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Almirena
Posted on: Jul 17 2019, 10:52 PM


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A black-and-white version of Charlie Chaplin:
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The alien disguise (with different eyes - more alien-looking):
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Almirena
Posted on: Jul 15 2019, 07:06 AM


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And... because it would be a pity to waste those wings, here is a rainbow butterfly: Attached Image

I will probably work more on this because at the moment there is only one expression on the butterfly's face.



Here's the rainbow butterfly with some further working: Attached Image
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Posted on: Jul 10 2019, 04:57 PM


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I looked closely at a clip of Charlie Chaplin's walk to give me inspiration for that kolobok. (He doesn't actually move his head like the kolobok, but it seemed to be the best way to get across the idea of the way he walked, since koloboks don't have legs!



I forgot to upload my butterfly-fairy kolobok spreading fairy dust earlier:

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Almirena
Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 09:16 PM


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Charlie Chaplin:

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Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 02:34 PM


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give_rose.gif (Thank you for the encouragement, Reny!)

Here is a sunflower, enjoying the warmth of the sun:

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Almirena
Posted on: Jun 26 2019, 12:48 PM


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I love the idea of roses entwining the bed. I'll see what I can do.

I'm glad that you like the musicians. I am extremely happy with them. The one that delights me the most is the mediaeval lady dancing; the movement involved had to be as precise as a gavotte... The piper and drummer are among my favourites out of all the koloboks upon which I've worked.

Here is another kolobok scene which grew out of the "crossing fingers for good luck" kolobok. It shows a cheerful little kolobok walking along, only to be suddenly confronted by a devil popping out from behind a tree. The kolobok quickly makes the ancient "crossed fingers" sign, and the devil is banished.

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And a spinning devil... Attached Image

(I tried so many different styles of horn, but most of them looked like a jester's hat. I think I finally hit on the right image.
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Posted on: Jun 14 2019, 05:46 PM


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Playing card characters: Queen of Hearts

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Almirena
Posted on: Jun 12 2019, 06:45 AM


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For my drummer drumming, I wanted another eye-catching hat that would be worn by an itinerant musician striking his drum.

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I'm going to make the drum itself a tabor:

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But it needed a bit of reworking...

Drummer Drumming

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Twelve Drummers drumming

This is my Mediaeval/Renaissance drummer drumming (and the drum is a tabor):

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Almirena
Posted on: Jun 7 2019, 10:59 AM


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In preparation for the eleven pipers piping (for the eleventh day of Christmas), I wondered what sort of pipe would be appropriate.

I decided upon a shawm, which is a mediaeval woodwind (a type of pipe) that has a flaring "bell" like that of a trumpet. Unlike a trumpet, though, it's made of wood. Its interesting look should (I hope) do nicely for the piper.

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The piper must have a colourful hat suitable to a mediaeval or renaissance street musician:

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Piper Piping

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eleven Pipers piping

This is my Mediaeval/Renaissance piper piping (three iterations):

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(I've used mediaeval music notation to indicate the music, but I'm not quite sure that it works.)
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Almirena
Posted on: Jun 6 2019, 07:37 AM


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A momentary detour from the Twelve Days of Christmas...

I have the idea for Dornröschen / Sleeping Beauty, although so far she is just lying asleep in the bed to which she was carried after pricking her finger on the spindle:

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or with both hands showing: Attached Image

So far it's really just a girl kolobok asleep in an ornate old-fashioned bed. The prince must enter the scene and waken the Sleeping Beauty before it can truly become a Sleeping Beauty kolobok.

EDIT: The green bedclothes make it hard for the kolobok princess to stand out, so I've made them red:

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Almirena
Posted on: Jun 3 2019, 05:11 AM


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Oh! I didn't realise Mother Goose had also made a cow kolobok. It's wonderful - such clean lines in how it's been executed.

I know my pheasant needs plumper legs - more like chicken drumsticks, even though that seems such a crude thought in comparison with the amazing beauty of the pheasant. (Sacrilege, I know, in light of how beautiful the pheasant is! but I have a wonderful Christmas recipe for roast pheasant...)

I don't think one can see the freckles on the little red-headed farm boy bringing the milking pail to the milkmaid; I might see if I can do something about that, perhaps by having him face the front with all of his freckles clearly on display. He should also have his own separate little kolobok identity; ditto for the milkmaid with her mob-cap. (I was pleased with how the mob-cap turned out, and I think a separate kolobok maid will be adorable.)

At the moment I'm working on the dancing lady for the "Nine ladies dancing". To make sure that this kolobok clearly shows a "lady" dancing, rather than just a girl dancing, it seemed to me that it had to be a girl kolobok with a wonderful mediaeval headdress.

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The movements have been quite challenging; I'm basing them on a pre-1600s type of dance, with precise hand movements.


I'm going to be faced with a similar situation when I work on the "Ten lords a-leaping". It can't just be a leaping boy kolobok as it must convey the idea of a lord. I didn't want to make this a Victorian-style lord (using a top hat); so far I am thinking of making it a Renaissance hat in dark red and gold, in one of the styles worn by noblemen. We'll see...



Swan A-Swimming

And here is my swan a-swimming.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven Swans a-Swimming

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(I may re-work the neck; it looks a little clumsy. I wonder whether the water is perhaps too choppy; it looks more like the sea than a lake or pond! Well, I'll think about it...)


Lady Dancing

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing

This is my mediaeval lady a-dancing: Attached Image

(I might make the veil on the kolobok from the back view come down from the headpiece to lightly cover the kolobok.)

Lord A-Leaping

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Ten Lords a-Leaping

This is my renaissance lord a-leaping: Attached Image

I wanted to be sure that he looked lordly, in strong contrast to the pipers and drummers that will be coming up. I suppose I could have made the leaping lord a knight wearing his shiny helmet, but no lord ever wore armour while dancing or leaping about! (Clank, clank, clank...)
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Almirena
Posted on: May 26 2019, 06:10 PM


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A common (Ring-necked) Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) with a gold ring in its beak: Attached Image

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five Gold Rings
It is highly probable that the gold rings are not literal pieces of jewellery, but - in keeping with the first half of the song Twelve Days of Christmas - are birds. The reference to gold rings must mean ring-necked birds. These are most likely to be Common (Ring-necked) Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) which were introduced to England from China in mediaeval times. The neck is palely ringed; the main body of the pheasant is a ravishing gold, and the irridescent embellishments of this fine bird add to its beautiful and luxurious jewel-like appearance.

A colly-bird: Attached Image
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Calling Birds

In the song Twelve Days of Christmas, most people interpret a calling bird as a song bird. However, the original song referred to "Four Colly Birds". The word colly means "black as coal or soot" so it is likely that the gift was four blackbirds (Turdus merula).

Two turtle-doves (European turtle-dove - Streptopelia turtur): Attached Image
FINAL version which looks much better: Attached Image
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves
(I wasn't happy with the first attempt; I think I tried to slim down the doves too much. When I made them plumper turtle-doves, and changed the branch to that of a hawthorn, it pleased me more.)

A flying greylag goose a-laying: Attached Image
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six Geese-a-Laying


JUST A QUESTION:
Given that these are at least intended to be bird koloboks (with a kolobok-based head and a kolobok-based body), am I transgressing by giving them little feet? (The feet need fixing, I know...)

Should I in fact be trying to make these as koloboks without separate head and body?

(It's just so very hard to convey the tiny details that distinguish one sort of bird from another if I keep it to a true kolobok bird as Cherna, for instance, did with that absolutely gorgeous bluebird. It's a magnificent kolobok, but I am not sure that I could achieve enough differentiation between each bird if I stuck to that concept.)

I noticed that Connie added a duck body to her ducks, and it's in that spirit that I decided to use the kolobok base (smaller) for each bird head, and a larger (sometimes stretched!) kolobok base for each bird body.

(And besides... with a partridge, two turtle-doves, three French hens, four colly-birds, five gold rings (ring-necked birds), six geese, and seven swans, it would be fatally easy to fail in giving each bird its own little personality and behaviour (as well as colouring and details) to distinguish it from the others!)
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Almirena
Posted on: May 25 2019, 10:28 AM


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A partridge in a pear tree: Attached Image



A French hen: Attached Image
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Almirena
Posted on: May 24 2019, 03:37 AM


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Cow being milked by a milkmaid: Attached Image
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Almirena
Posted on: May 23 2019, 03:37 AM


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Attached Image Girl with handbag walking.


Attached Image (Lift, this time with some passers-by as well, including the girl with handbag.)

Attached Image Cow. >>>But I realised that Just Cuz had also made a cow kolobok - quite a cute and funny one.
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Almirena
Posted on: May 19 2019, 09:26 PM


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Wäre es nicht süß, ein schlafendes Dornröschen-Kolobok zu haben? Vielleicht auch ein Kolobok von Dornröschen am Spinnrad? ... Außerdem ein Schneewittchen-Kolobok...

Spaß!

(It occurs to me that a Sleeping Beauty kolobok lying asleep - with the prince kissing her awake - would be quite cute, as well as Sleeping Beauty at the spinning wheel. Also, since we're in the realm of fairy tales, what about a Snow White kolobok?

What fun!)


And thank you; I took quite a lot of care with the lift kolobok, trying to recreate that wonderful old-fashioned look of the very early lifts with their wood panelling and decorative wrought iron grille. I am happy with how it turned out.
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Almirena
Posted on: May 16 2019, 08:38 PM


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I have been working on an old-fashioned lift (U.S. "elevator") with an operator wearing a bellhop uniform.

The bellhop girl is here separately: Attached Image

The lift is here separately: Attached Image

With just the lift operator in the lift: Attached Image

Final version with a kolobok passenger: Attached Image
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Almirena
Posted on: May 14 2019, 07:33 PM


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The farmer who is upset by the drought doesn't stand around all day holding a rake...
No, sometimes he's leaning on a spade.
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I have also taken inspiration from your wonderful power tool / impact drill construction worker, Aiwan, in working on a construction worker using a jackhammer / pneumatic drill (the sort used to break up concrete floors or bitumen).
I was so tempted to use your beautiful safety helmet but I thought it would be more appropriate for me to make one from scratch.
(Also, unlike the impact drill version, I thought it might be better not to have a headlamp on it.)
I opted to go for the most typical colour (yellow) used for hard hats in construction - certainly as used in the UK and Australia - even though it risks looking washed-out in comparison with the kolobok's colour.
I've added safety ear-muffs to the hard hat, as construction workers would go mad if they didn't use them while operating the jackhammer!
(I've made two versions, as I wasn't sure with the first one that it was clearly a jackhammer.)
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Other jackhammer version: Attached Image

And... a whimsical kolobok scarecrow keeping away the crows.
(I was tempted to include corn growing in the background, but I think that would just make the scene too busy. It works well enough now, I think.)
I was worried at first that this kolobok would look like a crucifixion! - but it doesn't (thankfully).
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Posted on: May 11 2019, 04:53 PM


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An innocent little lamb. Attached Image

QUOTE
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bade thee feed
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
  Little Lamb, who made thee?
  Dost thou know who made thee?
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Almirena
Posted on: May 10 2019, 10:25 PM


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I mentioned that I would be making a kolobok with its arm in a sling... so I've finally got around to it.

A boy kolobok with his arm in a sling, and a girl version with her arm in a sling: Attached Image Attached Image

Some delivery vans - the first is a standard white delivery van (which are used by couriers who are sub-contracted by Australia post throughout Australia, to deliver parcels). Attached Image

The second is a delivery van belonging to the parcel delivery "arm" of Australia Post - Star Track. Attached Image

The third is an Australia Post mail van; these vans are used by Australia post drivers to collect mail and parcels from post boxes and AP post offices. Attached Image
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Posted on: May 10 2019, 12:24 PM


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Another kolobok that I had in mind for some time is Rapunzel letting down her hair.

At this stage I haven't added any hands; it may not need any hands showing as she lets down her hair. I will try adding hands later and see whether it's needed.

In the future I will probably add the kolobok prince climbing up Rapunzel's hair into the tower...





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Posted on: May 7 2019, 04:12 PM


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A policeman and a policewoman (with Australian Federal Police uniform/hats): Attached Image Attached Image
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Posted on: May 3 2019, 07:49 PM


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(I wonder if the Hyde slap of the bottle could be better...)


Here is a town crier saying "Oyez, oyez, oyez!" Attached Image
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Posted on: May 2 2019, 06:35 PM


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smile.gif


I had another inspiration and had to create it without further ado.

It's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Attached Image
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Posted on: May 1 2019, 02:50 PM


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good.gif (Kolobok cartoon - a good point.)

That is a BEAUTIFUL cat! The expression on your "tiger's" face is priceless.


Here is my wild little lion of a cat.
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