My favourite fall memory is about halloween. Specifically being out Trick or Treating always looking for that "perfect" house. One that's decorated great, gives out great candy, and is full of people all dressed up themselves! Every year my friends and I would try to get to more houses to look for that house. I always liked seeing into houses when people would open the door to give us candy. It was kind of like peeking into a secret life you weren't normally part of! Halloween is just that magical time where you get to dress up like something you're not and everyone goes out to celebrate on the streets together, which is quite different than any other kinds of holidays. So for this diorama I wanted to capture the fun and lightheartedness of being a kid on halloween, running around the neighbourhood, but also as I grow older I can still have a different kind of fun giving out candy to the kids that visit my house and have a costume party with friends! I guess it's one of those holidays that changes with you as you grow.
I made everything in this diorama by hand except for the bushes, which I purchased. The characters are ink and watercolour drawings. I made the box out of cardboard according to the dimensions since I did not have a shoebox I could use.
I grew up in Arizona, where fall is not so much a season as a lessening of summer. We had a few trees that lost their leaves, but I always used to dream of a place where there were endless piles of leaves, as brilliantly colored as they were in the story books, and endless kids like me to jump in them. They'd make the perfect leaf explosion -- FWOOSH! We were called the International Society of Leaf-Jumpers, of course.
When I was younger my dad always wanted to take me with him to go on hikes through the southern germanys forests. Back then most of the time I wasn't very motivated to come with him. I had my C64 at home and playing games with friends was much more attractive than walking through the forests with my dad. You know how kids are...
But one day we we're on a hike. It was a warm autumn day, almost no wind blowing so it was very nice to walk. I still remember the strong colors of the leaves and as our hike was almost over my dad showed my a sunset I will never forget. It was on a small ledge, birds we're flying through clouds and the sun was shining onto the forests in front of us. It was so amazing, all those colorful trees and leaves, and the smile on my dads face.
It must have been one of the best sunsets I've ever experienced! ----------
Phew, I finally finished this project. When I saw the contest I began thinking about taking part and what memory would be suitable. After some time I remeber the hikes with my dad and this special hike.
I started sculpting the two figures out of Super Sculpey and I really have to say I had a hard time getting used to the scale. Normally my projects are in a much smaller scale.
But finally I finished the forest right on time
Some how-to infos: - The figures were sculpted with a wire dolly and Super Sculpey, dad is around 10cm high. - The trees were glued together from twigs and roots I collected in summer - The leaves were small sponge parts that have been shredded and colored - The forest ground was build with foam and given some structure with plaster. - The backplate and sideplates were first airbrushed than painted with watercolors - The shadow and light on the whole scene is painted, the backplate is not glowing in any way.
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