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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



If I do a World of Warcraft cosplay, which race would you be most interested in? 

453 deviants said Night Elf
380 deviants said Blood Elf
309 deviants said Don't play WoW/Don't know/Other
233 deviants said Draenei
148 deviants said Undead
80 deviants said Troll
45 deviants said Human


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MasterSaruwatari Apr 14, 2014  Student Writer
hey epic lili.
NoviceOfAnimation Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you please help a young boys dream come true? :iconiloveyouplz:
I want to become a good graphic designer and combine it with photography, so that I can become as skilled as you, so please help me somehow La la la la 
XIXDarkWolfXIX Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really amazing work ^^
gowseshaik Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
grepping everything...great works...
IQ-Colors Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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