Sculpting Gym – Demon Sculpt

Some updates on my (yet another) demon sculpt.

… “Nooooo, don’t make me go back in there… I’m melting … I’m melting!”

He’s started to evolve well and is veering away from the original drawing slightly. Not so sure it’s souls he’s looking to feed on anymore… it might be struggling artists, I’ll keep you posed on that.


UPDATE:  20th August

I’ve made progress on this sculpt. I’ll be posting the results in a day or so, for now however he’s momentarily headless.


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A butterfly named, Robin.

During my lunch break today, I was watching (researching) the late, and great, Robin Williams. I was watching ‘Robin Williams – Inside The Actors Studio’ via You Tube. I can’t recommend this video enough, if you have 90 mins to spare, and are interested in acting, drama, laughing… watch this.

When Robin touched on working on The Fisher King with Jeff bridges, he talked about one of the things he learned from Jeff, and that being… when things don’t quite go to plan during filming, it’s okay. Film is about about catching the moment, especially those moments, and when things don’t quite go to plan and something else happens that perhaps wasn’t rehearsed, that can add an additional dimension to the performance. During this scene though, a… what I thought was a moth, fluttered past my head and collided into the window in front of my desk. It was a butterfly, a lively one… a Peacock butterfly… I couldn’t help but think it possessed alittle of Robin’s spirit and energy when I watched it fluttering around trying to find somewhere to fly away to or nest. I took some photos of this fella, before I helped him back outside. An absolute surreal moment…


It was tricky, he wouldn’t stay still… but I got lucky with this snap.


Here, he’s trying to explore behind a picture I have on the window, he realizes very quickly this isn’t a good idea and backs up.


At this moment, he’s thinking… sh*t, I’ve landed on Mars….  how did that happen?!



LifeDrawing – 14th August 2014

We had a great night tonight. Clare suggested last week that we try something new and draw via an ipad. Now since i do not own an Ipad, I had only one option, my Dell Precision Laptop and Wacom. It was tricky, my laptop is the weight of several bricks, and setting up the computer along side the Wacom on my stand, was challenging. Getting a feel for this took time, I was late for class so I had no warm up… I was coming in cold, damn cold. My screen was fixed, so I couldn’t move it portrait position, although we did try that (thanks Bill!)  When I did turn the laptop around for better drawing ‘real estate’, it makes things more mind bending when using the Wacom in unison with the screen, (what goes up, really goes left)

Clare did great work tonight however and gave us some great poses to draw from, one or two of them were nice and difficult, just the way I like it! All of these poses were 20min each. I spent a good bit of time correcting for proportion etc when drawing on the laptop at first. Takes some getting used to. It was fun playing with different brush settings in realtime, as opposed to changing from charcoal, to ink in the real world. I was able to put my drawings through post and get a nice inked look though. They turned out quite well. If i were to do this again, I might think about a bigger screen somehow. The one thing I wasn’t happy about most, was not being able to vary the weight of my lines the way i wanted. I was working in a very small window and when zoomed in, it was too easy to lose track of everything else. I’m big and heavy on gesture and I like to work big… this was a real challenge!  (Geez, thanks Clare – great idea you had last week!!)







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Symposium Preparation – maquette sculpting rundown

Had a great time last night, setting up and doing a practice sculpting session for Julie Douglas’s Draw-In Symposium. I decided on a creature maquette design for this one as opposed to maybe a bust. System check called for, tools check, material check, crew check… everything was good. Need to keep an eye on the pot though, it likes to cook my clay into soup, in this case, Chavant soup. Yum. Big shout out to Lisa for donating her cooking pot to a good cause! It’s keeping my clay warm like no other. Judith did a great job on camera and Julie, thanks for the photos!

I made a relatively quick concept in Photoshop, for the night’s exercise.


Maquette creature design, a demon that’s in desperate need of soul feeding.

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After making the armature, I lay out the main forms with clay, starting with the bigger masses and working my way around the character. I’m forever adjusting the pose as I go…I’m still using my sketch as reference. In these shots I’m working on getting the hips better,watching the shift in weight and trying to get a counter balance between the shoulders and hips and get as much of a dynamic pose as i can, despite the fact I’m trying to keep it quite relaxed. Get in there!


I had a  short time to work on this fella, so he will be continued this week.

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Sculpting Gym | Week Four

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Managed to get more sculpting time in tonight and further roughed out Frankenstein’s main forms. In hinds sight, it might have been better to sculpt direct from Boris himself, and add the ‘prosthetics’ afterwards!  He has proven tricky, the jaw is a real gotcha, but he’s slowly… coming out of the clay to say, …  “boo!”

It’s been fun. Working in Wed is great, allowing the clay to dry is okay, it can be softened again with water. Various paint brushes are handy to paint in water in some smaller areas, like wrinkle lines. Looking forwards to signing off on the main forms and start detailing alittle.


In the meantime, I need to keep him wet!

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