All, Muertitas

Mini Muertita Process – Failures and Wins

Trial and error by learning from videos on the internet has led me to FINISHING casting my first Mini Muertita, I also call Muertitita. I present photos, failures, and some process, all while in the background life said “Oh, hey, let’s make you stronger by throwing some ill-health, bad-timing, living-situation-changes, car-troubles, financial juggling, and your own-damn-personality drama at you – ALL AT ONCE” for a few months. Don’t worry, everything is finally smoothing out . I DO feel stronger for it . . . now.


GOAL: to create well made, solid resin casts of a smaller Muertita, Muertitita, that can ship easier for out of state shows.

Creating the original from SuperSculpy in a process I learned from the esteemed and amazing Matthew Levin

Working on a mini #muertita. Learned armature, sculpy, and better sculpting overall from @mattl21 Matthew Levin. Still learning too, now from trial and error.

I'll have to figure out how much neck texture is too much for casting...i feel some informative mistakes will be in my future

Mini #Muertita is ready for her oven time!

1st attempt at casting antlers
Nope. Just nope. Badly built seams led to leaks everywhere. They were just so tiny and detailed!! I am finding new and more material-expensive processes for the antler casting right now. Until then, each will still be custom for the Muertititas.

2nd attempt at applying SmoothOn Rebound brushable mold 
1st attempt was a major bust (Baa Haaa, see what I did there? Sorry. Anyway.) The 1st attempt I didn’t measure, mix, or apply quite right – but I didn’t know that at the time – so it was mostly goo that never dried and I spent 3 weekends scraping, wiping, and cleaning it off my sculpture. There might have been some tears. But this second one came out great, with about 4-5 layers on it.

Mini #muertita : Second attempt at #casting #smoothon seems to be going better. #art #sculpture #process


The Support Mold
This was by far the easiest, both times.


First Cast
Wow was I ever lucky! It came out beautifully! This moment was amazing. I was sweating from my excitement. The only thing I can compare it to is the very first time I unwrapped a present as a child. The mystery, then the reward of the surprise hidden inside was pure elation! Mini #muertita #casting success! So exciting! Antlers were a total fail but this...this is #thrilling

Second Cast
Almost a total fail. My studio was in-flux so I poured my cast outside which made for some funky airbubbles. As it cured, tied onto wood atop some moving boxes, I left the room. Mew, one of our cats, didn’t approve and knocked it down. The resin leaked and solidified. I had to hammer the mold apart to release my Muertitita which was riddled with air-bubbles. Luckily it was salvageable. Then I made another brush-on-mold and support cast all over again so I could make more of those pretty little faces to paint. I’ll post a photo once I get my little army going.

Well. Had to hammer my mini #muertita out, since the resin leaked and bonded with the outer cast after the cats knocked it all over while it was curing #oops #restart I'll just make another #smoothon brush-on mold and cast ...

By the way, here he is: Mew, The Art Critic.
Aww, look whose helping me unpack #evil #cat #cute

Paint and flowers
At this point it was about acrylic paint, flowers, and paint sealant. It was actually more therapeutic working small than I expected. Well, what I expected was shaking hands and difficult-to-make details. Instead, it was satisfying to mull over the tiniest little line and curve.

The Photo Shoot
Chris Rigg is a long-time friend, as well as a very talented and hard working photographer. Its great to see him work.


Yep. There is is. All done. Prepare for the army!!

To follow more of my process, I usually post it across TumblrInstagram, and Facebook.

All, Inspiration

Make What You Love

This isn’t a blog post about how to be successful because I’m not even getting into how hard that is to measure and I don’t know shit about it. This post is about love.

Go big or go home. I see that concept as a fun battle cry to shout at friends before regrettable decisions that provide an experience to laugh about later over mending egos and bones.
 I don’t see it as fuel to belittle those who would try.

On a few occasions artists, mentors, and creative idols have said things like
(and I am paraphrasing – and luckily it’s rare):
If art/writing is hard for you, don’t do it.”

Or how about:
Find what you’re good at, and do that.”

Its like they take a dump, shine it up with awards and followers, then fling it at people as if it was some kind of gift. When they do that, it makes me feel like they think I shouldn’t even TRY, ’cause if it can’t be the best, then it’s not worth the effort. Like mediocrity is some kind of horrible, banal sin instead of a step in a process.

Maybe people who say such things have always been “gifted” and don’t know what its like to have to learn to draw, paint, sculpt, write, and more. Maybe their dark secret is that they used to struggle at things, like the rest of us, and they fling these polished turds to feel special.

The rest of us fight to learn those things we are terrible at because we love them.
We try and fail because we love.
We hope maybe one day it won’t be a battle to art or write.

Turdslingers can’t keep us from trying to be better than we were yesterday.
 Make what you love! 


I Offer A Monday Gif Comic

On this Monday I woke up and was like

slip fall fail


and then I was like 


So then I told myself





So I’m telling YOU








Then eventually