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Faerie’s tails are prehensile, very strong and very fast!
Fortunately for this little guy, land squids are quite inedible and he’ll no doubt be released unharmed once Frekals here has satisfied her curiosity.
if so then yes for these type of pieces I always use reference of some sort. I'm lucky enough now to have a girlfriend who is both willing and suitable to pose for me, but more commonly (as with this piece) I will either sketch out a pose and then seek suitable references on the Internet (which is full of pictures of young ladies with no clothes on) or will take inspiration from a pose and adapt it to my use. It's extremely rare to find a picture with the EXACT pose I want (most of the stuff online is either 'glamour' style poses or simply pornographic...neither of which are rarely suitable). What I usually end up doing is referencing a leg here, a torso there etc.
ive been drawing, painting and sculpting naked girls for a loooong time now and can, if need be, draw one from memory, but to get this type of 'photorealism' then of course working from life (even photographic life) is essential.
Thanks for the kind words.
I wonder what a land squid tastes like? Chicken?
I think you've said in the past that they are not your favorite thing to do, but I gotta tell you that you nail postures, attitudes....everything with these faeries.
Excellent work as always!
Hope all has been great with you.
I spend a lot of time fine tuning pose and posture since I'm very anxious they never come across as naturally as possible and don't look like 'pin-ups' so i'm glad you appreciate them that way.
I've seen so many fairy's done so many different ways but yours are definitely my favorite.
Too many people put too much in to them...or not enough.
Yours look like they could have been grabbed right out of the forest.
Talking of carrying on it's been a while since you posted any new sculptures. Are you slowing up or can we expect something monumental when you finally do?
They really are the only fairies that give me that 'Homer Simpson with a doughnut' reaction.
I guess it was a bit of a slowing for a small stretch of time. Didn't realize how long it's been since I've worked
on something really big. I've been picking away at small and medium sized things. I guess the turtle I did that is 31 inches tall was the biggest project in that
stretch of time. At the end of the year it's looking like I'll be doing some realistic Alaskan wildlife in bronze. The client hasn't figured out the scale yet. I'll get to do a moose, a bear
a deer, a seal, and a bald eagle (and maybe some sled dogs?). Realism isn't my favorite thing to do but it will be good for pushing me in a different direction. I've also been doing patina work lately. Not sure if I've ever told you but I used to patina artistic bronze at a foundry for 6 1/2 years. This was a long time ago before I went off on my own selling my sculptures. A friend asked if I would patina one of her pieces and then all of a sudden a bunch of people found out I was doing patinas again. It's really good money and relaxing for me so it's been kind of a nice change of pace for me for a bit. The only pain in the butt is that it's not my own work.
You did tell me you started as a foundry man doing patinas….sometimes its nice to kick back and do something that just brings in the money (but that is still enjoyable). Before working in the film industry I worked on a farm for 4 years…but nobody ever asks me to drive tractors anymore..lol! Before that I was a sign writer for 6 years…I get asked to that when people find out but always refuse (though I still have my brushes somewhere)…I freaking hated it and it was a bad time of my life that I'd rather forget to be honest.
Horses would definitely be a challenge. There's a lot of people doing horse sculptures but not many get the anatomy right, or they just don't make them very dynamic.
Sea lions seem like they would be easy but I can see where getting those forms to read like the weight is there would be a challenge as well.
I'd love to see images of your sea lions if you have any hanging around.
Now my curiosity is peaked...an ape like sculpt. Looking forward to that one. (Is it related to something that rhymes with Shmoctor Shmoo?)
I love hearing about what people did in their past. Especially when it involves not being afraid to get your hands dirty.
I've worked on farms as well. I also drove a tree transplanter for about 5 or 6 years. I would drive this big truck that had giant hydraulic spades attached to it. I dig a hole and then go pluck a tree from a tree farm (sometimes 30 feet tall) and transplant it to that hole.
For a few years in high school and even my college summers, I would run a crew of 6-7 people and we would travel to farmers bean fields and walk up and down the rows pulling the weeds and cleaning out these huge fields of soybeans. All I wanted was a job that was outside so I could bleach my hair and tan my body. (what a knob I was)
Sign painting doesn't sound fun. I think the preciseness of it would drive me insane.
I've had those kinds of jobs that remind me of 'lower' periods in my life. Definitely makes me appreciate what I have today.
Have a great weekend man!
All my best to you,
The ape like thing has nothing to do with schmoctor schmoo no..it was for a movie…but alas I'm still bound by NDA's so can say nothing more…sorry!
That tree transplanter sounds fun…I would have enjoyed having a go with that. The closest I got to that would be taking a JCB (I think you guys would call that a back hoe) to tear out our orchards….every farm in my corner of the world grew apples so the price was crap and we turned it all over to grain crops. Tearing down trees is kinda fun, but the hippy in me would have preferred transplanting them!
Doesn't every guy get body obsessed at some time in his life?…and lets face it we all look better with a tan. I was darker than many of my black friends during my farming days (which kinda makes a nonsense of the whole black/white thing!)…and my hair was almost white (I have to bleach it these days…lol). Had to smile at the your use of the term 'knob'…I thought that was slang peculiar to us Brits!
but also cool ligt on that little squid so it looks still slimy and wet