A Hellboy Christmas (Ornament)
Several weeks ago, Carrie shared a story with me about making Christmas tree ornaments with your kids. For some reason, the first ornament subject matter that popped into my mind for such a project was Hellboy.
For those unfamiliar, Hellboy is the (clearly) fictional spawn of the devil, summoned to Earth by an unholy alliance of Nazis, Rasputin, and occultists as a weapon against the Allies in World War II. Of course, like all things involving Nazis, Rasputin, and occultists, things go wrong. Allied forces intervene, and a young Hellboy is adopted and nurtured by an American professor who also happens to run a Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. As Hellboy grows, he retains fierce loyalty to the USA and fights off occult threats around the world.
It’s a classic “local boy done good” kind of story… documented in many comic books, graphic novels, prose and motion pictures.
So, with all of this in mind, I give you my hand-sculpted, hand-painted Hellboy Christmas ornament. It took one evening of sculpting and baking (as I used Sculpey as the material), and another evening to paint it and the surrounding globe.
December 18, 2009 @ 9:11 pm
You’ve seen the movie, now buy the ornament! Seriously, very impressive use of 3 dimensions Micah. This thing looks spot on. I knew you had the 2D skills, but this is off the charts.
December 18, 2009 @ 9:22 pm
That’s nice. Can you explain the significance of the globe? I mean I can understand metaphors like “he saves the world, dummy” and “he does good everywhere, dummy” obvious stuff like that – but I’m wondering if the globe was an obvious xmas tree ornament housing apparatus and you got lazy OR if it’s just what you had kicking around the Eichler?
Kent Brewster said,
December 19, 2009 @ 8:15 am
Wonderful work! Um, did the idea of Hellboy pop into your head before or after you saw that lump of bright-red Sculpey? 🙂
December 19, 2009 @ 9:49 am
Well, at least you’ll be safe from Der Krampus.
Very, very cool.
February 4, 2010 @ 6:59 am
That looks really great. Where can I buy it?
February 6, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
I thought about posting it up at Etsy or eBay, but then decided it was worth keeping on our own Christmas tree.