Friday, July 9, 2010

Early man head progress

Just a couple of pictures of the early man side..

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Heads cont....

The process continues by adding more material than needed and then removing with rasp, chisel, and sand paper.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Two Heads are better than One

This is one side of the head, with Lester Holt of NBC news (in for the vacationing Brian Williams) acting as a model for the head of modern man.
This is the rough beginning of the other face of man from the distant past. At this point, I'm envisioning something along the lines of Australopithecus africanus. We shall see...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Project

It's time to get started on the next project. A head and neck with a little surprise. As always, these projects take on a life of their own and I don't really know where this one will end up. A wooden base, a ball of excelsior, some jute twine and we are on our way!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Time to Re-think and change direction.

Every project, whether painting or sculpture, is like a problem that needs to be solved. This project started to head south as soon as paint was applied. It reminded me of painted garden dwarves or as Dean wrote in his comment (which see), "a creepy mannikin". So...the paint has been obliterated and covered with clay once again. The project has been re-thought and a new plan has emerged.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

more progress...

Just a quick picture to continue documentation.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sculpture continued....

The process goes on... Much of the time has been devoted to experiments, many of which were unsuccessful. For example, mixing plaster of paris with Insta-clay produces a weaker substate than either separately. The pants were quite a challenge but came out pretty well. The jacket is the next big hurdle. It is like trying to make doll clothes. The hat and right hand are an experiment in applying liquid clay to dried plaster. (So far, so good.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Here I've filled in the eye sockets, a bit of an ear, and added a little mood lighting.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


It's time to begin to define the facial features, and I added a top hat. The eye sockets will be filled in first, and then refine his features. I'm hoping that as time goes on, he will lose his resemblance to Frosty the Snowman!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sculpture continued....

The armature is in the process of being completely covered with plaster. This will continue until the form is ready for his garments. I'm starting to realize at this point that the pinecone head was probably NOT the best idea! "Life is for learning."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Armature for Sculpture

Armature for a sculpture. This armature is constructed of left-over wooden shims for strecher bars. wood glue, and skewer sticks. The head is a pine cone. It stands about 22" high. I have no sketch, just an idea. I'll post as it progresses.