sculpting blog

sculpt work for clients and sale.
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One more day til this is due. I have a lot of tweaks, but it’s almost there.

One more day til this is due. I have a lot of tweaks, but it’s almost there.

painted, then verdigris. I’m putting highlights back in right now. Cast the nameplate, waiting on that to dry.

painted, then verdigris. I’m putting highlights back in right now. Cast the nameplate, waiting on that to dry.

Getting down to the wire. Added some things, fixed some things, removed the belt on the front one so she doesn’t look like a crossing guard. Anything else I should add?

Getting down to the wire.
Added some things, fixed some things, removed the belt on the front one so she doesn’t look like a crossing guard. Anything else I should add?

Corrections. All the white is new clay. I broke an arm, moved things, redid some. The hand of the front mermaid was in the logo of the beer, so I moved it up and good 3/4” I think it works pretty well now. I am really wanting to add some movement to the hair, but I am afraid I am going to outprice myself. I’ve got 60 hours in this at least. Still needs more work, but I have to stop when I have wet clay everywhere! :)

Corrections. All the white is new clay. I broke an arm, moved things, redid some. The hand of the front mermaid was in the logo of the beer, so I moved it up and good 3/4” I think it works pretty well now. I am really wanting to add some movement to the hair, but I am afraid I am going to outprice myself. I’ve got 60 hours in this at least. Still needs more work, but I have to stop when I have wet clay everywhere! :)

threw some paint on it to get a pic. the photographic progress date is today so I had to get it all together. I can still take it apart and fix the many things I want to (I have two weeks). The Rhine Maidens are removable and the can is interchangeable.

threw some paint on it to get a pic. the photographic progress date is today so I had to get it all together. I can still take it apart and fix the many things I want to (I have two weeks). The Rhine Maidens are removable and the can is interchangeable.

Hair blocked in. progress photos needed tomorrow for client, so I am trying to get as much in as possible. Hopefully I can get some jewelry in there by afternoon. I wanted curly floataway hair, but time constraints say no. Unfortunately that is what would really sell this piece…

Hair blocked in. progress photos needed tomorrow for client, so I am trying to get as much in as possible. Hopefully I can get some jewelry in there by afternoon. I wanted curly floataway hair, but time constraints say no. Unfortunately that is what would really sell this piece…

more progress, tomorrow hair. Hoping the faces will be fine. I need to rework them, but monday is the photographic deadline, so I need to br almost finished..

more progress, tomorrow hair. Hoping the faces will be fine. I need to rework them, but monday is the photographic deadline, so I need to br almost finished..

coming along, got some meat on the bones and working toward final shapes.

coming along, got some meat on the bones and working toward final shapes.

Things taking shape, Yes I broke off the seaweed… I knew I would. LOL! From this point tho, I can detatch them and work off-base.

Things taking shape, Yes I broke off the seaweed… I knew I would. LOL! From this point tho, I can detatch them and work off-base.

Got some good armature starts going. finished out the base as best as it’s going to be for now. I got 2 weeks to do three mermaids. Saddle up! I think that front one may have to be redone.

Got some good armature starts going. finished out the base as best as it’s going to be for now. I got 2 weeks to do three mermaids. Saddle up! I think that front one may have to be redone.

Been kinda slow going, but it’ll pick up soon. I have the 3 figures in armature mode. I’ll start working on their forms tomorrow. I got 3 fish in (bottom left clay circles behind seaweed). It’s all roughish, but coming together.

Been kinda slow going, but it’ll pick up soon. I have the 3 figures in armature mode. I’ll start working on their forms tomorrow. I got 3 fish in (bottom left clay circles behind seaweed). It’s all roughish, but coming together.

Been dragging my feet on this project. I’ve had a lot of hand pain. Seems I have a “trigger finger”. My left hand ring finger, and of course I am left handed… Luckily I use a mouse with my right, so work has kept me going, but the sculpts and paintings have suffered. I’ve only got a month left to finish it, so hold on tight, it’s going to be a whirlwind. Cortisone shot take me away! Feels pretty good now.
This is a commission of sorts. Several artists have been chosen to do art pieces based on brewery labels. Mine is Rhinegeist beer, roughly translated to “river ghost” from German.
In the Opera  Das Rheingold, there are Rhine maidens that guard their gold which is kept on a rock in a river. They try to keep the gold safe, but it gets stolen by a dwarf. So in this sculpt, the maidens are going to be swimming around their liquid gold. The Rhinemaidens are Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde and they are water nymphs which also could mean mermaids… I am undecided on which would be more fun. Maybe I’ll one of each and a crossbreed.
Tomorrow I’ll put in the sand (see the pencil marks) some algae, maybe a few plants. I have plans for fishes, a turtle, and some branches, but I need to make sure I get the whole scene before micro managing.

Been dragging my feet on this project. I’ve had a lot of hand pain. Seems I have a “trigger finger”. My left hand ring finger, and of course I am left handed… Luckily I use a mouse with my right, so work has kept me going, but the sculpts and paintings have suffered. I’ve only got a month left to finish it, so hold on tight, it’s going to be a whirlwind. Cortisone shot take me away! Feels pretty good now.

This is a commission of sorts. Several artists have been chosen to do art pieces based on brewery labels. Mine is Rhinegeist beer, roughly translated to “river ghost” from German.

In the Opera¬† Das Rheingold, there are Rhine maidens that guard their gold which is kept on a rock in a river. They try to keep the gold safe, but it gets stolen by a dwarf. So in this sculpt, the maidens are going to be swimming around their liquid gold. The Rhinemaidens are Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde and they are water nymphs which also could mean mermaids… I am undecided on which would be more fun. Maybe I’ll one of each and a crossbreed.

Tomorrow I’ll put in the sand (see the pencil marks) some algae, maybe a few plants. I have plans for fishes, a turtle, and some branches, but I need to make sure I get the whole scene before micro managing.

Starting an illustration blog today, as this one gets sidelined when I am working on illustrations for clients. This way I can hop back and forth depending on what I am working on so it doesn’t seem like I just dropped off the earth.

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After much painting and stripping (5 times). I went back to my original idea of a bronze finish. In color, it rode the line from cartoon, to creepy, to toy. As a bronze, it’s a statue/trophy. Best of both worlds.
It was the subject matter that caused the problem. I think I could have swung it several ways with the paint if it wasn’t a clown, but sometimes you just have to make an executive decision on how it’s going to go.
Client was excited and happy with the change. It looks more like a showpiece than a toy. :)

After much painting and stripping (5 times). I went back to my original idea of a bronze finish. In color, it rode the line from cartoon, to creepy, to toy. As a bronze, it’s a statue/trophy. Best of both worlds.

It was the subject matter that caused the problem. I think I could have swung it several ways with the paint if it wasn’t a clown, but sometimes you just have to make an executive decision on how it’s going to go.

Client was excited and happy with the change. It looks more like a showpiece than a toy. :)