done justice in the photos I have taken below. Using the same method of joining sheets of cardboard together with straps which too a while to achieve. I had to adjust each side before I was satisfied. I did also have to turn to gum-tape again to reinforce and streamline the sections.
Overall I am pleased with the larger ceiling that reached slightly further forward than the smaller model. Next up was the tables and bar which were pretty simple really. Scaling up the previous pieces from the first model. The bar has almost doubled in size, along with the weight of the model. That is before I make a start of the balsa detail which will add slightly more weight. I have accepted that the straps are now part of my models adding an aesthetic which is unique to my work. Its another side to these constructed pieces, like a cardboard patchwork quilt, complete with joins.
The larger saloon is really taking shape today. Having picked up where I left off, the stairs, which had to be adjusted so it was at the right angle to marry up more with my drawn on lines. Before bringing that whole section together, the mid-step and the final three steps before the balcony.
I then moved onto the other side of the piece the window, I knew this was going to be more straight forward. Reworking the wall to suggest bay-windows and the doorway, which I think works better at this scale, a more narrow doorway which should be more representative of the original set.
I finished the day by using gum-tape to seal up the cracks and reinforce the joins so it will be more flush and stronger as a piece. It will also be easier to paint – which led me to consider using a domestic primer for the first few coats before the white acrylic to finish it off ready to project onto.
A welcome return to the studio today, another half weekend, but this time a mix of editing and making today which makes a nice change. First I can now share the last of my documentation from last Sunday. Now due to the length of the video I have refined it to just the slow motion speed that I believe is most effective. Any further tests or final pieces would potentially be at this speed of 25%, any slower and you just lose that feeling of shock to just waiting for impact and leaning towards Peckinpah which I don’t want.
The second test video was more of an indulgence piece, which dis allow me to use the camera to explore both videos as they projected onto the model miniature. It’s a bit jerky in places but you get an more of an exploration around the model. Again its only at 25% slow motion again.
I carried on the day making a start on a new and larger model miniature of the same saloon, hoping to see how the images would look blown up. It will essentially be the same piece but almost twice as big. Using what cardboard I have, I’ve had to be creative, which always add another aesthetic to the model. I’ve already used strips of card to join larges pieces together, gum-tape will be used to reinforced and cover joins over. This will ultimately take longer to make die to the size, but shorter in a sense as I am just scaling up. I know how it looks so it will be pretty straight forward until I get get the paint out. I can’t share any images today as it’s not really in any shape to show anything. My instagram post in below though
The next stage is to just pull it all together, make and paint before projecting again.
A quick update today. I realised a few days after I was last in the studio, I needed to add more detail to the windows. So I returned today to the footage to find out what was going where. Then trimming some balsa to size I added the small pieces.
Leaving me with the rest of the day prime the floor of the model and add the first full coat to the rest. It’s a bit patching at the moment in terms over coverage, some is primed whilst there’s a coat in other places. I should be fully onto painting next time, I’ll just have to remember the order I’ve gone in.
I’m starting to add just the detail now to this model saloon. Starting with the banister of the stairs which after some repairs is looking more complete. Simply gluing two strips of cardboard; one piece sits aside of the other, before sitting it on top of balustrades. It’s also a rare time I’ve used both my glue-gun and PVA in the same time.
Lastly I’ve made a good start on the detailing at the other end, the entrance and windows. I have boxed them off now and added detail in the bay windows. It will be interesting to see how that works, when I add the horizontal pieces to complete the window frames. I should have all the detail complete the next time I am in the studio. I’m really amazed at how fast this piece has come together, so many elements to consider and here I am almost ready to get the paint out and it’s not been a week since my Crit.
I feel like I’m going through a lot of cardboard at the moment, it’s all material that’s been stashed away for just such a piece that requires so much of it. The saloon is really taking shape now with not just the detail but the addition of a ceiling too. I began the day working on the stairs, which in reflection maybe too wide at the bottom, however it’s not a big deal. I’ve added the bolsters (please correct me on that if I’m wrong) before I add the rail later. I also blocked off the top to suggest that a door leads off from the landing.
The biggest development was addition of a ceiling, which I was, well I am still concerned about in terms of how it will affect the projection. It may block out light and distort the image. I am going slightly over what was probably built for Unforgiven however I need to see this as a saloon, a location and a space that was filmed in and expand it. It also has stairs which would/do lead up to another floor. At the moment the ceiling isn’t fixed and will remain that way until painting is complete, as posts will be going underneath to hold up. It will also prevent and even finish of paint.
The entrance has also been looked into, with the door now intruding into the piece. Whilst I have also made a start on the bay windows which I’ll be working on more next time. Lastly I’ve got the balsa out for the framing of the doors and windows. Soon it will all be about the detail before I get the paint out again. It’s come a long way in a few days, I’m sure I’ll be painting in no time and get the projector out to see how it all turns out.
Now this update comes with a public service announcement of sorts. I was hoping last week to continue in the studio, however my body, unbeknownst to me decided to tell me to stop. Not just slow down or take it easy, but a STOP. I have always wanted to keep busy, if it’s at the day job or in the studio or away from both. I forgot to give myself time to just relax and simply switch off from thinking and doing, which resulted in lots of sleep, catching a film – I decided not to review as that would require thinking. So please take time out for yourself once in a while.
Now today I feel more energized and have returned to the studio. I’ve made a strong start on my first internal model miniature. Deciding to keep the details loose as I have for the rest of my work, which works in part. Also its a larger model, even bigger than my older ones. I think working internally for now I have to stay larger as it’s all new to me. Taking a large box, cutting away a few sides and reinforcing before I began.
As you can see I’ve made a good start, with a bar and mirror and shelving behind, I want a painting on one side too. I have made a start on an upstairs too, needing that in place before the stairs are added. I need to spend time on them to ensure I have the right angle. I’ve also sliced up a tube for the base of a few tables. Lastly I want to make an upright piano. I could go on forever with making pieces for this, I think less is definitely more in this case, I could have a stage, but with restricted room I need to just have a few pieces to suggest its a saloon. Lastly I’ll have the classic saloon swinging door added, all before I start to paint. I’m going to keep some of the pieces loose for a few reasons, so I can paint everything evenly and that I can move objects around during projection for maximum effect.
It’s been full on of painting today, so out with the paint and brushes and the first coat is now on all of the model miniatures. After priming the remaining pieces that were still having detail added I have finally moved into the next phase before I get the projector out. I finished my day in the studio with a quick layout of the town. I’m really pleased with how they are looking. I am thinking they will need a further 4 or 5 coats before they are a solid white. Putting me on schedule to have another test at the middle of the month or late March.
If you would ever like to make a simple Buffalo, follow these simple steps. You will need, balls of string, classic clothes pegs, cork bottle stoppers. Fur in two tones of brown (dark and light). Scissors to cut both the fur and the string, skewers, a hand-saw and PVA glue.
- Find a classic round chunky clothes peg and a cork bottle-stop. Saw the beyond the ball end leaving about 1omm minimum.
- Find a ball of string (you may need a big ball depending on how many you want to make. Tie the bottle stopper, to the flat end, making use of the clip to hold the piece tight.
- Cut lengths of skewers to a two lengths (two for the front and two for the rear legs)
- Tie these to the body of the peg, longer at the front, shorter at the back. Use a figure of eight knot to hold them in place before tying them off around the clip.
- Making sure your skeletal Buffalo stands up you can move onto the fur, cutting an inch wide strip. Before you glue it around the body of the Buffalo, do a practice wrap to ensure you know where the it will fall to get a good coverage of the body.
- Once you have decided how to wrap it around you can glue a small section (in between two legs on one side. Wrap around and cut to size, gluing it down. Check all over to ensure you glue down any patches still showing.
- Turning the head (cork bottle stopper) cut a inch wide strip of the other fur to size, ( you can use this for a few Buffalo. Cut to size a section that will cover half (top or bottom) of the head. Once you’ve decided, glue down and cut in places to wrap around to cover the flat sides.
- Nearly done now, cut a two short length (25mm or less) for the horn at the pointed end. Then work these into either side of the head.
- And there you have your first Buffalo.