– Greetings and welcome
to The Dream Syndicate. Today, I’m gonna show you how I made Saint George and the Dragon art with art dolls, cardboard and imagination, so let’s get crafting. ♪ Make believe ♪ Over the last several weeks,
I’ve been sharing my process for building a mixed media Saint George and the Dragon piece. The characters in them
are wire armature puppets, or art dolls, that are poseable and they have polymer clay heads. To be exact, I used Sculpey. Those heads were, then,
painted with acrylic paints. Then, bodies or clothing
were sewn directly onto the armature of the art dolls. This is only going to be a quick overview of the build process. If you wanna see the entire build, you’ll be able to find
that on the playlist that I’ll put in the first comment here. Next, I’ll be sculpting
Saint George’s head, first putting down some
proportion lines to work from. And then, I build an armature
out of aluminum wire. I use quarter-inch-thick upholstery foam to bulk out the body mass. I’m sewing the character’s
chainmail armor onto him. Then, there’s the last detail of sewing a cross onto his tabard. We’ll use a button for his belt. And then, we’ll just work at
giving Saint George some hair out of this fabric. With the characters built, it’s time to start building the backdrop. With my Sharpie, I’m
sketching the long columns that are gonna be the backdrop of rock that is gonna be in this dragon’s cave. I’m just using a utility knife here and some scrap cardboard
to make these shapes. I wanted a variety of thicknesses in the rock wall that I’m
building in the background, so I’m using different
thicknesses of cardboard to help achieve that effect. With my varying-sized
cardboard pieces cut out, I start arranging them into a shape that gives the sense of
the interior of a cavern. For this project, I’m using small clamps, wood glue, and big clamps. Now, I’ll just go about
generously applying my wood glue to the back of my cardboard pieces and setting them in place. Next, I’ll go about painting the backdrop. My palette consists of a few blue tones, and black and white. I’ll be finishing this
piece with photography and the ridges that are in
the corrugated cardboard could be a problem, but my plan is to have the background be fairly blurry, using a process called bokeh
or shallow depth of field. In the same way that theater backdrops or old movie backdrops
didn’t have to be pristine because your eyes aren’t
gonna be focusing on them, this doesn’t have to be the greatest rock wall ever made either, because your eyes aren’t really gonna be fully focusing on it. To help push the illusion
of the depth of the piece, I’m putting lighter
colors in the foreground and darker colors in the background. Now, I’ll paint the ground a mid-tone of the color that I used in the backdrop. Then, I spread some rocks on the ground to make it look more cave-y. And they definitely came
with plenty of dust. Now, I’m gonna clear
away some of these rocks to have a place to put Saint George. Taking out my trusty Sharpie, I’ll mark off where the
wires for his feet go and drill holes in those spaces. And then, I’ll be fidgeting
and fussing around with posing this art doll for
pretty much forever and a day. Then, I’ll add the dragon
and some more fidgeting and fussing with that. Once I was happy with the pose, I set up my digital
camera, took some photos, but then, I also moved
the characters again and took some more shots,
and so on and so on. Out of that batch pf photos,
this was my favorite. I did a little bit of
post-production and PhotoShop, but I thought this one was the best. While there’s parts of
this that I think are good, I still thought I could do a better job, so I re-shot it. I didn’t think you could see enough of the dragon in this picture. I spent a little time sketching and I figured if I could
put the dragon up higher, I could show a lot more of both
characters in the same shot. The solution I came up
with was putting the dragon on a little pile of rocks
and making it a wider shot. If you’d like to purchase a Saint George and the Dragon
greeting card or print, I’ll leave a link to where
you can get one, below. Thanks so much for watching. If you wanna join me in making
the imaginary reality weekly, don’t forget to subscribe
and hit the bell icon. Until next time, make believe.


  • Skidish says:

    another creative art video Man i love youtube

  • The Dream Syndicate Art Dolls says:

    Thanks for joining me in making the imaginary a reality! If you've been following along & want to skip ahead to the background build, start @ 1:52 & you can see the full build here:
    If you want to own this piece, get it here: Art Print* *Greeting Card

    If you would like to start making your own polymer clay art, here's some supplies that I recommend: (this is an incomplete list, but I'm working on building it)

    Music Credits
    "Darkest Child" Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    "Pooka" Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

  • Scratch Paper Games says:

    Another great video!

  • Mr Alan the Ninja says:

    Hey Ryan, I like your background, good work dude. Are you selling the dolls themselves or prints of the pics you took of them?

  • Emma Butcher Art says:

    I love your channel! Your characters are absolutely fabulous! totally subbed 🙂 Im going to have to try following along one day and make one of my own!

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