Mark Patraw

Alice in Wonderland Ace of Spades Mini Action Figure #1

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A playing card soldier that made his first appearance in Disney's 1951 Alice in Wonderland animated film, which was based upon the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass children's books penned by Lewis Carroll. Ace of Spades has the misfortune of serving the Queen of Hearts, which is a dangerous occupation, as the short-tempered matriarch is infamous for ordering her subjects to be decapitated for trivial, or even imagined, infractions on a daily basis.


Materials:
Lined white paper, newsprint, white glue, wire twist ties, cardboard, ink, and acrylic paint.

Dimensions*:
2.8 cm (1.1") x 4.5 cm (1.8") [widest point x highest point]
* The numbers given are for a neutral standing pose; the values
will vary depending on how the figure's joints are positioned.

Articulation:
9 Points: Neck, shoulders x 2, elbows x 2, wrists x 2, and ankles x 2.

Time:
Several hours on July 13, 2014.

3 comments

Scylla Earls

Scylla Earls

August 8, 2014 at 6:22PM

Hi Mark. Love these "playing cards". How about staging all your articulated figures in some group action (like Lilliputians tying down Gulliver)? The big group shot of your recent works made me think of that. When I looked at the group shot first, I though the black chair was full-size...one forgets how small you work sometimes. Great stuff!

Mark Patraw

Mark Patraw

August 11, 2014 at 2:40PM

Large scale group photos can be neat, but I don't do them very often for two reasons:

#1 My digital camera doesn't focus very well on multiple objects, so group pictures, especially ones with lots of figures, tend to be somewhat blurry and indistinct.

#2 The other problem with setting up a bunch of little figures is that one false move, or breathing too hard, can cause some of them to fall over, which usually results in a domino effect, and a correspondingly unhealthy increase in my blood pressure! For example, the photo I posted before, of all my projects from 2013, was pretty stressful to set up--it got so bad that I was seriously considering gluing them into place.

Marianne Rununkel

Marianne Rununkel

August 11, 2014 at 3:34PM

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books. You did a great job on the cards!

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