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arachne behind the scenes

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 1, 2013, 12:03 PM

Watch this video to see the making of "Arachne"

I started this project months in advance of the shoot. I knew creating 200ish skulls would be long and arduous so I allotted myself 6 months from day 1 to the final images. To make the skulls, I simply used a skull cake making mold but baked paper mache instead of cake. I basically had my oven going for 2 months straight, making around 3 skulls per day. I have to give a big thank you to my mom for letting me take her oven hostage and fuming our house with burning paper smell (:

Here are some of the completed skulls. I'm spray painting them cream since some of the skulls caramelized in the oven. When you bake skulls everyday, it starts to become a habit and sometimes I forgot and left them in the oven for half a day :<

I had a blast shooting with Faith Lucille, who drove to my studio so I could photograph her little creatures! I really enjoy photographing both people and animals, so I hope to do more collaborations in the future!

Here I am gluing the skulls to tarp which has been laid over a stool and held down with sandbags. I was struggling to find a way to make a "pyramid" of skulls and thankfully my boyfriend came to the rescue with this idea!

Here is a visual explanation of how I made the chains for "Arachne's Lair". When compositing, it is better to get the lighting and perspective right in camera than to photoshop it. (1) To mimic the chains resting on the spider's fangs I stacked two towels under a sheet that was similar in color to the spider. This way, the sheet won't reflect any intrusive colors onto the chain. (2) To make the chain look wrapped around the spider's leg I put a 5 gallon water bottle under a sheet and wrapped the chain around it. (3) To make the chain hang between the spider's legs I just held it at the same angle.

Thank you for taking the time to read my journal :heart: These are some of my upcoming projects for 2014 that I'm super excited about!: Princess Peach, Ariel, Daenerys Targaryen, and Troll cosplay from World of Warcraft.


To enter, all you have to do is comment and favorite Arachne's Curse, and add me to your watchers. The PSD consists of all the layers, edits, and color adjustments done to this image. No one has been able to see my process- until now! The winner will be selected randomly, and announced on December 1st.

Arachne's Lair by michellemonique Black Widow by michellemonique Arachne's Wrath by michellemonique Arachne's Curse by michellemonique

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bobby192 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
great Gallery! thanks for sharing
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Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!! Thanks a lot for the Watch! :tighthug: I am very glad you liked my stuff :love: I LOVE YOURS!
Hugs by LOVEMAYU  Have a Happy Valentine!!
lecristal Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Pro dilectione mea by lecristal

Happy Valentine’s Day!

MaSc81 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like your ideas and how you get them done. Keep on !
amoeed Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Great Work (y)
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