In a future world that has been destroyed by humans, only creatures in the darkest corners of the Earth have survived. It is the year 2089, and scientists have discovered what they can only guess is a severed limb from an unknown aquatic specimen. But where is the rest of him...?
Although this tentacle looks to be made from metal, it is not - it is completely hand-sculpted from polymer clay with the addition of a few metal findings and wire. This piece has been glazed with a satin finish for a slight sheen and durability.
Gravely is the 5th bird that I have made so far, and is the brother Bertram.
...Goodness, how could I forget poor little sad Gravely!?
That's the problem - everyone always forgets about him, especially when he's around his brother, Bertram. Bertram always has the spotlight, namely because he is a lot more chipper than poor lil' Gravely.
Like his name, Gravely IS sort of gravely in appearance - he looks a lot more sad than my other birdies. But hey, wouldn't you be sad too if your brother were always picking on you? He's a bit of a runt, and smaller and plainer than Bertram... so that may explain why he's a bit of an outcast.
He is made from polymer clay and has been antiqued with black acrylics to give a worn and greased look. Details are picked out against the cold silver steel with a lovely brass colour. He stands rather high on his wire legs. Yes, he stands by himself. How does he balance? Well, look at how his body is posed. The good old "center of gravity" rule helps him to stand with no problems.
One of my early pieces,commissioned from someone in my hometown on the coast of Maine after my return from a 10 year self imposed exile. My father was not pleased. He had still at this point not come to terms with the fact that I too had decided to become a sculptor and follow in his footsteps...
When I was a child I (helped)raise 5 baby ravens in the wild.The parents never got closer than about 5 feet from me but they "allowed" me to hand feed their 5 babies,and it was on this same cliff in the photograph.Ravens exhibit a multitude of unusual and eccentric traits.They are extremely intelligent and possess remarkable senses.It is no wonder that they are considered mystical beings in many cultures.