March 27, 2019

Youtube Lifedrawing...better than a kick in the head.

I stayed home and drew aaaaaaaalllllll day long. Can't remember the last time that happened. It culminated with this little life drawing that came out so easily. My anatomy understanding isn't quite as rusty as I thought. I haden't used my Cintiq for a long time either. Pretty enjoyable, though my back is tense as hell now.

Youtube life drawing, for desperate people isolated in the middle of nowhere. I copied from the video below, from a small image on a small screen.  The Russian method (constuction and observation)....oh that's for me! I wish I could go to the Repin Academy and really learn.

November 20, 2018

Box o' Moose

Made for a fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Golden. "The Anonymous Art Show", where artists made a small piece 9x9". They were all displayed together and priced the same, but with no names revealed until someone buys it. I'm told mine sold right away. 
I really like how it turned out, I hope to make another using a nicer box. Casting the antlers gave me lots of trouble!
Casteline, resin, bronze paint with patina, wood.

Here's the original (broken) Casteline sculpture next to a miscast and shoe-polished resin pieces.
I think I really like Casteline waxy clay.

Horse Drawing

Just a little horse drawing that was a thank you card for a stranger who took a chance on me. I inked it but forgot to make a copy. Ratso.
I don't draw much these days, sadly.

Repaint of an Old Favorite

This mask is a well used old favorite of mine. It's been worn to many events by a few different people. But the "Eco-flo" brand purple stain had faded to near brown, the blue looked awful from the start. I'm not impressed, Tandy! Recently I switched to Feibings brand dyes, I feel it is improving the quality of my work.
So here I used proper black Feibings dye, covering over the home-made sorta-black I made from Eco Flo dyes. But what makes it look really snazzy is Angelus Pearlescent leather paints. OoOoOooowee I like that stuff.
I sold this mask soon after!

Finished Torso Sculpture!

Cast in resin with a faux bronze finish with patina. 16 cm tall & filled with sand to give it some heft.

Mould making is really hard I am finding out! All kinds of disasters befell this guy so now he requires lots of sanding.

November 19, 2018

Raku Devil Mask

I sculpted this ridiculous thing in a hurry back in October. I hope to fire it soon at my friend Jane's place. She generously lets me play with her stuff!
I couldn't make ears look good so I just left them out. Deaf devil.

September 4, 2016

Too Much Coffee Minka

It's funny to stumble across stuff in Google Images that I wasn't expecting. Some young guy or girl on Deviant Art who goes by Samvanuno made a GIF from a scene I am pretty sure I posed out for Littlest Pet Shop back about four years ago in Vancouver.  I work in the cartoon biz, you see. That's why I don't produce personal art very often.
This spazzy creature is Minka Mark, an obvious copy cat of Pinkie Pie, but not as appealing. I did enjoy working with her design though.

Minka's Air painting by Samvanuno

April 5, 2016

What do you call a man with no arms or legs who...?

Wow clay! Where have you been all my life? This study was done in Chavant medium. And study I did. I've let my anatomy understanding slide in the last few years, so this naked hunk was one of the more challenging arty things I have done in a long time. I have learned that it is easier to sculpt a ripped muscle-man body than a more realistic one. It's kind of like stereotyping.
16cm tall. I shall practice resin casting with this thing eventually.

Anyone who gives a hoot about learning proper anatomy (and you should!) might benefit from Scott Eaton's on line course. It rocks! I did it 5 or 6 years ago.

March 5, 2016

Rock n' Roll Gauntlets

The spikes are Apoxie clay, which is an epoxy putty. They are pretty heavy. The original spikes were glow in the dark Sculpey but of course they all broke after one night out. Too bad.
The rest is leather with colours I probably mixed myself.

March 4, 2016

Badass Cast Resin Mask

This is my very first attempt at resin casting. I just had to choose a really complicated subject! It's too expensive to mail order much for supplies, so I tried the bathroom caulking type of silicone for the mould. It required mixing it with white gas so all in all it was a pretty toxic process! But COOL!
The jaw opens and the hinge is cut from a corrugated plastic NDP election sign (they did not win!). It pulls closed by black spandex attached to head and jaw.
I won the Halloween costume contest at the bar!


Sculpting is heavenly. This guy is made with Form-it clay, but it's way too soft.  I didn't have any idea what it was going to look like when I started. After lots of pain I figured out to make the horns and teeth from baked Sculpey.

I followed the methods used in this three part tutorial from Stiltbeast Studios for making a silicone caulk mold. For the jaw and teeth I used the soapy water method. Youtube is pretty cool for learning how to do weird things!