The blueprint of... Tears of a Clown B

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The blueprint of... is an article serie where we’re taking a closer look on an Artisan Crafts deviation and how it's made.

Today we are dissecting Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio

Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown D by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio

First off, please introduce yourself?

My name is Connie D’Angelo and I am Canadian born and still live in beautiful Montreal.
Art has always been part of our lives growing up in our family. Let it be oil paintings, sketching or sculpting in mud clays, art was just a daily thing for us.
But in 2001-2002, I became interested in trying and using polymer clay, and from that day on, I have been hocked and never put it down since. It’s not just the medium I use but what comes out of it, because of it’s natural colour clay, it’s like looking at little people. When I sculpt, I became one with my art, and to be able to create something wonderful and so beautiful just did it for me. And to hear my collectors say that when they look at one of my pieces it like you can actually see them breath. What more can an artist ask for, at think at this point I know I have done my job right.

Please explain what we are viewing.

You are viewing a sculpture or you might say an art doll made out of polymer clay. She is called *Tears of a Clown* . She would be about 9 to 9 ½ doll if she would be in a standing position. She is left in her natural clay colour that I mix myself, and her body tattooing outfit has been painted to give a transparent feel, almost like a viel. She is also lightly blushed to add some shading. She has had painted makeup hair applied lock by lock and tiny lashes applied one by one.
On this one piece her outfit (body tattoo) is mostly hand painted with genesis heat paints and a little silk material was added to her wrists and neck and tip of her shoes.
Her ball is also made out of clay, left in it’s natural bone white colour with a little glitter and leafing added. She sits on two pieces of wooden blocks that have been decorated in paints crackle and silver leafing. When I create any pieces of mine, I basically work with emotions, and I pray that somehow when someone see her, she can translate my feelings to them.

Can you describe for a layman how it’s made?

I am sure everyone works different, but this is my way or process of working.
Before I do anything I mix my own colours of clay I make enough clay to make one to two dolls. I never mix a lot at a time, it depends on the mood or colour I am trying to achieve for the piece I am creating. I the start making a head, if she is opened eye I also have a pair of eyes that I make that are inserted in the clay while forming her face. Once her face is completed I then start with my armature, by twisting wires to form a skeleton. Now the size of the armature depends on the size of her head. Or you may have a certain scale you want to work with but the process is still the same for me.
I then start adding clay to the armature pushing, forming and cutting away clay as I go, sometimes I have them in the position I want them in and at times I move them around while I am working. Once she is completed and I am happy with her positioning she then gets fired to set the clay. At this point you must follow the manufacture’s guide in the back of the clay package. Making sure of the thickness of the clay and the direction to ensure proper cooking time.
After the piece is cooled off you can either have her blushed while she as in the cooking process, or you can blush her with heat set paints and lightly set the paints with a heat gun, that is made for the paints.
Finally I do the makeup, clothing and lastly I do hair.

**Overall it take me between 5 to 7 days working at least 7 hours a day to complete one.**

Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown D by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio

What tools did you use?

My studio is off side my home, it used to be a garage, but slowly got invaded, by little old me . And now it is permanently converted in to my studio.
As for tools, the best I found was my hands and the tools I have made myself.

What was your inspiration in creating this?

WOW this piece was inspired by two amazing artist ) that gave me their blessings to create magic and these two wonderful artist are  :iconkath-13: and her awesome USOA Usoa by Kath-13 and :iconainhoart: and her awsome works Queen on Parade :thumb98759563:

Thanks to these two women... Tears of a Clown came to be

How long time did it take you to make this?

It normally takes me from 5 to 7 days to make a piece. I start first thing in the morning, around 8:30 9:00 and work my way threw to 4:00 everyday. So if she speaks to me it can be done in 5 days. I work with emotions, so I can not rush it. My DH always says I work for a pennies, a penny an hour!!!

Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown D by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio

Did you run into anything unexpected while creating?

When I created her I had no problems at all, she came very easy to me, I knew exactly how I wanted her to sit and her expressions. Her outfit and hair came about... thanks to two artist that inspired me... For the hair :iconkath-13: and her awesome USOA… and for the body painting clothing :iconainhoart: and her awesome works Queen on Parade…
I emailed them both and they graciously gave me their permission so my piece could come to life.

Are you happy with the result?

Am I happy?? YES of course, but as an artist we think we can always have room to grow. But overall yes I am very very happy with her.

Where have you learnt your skills in this area?

My Dad was an amazing artist, what that man could do on paper and his art nouveau metal sculptures, were just incredible. He was just amazing, I’ll just say the artistic bloodline runs in our family, way back and still going forward. We are all very artistically blessed in our family. So what ever we set out to try and do, it pretty much comes easy. But with every thing we do we only get better as we do it. So yes I am self-taught

Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown D by cdlitestudio Tears of a Clown B by cdlitestudio

Do you take your own photos? Any tips you want to share for presenting your work?

Yes I do take all my own photo’s. I am not a very good photographer, I think I might have to look into taking some classes. So I take many pictures using different lightings, and I keep taking them till I get that perfect, well perfect in my eyes, and good enough picture that speaks for my piece.

I think it’s important that you grab the right photo, it’s not just a piece you sculpt, but when presenting it you want to make others see the piece the way it is intended to be viewed and seen.

What is the best tip you can give to others wanting to test this craft/material/technique?

I say don’t give up, it isn’t the easiest medium to use. Don’t use the clay right out of the package, get creative and mix your own colours. Make a strong armature and the words is PRATICE! The more you will do the better you will get. Believe me I am still learning and growing everyday.

Are you selling your work?

Yes I am selling my work, I sell on ebay you will find them on auction,  you can search me there under cdlite. I also sell off my site and do commissions.

More photos:……

Tears of a Clown A by cdlitestudio Swan Lake Insp. The Last Dance by cdlitestudio

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Pink Mermaid AA by cdlitestudio
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Thank you cdlitestudio for participating and taking the time to answer my question!


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LittleBlackGirl's avatar
Wonderful article! :heart:
Kath-13's avatar
Well you know how I adore your work, so much love and detail go into it. And thank you so much for the mention. Keep up the amazing work Connie. :)
lava-tomato's avatar
I really like this article series. It's nice to get in an artist's head =)
sleepinglynx's avatar
absolutely stunning