Sunday 31 March 2013

Dragon Egg Hunt

Draco Albionis, Draco Serpens, Draco Niveus ®... whichever kind you're looking to acquire, you're sure to find un-fertilised dragon eggs in many varieties at the Tall Tales marketplace this Easter.

Wishing everybody a Happy Easter today with photos from a fast turn-around dragon egg project I worked on back in 2010. It was one inch scale and there's a matchstick on the market stand photo for reference.

Have a great Easter everyone!
- Caroline

Thursday 28 March 2013

Formal Address

I'm delighted to say that Tall Tales Productions has moved and is now to be found in Los Feliz, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

My workshop / office will be based here, whilst workshop classes will be taught elsewhere and exhibitions will take place across the US and Europe (check back for schedule of events).

Really pleased with this space and took some photos to share yesterday. It was built in 1927 so it has Art Deco features and great hardwood floors. Now the fun task of unpacking 6 suitcases and many boxes...!

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Hitting the Bottle

That's right - the frustration of awaiting the keys to my new place in Los Feliz (near Hollywood) has forced me to hit the bottle. ;) I can't really spread out and focus on any particularly expansive miniature sets right now, so I am tackling little props in bulk such as these hand-blown glass bottles and jars. I have them hand-blown by my glassblower in NY and I finish them off.

If molten gold, gathered moss, mugwort and soot are on your shopping list then look no further. As usual, I've made far more than I need and sell any extras at my online shop. They've been popular sellers for years and featured in a magazine in the UK in 2010.

Taking a quick break from Myrtle illustration.... I thought I'd share some photos of these glass bottles of magic matter against a matchstick...
(I took these photos back in 2010).

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Cutting it in Burbank

I've had my work cut out for me these past few weeks. Literally cut out for me - I've got this brilliant new table saw which cuts all my wood for me so I don't have to struggle away with a handsaw - yippee!

My workshop is semi-unpacked in a space in Burbank until the end of the month when I get the keys to my new place in Los Feliz. So I've been focusing on sets and some furniture (including painting these chairs pictured below). Some sets will be 1:12 scale (the chairs are) and some will be 1:6. Of course some very large exteriors will be made on a much smaller scale (in cases I don't want to use matte paintings).

Aside from that, I just had a great mini break in San Francisco... you know what it's like being cooped up in a hotel room - felt like getting out and stretching my legs in an Alcatraz cell. Our prison tourguide was hilarious - definitely worth the trip if you're ever in the area.

Will have more to show when I am finally settled into my new place....!

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