Thursday, January 16, 2020

SCULPTURE: "Godzilla Car Pt.1"

Last year, I got to attend my very first Pinewood Derby with my grandson's cub scout troop. I was so excited to learn that the grownups have a "no rules" category for cars that they design. The races aren't until February, but I just finished my entry yesterday and had to give you a sneak peak. I don't care at all if my car makes it down the track...I just needed an excuse to sculpt GODZILLA!!! (He's made with wood, foil, wire, and epoxy clay, painted with acrylics.)
Once I had the main sculpture finished, I was concerned about the overall weight of the car. I drilled out as much as I could from the core of Godzilla, then packed the holes with very light foam, and sculpted back over the holes.
I will be sure to post photos from the actual Pinewood Derby races in February! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Illustration: "Fantasy Game Cards"

In 2019, I got the opportunity to "play" for a bit in the illustration genre of "Fantasy". My friend Jerry Mosemak has been in the process of developing a board game called "The Rangers:Rise of War". I was able to help out a bit and illustrated 15 of the playing cards. It was a lot of fun designing monsters, dragons, weapons and magical beings for the game. I'll let you know when the game comes out.

Monday, December 9, 2019

SCULPTURE: "Sasquatch In A Tree"

I just finished my latest sculpture...Big Foot! I've taken a few trips out to the Pacific Northwest Coast to explore and to sketch. And I can't help but think about a "Squatch" hiding in the forest watching me. My theory as to why no one has ever gotten a good look at one, is that they hide WAY up in the treetops. I love the idea that there are still a lot of mysteries left in this high-tech world of ours!
First an armature. I use various gauges of wire and aluminum foil to build the general shape of my sculpts. Lately, instead of using "Sculpy" clay, I've been enjoying the durability of "Magic Sculpt" epoxy clay. It requires some getting used to...but when it sets up after about 4 hours, it is as hard as a rock.
Next, I cover the foil with the epoxy clay, just to get a good, solid form to build on. I tried to get the anatomy correct before adding the details like fur.
I slowly began to add in the fur bits. I tried to change up the length of the fur, from shorter hair on the main torso, to longer, shaggier fur on the lower legs and arms. I also tried to give the Squatch some longer hair on his head...almost like dreadlocks. It took a while to sculpt the fur, since I tried to layer it with very small bits of clay, then tool out the details, and then blend it with a bit of water on a brush.
Here is the final painted version. I looked at photos of chimpanzees, gorillas, and big bears to inspire my color choices. I plan to add another shelf to my studio wall to make more room for this big guy.