Hi all you lovely folks,
I was sitting here on this full-moon Monday, going through my sketchbooks and list of things to do artistic-wise; I’ve got a couple of custom sculpts to work on and am making a few things to finally get my store up and running. I’m in the early stages of one painting and have 3 more on the back-burner… and then the desire came upon me to make a “Mini-Me”!
As a painter every once in a while I succumb to the urge to paint a self-portrait. They pepper my artistic time-line from when I first started painting. Now, I’m going to sculpt one.
So, I’m throwing this out to the masses- well, the small intimate group of masses that I know. Customize any figure, any size, and transform it into a self-portrait.
Deadline for this is Feb 28/13.
Post your photos and tag them on Instagram & twitter with #2013selfportrait .
The more folks we can get in on this, the more fun it will be- and I’d love to see what people come up with. Don’t forget- share this with anyone you think might be interested.
Custom Koibito figure.
Snakeskin, shell, bone, wood, glass, feather, turquoise and sterling silver turtle charm.
The rare and elusive Gropermunk is a member of the Lanates family, first discovered by Dr. Triplikid a number of years ago. He resided in the deep dark mossy wilds of the Canadian Boreal forests, but when the berries disappear and the snow falls, he relies on the kindness of humans and pleads for shelter… and an unlimited supply of berries.
I finished the last final touches this morning, and will varnish him this afternoon. He’s 7″ tall and about 4.5″ wide. Quite pleased with how he came out.
Now… I’m craving strawberries!
For the original sculpture, go to Triplikid’s site– The Groper is simply awesome!
I’m working on a new little figure. I absolutely love the first sculpture from Triplikid- the Groper. He’s creating a series of little creatures called Lanates, and the Groper is the first of them. I decided to take his basic shape & add some extras.
Step 1. Making support for the antlers. Yes, those are his “dentures”, makes painting them so much easier- the hands come separate as well.
Step 2. Sculpt the antlers & tail. Thes took a few steps- to sculpt the basic shape & wait to harden, smooth out, harden, attach to the main form using screws, harden.
Step 3. Sand, and prime. I’ve primed the entire figure white, and a light sanding will smooth out any brushstrokes before I start painting. Which will be my next step.
Last November I had the fortune to contact an artist who I have admired for many years- Scott Radke. I first discovered his amazing marionettes in the late 2000s, and commissioned him to sculpt me an owl. Through him I found myself drawn into a massive new community, teased by the whimsy that was out there in different venues and forms than I was used to. Always attracted to the fantastical, organic, playful darker and more animalistic sides to human nature and fantasy, echoing aspects that can run throughout my own work. And I’ve also met a great group of fellow artists who amaze me with their creations and visions.
It has been a long time since I sculpted anything, and one of the more appealing forms I’ve come across is customizing designer “toys”. Toys, as some of them are meant for play, but really most of the pieces I’ve seen are works of art in their own right, and come in so many styles and shapes and are made all around the world, reflecting cultural and social flavours. Many artists who do custom works also make original sculpts, paintings and more.
Simply… I have found it all irresistible. So I decided to play a bit. As of today, I am working on two blank forms- a four-legged horned figure, and a Koi-headed man.
Koi-boy will become a shaman- working on making him fish-hook jewels and a little woolen vest, encrusting him with shells and other detritus.
This fella will become a sheep in wolf’s clothing- with sculpted elaborate ram horns and a felted wolf pelt.
I have sculpting resin on order to modify these designs, as well as to experiment with my own original sculptures. Opening myself back up to this form of artwork feels just fabulous, and so far I’m enjoying the hell out of it!
mixed media on birch panel, 6 x 6 inches