Inspiration comes from all sorts of sources, and when it sets in at a young age it can effect how we live the rest of our lives. One boy might see E.T. in his youth and grow up to be an expert in exobiology where as the rest of us just grow an affection for Reese's Pieces. While hoardes of gamers piddle away battling their Warhammer figures, I see nothing but armies upon armies of pink and purple warriors riding atop pipecleaner-horned unicorns with sparkling gem saddles. When I see Sandman I want nothing more than to dye him various colors and layer him into oddly shaped bottles.
Where most people see The Thing and think nothing more than, "IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!" I see a makeover waiting to happen. Granted, there isn't much to work with, but I love a challenge -- especially one that could involve glitter. While there weren't a lot of accessories to paint over, the texture of the skin made it slightly difficult to paint and covered more surface space than I initially thought. I decided to kick the dull Sunny D orange up a notch to a more spitfire color like coral.
It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint can cause such a drastic change. In a way this is the equivilent of going from having long, dark, ravenesque hair to a bright red bob. I thought the effect would appear more subtle, but side by side it's a hearty difference. Not as hearty had I sanded him down, painted him green, and turned him into a Hulk figure, but more like a homestyle beef stew hearty. Now that I had tossed the chunks of sirloin into the pot, it was time to chop the carrots and onions.
After the base I went for the hot pants, changing them into a nice hot pink with a silver belt trim. I find the small 1/8 oz Bon Bons nail polish perfect for detail work. I debated making some additional clothes for The Thing -- perhaps a snazzy little vest or sash, but instead I broke out the big gun for this one. The hot glue gun, to be precise.
I forged a pair of wings out of craft foam and topped it off with a pipe cleaner tiara all attatched with burning hot glue. As a final touch, I added some bling gems to the belt to form a shiny pink buckle and topped off the wings and tiara combo as well. Despite the flamboyance, The Thing still seems relatively emo, but at least he looks good.
I'm really digging my Florescent Fairy Thing. He reminds me of a bumpy gay Icarus.