A current photo of my entire Fallout prop collection. All made by me minus some official merchandise and 3D printed doodads. Most items are just common household items, craft foam, insulation foam board, Foam core poster board, sintra and trash. I try to spend as little as possible and it has taken 7 years to get to this point. Now if only I can finally get back home from this out of town job I have been on for over a month and start pumping out some new props.
Are you following my other blog, about my new comic series that’s coming out in 2016? If you aren’t, you’re totally missing all the teeny little props and reference models I’m building! I use them to set up reference shots and design sets for scenes in my books. And as an excuse to bankrupt the whole world of foam core. Because I’m just starting now to draw the comics, I’m in that span of time where I build all the sets beforehand, so I have them once the series really gets going. You can’t believe how crowded my apartment is right now with tiny buildings. It’s like a mini-golf course in my living room.
Best get over there and scope out all the tiny! I post new stuff every week!
My third design project. Objective: cut foam core and make a sculpture with intersecting planes.
I hated this project with a passion. Foam core is the most God awful material I have ever used in my life. It is flimsy, fussy, and frustrating. I got to the point that I literally just started gluing shit together, and as you can see there is a point were I should have just stopped. I literally laughed till I was crying when I took the final gander at this project. I lost my mind. I spent so long on it to make a huge piece of crap which is what made it so funny. Oh, the irony!
I titled it “frustration to the core”. In the end my final thought was “Fvck this. I no longer care. This is it. Done!” I restarted and recut pieces so many times it was ridiculous. I never want to touch a piece of foam core again in my life. When I get it back I think I am going to smash it was a hammer or baseball bat and then stomp it into pieces and then as a final note of hatred, set it on fire. :D If I get a good grade on this I am going to laugh.
This is the scenerio I imagine when I look at it: Stay at home mom watching Martha Stewart’s christmas special and here is Martha making this badass sculpture thats perfect and the stay at home mom is like “Yeah, I can do this. Easy!”, grabs some hot glue and foam core and goes to town, then half way through is like “this sucks”, gets frustrated and says a bunch of dirty words that she would never say in front of her family, drinks a few glasses of wine to calm the nerves, says “fvck this” and starts gluing on more and more sh!t and then wraps it to give to her mother-in-law for christmas, who will then put on a fake smile and say “oh its beautiful, how sweet…what do you do with it?”, display it as a kind gesture and then later laugh at it with her husband, and then throw it in the trash or use it for firewood. The end. :D
I’m driving to @locustmooncomics fest which means for the first time all year my displays don’t have to be compact enough to all fit in my kanken pack and a tote bag (subway friendly, shipping friendly or flight friendly). I feel like I’m making a middle school science fair project. Boy do I love foam core. And white gel pens.
Shonie by Calvin James Via Flickr: Strobist Info:
Camera Settings - Nikon D3s with Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8g lens, Aperture f/8, Shutter Speed 125, ISO 100
Main Light - AlienBee 1600 at ¼ power shot into 86 inch soft silver parabolic umbrella with diffusion cover camera right
Fill Light - 6x3 feet white foam core board bookend camera left
Strobes triggered remotely using PocketWizard MiniTT1 transmitter and FlextTT5