Friday, July 22, 2011

Video Project with Little Tybee - Phase 1

I'm excited to be teaming up with the wonderful band Little Tybee on their next music video. Brock Scott, lead man extraordinaire, and I have come up with an interesting, and very challenging concept. I'm creating 6 marionette characters for the piece, and will be art directing and creating the miniature sets too. If we can pull it off, it's going to be amazing.

Here is my progress so far on the main character, The Wanderer.

My sketch for The Wanderer. He will be approx. 18" tall and be operated by 10 strings.

His torso, ready to be carved.

Legs are cut, ready to be carved.

I'm making ball and socket joints at the shoulders to maximize his movements.

His head from polymer clay.

His body so far.

I hollowed out his head so I could insert his neck. There is a pivot at his neck so he can look up.

His boots cut out and ready to be carved.


Much more to come - stay tuned, I'll try to post my progress regularly.
And in the mean time be sure to check out Little Tybee.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Serene" Skater Figure - Final Images

I've finished my latest commission and have named her "Serene".

As always, click on the images for a larger view.

The polymer clay head after painting and aging.

Her head in my hand - which gives a sense of scale.
I love this shot; the light coming through the window was perfect.

Serene's body, painted and ready to be assembled. The tape on the torso helps me position the legs.

Her legs after they were glued in place.

Here I'm stitching up the front of her dress.
I always have to cut my clothes up the back to get them on the figures - then I stitch up the back. For this dress I'll cover the stitches with a piece of trim.

The final shot of Serene.
I placed her on a base made from a vintage tin and a piece of Plexiglas. I very rarely use any kind of plastic, but I wanted to give the feel that she was standing on ice. You can see through to the bottom of the tin, which I think is a nice effect.

A close-up of her head.

A detail shot of the skates.
I cut two holes in the Plexiglas to accept the posts on her skate. You can see the tip of the skate on her left foot rests perfectly on the "ice" - sometimes things work out perfectly........