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Pickman's Model

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Richard Upton Pickman, a controversial Boston Artist, vanished from his North End studio in 1926. Before the demolishing of the Foster Court tenement, the landlord, who wished to remain anonymous, gathered the artist's effects and held them until he could broker an estate sale. Many curiosity seekers came to the sale to see what remained of the Ghoulish painters workshop. There were many canvases, brushes, pigments and unfinished works, as well as a camera, tripod, draperies and dried flowers. It seemed that the patrons were to be disappointed by all the mundane trappings of an artist's studio until the last object was brought out. It was a mounted skull, an anatomical study used by artist around the world, except this one was different. Its anatomy was bizarre, as if a human and jackal had been mixed with a nightmare. The shock and malevolence of the piece was so strong that instead of purchasing the jewel of the sale, the patrons left, shaken and sickened. It stayed with the landlord for years. He would complain of strange scratching sounds in his basement, and the feeling of being watched when he walked home at night. In the end The Rumtucket Trading Company purchased it, and is willing to sell it...To you.

Hollow cast resin, brass stand and fittings with articulating jaw. Human Size. A very limited amount of these will be for sale at the NecronomiCON in Providence this August.
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AlexStormweilder's avatar
Might I ask where you got the stand from?
I have a gray wolf skull and would love a stand like this.
Legiongp's avatar
I built it out of brass lamp parts and a 1/8 inch round bar of brass. :)
AlexStormweilder's avatar
Would you mind doing a "how to" sometime?
I'd love to see how you did it!
:D
Legiongp's avatar
Maybe one day :)
AlexStormweilder's avatar
Please let me know when you do!
:D
I love this so much.  Wish I was able to buy it.  Fantastic job!
NaamahDarling's avatar
AaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAaaaaa!!!  Okay, that would scare the CRAP out of me if I just came across it randomly.  NOPE.

Love it.  Love that the jaw actually moves.  God, it could NOT have been easy to get the front teeth to interlock properly.  Love the projection of the front incisors, set forward of the canines.  So many people get that wrong.  :(
Legiongp's avatar
Having the mouth open gives it a more predatory feel. I think baboons are terrifying because, there they are, just chilling, then they open their mouth and reveal teeth that don't even fit in their head.
The lower jaw was a pain, especially because I was working with wax and it was warm in my studio. I finally gave up and made the teeth separately, casting them in resin, then pushed the resin teeth into the wax jaw and skull. From there it was working out the dental profiles and popping the thing in the fridge before casting. I decided to pull all the teeth prior to casting and add them separately. I hate looking at "anatomical studies" and seeing the tool seam from tooth to bone. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. Its nice to get a compliment, but it feeds the craft to get a positive critique. I will check out your bone pics. Thanks again.
NaamahDarling's avatar
THAT explains why the teeth look so good!  Cast separately!

"I hate looking at "anatomical studies" and seeing the tool seam from tooth to bone."

Oh my god yes.  It's so hard to get rid of and get right, and it's one of the little things that really sells a piece.  Teeth are important.  About the only thing I'm sorry I didn't do with my fake dead fairy was redo the teeth completely with epoxy putty or something, because the teeth are really blocky and carved looking.

I've never done casting.  I'm terrified to try it, even though I have a kit and two *beautiful* little Cthulhu statuettes I made out of polyclay that would cast really well and be great to put up in the Etsy shop.  I think it's my paranoia about wasting materials.

OH GOD BABOONS.  They have the freakiest mouths.  People are like "Awww, look, it's a monkey!  It's so cute!" and I'm like "AHAHA NOOOOOPE."  They have REALLY vicious-looking teeth.
Legiongp's avatar
I recommend www.reynoldsam.com/ for all my casting needs. They even have tutorials on how, though many of their products are 1 to1 ratios. Art is about experimentation, and you have to break a few eggs Etc.. Give it a try, it will open up a whole new world of possibilities.
NaamahDarling's avatar
HEYYYYYY!  That's the same place I got my kit from!  :D  AWESOME.
Legiongp's avatar
I go there at least once a month. Great people, great products.
JasonMcKittrick's avatar
Very cool! See you at NecronomiCon!
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