August 31, 2014

The Black Knight Munny

You all get a two-fer today. Mostly because I've been lazy about updates.



Much more simple than any of my previous designs. To be honest, I wasn't really feeling this one—I think it came down to the near complete lack of sculpting it required. This is the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was created for a Munny exchange at work where the theme was "Your Favorite Movie". The one 'Ah-ha' moment was the velcro I used to keep his legs on. Now you can relive your favorite movie scene again and again.





And the Munny I received was for my favorite movie, Castle in the Sky. Love it.

The Dwarven Woodsman Munny

Here's a dwarven Munny I made for my mom a few months ago for her birthday. She wasn't able to pick it up until last month, then I was slow at uploading a post.



I had a lot of fun with this one—trying some new painting techniques. I basically watered down all my acrylic colors and applied them more as a wash. This was a slower way of doing things, but I got much more even color transitions and a smoother finish overall without a lot of visible brush strokes.




I tried my hand at some fabric applications—a tunic, cape, belt and some wrappings. I liked the way they came out. This dwarf has clearly been out in the woods for quite some time as nature is taking over his person.




January 4, 2014

Adult Chocolate Milk Munny

Easily the most warped Munny I've designed.



This was created for my work's latest Christmas Munny Exchange around the theme "Christmas Spirits." For the 37 participants (new record!) we had to choose an alcohol (beer, liquor, a mixed drink whatever), and then create a Munny based somehow off of your alcohol. For the exchange, you would offer up your Munny AND your alcohol. (Apparently if you involve alcohol in an office event it will drastically increase group participation).

So, some people focused on the alcohol they would receive and others on the Munny they would get—there was something for everyone. This lack of pressure on the creative side of things (i.e. designing your Munny) convinced a lot more people outside of our Design Department to take part. And you know the coolest part of it? Some of the BEST Munnys were created by people outside the Department, many of whom were convinced they were not creative enough to make a Munny someone would want. This just goes to prove how creative everyone is—and how a strong theme can really spark the creative juices.

But enough on creativity. More photos.






My beverage was Adult Chocolate Milk (never had it). I chose it solely based on the pop art-style label. I embraced the more cartoonish look, and really had fun designing this sensual, self-milking cow. I attempted to make the eyelashes out of sculpey, but they kept falling and looking clumpy. I came to the conclusion that 1. they looked terrible, and 2. I don't have to make EVERYTHING out of sculpey, although it's certainly my initial M.O. To that end, I definitely ended up bedazzling this Munny more than usual with sticky jewels and false eyelashes.




Directly after the exchange we took photos in front of a bar scene backdrop—Munny and alcohol. Here are some of my favorites. My coworker, Ross, took the photos, and he is slowly working on a coffee table book that chronicles ALL of our past exchanges. I can't wait for that sucker.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider

Maker's Mark Whisky

Barenjager Honey Liqueur

Fuzzy Navel, anyone?

Aren't those Munny's awesome?! I think we have to keep alcohol as our Christmas theme.

September 1, 2013

Epiales, the Nightmare Munny

Got a new Munny design to share with everyone. Say hello to Epiales, the spirit of nightmares.







She was created for another exchange at work, this time due to the intern's interest in being able to participate in one before they had to leave to go back to classes. We decided to do something a little bit different this time and had a themed exchange, Greek Mythology was what we came up with.

Epiales, I discovered, is the personification of nightmares. So, I just tried to think of something really creepy, and what's creepier than black tentacles and blood? I was very pleased that I limited myself to just two colors. I knew one of my coworkers was doing the goddess of night and I really wanted to push my color palette away from hers (navys, deep purples). I also decided to get rid of her hands, since they seemed to force the look to be a bit too cartoon for my tastes—I just wanted more tentacles!

Below you can see a collage of my process, starting with sculpting the head, then body and the first layer of paint. Lastly is the Munny I received from my boss Scott. His was of Zeus and he ended up doing something really clever for his—he stuck the Munny upside down on its head so that the head formed Zeus' round belly, and the legs formed his crown.






June 7, 2013

Naga Siren Munny Doll and On Sale Info

Here she is…FINALLY!



I'm really happy with how her headpiece turned out. I had my doubts about it in the middle of painting her because the color blocking was so rigid and didn't feel right. I came to the realization that I just needed to layer more and more colors on each other in progressively smaller fields, then to go back with a very thin brush to add minute detail. LOTS of minute detail.






Some closeups of the facial detail.
The lantern on her head glows in the dark.



And now on to the On Sale Info.

She will go on auction this Sunday, June 9, at 10 AM EST through my eBay page.
The starting price will be $100 with a Buy It Now price of $450. There will be international shipping available. Everyone should have a chance at her.

As I mentioned in a previous post, she was created as a fundraiser item. If, however, she sells well and there is enough interest from you all, I will continue to make more Dota 2 characters to auction off.

I hope you guys like her as much as I do! Enjoy, and good luck bidding!