Bonus post for today! I feel like it’s going to turn into a vampire sort of week, and I haven’t shared a project in a long time, so why not?
Admittedly I didn’t quite forget that The Lost Boys was turning 30 this year, but the past few years fandom and I have had a weird relationship in general. Even the Labyrinth stuff last year, while fun, couldn’t quite cut through the funk. At the end of the day, though, for some reason this 1980s horror comedy is something that has shaped how I art in a lot of ways (more on that later).
Here’s something goofy I made for a friend years upon years ago:
Ugh, don’t judge me. So this started nine billion years ago when the David action figure came out, and my friend, who is all about David, was complaining that there wasn’t anything bigger.
Of course, this meant I had to make her a cuddly chibi-esque version, because reasons. Look, I don’t get it either. My muse is stupid. For similar reasons, I ended up making her a Trent Reznor My Little Pony one year, so this is pretty normal in comparison.
The schematics: I bought the base doll at Michaels and looked at way too many shots of a film that is incredibly darkly lit to try to figure out what the hell David is wearing. I kind of compromised and did the coat as a double lapel one piece with the lapels in different fabrics. The shirt is a basic jersey and I think the pants were just a regular suiting fabric or something similar. I used a thicker stretch vinyl for the coat and gloves (seriously this was like a decade ago I cannot believe I can recall this so vividly).The medal is off a keychain from a dollar store. Yes, I know it’s not exact. I don’t care. I spent way too long patterning tiny vampire clothes, I implanted all the hairs on that thing’s head and unraveled them to look fluffier, I embroidered and drew the face, and made the thing ears so I could include the earring. By the time I got to accessories, I just wanted him out of the house. You can’t really see his fangs that well, but I remember embroidering them on. As you can guess by my snarking, the scale isn’t my favorite and is honestly probably the smallest I’d go at this point. I think he stands at about 18 inches tall if I remember correctly.
Although he weirds me out a little, I’ll admit I’m pleased with the result. I’ve had inquiries over the years if I’d do all the vampires or other characters or even another David, and at this point, likely not. There may be one or two more on the horizon if I really felt whacky. These days, I could probably pattern the clothes out faster (and I have better machines than I did at the time), but I’d have to have a really good reason to be convinced to go back to something like this.