The importance of having a plan

Ahhh this one held some promise… and then I totally screwed the pooch at the end by not figuring out ahead of time what to do with the sailor ahead of time. Whenever I say to myself “I’ll just wing it” I should really tell myself “NO! Just no…”

I haven’t given up on the concept, hopefully i’ll make another attempt soon.

First Attempt

From time to time, I mess about trying to see if I can still illustrate. This is a work in progress from the Hateful 8 movie. Next, I’m going to attack it with my coloured pencils and see what happens.


So I took some photos with the fancy camera..Part two

Here are some other shots

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So I took some photos with the fancy camera..Part one

I wanted to take a photo with the new one next to the first one I built, The difference is quite stark.

Nutcracker, folk art, crafts

The Latest Nut cracker versus the first Nutcracker, the Difference is striking.

The Grand Finale

And it’s only about a month late for Christmas (yay me :/)

the final product

the final product

again, the model is for scale and just to class up the joint a bit.

It’s all over but the crying now….

After all the intricate detail of the faces, it was just a matter of airbrushing some detail on the hat and shoulders aaaaand we’re done.

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The Faces

I think the funniest part of this is how creepy the interim steps are

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The bodies finally get done…

Details, details, details

buttons for the boots

buttons for the boots

Nutcracker Belt buckle

fancy schmancy belt buckle

Nutcracker belt parts

Most of the belt parts drying by the fire.

Nutcracker body

Nutcracker body

Nutcracker body

Nutcracker body


The title is pretty self explanatory

Nutcracker Pants and vest

Pants and vest

Nutcracker vests

Airbrushing to allow to some texture and buttons

nutcracker painnting


This was going to be , by far, the most complicated paint job on a project like this and by the end of it, made me wonder why I chose to be so rambunctious about things. I cracked open my never used airbrush (that I bought 2 years ago) for this project and there was a bit of getting used it again involved.

nutcrakcers moslty finished legs

moslty finished legs

Nutcracker Lapels


nutcracker painted body

painted body

The nutcrackers first buttons

The first (of many) buttons

The buttons were made much easier to cut out when my dad beveled the edges of a piece of pipe so I could just “punch” them out. the stars stuck on them were all cut out of bristol board with a pair of scissors , all seventy of them  :/


Wrapping in cardboard

Thanks to a friend of mine,  obtained huge sheets of cardboard for free ( Yay!) and I used this as the skin for these nutcrackers.  but I had to paint some of the parts first. I put a model next to the painted parts to class the place up a bit.

Nutcracker boots

Nutcracker boots

Nutcracker Gloves

Nutcracker Gloves

Then the ” skinning” began

Nutcracker Legs

Nutcracker Legs

Nutcracker Bodies

Nutcracker Bodies

Nutcracker bodies

they start to look more “human?!?”

After this, things got complicated…