Saturday, May 2, 2009

Character Thoughts...emotion

I have been browsing some old pictures and came across this prop I made a few years ago. It is a Bucky skeleton from ACC that I corpsed with latex and pantyhose. As a Halloween prop, it serves its purpose but I have always felt there is something lacking. I attempt to capture some sort of emotion when creating. This piece seems to lack any hint of prior life...what was she thinking when she died? What was her emotional condition? I have no clue. It is just an in-you-face piece of Halloween gore. Perhaps I feel this way about her because there was very little thought put into creating her. The skeleton already existed, and the corpsing only took a few evenings. I have never given her a name. It is just a corpse used to make my yard scary. In my opinion, there is most definitely a difference in making a Halloween prop and creating a piece of art.

I think I prefer to make characters.


  1. That's a great bit of insight. I agree that emotional development and not simple "assembly" invokes a different connection between the creator, the piece, and the audience.

    In comparison to the other work you've shared here, this does lack the personality you've manifested in your other creations. In your dungeon carnival, this is simply a nameless corpse stuffed into a catacomb shelf, not the real terror that waits at the heart of the tomb.

    But it's still a gruesome bit of spooky propcraft and most likely complements your other characters.

  2. Like KingUnicorn said, it's still a nice prop. And you did take time for detailing. I often find when people make props, they stop short of adding those finishing touches that would add so much (often saying it will look good enough under low light).

    I would hesitate to say there's a definite difference between props and art, and instead say there's often a difference between prop makers and artists, where artists often take a bit more time and care to create the final effect.