Justice is a NEW fan of Perfect Strangers and is already producing
some terrific artwork! Here is some of her talent on display already!
Justice explains the story behind these first two sketches:
my first real attempt at drawing Balki, done just a few days after I discovered
As you can tell, it's nothing fancy, just a sketch with a mechanical pencil on
(Funny, I just looked at the date I did it and it was May 20th, Bronson's B-day!
Didn't even know it at the time...)"
here is a color version of the sketch which Cousin Justice sent us:
second drawing, of course, is of Cousin Larry (I have the tendency to always
him Cousin, like Balki does) done a day later. I don't consider this one as good
as my Balki sketch, but I'm my own worst critic : / "
Cousin Justice also did a color version of this sketch:
Cousin Justice recently sent in this lovely drawing of Balki with Dimitri!
drew this one from memory, with no reference pictures on hand, (which is quite
for me!) It began as a doodle in my notebook, and turned into a complete
drawing. I was surprised
that it turned out well enough that I decided to keep it. This is also my
first "grin" drawing, I usually
don't attempt to draw big smiles.
Justice shared this wonderful trace drawing she did of Bronson with us as
well! As she explained on the Forums:
"I traced this from a photo I found in the
articles section. I started just doing a simple tracing to fill time
I was bored, but I got carried away and it became a full drawing. Part of
it was done freehand, with my reference pic
off to one side. (If I'd done this completely freehand, I'd call it
the best pencil sketch I've ever done!)"
here is a follow-up trace drawing she did of Mark!
Inspired by Cousin
Crystal's wonderful handmade Balki and Larry dolls,
Cousin Justice decided to try her hand at make some as well, and these are the
amazing results! She explains the meticulous process that went into
made them out of clay pieces, strung together with wire, using thin wire for the
arms, and thick
copper wire to support the legs. Their faces, hands, and feet (although
you can't see those)
are made out of Sculpey, and the rest is natural air dry clay, all painted with
acrylic paints. I made all the clothes
myself, out of scraps I had stashed away or cut from old clothes. The
shoes are small pieces of leather,
glued to cardboard soles and tied with bundled sewing thread. I also put
just a little bit of varnish
on their eyes to make them shine.
was the first doll I did, so I had to learn as I went. I couldn't find
curls small enough for his head,
so I bought the smallest I could find, wrapped it around a thick piece of wire,
put some water and hair gel
on it, and let it set for hours out in the summer heat! Then I cut it into
pieces and glued it on bit-by-bit.
His newspaper was made out of a screencap from the episode Aliens.
The mug, of course, is just
painted and varnished clay.
was actually harder to do, even though I'd gained some experience doing
Larry. I had to try doing
his face three times before I got it right! It was so frustrating, let me
tell you! Anyway, his hair is actually
some I cut off an old Barbie doll, one I just had stuffed in a drawer. I
was so lucky, it was just the right color! I secured it into sections by melting the ends together with
an iron and gluing the sections onto
a small clay ball. Then I trimmed it, curled the ends, and set the curl by
dunking it in boiling water. Finally, the clay ball was attached to the back of his head with glue.
(It's kind of complicated...) Dimitri was
made out of an old stuffed animal, but I trimmed the fur down a bit so he
wouldn't be too fluffy. I knew Balki needed a pair of suspenders, but I got impatient trying to find
just the right material for them,
so I wove them myself out of black embroidery thread. The hooks at the
ends are bent wire, painted
black and sealed with clear nail polish to keep them from flaking.
can be bent into all sorts of poses, including sitting, but I don't want to risk
breaking the wires
that hold them together. All in all, this has been the hardest project
I've done in my life, I worked for
85 days straight, (not counting the 9 days I spent trying to get the photography
right!) but it was
worth it, I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
Justice also put together this inspirational poster for us: