As Mad as a Hatter !

I've been mad for some time . . . over Alice in Wonderland. (*Ahem)...
 Even remembering as a child, the Disney film had made me curiouser and curiouser about this strange world by Lewis Carroll and all the weird characters who populated it. 
Even Alice, herself, seemed to be peculiar. 
Certainly, there is a certain degree of discomfort with madness, but certainly one must expect that in a world that is certainly mad.
Of that, I am quite certain.  
Thus, my own rendition of my gothic inspired Alice has had to take form. 
As Lewis Carroll once said,
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop." 

My ~Weird Alice™~ collection is underway, so I have decided to let you in how I am sculpting The Mad Hatter, as he is impatiently the first in this series to debut. 
The above picture is an unfinished sculpt with much more detail and nearing completion. He is now awaiting his tea cup to be put in one hand, and perhaps he shall be one of the few Mad Hatter figures to receive a tea pot in the other, as well? 

           A grouping of Charles Dickens' inspired figures are being sculpted into the Mad Hatter.

So how do my figures begin?  Much like my method in painting, I must sketch it out - but this time in clay.  This is a basic rough outline, without any detail, to determine the pose or character idea.
This enables me to visualise what direction I want to take this character and let his own personality take form out of the clay. 
I did not want to "copy" from any film characterisation, nor did I wish to render my sculpts based on the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. I was more inclined to be inspired by the ever-present Dickensian Victorian ideal and of childhood's fantasy and fairy tale.
 I like the freedom to use my own imagination like this when sculpting on my own pieces.

Although the figures seen here are generally of the same likeness, The Mad hatter figure is like other characters in my collections ~ meaning that each piece is one of a kind and can vary in expression, pose, costume design and no two are exactly alike. 
When my Mad Hatter is completed, or more of his brothers, I shall post the finished pictures soon! 
Then on to Alice!

And now, who's for Tea? 

Mad hatters in progress

                     Weird Alice Collection © Copyright 2011 ~ Weird Contessa Studio Creations™
(All Rights Reserved)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll and you should do well to behoove yourself of this fine literary classic.
 Preferably, with a cuppa tea, sitting in a garden, under a large shade tree,
 and enjoying a conversation with a white rabbit.
I highly recommend it.

Phony Ghosts?

As an artist, I tend to be creative...all the time.
 No doubt that one can always find me drawing or creating by way of some other artistic expression. 
Thus, I love my iphone!
How fortunate to have this new technology on the go with "gadgets and gizmos a'plenty"...
My fondness for sketching knows no bounds and my iphone is quick on the draw! 
I dub my iphone sketches - 'idoodles' - and they will be appearing on this blog probably with more frequency than you may want to see. 
Below is a series of four doodles in transition as they are *roughly sketched on the screen of my iphone. I just use my fingertips and pick colours from the menu screen. There are many good little apps to use for sketching on the go, but this one is called "Doodle Buddy". I must warn you now that if you are anything like me, it is addictive, but worth every second spent in a long queue for a movie or standing behind that crowd of tourists  waiting for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland! 
So in honour of Halloween, I give you my little idoodle of the famed trio of Disney's Haunted Mansion The Hitchhiking Ghosts! 

Careful! They may just follow you home!

The Hitchhiking Ghosts are characters owned by The Walt Disney Company
idoodles by Gina LF Draker
© Weird Contessa Studio Creations™

Snow White's Wicked Queen ~ a most gorgeous Witch!

Inspired by Walt Disney and his wonderfully talented animators, I wanted to do my own rendition based on my favourite witch ~ the wicked Queen in Snow White. My painting was done in prismacolor pencils. It measures about 9 by 12 in. I think that I shall render again this beauty in her more deadly state, that of the old hag holding the poisonous apple! 

I must add, if you have never treated yourself or your children in seeing Walt Disney's Snow White, then please grab a seat, pop some popcorn, and settle in for a wickedly good time!  Halloween may not seem the time for Snow White to many, but after seeing this grim fairy tale, you might just change your mind!  This film is absolutely amazing and I am in awe of its magical artistry each and every time I see it.  Having premiered in 1939, Snow White was a break-through film of its time and gave audiences a glimpse into this new art form of animation that would become the classic standard in the Industry, thanks to the genius of the visionary Mr Disney.