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Flint the finished


Once upon a time there was a post on Artorder asking for participants to do up some Muggs as DnD characters.I sent in this sketch and before I knew it I recieved a doll. As promised I wrote down my process.

This is what happened next.

I had a bit of a surprise when I first opened the package; the mugg had been assembled from different parts. As you can see on the photo the body and legs have a much more shiny  finish than the head and best of all the arms are green. Very Frankenstein indeed.

First thing to do was make the surface ready for painting so I sanded all the shiny bits lightly and gave then entire Mugg a bit of a wash to get rid of any thing that would keep the paint from sticking.

I had decided to do the wood version because I think it works best with the Mugg. To start off I painted the entire Mugg an even color with a few coats of acrylic paint. No more hulkish zombie arms!

Now it was time to transfer the design on the mugg. I used pastels to draw onto the doll. This worked quite well, though even with soft pastels it proved very easy to scratch the paint so pressing very gently was needed. To erase a line I used a brush with a bit of water to get rid of it when I made a mistake.

When I was happy with what I had I used a fixation spray to fix it. I was happy to see that the design worked well on the doll and it turned out nice and chunky. Now I was ready to start painting.

For the most part I used thin watered down layers of paint. I started to follow the pastel lines first so I wouldn’t lose the design, fixation spray only protects so much, gradually adding more color.

I hadn’t really given much thought yet to whether I wanted to go for a freshly cut wooden doll or an old one because I figured that would be easier decided on the go. I started out fairly light but I noticed that from a little distance there wasn’t enough contrast to show the design so I went for the darker, more worn look.

Every now and then I noticed the paint just wouldn’t take and I knew it was time to gently give the whole thing a bit of a wipe with some hand soap to get the grease from my fingers off the surface.

Gradually it started to look more and more finished until I reached the point  it all seemed to come together. I could probably have fiddled around for another week if I wanted to however I don’t think I would have improved much on what I already had. So all that was left to do is varnishing everything to protect the paint.

Packed him back in his box and send him off to play with his plastic friends. All things considered it was a fairly straight forward job since I didn’t add any extra bits and could simply focus on painting. I had a good time working on Flint though I might stick to painting flat things from now on!

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Flint the Mugg

Meet my Mugg*!
This is Flint Fireforge a hill dwarf and a character from Dragonlance Dungeons and Dragons Here’s a bit of a bio
I decided on this here gentleman because he’s a dwarf and that is much easier to transfer on to a Mugg than say an elf. Flint in particular was interesting because it is mentioned that he likes carving toys.
The arm you can see on the right shows another idea I have of doing the same design but with a wood finish as if it is guess what, a wooden toy. Not sure which one I like best. The whole sketch is done in coloured pencils. I found it difficult to figure out the curve of the head and what would be visible from which angle to be on the safe side I put everything in the front view so if I do get to do a real one( as if!) I won’t come up with too much of a nasty surprise if it’s much flatter than I thought. With that in mind I didn’t get too detailed either because I can’t really judge how much detail is possible on these Muggsters. I didn’t add any extra bits and pieces because even though I thought it was pretty hard I did have fun trying to figure out how I would have to paint it to make it look convincing on all sides. It reminded me of tring to do anything decent with easter egg painting but without having the benefit of a head shaped egg handy.

Why am I doing this again?

I said briefly earlier that I wasn’t sure if I was going to submit anything but I’m glad I did and because of the detour I made I ended up not with one but with two nice looking pieces 🙂 Meet Flint number two:


*This is the painting I’ve been doing while thinking my way through Muggs. He’s not quite finished yet and there are some issues I’m not sure I will be able to fix( blasted hand and boots!) but in general I really like it and it helped for me to seperate finding out what kind of outfit I wanted and solving that more or less in here. I don’t think he looks very D&Dish though I went slightly in the direction of 4th edition thingies in the beard and stuff. I’m just not familiar enough with D&D imagery. I played it a few times but I never looked at the books much.

So there you have it Muggs!

What on earth is a Mugg? Mighty Muggs are a vinyl–plastic collectible toy series made by Hasbro. The toys resemble super deformed versions of characters from the following franchises: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. There is a line of smaller figures, called Mini Muggs, as well as blank Mighty Muggs for customization. A full length film is in development with Easy Films. The line has been commercially discontinued, but certain retailers receive exclusive ‘continuation’ lines, and Comic-Con International 2011 has an exclusive Avengers line.


Last month and the next one 1

little sketch of a dwarf mug

A month ago I was still in France, pretty much waiting around till I could leave and I spent a lot of time thinking about how to go about things when I got back to the Netherlands while listening to the Ninjamountain podcast( jay!). One thing I decided was that I would pick a few things and stick to those for at least six months gradually adding other things as I go along and not go rushing of like a crazy person while trying to do everything and having to give up most of them afterwards.

The rest of my life also needs sorting out however and I’ve been very busy with jobhunting. A month of looking through countless jobadds and writing letters later three companies have gotten back to me and I should know more on that front next week and hopefully start work. Nothing special but I will get a paycheck. There will also be a move in the next two months which will eat away a lot of time though it will be a real improvement.

So last month I’ve been busy with Illustration Friday and the Lyssa challenge at Artorder as you can see here on my blog and besides that I’ve been busy with several sketches and taking an hour a day simply drawing random stuff. The sketches include a map of a maze that I really want to do and a landscape with an eagle paraglider and I’ve almost finished a little piece of a sleeping goblin guard.

The landscape with the eagle gave me a lot of trouble and I decided that though I like doing them its not something that I’m going to be focussing on for now. So the landscape is scrapped and mister paraglider will be at a higher altitude with clouds beneath him. There are soooo many concept art landscapists out there, they can do the mountainviews, they’re better at it. Time wasted? Nah don’t think so, I rather find out now that landscapes are not my thing than after frustrating the hell out of myself for another year or so. I can always get back to it later.

This means that next month I will try to get further along with the paraglider (hopefully finished) and the maze( design 100%). I have several other ideas in various states of sketchiness but those will have to wait for now. And now for Artorder….

Muggs? Ok… Ehm yeah. I like the idea of doing a custom toy like that but now might not be the time. Think I’m going to take a few steps back. Let’s start with mentioning I never drew a D&D character in my life. So I’m going to start with that, do a normal painting and then maybe I’ll turn that image into a Mugg. Taking the long route probably means I won’t be submitting anything but we’ll see. I will keep the deadline for the Mugg as my deadline for the painting. It’s the learning that counts.