Picture of the Week

19 Jun 2017

Wolf Feet In-Progress

In-progress photo of the new wolf feet sculpt. At this point the veining needed to be blended in more, and the final skin textures added.

Location: the workshop

12 Jun 2017

Werewolf Prowling

Ysengrin out prowling around the woods on Memorial Day weekend, at a friend's party. This was why he needed to be washed in last week's photos. Held on privately owned land so there were no issues with "freaking the mundanes" (or with large amounts of alcohol, fireworks and meat).

Photo is copyright by Mimosa Moth (@mimosamoth on Twitter) and is used with permission.

Location: Out in the woods near the workshop

05 Jun 2017

Werewolf Washing

Werewolf hanging up to dry after a good soak in a tub. Here we show both the drowned rat and mostly dry stages. After many hours of hard play and rolling around in the outdoors across Memorial Day weekend, the bath was much needed.

Someone asked if hanging the suit wet like this stretches it out. It doesn't, because there's a network of supporting strapping under the fur to prevent just that. It's there because earlier suits would stretch and sag due to the weight of sweat saturating the suit during long hours in a hot haunted house, but the strapping works just as well with the suit soaked in just water. The suit is also hanging on a wide wet suit hanger, which spreads the weight across the shoulders and opens up the chest cavity so air can circulate inside.

Location: Out back of the workshop

29 May 2017

Cast Clay Paws

The latex of the old master wolf paws (over twenty years old) had shrunken unevenly, making them unsuitable for remolding. Ysengrin made a quick mold with plaster bandages and cast a shell of Monster Clay in them, filling the core with plaster. The clay casts will be corrected and retextured before making new molds for the wolf feet.

Location: The Workshop

22 May 2017

Pittsburgh Air Show

Photos taken at the soft opening of the 2017 Wings Over Pittsburgh air show.

Top photo is a F-22 Raptor coming to a stop; it's part of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team. Behind it is a B-52 Stratofortress.

Bottom photo is a KC-135 Stratotanker - full image also has a taxiing C-17 Globemaster, cropped out of the thumbnail.

Location: 40° 29' 33" N, 80° 12' 45" W

15 May 2017

Bringing out detail

Experimenting with different painting techniques to bring out the sculpted detail. Also, putting rejected pulls to good use!

Location: The Workshop

08 May 2017

Flamboyant Visitor

This mature peacock wandered into the workshop through an open door to check out what was going on. None of our neighbors have peacocks, though one neighbor apparently saw the same peacock earlier about a mile away heading down the road from the highway. There's no I.D. band on the peacock.

Peacocks are not native to the area (or the continent).

That was a few days ago, and the peacock has apparently made us a regular stop. He's been seen at least once every day, looking in through the workshop door.

Update: the peacock hasn't been seen since the 16th.

Location: The Workshop

01 May 2017

Base coat in progress

A pair of brown and black beast paws undergoing their base coat. The paw on the left is before, the paw on the right is after the first pass. The base brown latex is actually close to the base coat's color under its surface.

Location: The Workshop

24 Apr 2017

Early Spring Morning

The trees are greening up nicely now, as shown in this shot of the Clarion River taken off the back deck early in the morning.

All is not as quiet as it seems. Loggers are at work on a parcel about a half-mile away and the sound of power saws fill the morning air.

Location: Clarion, PA

17 Apr 2017

Paws in Molds

A pair of Griffon paws immediately after opening their molds. These particular molds have had issues with the fingers properly drying, so we'll leave them open like this for a day before fully pulling the paws. Flashing will be trimmed then.

Location: Clarion, PA

10 Apr 2017

New Claws

New claws, cast in monster clay in the old molds then modified slightly and re-textured. They're set up on a base plate of cardboard prior to making a new silicone mold.

Location: Clarion, PA

03 Apr 2017

Brown Wolf Feet

A pair of brown wolf feet, drying after their base coat and first run of airbrushing

Location: Clarion, PA

27 Mar 2017

Dragon Paws Drying

An experimental pair of dragon paws, hung upside down so the latex-covered foam claws can dry.

Location: Clarion, PA

20 Mar 2017

Snow in the Morning

A good snowfall with little wind left lots of snow balanced on the trees out in the front yard one morning.

Location: Clarion, PA

13 Mar 2017

Stompy Werewolf

Source of the pawprints found - Ysengrin out stomping around in the woods.

Location: Clarion, PA

06 Mar 2017


Mysterious pawprints in the snow ...

Location: Clarion, PA

27 Feb 2017

Fog Over the River

Fog over the Clarion River in the early morning.

Location: Clarion, PA

20 Feb 2017

Two 'Roos and a Werewolf

Two visiting kangaroos pose with Ysengrin.

Location: Clarion, PA

13 Feb 2017


Closeup of Basil, DarkFang's python.

Location: Clarion, PA

06 Feb 2017

Beast Paws in Snow

Beast hand paws in the snow, propped against a tree in the back yard. Not all the pawpads were painted black, giving a different look to the paws.

Location: Clarion, PA

30 Jan 2017


Looking out back towards the Clarion River in a heavy snowstorm. Visibility about thirty feet.

Location: Clarion, PA

23 Jan 2017

In-progress Paws

A partially painted set of werewolf hands and big wolf feet.

Location: Clarion, PA

16 Jan 2017

Small Town Winter

View looking east out of the Clarion courthouse during a light snowfall.

Location: 41° 12' 54" N, 79° 23' 08" W

09 Jan 2017

Claw Molding

Molding claws for restoration work on fifteen year old paws. I'd never molded this style claw before, but still had a bagful of claws I'd made by hand back in Texas.

Location: Clarion, PA

02 Jan 2017

Colorful griffon paws

Master pull of the griffon paws (foam filled). I'm playing with markings cast in the latex. There's no airbrushing (or painting at all) on these, and they're just roughly cleaned up - you can still see the mold line, for instance. I keep pulls like these around to make it easier to make new molds, if needed.

Location: Clarion, PA