Finished the first part of this project. Trimming and mounting the illustrations, and finishing the cut sides are what remains.

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First part’s done: the rough cut is finished. (Pardon the rough-looking photos, too. Long day.)

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This is the piece map for a project that I’ve let simmer for some time. After making the gruesome paper doll out of a human anatomy book, the final disposition of the donor book seemed clear: create an exemplar of the “anatomy of a book” genre. So, here we start!

The gruesome paper doll hung outside for a few hours, and creeped out a kid or two. Success!

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Further detail of the guts section of the doll

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Detail of the shoulder and elbow joints; overall, the arm is bent, and the hand holds another skull, so the joints were tacketed and jointed appropriately.

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Okay guys, it’s time for ram chips and dip. Now the rules of this are you have to say a good thing and a bad thing about the movie and then you get a ram chip!

It was a good thing to have chosen an idea for the holiday that I had been mulling over for some months. It used up a floating idea, which feels like progress, and since I was low on free time this past month, it was a good thing to have had the thinking part done. No need to work through ideas that weren’t going to pan out: all that was done a long time ago.

It was a bad thing that I didn’t have enough time fully explore my intended work, a book with limbs extruding from it, and viscera dripping out. That will be a sculpture, and I just didn’t have time for that much work this month.

All right then; back to the Labors. Tomorrow I’ll purchase terra cotta and start scribing.

Figured and assembled the skull. Not too bad, though next year I’ll make a rounder form for the illustrations to wrap around.

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The assembling of the paper doll moves forward – we now have an arm!

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I think any mad scientist would use simple wire as a solution for the joints

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No exceptions, Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday; most fun is the making of a new display (mostly) every year. Today I began working on the table centerpiece. A work of a Frankenstein, it is a body being assembled, in fits and starts, from the illustrations cut out of an anatomy book.

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Various viscera will litter the table.

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I have a wild notion to continue working on this until I have a fully assembled human form. Or looked at another way, a gruesome, DIY, anatomically correct paper doll.

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