If you are here then either you are interested in obtaining one of these strange pieces of art, or your curiosity got the better of you. If it is your curiosity what drew you here, be warned these items are not for the faint of heart nor are they for the less then open-minded.
I am fascinated by human fetus growth, as well as the un-born (or pre-adult) stages of growth in all animal life. The changes are beautiful, awe-inspiring, and a little bit creepy. I like creepy things. However my cartoon-style that I apply to these keeps it from being “too real” and thus mitigates some of the “ick” factor. Well mostly. Okay maybe not for some folks, but hopefully those folks aren’t HERE.
So where did these things come from, and what sparked the idea?
Several years ago, when Anthrocon was still held in Philadelphia, I was invited to a sketch-book room party. It was a rather surprise invite, but a welcome one. Cara Mitten was there looking rather tired and sick (which she was sick, the poor thing). Now being a fan of her work I was delighted to have a chance at swapping art with her. However, at the look of her I felt compelled to just leave her be to rest. I doodled, sketched, joked, passed my book around, and had a rather good time. However, the itch to get a sketch of Cara’s wouldn’t let up.
So I plopped down in front of her and looked at her with puppy-dog eyes. I told her I knew she didn’t feel well, but I’d really love a sketch of her work if she were up to it. Well she was, though she seemed kind of surprised. We swapped books and she told me her theme for her book was “something weird”, or something along those lines.
Well I had not slept for the last day (about 29 hours of wakefulness), and I was a bit loopy by that point. Prior I had “fetalized” another person’s character, due to this lack of sleep. It was a hit. So I took the idea a step further and stuck it in a snow-globe contraption. It was a fetal dolphin, with umbilical cord, in a mind-controlled machine-base. I got an awesome looking dragon-wolf in return. Win-win all around I do believe.
So what are they?
The idea behind these “things”, is there is an entirely self-contained environment within the globe. What the globe is made of, I’m not entirely sure, although artistically I treat it like I would when illustrating glass. However there are several substances out there that act a lot like glass, though it isn’t. Without giving it too much thought, it is a protective sphere-shaped product that is shatter-proof. It “breathes” enough to allow oxygen to permeate, like a membrane. It is solid to the touch.
The bases were, in it’s original concept, mobile. The idea rooted in the steam-punk universe. However, as the idea grew with me the concept of solid-foundation and non-mobile bases cropped up. As well as the concept of allowing someone to hold the globe itself. This last idea stems from those lovely bio-spheres one can find in the science-stuff stores.
The over all idea is to portray the surreal beauty and alien-strangeness of the unborn – or in the case of insects, their rather interesting and often beautiful larval forms.
Well, why not?
Some people do like seeing their personal characterizations created in unique and different ways. Some enjoy the super-chibi qualities of the fetal form, and would like to see their personal characters turned into on. Why they like this varies from person to person, so I won’t guess.
Then there are those who may be celebrating the impending birth of a new child, or that of a pet’s new offspring.
Maybe someone needs a way to cope with loss, and wishes a sort of memorial. A memento to help them with their grief.
Some people, like me, are just kind of odd and enjoy creepy-yet-beautiful things.
It’s hard to say. Your reasons are your own. 🙂
How do I get one?
You need to send me a Commission-slot request first, to see if I have anything available. I don’t want to get overwhelmed, as each of these are made in traditional mediums that take time to dry. If I have a spot open, I will then send you an email with a Queue Spot number and payment details.
The Queue-spot Number gives you an idea of how many more before you and thus about how long the wait is for your piece. If you want it sooner you may request a due date. This, however, costs extra.
Once payment has been processed, I will add you to my public queue list.
The general policies regarding commissions apply here as well. Please refer to them for more details.
** Shipping is included on these, at this time.
** Lanyards, matting, and/or framing are extras.
|YCH Single Character, Mobile or Stationary Base||20.00|
|YCH Two Character, Mobile or Stationary Base||30.00|
|YCH Single Character, Character Holding Globe||45.00|
|YCH Two Character, Third Character Holding Globe||55.00|
|Large Color Illustration (Single Character)||50.00|
|Small Color Illustration (Single Character)||30.00|
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