New Mexican Sculptor

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New Mexico, United States
I'm living in New Mexico where I sculpt and paint. After a long absence from art, I am now creating smaller bronze figures. This blog is mainly devoted to that work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Combination Mold -- Bird Man (Part One)

This mold will be a cross between the full standing metal shim method and the clay wall method. You might review "Moldmaking 101" and "A Complex Mold" if you are not familiar with the methods.

When I first began this sculpture, I decided that I was going to try to make it as easy to get off of its back-iron as easily as possible in the off chance that I would want to lay it down like the first horse sculpture (Down From The Clouds).

I actually liked the way that the clay wall mold turned out better than the free standing metal shim mold (the second horse). I got the idea that the shims could be useful where the sculpture reached above parallel, and the clay wall could be on or near parallel, hence a combination mold. In the future I'd like to get some articulated back-irons made for me. I would like to be able to simply turn a sculpture from vertical to horizontal using a crank or something similar.

This, if you have forgotten is the finished work:
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This first image is the sculpture laid on its back with shims in place. As you can see, I have cut off the right "wing" part. I will be making my wax-hatch on the side of the figure, including the arm and wing. I have done this so I can pour the wing separately for I feel that the wing will be the area that will be the most difficult to fill with wax. Another area will be the small finger tips and the long beak.

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In this next image, several layers of silicon rubber have already been applied to the main part of the mold.

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The next two steps will be the cheese cloth, and then the plaster mother mold, then it is time to flip and start on the back side of the mold for part two of this demo.

See you then!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Daily Drawing

A New Years resolution: Draw each day for at least 15 minutes.

I can't tell you how long it has been since I experienced the simple joy of drawing. So what happened? I suppose my love-hate relationship with Art (yes, the "Muse" I claim to ignore). When I was younger, drawing was as natural to me as breathing. I'd always scribble something on a page during the course of a day. My notebooks were more drawing than school work. Over the years, the habit kind of fell away.

Just the other day, I realized how important it was to my art work simply to keep in the habit of drawing.

Here are a few recent drawings from my notebook. Typically the drawings I do take about 10 minutes, and I do a few of them per day. As you can see, I like strong lines and poses: sort of "Gates of Hell" strong. (Mild nakedness warning):

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(Giselle says, "I can do that too!")
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Keep Drawing!

(Another New Years Resolution: Make a post to my blog every week! At least the best of my daily drawings!)

Having Some Fun with "Bird-Man"

I was very bad about finishing any work, or blogging this last year. Sorry. Starting in July approximately, I began to mess around with the sitting man sculpture. I was going to throw it out, but then I decided that I could learn a bit about sculpting a human, because I have never done that. This answers the question, "do you re-use art?" I went slowly, using some anatomy books. Then, and some point, I tore the head off and started having a little fun with the work. I think I somewhat was inspired by the wonderful movie "Rapa Nui" which has some awesome music by Stewart Copeland. I know the idea of "shape shifting" or "metamorphosis" is very close to my heart, as is the similarity of the human form to other zoological species.

As I have said somewhere before (perhaps) I worked for many years as a paleontological artist. I was highly inspired by any kind of natural history or animal art.

Now, this is a problem that confronts most artists. What is your subject? What is your gut instinct? What sort of art do you want to do? Although I sculpted a few horses, I did not want to be "trapped" as an equestrian artist. I do like to sculpt or draw occasional animals, but that is not what I have focused my art career on (If it can be called a career). Instead, I have worked with more of a surrealist/psychological type of art, and as a re-emerging sculptor, I had to have a good idea of what it was I wanted to do.

I still cannot put it into words well enough to create an "artist's statement." I will one of these days. This sculpture is a turn towards the direction I am moving towards in my work. Sort of a synergy between animal/human. It's not quite done yet. I have a few more hours to spend on it, but the molding material is well on the way. It is now a little under 26 inches tall. The two tone effect is because I used hard wax in some places.

I am hoping to finish by the end of the week, and start to make the mold aided by a student who wanted to see mold making in action.

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