Sweet Sculptures: Cinema-Inspired Gingerbread Art
But for an artist like Caroline Eriksson from Norway, gingerbread sculpture has taken it to the next level. Instead of adorable Christmas decorations, she uses gingerbread to sculpt real masterpieces that are both naughty and kind. Check out some of his most ambitious works to date.
The Gingerbread Nightmare Queen
Eriksson began creating works of art from gingerbread cookies in 2013. Since then, the artist has created a constant stream of ambitious works evoking the magic of cinema. Its cookie creations typically take five weeks, although the projects keep expanding. These are very far from the traditional gingerbread houses that she made as a child with her family. But even then, Eriksson remembers wondering what she could really make with gingerbread. The results in adulthood were breathtaking.
It all started with a huge Optimus Prime that she made based on the Transformers film for a gingerbread competition in 2013. She watched the film for ideas and quickly developed a strategy to design the Transformer using simple interior shapes to create the basic structure. Then she added layers to those basic structures, building up details and embellishing the work. After securing # 1 with his artwork, the Optimus Prime cookie went viral in magazines and online, marking the start of a great career.
Eriksson’s Gingerbread Renaissance
Eriksson begins by choosing a subject for her gingerbread artwork and designs a 1: 1 sketch that she references throughout the process. She uses this sketch to develop a wire frame that serves as the base support for the sculpture. This wireframe structure also helps him judge the proportions of the room. From there, she begins layering chunks of gingerbread on the frame, using strategically placed melted sugar to hold it all together. But if you assume Eriksson is relying on store-bought gingerbread, think again.
She fires all of her own pieces, making sure the material has the right texture and stiffness for each movie project. It also allows him to cut parts with meticulous care. The confectioner estimates that each gingerbread project requires about 15 pounds of flour and 11 packets of sugar.
Art transcends gingerbread
Besides Optimus Prime, Eriksson has designed other ambitious and inspiring pieces. These include elaborate topics such as Smaug the Dragon of The Hobbit and the Xenomorph of Extraterrestrial. She also garnered a lot of attention for her striking depictions of Darth Vader from Star wars and his life-size interpretation of Groot’s guardians of the galaxy.
While she prepares these incredible pieces in a mixing bowl, the end products contain painstaking detail and compelling textures. His rigorous dedication to the process ensured an ever-growing following of fans obsessed with his attention to every scale, piece of armor, or tip in recreating fan-favorite movies. One thing’s for sure: you’ll never look at Yuletide’s cookies the same again after taking a look at his spooky and highly detailed sci-fi inspired creations.
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