It the film (2017) came out recently. I had the chance to see the gallery, in Hollywood, while it was up. Scroll to the bottom of this blog entry and follow the link to see the gallery online, from wherever you are.
The Gallery was part of a series of promotions the WB put up around town (You’ll recall that an IT print was part of my raffle prize of August). Ads on T.V., on billboards, on the side of the road, on buses, at bus stops, & on social media weren’t enough to get people in to the “IT” mood for the WB. They thought a fan gallery would be appreciated as well.
They were right, of course. That’s why they make the big bucks. They know what the masses would enjoy, & boy did they! The IT gallery hosted outstanding IT FAN ART CONTEST submissions that didn’t win, plus the one that did(that’s not the one I will be talking about).
My favorite piece in the gallery was a hand sculpted doll with interchangeable eyes that close. I was lucky enough to meet the artist and find out how she made the IT doll, pictured bellow.
Artist: Amanda Jordan
From: North Carolina
Miss Jordan and her sweet mother flew out to Los Angeles to see her piece in the show and loved L.A. “It’s so nice, I don’t want to go back home,” she said with a smile and a sweet southern accent.
“I made the doll as a hobby. When I saw that [the movie was] going to have a fan contest, I entered. I got chosen to be in the gallery.” Amanda was one of the lucky few who had their art presented in the space. A lot of work & a lot of love went in to all of the pieces.
Amanda has other dolls as well. Her mother said she does not give herself enough credit, I am inclined to agree.
“His hair is made out of knitting yarn. I teased it out with a clean pet brush, the wire type brush, you know? His shoes are made partially with paper mache. I used toilet paper with fabric glue. The pom poms on the shoes are also yarn.” she says happily, looking at her creation with a smile. “The shoes are very unique,” she pauses and looks down, “they won’t come off though,” she says, as though this would deter me from liking her piece as much as I do.
“The face is fully sculpted,” she continues, “I used Milliput epoxy. It took me a month, but I did it a little at a time. If I had focused on just this project it would have been, maybe 2 weeks.” Milliput is a fast drying epoxy. The attention to detail and ability to make quick work of the sculpting (small sections at a time) are admirable.
“The clothing was from another doll, I heavily altered it. I added a lot, including a silver shimmer to make it match the outfit in the movie. The trim for his collar, I used a sheer trim. It was the closest I could find.” When IT inspires you to use first aid equipment in creating him, oh the irony.
“I made the little boat by hand and splattered red paint to get it to look like blood then wrote ‘S.S. Georgie’ on it.” I wish I had put a penny for scale next to the little doll, for you to see how small the boat truly is. “The balloon is a water balloon held up by a piece of wire. It was the smallest kind of balloon.” She catches her breath and continues “The eyes are glass eye chips that were blank. I printed out the eyes and I applied some glue. This is why they have the shiny look for it. I can change the eyes through the back. I made two sets of eyes for him.”
Go to Amanda’s instagram here.
Check out the IT Gallery from home here.