Category Archives: Sculpting Progress

Progess updates of what I’m working on now

Turquoise haze presentable

I’m not very bright. It takes a long time for me to figure out even obvious things. Like, a strategy for surface finish and adornment of this sculpture.

I had been settled on a base of color, layered with patterns, textures, and ornament, and more colors of Gold and Rose. But now I know I will create these qualities out of real objects, flowers, fabrics, beads, jewels, and stars; real things, as befits sculpture. Resist pictorial illusion.

Here’s revealed the atmosphere vibe of the completion of this.

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Ornament:  Flowers,  beads, jewels, fabric, crystal, gold leaf
Pattern: geometric, Joseon textiles, paisley
Texture: shiny, soft, clear, glassy, fuzzy, velvet
Color: Turquoise Blue, Gold, and Rose

lotus flower

I made a lotus flower base for the Blue Pearl Bodhisattva (Horse Buddha) to sit upon. Details take a lot of work, although they aren’t significant, it still matters to do them. Bases are important of course. So is time-consuming to video like this. Also showing some techniques of working with foam and papier-mâché.

foam progression

Having built-up enough volume of foam over the month, I’m ready to start carving back, and get some shape happening. I can see this will take a while. It’s good though to feel the materials and have the pleasure of working them with hands-on and tools. This is, after all, the good part.

For a minute I’d optimistically thought I was half-way on this: that I’d move onto the larger final version sooner. But  now I want to take the time to enjoy working on this; what I’d been thinking of as the model, taking on an outcome of it’s own, and experimenting with form, contours, and especially surface details. Can I do both at once? Ooooh…?? I should work out the surface detail now, before I have to do it on the large final version. If I were smart about it. But I’m not. I’m careless , and frivolous, and it appears, unconcerned with technique and process.

Gold

Get ready. Now I reveal the Futurist Gothic finish for this piece, gold vinyl wrap of my dreams. 3M 1080 Car Wrap. This stuff is great, used to wrap cars instead of painting them now, comes in a lot of colors and finishes. Applying it has a knack, so I’ll  record something.

The material is paper-backed sticky vinyl, and can be warmed to stretch and conform to complex surfaces. You can learn a lot about using it on a popular video streaming site, but that will be about wrapping cars. I’m going to cut it into triangles mostly, and apply it like trencadis tile. I’ll make paper templates to fit the large flat tail piece and head piece. Not waste any material.

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Remove the backing from half the material, and arrange on the piece. Then remove the rest and apply pressure with squeegee to smooth.

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Using gentle heat to smooth the creases.

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Full coverage.

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I’m using a slightly different texture of wrap, “brushed metal” to create a highlight on the large flat sections.

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So there, done at last and ready to deliver to the show I’m invited to. About six months from the conception. Everything about the materials of this piece were new to me, a big experiment in a process used somewhat to make movie props and parade floats, but especially Fallas sculptures. The finished work is only about 25 lbs. A way to work at larger scale without out the weight, cost and labor of traditional materials like plaster or fiberglass; a way to realize extravagant designs without too much commitment of $, time and effort. Definitely enjoying this freedom these materials permit.

patch&prime

Surface-finish work begins. Patching with papier-mâché clay, sand, and then paint with appropriate primer for plastic foam (polystyrene). Then, overcoat with a high quality acrylic paint. All this helps strengthens the surface a bit, so it’s not so fragile to dents and nicks as the bare foam is. Getting somewhere like people think of real sculpture.

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