Saturday, August 20, 2011

Finally done!

This Guy is currently for sale, however he wont be available to take home or to ship until after the show. Let me know if you're interested. I hope to have some better pictures taken later on this week. I hope you all like it, Enjoy :)

Here are some links to previous post about the marionette and my plans for it.

SuperHero and Villain Maquettes

A SuperHero in the making

Almost done

Friday, August 19, 2011

Almost Done

Here are some photos of my Superhero Marionette. I've finished glaze firings and assembly. All that's left is to string it up to the feel like I've been working on it forever since I haven't had regular access to any kind of ceramic facilities.. As always, i'd love to hear what you have to say, Enjoy.

Begining Flash

Here's a link to something I started earlier this morning. This is my first time working with flash and it's been a lot of fun. I notice that the screen capture doesn't capture the animation as smooth as flash, hopefully I can have a better one up once the animation is completed. Let me know what you think and if you have any handy dandy tips or tricks, or working in Flash. Enjoy :)

Moosh Poop

PhotoShop stuff

Here are some images I'm working on in photoshop. I still have a way to go before they're finished, but I thought I'd show you all what I've been up to. Feel free to comment on my progress or suggest anything. I'd eventually like to add color to these pieces after the values are locked, so if you have any suggestions on how to do that it would be greatly appreciated....especially since I'm not too sure how to go about it. Enjoy :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Attempting Vector Drawing

I'm not too sure what I'm doing, but I like the way it's looking so far. I'm not too sure where to take this image or what else I could do to make it better. I'd love to hear all off your feedback regarding style, color, line work etc., especially since this is a new media.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sketch for Mask

This is the sketch that led to the mask I posted int an earlier post.I thought it might be interesting to show how it translated into a sculpture. Enjoi :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The plague and the king...oh, and Tubbs

Here's some sketches for some possible marionettes, Enjoy...hope tallywackers aren't too offensive, let me know.

Plague and the king


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Territory

I did some more mixed media work using, water color, ink, and deco marker. I had an idea of what I wanted to do but wasn't really sure how to go about it. I wanted these images to compliment one another but when I was working on the blue image I ran out of blue and resorted to using green. I was also thinking I could have created warm shadows in the cool drawing and vice versa. This is new territory for me and I'd love to hear what you think is and isn't working. Enjoy :)

Making Masks

These photos document the process of making the masks for "Chasing Rodriguez"

Beleive it or not, I'm actually quite happy.

These are the sculpts of the faces with clay walls for pouring plaster.

these are the plaster molds after the clay is removed.

The Masks after being cast in flexible slip and after having eyes nose and mouths cut into.

Fully painted masks, strung and ready to go.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inspired by Slo

When I as working at Samovar I made a friend name Slobodan and he would come in in the evenings and do these beautiful Drawings with Tea. Ever since I'v been inspired to incorporate tea and tealeaves into my art. I started by toning my sketch books with moist tea leaves and hope to make Sculptures from used tea leaves. Here's an example of a sketchbook page with a sketch of one of my creatures. PLease feel free to let me know what you think.

Mask and Marionette

Here are some photos from my phone of another marionette and a mask that I completed last semester and entered into CCACA(california conference for the advancement of ceramic arts.) I still don't have any amazing photos but I thought I'd share what I have. Still trying to save to have Almac photograph my pieces. Maybe I'll start a donation fund or something haha. Enjoy the photos and let me know your thoughts :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I'm drawing a...

My sleeping schedule has been really wierd and it's been throwing me off. Here's something I doodled. I want to work more with silhouettes and hints of reflected light. Anyone know what I'm talking about or know of any artist that work similarly?

I'm also working on some masks for a friends movie. I made some props for a movie he worked on last year and it was a lot of fun. I'll see if I can get some links to a website, in the meantime here's a link to the fan page of the movie I'm currently doing stuff for. Chasing Rodriguez

Nocturnal Bliss from Samovar

I'm a huge loose leaf tea fan and among all the many teas this tisane from Samovar is among my Favorites. It comprises of Honeybush, lemon myrtle, lavender, corn flowers and stevia, a natural sweetener. It's a perfect sleepy-time/chill-out tea and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to escape and relax. You can drink it hot or chill it, adding fresh squeezed lemon and a bit of sugar to beat the heat.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Klean Klay, Maquettes and whatnot

"Klean Klay is easy to handle and work with and remains hand-pliable at room temperature. Klean Klay keeps its smooth, firm consistency and retains the shape into which it is molded. "

I mentioned Klean Klay in an earlier post and I thought it might be helpful if I filled you in and vice-versa. I don't know a whole lot about it, however this is what I do know... from reading product descriptions heheh. Klean Klay is a non-drying, non-hardening, no-sulfur modeling clay. Klean Klay doesn't leave a mess, it's non-toxic and odorless as well. This means you can use it wherever you like, such as when your sitting on the couch watching netflix :P Feel free to let me know if you have any tips or tricks when using this stuff, it would be greatly appreciated.

I haven't used it for any finished pieces, however it's my favorite for making Maquettes. If I have an idea of something I want to sculpt I like to make a maquette of it as soon as possible to preserve the idea like a tangible sketch. I have more dialogue with a sculpt as opposed to a sketch. For me it's about seeing it in real life and using my imagination to place it's habits, attitudes, and emotions. Also, with a simple push or pull I can get a wide variety of gesture. This is one of the many things that drew me into sculpting.

Klean Klay comes in a variety of colors and the Natural color Klean Klay comes in varying hardnesses. I've found that the extra-firm is nice for sculpting thin or fine detail that might need to be manhandled, like some kind of embellishment or whatever. This stuff is available at most arts and craft stores, is fairly cheap and lasts FORVER!!! maybe..?

Side Note: It is also a good mold-making clay for silicone rubber since it doesn't contain sulfur. Sulfur in clay inhibits the curing process of the silicone, so go with this stuff. I think it's also fine to use with plaster molds as well, I'll be testing this out soon. I'll be sure to show you the results. If you have experience using this clay please let me know how you enjoyed it and if you have any tips. I'm currently having issues creating super fine, smooth surfaces without leaving tool marks and finger prints, any suggestions?

Quick update

Finished sculpting the super dooper marionette. Now all I have to do is fire, glaze, and fire again...hopefully.