Combing with Details

On Thursday night, May 29th, only 20 hours into sculpting, all the elements are in place, and I can begin the details. Subconsciously I decide to start with the most difficult part of the sculpture which is the cheeks, neck, and breast area. This area of the bull combines two rabbits on the cheeks and neck,and a condor on the breast with the numbers 55 on the wings, and the letter "B" in the talons. To my delight, the sculpture starts to come life....

The next portion I work by Saturday, is the Family Tree on the left front leg. The leaves will contain initials of the family members and the roots from the trunk wrap down over the hoof. I am pleased with the way the roots turned out, it looks very good. The hollow in the trunk is a great addition, placed over the knee area.
On the right leg I begin to work the cacti and the apple with the "NY". For the cacti spines I am going to use a wax thickener that is hard so they will not smash down when handled during the sculpting. At this point, I have also straightened up the 7/14/48 birthdate, and will clean up the clock soon.

By Monday and Tuesday, I have tuned the cat stretching across the back, and the Rod of Asclepius that is the left rear leg. From here, I will work the clock, add the claws to the cat foot, spines on the cactus, and finally the tail...

Taking the Bull by the Horns

On May 13th, 2008, I responded to a request for an artist to produce a 'Custom Bull Sculpture'. I was contacted after my client reviewed my portfolio and was awarded the commission. I started the concept sketches the same day.
The sculpture is being made for the 60th birthday of a gentleman in the Boston area. The gentleman is a bull collector and his son wanted to have a bull made that would incorporate aspects of his fathers life into the form of a bull.
This project has been a milestone for me as an artist. I feel as though this project has re-lit the desire I have to create. To this point in my artistic career I have worked as an interpretor for many clients. It hasn't been since college that I painted freely expressing myself in the individual manner that I enjoy. Granted, I am producing a vision of a client again, but this project fits my hand so well I can't help but feel like it was meant to be.
The photos along this post are of the concept sketches, and the rough-in of the bull from, the addition and progression of elements. There is no mold being made for this sculpture. It is a one-of-a-kind. From this point, I will now finish up with the placement of the birthday 7/14/48, and two birds on the rump of the bull, the number 55 on the neck, and the letter "B" in the claws of a condor that wrap around the neck. Then details......


While skimming through craigslist over a year ago, I came across a post for the most recent issue of Zaf622. It is a webzine for and about local artist in the Ft. Collins area written by Daryle Dickens. I am fortunate to be interview #16 and it can be seen here.
Thank you to Daryle for bringing positive exposure to happenings and art in Northern Colorado.

Super Cooper

My son Cooper loves his Marvel Super Squad super-heroes. Since he was an infant, Cooper has been influenced by super powers. Stefanie and I would give him different colored sweat bands and called them "Powerbands". Each different color was a super-hero, like red for Spiderman, yellow for Wolverine, light blue for Arch Angel, Black for Black Spiderman, Green for Hulk, and royal blue for Captain America. He would wear them all the time, and believed that they held some kind of super power......As he has gotten a little older his imagination runs wild.

Cooper is 2 years, 6 months old. He knows the names of all comic heroes that we have collected. The first Super Squad duo to come home with us was Electra and Daredevil. We took a trip to our local Megamart, and of coarse, to the toy isle. I tried to talk him into a Spiderman combo, and he accepted. For the rest of the ride through the store, Cooper studied the back of the package and found the Electra & Daredevil duo. His next words were "I want her", "I want her","I want her". So naturally, I went back to the toy isle and fulfilled my son's wishes.

After I read a blog called toycutter, I was inspired to make "Super Cooper". Shown here in wax, Super Cooper comes equipped with a rocket-pack, directional dorsal fin on the back of his head, Spidermanesque eyes, Daredevil mask, and hand blasters. The sculpture is created after the Super Squad characters, and is the size of the Hulk. I have had a mold made courtesy of Dave Howe , and plan to cast resin copies.