animal – day 7

July 18, 2005 | Filed in:

Last week I forged a lot more for my mystery animal. The forging process is interesting, especially when there’s no forge! I put up three pictures of the steps:

The animal now has a head and some of its hindquarters. Stay tuned.


animal – day 6

July 7, 2005 | Filed in:

Starting forging the skin. It’s quite challenging because the metalshop I’m working at doesn’t actually have a working forge right now. My process is to heat small areas of a sheet of metal using an oxyacetilyne rosebud torch, and then do the baning on a piece of wood or in the sand or on an anvil. After I have a few pieces forged, I weld them on. It’s slow going, but I can really see the animal taking shape!

Click here for all the photos.


animal – day 5

June 24, 2005 | Filed in:

Astute readers who look at all the pictures that have been taken so far can probably figure out by now what this animal is going to be. However, you’ve probably got a very important part of it wrong. To see the photo that represents the sculpture’s goal, click here.

So, I’ve been working on the animal a lot this week, and all of the important parts are now there — 4 legs, and a head. I’m adding some more structure and lines (ribs and stuff like that) and hope to start attaching skin next week.

All the pictures so far are here.


animal – day 3

June 16, 2005 | Filed in:

Over the last two days, I cut and bent a lot more 1/2″ and 1/4″ rod for the animal’s basic skeleton (not in the medical sense). it’s now got a backbone, 4 legs, hips, and a couple of ribs. Finally last night, I started welding them all together. The main challenge was getting the pieces to sit still in place so that I could weld them. After a few long and frustrating sessions with the oxyacetyline welder, I finally switched over to the MIG, and like it a lot better! Next week I’ll add some head skeleture. Click here for current development pictures.


animal – day 1

June 9, 2005 | Filed in:

I’ve started a large project, based on a similar idea to the metal bull. This project will also be making an animal, as 3D as possible, from metal, starting with a skeleton and building out for a final shape. It should work better this time, as the animal is bigger. Oh, and it’s a myster. I know, but the final animal will be revealed to the world as the project progresses! The first step was done last night. I hand-bent a 1/2inch piece of rod into the backbone.


Bull’s been revived

June 2, 2005 | Filed in:

The revival of metal sculpture has begun. I spent some time working on the bull (before today, no one was really sure if it was a bull or a cockroach). He now has huge horns and a split hoof on the end of every leg. And some more skin. He’s looking much more bull-like!

You can see pictures of him.


kent patina

April 26, 2005 | Filed in:

brett did a test “painting” of the kent plaster cast, making it look like aged bronze. neat!




Jess is finished

April 22, 2005 | Filed in:

This sculpture is finished. She’s got 10 fingers and toes, facial features, the works. This was a wonderful pose to work on. I’m glad the model was willing to hold it because I know the position was a bit cramping for the left arm.

This piece would look wonderful full-sized, in bronze, living outside for people to fondle and site on. Ahh … someday.


Jess – Day 5

April 15, 2005 | Filed in:

Last night I worked on a lot of detail for this sculpture. I gave her a right foot, and most of her toes, though the left foot needs to have its toes articulated a bit more. I decided to have her right foot bent as if pushing against a wall, and her left arched behind her other leg. I also gave her a left hand with fingers and hair. I started working on her face, and she’s got the beginnings of a nose and eyeball sockets, but no mouth yet, just a line where it’ll be. Next week is the last week!


Kent’s First Pull

April 14, 2005 | Filed in:

This morning Brett and I took Kent’s many molds off, giving the original the change to breathe for the first time in nearly 3 months. The mothermold came off without too much trouble, though it did break in two places. In the process of removing the front of the rubber mold, we nearly tore Kent’s arm off, and completely removed most of his toes and all of the hair on top of his head. Here he is is torn apart. Then we put the mold back together and poured thick plaster inside. A few hours later, we had an initial casting! It’s got some bubble and filler problems, but it’s solid!


Jess – Day 3

April 8, 2005 | Filed in:

Last night was the fourth class, but only my 3rd time working on this wonderful sculpture. I’m so happy with this pose and this model, I just can’t get over it! I worked on her breasts and backside, making them more fleshy so you can feel the weight, worked on her legs a little bit, and on her arms … all over I guess! I’m enjoying that my sculpture doesn’t need to lean on a stick. Here are pictures of her back, side, and front.


Jess – Day 2

March 25, 2005 | Filed in:

If possible, I’m going to put only clay where human flesh is. That is, I want to leave Jess as she is now – with no support. At this point, her lower body is heavy enough that she can lean on the air with her right arm. I have given her a little pillow of clay to sit on, but if I can find another way to solve the problem of that space, that would be pereferable. When you look at the photos, take a look at the development from Day 1 – Back to Day 2 – Back.


Jess – Day 1

March 18, 2005 | Filed in:

It was kind of a rough day for me yesterday. I’d gotten up early and been to Boston and back, traveling in a total olf 4 cars and 2 airplanes, so I almost didn’t go to the sculpture studio today. I’m glad I did. This new pose is wonderful, and I didn’t even manage to cut my time short as I’d originally planned. The piece is coming together so quickly for me, and is just a joy to work on. I can’t wait for next week. Here’s a picture of the work in progress.


Kent’s Mothermold

March 11, 2005 | Filed in:

Yesterday the master and I set about making Kent’s mother mold. That’s a plastipaste mold around the rubber that, when it hardens, is VERY hard. And light. Plaster is another possible mothermold material, but it’s awful to work with in comparison. We mixed up the plastipaste and then applied it in 3 pieces that will be bolted together with bolds and wingnuts. Here are pictures of the process.


Derek – Finished

March 4, 2005 | Filed in:

This sculpture is officially finished! Last night I took care of some details, giving Derek his full complement of 10 fingers and 10 toes. I added some bulk to his left leg and fixed some other little things, but was finished even before it was time for him to go. My hope is that someday in the future, I’ll be able to get him cast into bronze, or even enlarged. Link: 360 degree photos, and closeups, the development album.


Derek – Day 5

February 25, 2005 | Filed in:

I spent some time on details last night. Derek now has a face and a left hand. I also softened up the detail in his lower abdomen. Derek is looking askance over his right shoulder … he’s trying to squint and lift one eyebrow at the same time … while also looking far right. Some more work still has to be done to finish the face and next week (the last week I’ll work on this pose for now) I’ll give him 7 more toes and 4 fingers.


Derek – Day 4

February 18, 2005 | Filed in:

I found my tension last night. Derek isn’t looking straight ahead. That must’ve been something I just wasn’t looking at closely enough before last night. No, he’s looking back over his right shoulder, peering angrily at whatever that thing is that’s sticking him in his hip. So I took care of that last night, as well as giving him feet and hands and eyeballs (temporary ones). In the next two weeks I’ll give him fingers and toes and a real face. Really enjoying this sculpture!


Derek – Day 3

February 11, 2005 | Filed in:

Last night during my work on Derek I moved from “well, it looks human” to “ah, it’s coming together.” I lengthened his legs by adding onto the bottom, made his head smaller, and bulked up his back, legs, and arms some more. I’m starting to think about what ways I want to introduce some tension into this pose. There isn’t really any. And the position of his left hand doesn’t make sense. Why would a person stand like that? At this time, I like the back more than the front and hope to work on the front more next week.