Another wip: mixed media collage in the making

Hi,

so this is another piece of work in progress while “space jungle” is propped up at the easle to look at and contemplate how to go on… This one – working title “color puzzle”- is another one of those upcycled ones put away and pulled up again, somehow that seems to fit my mood these days and trigger my flow. And I still am fond of layering. Well, we´ll see how this one progresses…I do like to have two or more artsy projects in the making to get inspired by one when working on the other, and to combat getting stuck alltogether (which usually happens at one point).

I wonder when I feel like sculpting again?! 🙂

Have a good week.

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Another work-in-progress: paperpiecesplayingpaint = mixed media collage

Hi,

it´s a bit slow over here … been unwell for some weeks, not up to anything “special” but somehow always mucking around with one or the other little artsy project to stay sane. This is a small mixed media piece I am working on at present. What I like about it is that it´s one of those “upcycled” pieces  – I started it a long time ago, left it at some point because I could not really “get into it” somehow, then some day gave it another try by splattering on some more paint…to realise there still was no feeling of “oh I know what to to with this” at all… until yesterday when I started to put some layers of thin paperscraps, printed napkins and acrylic paint on it and finally feel that I can and want to go on with this.

It measures 25x25cm, so not too big …and hopefully “done” in an agreeable timespan 😉

Have a good week.

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Tiny desk for a nerdy faun and a glimpse into an artist´s studio….

Hiya, how are you, dear readers?
Here is the covenient writer´s desk of George, the “nerdy” one of the two brothers who founded Faunia.

It has a hinged lid – and I surely would not mind to have such a practical and nice piece of furniture in my studio as well;-)

By the way –  it´s the first furniture-prop I made from wood,  and the tiny book is another “first time try” – I had a great time making those two pieces 😉

 

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And this is my “working” space where all my ideas come to life.
Dull, eh ? 😉
Right there in the middle on my desk you can see a greyish blob – that´s a new piece of work-in-progress of my ongoing “Scottish Sculpture Series” –  a grim Scotsman (Dougal McKenzie of the fantastic Outlander-World) with his brave deerhound (any idea for a really nice Scottish dog name?? Hamish? Graeme?). Do I have any Scottish followers with some inspiration in that regard???
That piece of work will be named “Hunting Stag”. And yes – of course I will return to Faunia, but my heart&mind are still stuck in Scotland and enjoy my “holidays” there tremendously.

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Work-in-progress: A faunian bromance in the making

Hi there,

you might have wondered “What is she up to? What is she doing?”

Well, here´s the answer to your question:

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The two founders of Faunia: George – intelligent and well-mannered, a thinker and philosopher & his brother Mac, “the maker”, a supercool dude who can repair anything anywhere anytime – not a man of many words though 😉

I´ve been busy finally getting these two guys into a full-body-version in SuperSculpey. Do you remember? So far there were only their heads made from airdrying modelling clay:

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George (or his head, to be more precise) was the VERY FIRST creature / character I ever did with modelling clay! I am getting in a nostalgic mood just thinking about that . His look was strongly influenced by the adorable Mr Tumnus played by the equally adorable James McAvoy in the first Narnia-movie. And from then on, I could not be stopped 😉 More and more curious creatures evolved from my mind and there will be more. Well, these two as you can see are still in a raw state and will need quite some more work and time to be completed. And I am still learning by doing which is great fun – I have realised I need smaler sculpting tools to get a better grip of the details for their tiny faces. I also realised having a wire armature in arms and hands needs to be thought over next time – these are the hands I prepared , stage 1 and stage 2 .

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I thought I was extra clever and would prevent fingers breaking off…and wondered why others (I watched some tutorials again) rarely or never put any wiring in their maquettes´ hands…I now know why – the stuff comes out at times and places where you don´t want it.

Anyway, I must say I already am in love with Mac, but George also has his charms and I look foreward to keep myself busy with them.

Stay tuned and see what becomes of these nice fellows, I will keep you updated  😉

Work-in-progress: an early sneak-preview of a new Faunia character

So this is an exclusive sneak-preview of a new creature of Faunia – Louis, the intellectual assistant of Mayor Miles Mulligan. Louis loves discussions with his boss. Even though these two guys have quite different personalities – Louis a serious thinker and a bit nerdy, Miles with an attitude “live-and-love-the-moment-and-talk-about-it” – they get along perfectly.

As I keep working on him, he will get furrier and of course more details will be added…and I already look forward to the paint-job on his looooooong black-and-white tail. His wife Stella, by the way, is a dancer (her specialty: Tango Argentino) and gives dance workshops in the forest, accompanied by Faunia´s talented musician Jamie Finn playing joyful tunes. Louis and Stella have many many cute children that run around everywhere in Faunia…wait and see some of them in one of the upcoming posts 😉

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The Little Green Dragon: The outcome of a lengthy 3D 2-piece mould making process

Now, finally the time has come for the last part of the mini-series about how to duplicate small forms and figurines. My smallest soapstone dragon was a good prototype for trying out the process of making a full 3D mould, which took place in several steps.

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The prototype was “halfend” by a wall of plasticine, following the contours of the half-way line as straight as possible. A wall of cardboard was then built as a pouring area and the prototype was brushed with Vaseline to let the Silicone part from it when added. Small holes were pressed into the Plasticine wall as clearly as possible, they helped to “lock” the two mould halves together.

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The Silicone was prepared with an additive to give it a gelly consistence so it could be brushed onto the prototype thoroughly. When this was done, the Silicone needed to cure. On top of this, a plaster jacket was applied. Messy? Oh yes 😉

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When this had set, all of the Plasticine was removed thoroughly.

The whole process was repeated for the second half of the form. After the second plaster jacket had set, the mould could be taken apart, the prototype was removed and the mould was ready for casting.

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My casting test was a hollow cast done with resin. The liquid material was spread and brushed very carefully into the put-together mould, held by the plaster jackets.

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For the “serious” cast, I added some green pigments to the polyurethane resin. Here is the outcome – a nice little green dragon, light as a feather.

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pic by Th. Schramm

 

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I found it very interesting how many different ways there are to mould and cast, and the astounding and often suprising effects one can apply to the casts using a variety of materials. The possibilities of deception seem endless 😉

Caught green-handed or: how to make a monster hand using the “template” method

One interesting method we learned in the mouldmaking and casting course involved sculping a small version of our hand to mould and cast it. I drew the outline of my hand on a piece of paper which was scaled down 1/3 (the sketch, not my hand ;-O ) so it measured about 8 x 8 cm. For the sculpting, we used sculpey to make a detailed “copy” first of our palm and second of the top of our hand.

Hmm, I thought, my hand looks interesting, but I find a MONSTER HAND with claws much cooler 😉 So my two little flat sculpts got a bit chunky with some nice long nails, and it sure was tricky without really being able to put them together to check if they fit (because then the sculpey halves would have muddled together).

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Strange? Yes! But hang on, the conclusion is on its way!

So the first hand-half was put on a board, a “wall” was built around it (YAY, a perfect occasion to play with Lego 😉 ) . The wall was brushed with vaseline and plaster was poured on top of the sculpey hand-half. The plaster had been prepared beforehand (NEVER pour water into plaster, ALWAYS shake the plaster caaarefully and sloooowly into the water). When it had set, the first part of the 2-piece-mould was finished and the sculpey hand-half was taken out.

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The same procedure with the second hand-half: put on a board, built a wall, vaselined, poured plaster, waited, took out the hand-half when the plaster had set and the second part was finished.

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What happened then?

Alginate was prepared with a lovely lively monstrous green colour pigment. This liquid was poured and brushed thoroughly and VERY quickly (the liquid started to cure within minutes) in both separate halves of the plaster moulds – and with a bit of courage put together and fixed with a strong rubber band. After a short while, there it was, the moment to see if the two halves really had “met” and turned into a smooth, whole and complete hand.

Yes! They did! It had worked fine! Now I have a really cool little green soft flexible rubbery jelleyish monster hand with perfect fortune-telling lines in its palm 😉

 

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(pic by Th. Schramm)

….and is there anymore?

Yes!

The next and final post of this mini-series will tell you how a full 3 D mould for a little soap stone dragon was made – involving silicone rubber, plaster jackets and casting tricks.

Until then – be well, dear readers.