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Title: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 26, 2014, 04:03:18 PM
Hello all, my name is James. And I sculpt. Hence the name.

Anywho, I've been meaning to post some stuff here recently but as is the way with life I've either not found time, or simply been too bone idle to do anything.

For anyone who's interested, I've posted a little biog thing in the Introduction part of the forum here: http://www.polyclay.co.uk/index.php/topic,1950.0.html
Its got some pics of what I do. Saves reposting them all here :)

So, here's something I'm cracking away on at the moment.


(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps1bbd782a.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zps1bbd782a.jpeg.html)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps9887b65d.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zps9887b65d.jpeg.html)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps0ecf7dc6.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zps0ecf7dc6.jpeg.html)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsb2201fe5.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zpsb2201fe5.jpeg.html)

Its Peter Capaldi from the new series of Doctor Who grinning are rather questionable if not sinister grin.
I like it if my work has an almost creepy edge to it, so I imagine I'm in luck with this one!
He's made from a rough armature of newspaper and tinfoil and Super Sculpey sculpted over it.
It took about an hour or two to sculpt to where it is now.

Anyway, I hope you like it or in the least aren't unsettled too greatly by it. I shall update as I proceed.

Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on September 26, 2014, 04:06:48 PM
You are very good!

Well made but he does not look like he is a nice fellow though :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on September 26, 2014, 04:29:42 PM
Great stuff! If you did that in an hour or two then you must have developed a good knowledge of facial muscle structure and the like over the years. Really nicely done. A darn site quicker than CG ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on September 26, 2014, 10:00:58 PM
My goodness!  He is creepy - but l recognised him straightaway.  I'm amazed that you can sculpt something so life-like - hmmm...almost! - at all, let alone so quickly  8)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 27, 2014, 10:47:15 AM
You are very good!

Well made but he does not look like he is a nice fellow though :)

Haha! Well he can be a nice fellow. Sometimes.
Thank you :D

Great stuff! If you did that in an hour or two then you must have developed a good knowledge of facial muscle structure and the like over the years. Really nicely done. A darn site quicker than CG ;-)

I dunno, maybe? I think it just comes from practise. Without sounding pretentious, I just sculpt what I see. (That is a little pretentious I have to admit)
Thanks so much :)

My goodness!  He is creepy - but l recognised him straightaway.  I'm amazed that you can sculpt something so life-like - hmmm...almost! - at all, let alone so quickly  8)

Ha! Many thanks, I kind of want this sculpt to have a sinister edge to it.
I really like the middle ground in sculpture, where there's life in it, but not complete life. Not quite uncanny valley stuff, but not quite action figure quality.
I like things with life in them
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on September 27, 2014, 10:25:04 PM
Then l think you are succeeding :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on September 27, 2014, 10:28:08 PM
James, you certainly have a talent, I am learning to sculpt, I think I have a long way to go! This is an excellent likeness of Peter, I hope to see the finished work in an interesting situation or diorama
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on September 28, 2014, 09:52:43 AM
Yep.  You managed creepy  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on September 28, 2014, 11:23:01 AM
WOW!  He's amazingly realistic!!  You're really really really good at that!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 28, 2014, 03:16:47 PM
Then l think you are succeeding :)

Hah! Success! Thank you :D

James, you certainly have a talent, I am learning to sculpt, I think I have a long way to go! This is an excellent likeness of Peter, I hope to see the finished work in an interesting situation or diorama

Gosh thank you so much. I try my best is all. I'd be fascinated to see what you sculpt, I always love seeing other people's work :)
I have a few ideas for what I'm going to do with this piece and I'm rather excited.

Yep.  You managed creepy  :)

Creepiness Achieved. Thank you muchly :)

WOW!  He's amazingly realistic!!  You're really really really good at that!!

Mel  :)

Hah! I don't know really. He's so much fun to sculpt, someone with a face like that CAN'T not be fun.
Thank you so much indeed :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on September 28, 2014, 10:09:21 PM
Hi James I have been sculpting for.6 months now. I am a scfi model builder at heart mainly starships but I needed figures for a diorama for a build contest so I built some out of poly clay. I found that gave my model building an extra dimension, combining styrene and clay. So far I have sculpted 8 to 12 inch figures

Star Trek Borg
O Ren Ishi from Kill Bill
Xmen Storm
The Joker
All can be found in the sculpting threafs

I would be interested to hear what you rhink
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 01, 2014, 03:08:21 PM
A little preview of how this sculpture is coming along. Its essentially finished now and I'll be posting a couple more pictures later in the week.
(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/274/7/c/under_your_bed_by_frasierdalek-d816vpi.jpg)

Yes I am aiming for this to be somewhat unsettling.

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 01, 2014, 04:20:21 PM
He's fantastic!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on October 01, 2014, 07:44:14 PM
Really looking good. I have to admit that i have never seen doctor hwo.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 01, 2014, 10:32:36 PM
Amazing painting skills you have, the eyes have it!!! I would be interested in how you got the eyes sovery realistic
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 02, 2014, 10:02:38 AM
He's fantastic!!

Mel  :)

Why thank you Mel :D

Really looking good. I have to admit that i have never seen doctor hwo.

Thank you very much Karolina, I hope my work appeals even to non-fans :)

Amazing painting skills you have, the eyes have it!!! I would be interested in how you got the eyes sovery realistic

My painting skills are actually pretty basic, the eyes are an illusion actually. Recently I started sculpting the irises by pressing dimples into the eyes which gives them an added dimension when they're painted. As you can see:
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2014/274/2/f/don_t_be_lasagne_by_frasierdalek-d817or5.png)
The skin isn't painted at all apart from a light coat of gloss to give it a bit of depth.
But thank you! You're too kind
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 03, 2014, 10:34:12 PM
Hello all.
So, Peter Capaldi is pretty much finished now and I shall be posting a couple proper pics of him completed tomorrow.
I've now started on a new project which has rather got me fair bit excited.

My oldest friend of nearly 20 years(!) and I share a deep love for the '60s sci-fi drama series The Prisoner starring the ultimate individual that was Patrick McGoohan.
His birthday is coming up and I was suddenly hit with the idea of making him something and making a little bust of McGoohan seemed a fine idea. So I set to work this evening.

At first it was like pulling teeth as McGoohan has always ALWAYS been a fiddly and near impossible face to capture.
It took perhaps a good hour to get into it and perhaps two hours in full to get it to where it is now, which is pretty much done, facially speaking.

I know it looks a little creepy, but these things do at this stage.
I'm pretty surprised with how well it works and can't wait to add the hair and the final details.
He's sculpted from regular Super Sculpey but the lighting and filter make it look a little orangey.
Anyway, I hope you guys like him!

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsd9f61178.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zpsd9f61178.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsf632a239.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zpsf632a239.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zpscf87f63b.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zpscf87f63b.jpeg.html)

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 04, 2014, 08:05:43 AM
Great stuff. "I'm not a poly clay model, I'm a Man!"
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 04, 2014, 09:15:38 AM
excellent likeness
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 04, 2014, 09:28:45 PM
So! More pictures of my recent Peter Capaldi sculpture.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps7dd8053e.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zps7dd8053e.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-4_zpsaa6f92ac.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-4_zpsaa6f92ac.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpse590a24a.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zpse590a24a.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1copy_zps8d5c3ec2.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1copy_zps8d5c3ec2.jpeg.html)

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on October 05, 2014, 01:18:15 PM
Yep, i like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 05, 2014, 06:38:44 PM
Me too!!  He's fantastic!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 06, 2014, 01:59:02 PM
Yep, i like him!

Why thank you!

Me too!!  He's fantastic!!

Mel  :)

Many thanks Mel!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 06, 2014, 02:01:50 PM
And so back to McGoohan.
I finished sculpting the head including hair and ears over the past day or so and I'm pretty happy with it I have to say.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps813f8528.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zps813f8528.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsbfa78aa7.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zpsbfa78aa7.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsc5205079.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zpsc5205079.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-4_zpsb39f4b7b.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-4_zpsb39f4b7b.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps12c1692c.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zps12c1692c.jpeg.html)

I've tried sculpting McGoohan before, several times in fact, and he is LUDICROUSLY tricky to get right. This time round I think I may have got him. I think I might have captured something of him this time and I feel terribly pleased with it so far.
I'm going to keep his hair as it is, which is a little rough and raw, but I like that on this bust for some reason. It gives texture and I think texture, along with personality, are vital to a sculpture's success.
 
I'll be continuing with the rest of the bust shortly.

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 06, 2014, 02:30:59 PM
excellent work it is a terrific likeness
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 06, 2014, 02:41:40 PM
excellent work it is a terrific likeness

Thanks enormously! I think I've done a goodish job on this one, McGoohan has been a subject I've come back to again and again and never fully got him. This time round I think I did something right.

ANYWAY, something new.

Recently I discovered the show Sapphire and Steel from the late 70's which features Joanna Lumley and David McCallum in the respective roles and completely fell in love with it.
I'd always been aware of the show as a Doctor Who fan but never did our paths cross.
I'm extremely happy that they did now.

Anyway I've become fascinated with David McCallum's little furtive face. For some reason it in junction with his mop of 70's hair reminds me of a little bird, his beaky nose and mouth giving him something of a Robin's aura. NO idea why. I don't normally respond this way to faces.
But there you go.
I wanted to try sculpting him as I thought his appearance was rather peculiar and I could, somehow, see elements of a very young Sylvester McCoy or even David Tennant in his face and finally I got round to starting it last night.
It took maybe an hour or two but I really like where its going.
I'm toying with the idea of applying "real" hair to the sculpt to give it an extra pop of life, we but shall see.

(For our American friends, McCallum is perhaps mainly known for playing Ducky in NCIS or Illya Kuryakin from The Man from U.N.C.L.E)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsc79a98c6.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zpsc79a98c6.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsc4ac71fb.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zpsc4ac71fb.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps8c10568d.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zps8c10568d.jpeg.html)

I'm pretty happy with how he's coming together and it was pretty fun to work on.
Anywho, I hope you like him! 
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 06, 2014, 07:01:08 PM
straight away you can tell by the eyes that this David. I do remember the Man from UNCLE
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 07, 2014, 09:09:56 AM
Very nice. David M was in the Colditz tv drama series I remember. The hair will be the clincher though likeness wise.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 07, 2014, 10:12:11 AM
You are just so good at sculpting faces.  The expression that you are able to capture is absolutely amazing!!  They are both fantastic!!  I'm a bit of an NCIS fan and I recognised Ducky straight away!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 07, 2014, 12:36:31 PM
straight away you can tell by the eyes that this David. I do remember the Man from UNCLE

Why thank you! His eyes are very important to his likeness I think. I'm very happy they came to be very quickly.

Very nice. David M was in the Colditz tv drama series I remember. The hair will be the clincher though likeness wise.

HA Don't I know it! (No pressure!) Sculpting the hair will be the last resort for me really. For me another big aspect of his likeness is his cranium, which is rather large and round. To simply sculpt hair over it would be a shame.

You are just so good at sculpting faces.  The expression that you are able to capture is absolutely amazing!!  They are both fantastic!!  I'm a bit of an NCIS fan and I recognised Ducky straight away!

Mel  :)

Gosh shucks thanks Mel, that means a lot to me. I've definitely been moving into more expressive pieces this past year and I feel my skill has definitely improved because of it.
I'm glad you could see Ducky though, that's promising!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 10, 2014, 06:20:53 PM
Hello all, an update on my David McCallum as Steel (from Sapphire and Steel) sculpture. I think I've gone a little cold on the idea of adding 'real" hair to this sculpt as its just ridiculously hard. I hate applying hair.
Indeed I'm wondering if its worth continuing with this piece and trying again with a fresh new sculpt with the aim of sculpting the hair rather rooting it.
Its not helped by the fact I'm increasingly thinking the likeness is a bit duff.
Anyway, here's a few pics:

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps6ce1a4f0.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zps6ce1a4f0.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps08cf63e6.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zps08cf63e6.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zpsfea28cc3.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zpsfea28cc3.jpeg.html)

I do think that it works reasonably well for this angle though V-below-V.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsdcc8ddb9.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zpsdcc8ddb9.jpeg.html)

I'm feeling like this piece is a couple steps backwards for me actually. There's no life in it. Thats the trouble with sculpting someone like McCallum or Cumberbatch or whoever, because they're "in-character" expressions are usually serious and flat.
Hell for a sculptor who likes capturing life I can tell you.

Anyway, I thought you should see it anyway.

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 11, 2014, 09:26:35 AM
Don't be disheartened. Couldn't you sculpt some kind of wig thing to go on his head? The trouble with D McCallum is that his big head and thatch of hair are a lot of what we recognise him from. The face is good but it won't look enough like him without some attempt at hair imho. As for the deadpan facial expressions on him and Mr Cumbersome, I see your dilemma, if you want an elastic expressive face, maybe you should do Rowan Atkinson next? ;-))
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 11, 2014, 11:12:37 AM
Don't be disheartened. Couldn't you sculpt some kind of wig thing to go on his head? The trouble with D McCallum is that his big head and thatch of hair are a lot of what we recognise him from. The face is good but it won't look enough like him without some attempt at hair imho. As for the deadpan facial expressions on him and Mr Cumbersome, I see your dilemma, if you want an elastic expressive face, maybe you should do Rowan Atkinson next? ;-))

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I only wanted to give this sculpt real hair because I didn't like the idea of sculpting his cranium which holds so much of the likeness, only to hide it away under the clay.
Anyway I've had a play with the hair that I bought, it was essentially a pompom that I pulled apart and it doesn't look *too* bad. The trouble with any hair at this scale is giving it weight and volume, something I'm just not good at. And I didn't like the idea of covering it with gel to form a shape because that seemed a little counter-intuitive.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps534c8408.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zps534c8408.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zps35d24fc4.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zps35d24fc4.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps61476dcc.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zps61476dcc.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsf9556961.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zpsf9556961.jpeg.html)

I'm extremely unsure though. I think the likeness is loose and could be better. Another problem I think is that I had no idea what I was going to do with this sculpt. I now have a better idea that would suit a more expressive appearance. Something a little more impressionistic rather than figurative. But only just. So I'll hopefully start that soon.

Anyway, I hope you like him.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on October 11, 2014, 11:41:53 AM
I di like him! He is just as good as the others.
Maybe he is a bit thin? Ducky has a rounder face or more cheeks?

Anyway he is very good and well made and i can totally see the likeness!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 11, 2014, 11:53:17 AM
I disagree the older Mcallam is gaunt looking and the sculpt is grear likeness. Brilliant work ans very inspiring
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 11, 2014, 12:13:05 PM
True. I still remember Illya Kuriyakin so my mental image is a bit out of date ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on October 11, 2014, 12:46:07 PM
I kno whim as Ducky so ..... :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 12, 2014, 11:48:14 AM
I kno whim as Ducky so ..... :)

Me too, so I agree with Karolina.  He definitely looks better with hair though.  I still think he's fantastic!!  You're probably a bit like me though, in that it has to be just right in your eyes and only then will it be good enough.

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 14, 2014, 05:41:29 PM
Hello all, thanks for the lovely comments. Terribly appreciated.
I've since started working on a new McCallum/Steel sculpt possibly with an eye to making a Sapphire and Steel pair with Joanna Lumley, but we shall see.
Here are a few progress pics...

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpseebec651.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown_zpseebec651.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zpse9403c38.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-2_zpse9403c38.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zps1e5ce5bf.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-3_zps1e5ce5bf.jpeg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps3ad2e55d.jpeg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/Unknown-1_zps3ad2e55d.jpeg.html)

He's ruddy hard to get right I can tell you.

Anyway, I hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 14, 2014, 07:21:18 PM
Nice. The previous one looked a bit worried somehow. This one is more confident looking, both in the facial expression and the modeling.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 15, 2014, 11:10:17 AM
Wow again!!  I think you've got this one perfect!!

Mel   :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on October 15, 2014, 05:30:20 PM
True. I still remember Illya Kuriyakin so my mental image is a bit out of date ;-)
Yes, l only remember him as lllya!
What amazing sculpts - l'm completely blown away by your skill   8)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on October 15, 2014, 07:02:30 PM
I used to love that program when I was a kid. You've got the look of him totally! I am hugely impressed how you can capture a likeness so well. I take my hat off to you!

My dad had a HUGE thing for Joanna Lumley actually. She lived in Wimbledon, as did we at the time and dad saw her in Sainsburies one day without her make-up on and his love for her seemed to wane after that  ::) ::) ::) Lol - good thing my mum still puts her slap on everyday then I guess!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 15, 2014, 07:23:16 PM
Nice. The previous one looked a bit worried somehow. This one is more confident looking, both in the facial expression and the modeling.

Oh thats a wonderful comment thank you, I think you're right though. I think the first sculpt was tentative and definitely felt like a step back in a way. Not quite as rounded. The new one definitely feels more finished in my mind.

Wow again!!  I think you've got this one perfect!!

Mel   :)

Ha! Well perfect perhaps pushes it a little far but than you. I appreciate the hyperbole nonetheless :)

True. I still remember Illya Kuriyakin so my mental image is a bit out of date ;-)
Yes, l only remember him as lllya!
What amazing sculpts - l'm completely blown away by your skill   8)

Why thank you. It occurred to me recently I've been sculpting like this for nearly ten years now. Quite a thing actually.

I used to love that program when I was a kid. You've got the look of him totally! I am hugely impressed how you can capture a likeness so well. I take my hat off to you!

My dad had a HUGE thing for Joanna Lumley actually. She lived in Wimbledon, as did we at the time and dad saw her in Sainsburies one day without her make-up on and his love for her seemed to wane after that  ::) ::) ::) Lol - good thing my mum still puts her slap on everyday then I guess!

Emma


Oh that is marvellous. It means a lot to me to hear this from an S&S fan, he being so difficult to get right.
Pahaha aw, poor Joanna, she is divine though. Her voice. Gosh. Soothing isn't the word.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 15, 2014, 08:03:17 PM
Could we keep your dad's 'huge thing' out of this conversation, there may be kid's reading. .  ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 15, 2014, 08:06:25 PM
Could we keep your dad's 'huge thing' out of this conversation, there may be kid's reading. .  ;-)

You're right! I missed that!

Totally inappropriate Emma! ;)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Billski on October 16, 2014, 10:04:28 AM
Brilliant work James, I would love to get an insight on how you capture these likenesses, I have tried to sculpt a likeness of our 10 year old, 3 attempts, and nothing like lol.

I had loads of photos from different angles, I sculpted the nose correctly, the cheeks and the overall dimensions of the face, but as you say, its all in the eyes!! but I just cannot get it right.

If you have any words of wisdom.....
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 16, 2014, 11:36:19 AM
Brilliant work James, I would love to get an insight on how you capture these likenesses, I have tried to sculpt a likeness of our 10 year old, 3 attempts, and nothing like lol.

I had loads of photos from different angles, I sculpted the nose correctly, the cheeks and the overall dimensions of the face, but as you say, its all in the eyes!! but I just cannot get it right.

If you have any words of wisdom.....

Oh gosh I don't know, its so difficult. So many elements come in to play with something like this. Painting aids a likeness too.
Young faces are particularly tricky to capture too, everything's soft, still setting as it were, so don't feel bad about not being able to grab onto a likeness of your kid.
Likenesses almost need a hint of caricature I find, to give them life.

Part of my approach is looking at pictures yeah, but dimensions and such don't figure, a lot of it comes down to fiddling and trying to capture personality rather than likeness.
The expression also plays a huge part. A basic neutral expression I think is hardest to capture a person in. Its why so many action figures fall short in my mind.
One thing I would strongly suggest is try and find a lovely expressive photo, a smile or even a silly expression. Something that immediately pops with life.

Its like catching lightning in a bottle. It can be the most infuriating thing.
I have no idea how helpful this might be, but I hope it was useful in some way :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 18, 2014, 12:37:39 PM
So I've put McCallum on the back burner for a while to think about what I do with it next etc. At present I'm very content with the likeness and frankly if it stayed unfinished at this stage I'd actually be happy with it.

Anyway, back to McGoohan. My friend's birthday is rapidly approaching and, for once, I feel I'm nearing the end of the project before time is up.
I wanted to make a copy for my friend of the sculpt out of plaster, so I made a basic mold from a two-part compound called Siligum, which is rather good but tends to react with itself when in contact with another dried piece of Siligum, which could be annoying but in my case proved helpful.
I first pressed a large amount of the gum around the back half of the bust and pushed a couple beads into it to create a key. This set in about 15 minutes and then I set to work with the second half, after checking for air bubbles in the first.
I covered the front half with the gum and allowed that to dry.
When I came to removing the bust I discovered the two halves had reacted with each other and sealed together which was annoying, BUT in the end aided me as I split only one side of the mold to release the sculpt, the other side essentially a totally sealed and tight join which allowed none of the mixture to leak through.
I was incredibly lucky as both halves had no air bubbles to speak of. More serendipity than planned luck. If there HAD been any bubbles I would have been up the proverbial creek as I had used all of my (expensive) gum on the thing.
So I was lucky.
So came the plaster production stage. After one misfire, after accidentally buying a mix for papier-mâché (no idea how that happened), I worked through three/four tests, with increasing success.
It shall be given as a gift in the solid white you see. I rather like the rustic slightly raw feel to it even though it has lost some of the life the translucency of the clay gave it.

In all I'm very happy with it, serendipity and all. This has been an experience more of "You've been lucky this time. Don't do it again" rather than "Well, that went exactly as I would have hoped", but I'm sure I can modify what I learnt from this to improve a future casting.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5043_zpsbe869b30.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5043_zpsbe869b30.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5046_zpse463e344.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5046_zpse463e344.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5044_zps9c07e11d.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5044_zps9c07e11d.jpg.html)
(A slight air bubble on the side of his nose did appear in the mold annoyingly, but it can be sanded etc)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5053_zpse310e9c7.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5053_zpse310e9c7.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5049_zps25361e0b.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5049_zps25361e0b.jpg.html)

(the phrase "Six of One" appears regularly in the series The Prisoner, and I thought instead of putting a production number mark on the back, i.e. "1/6" I thought it'd be nice to switch it and put "6/1". The base is Mahogany and will be varnished.)

I hope he bloody likes it after all this.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 23, 2014, 12:13:36 PM
You McGoohan is fantastic!!  I'm sure your friend will really appreciate it.

I loved reading your process. Very interesting, serendipity and all!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 23, 2014, 03:32:06 PM
You McGoohan is fantastic!!  I'm sure your friend will really appreciate it.

I loved reading your process. Very interesting, serendipity and all!!

Mel  :)

Why thank you Mel!
It was quite the learning curve of sorts. A learning circle as it were. Serendipity is a key factor in every-single-thing I make.

In fact I actually have some more better pics of it, along with the previous attempts which might be interesting...
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5106_zps72a79f22.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5106_zps72a79f22.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5097_zpsa7d028f6.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5097_zpsa7d028f6.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5086_zps411b57a0.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5086_zps411b57a0.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5092_zps1b346738.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5092_zps1b346738.jpg.html)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5101_zps6b221343.jpg) (http://s102.photobucket.com/user/tombaker369/media/DSCF5101_zps6b221343.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on October 23, 2014, 04:23:25 PM
My goodness!  How fantastic!
Interesting to read about your moulding/casting experience too.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 23, 2014, 06:07:32 PM
Great pics!  It's nice to see all other attempts!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on October 23, 2014, 06:26:45 PM
Could we keep your dad's 'huge thing' out of this conversation, there may be kid's reading. .  ;-)

ROFL  ;D ;D ;D

Don't. I was a child of the 70s. My parents thought nothing of letting the entire neighhood see their things  ::)

On the plus side, you're showing you have just the right stuff to be a classic forum member here.  Mostly it seems to require a love of clay, animals and smutty inuendoes to thrive at the Polyclay Forum! Those without all three often drift away  8)

Emma

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on October 24, 2014, 09:31:48 AM
LOL Emma!!  ;D ;D ;D

Mel  ;D
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 27, 2014, 01:24:49 PM
Hello all! Thanks for all the kind words, they're enormously appreciated.
Let is be said that innuendo will always find a welcome home here.

Anyway, I've got a few things ticking over slowly at the moment and I thought I'd share.
Firstly I've always been in love with the work of Gerry Anderson and Supermarionation, who made iconic cult kid's shows like Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and many more which used classical puppeteering techniques.
I've wanted to make a puppet replica of one of the characters from his series for a very long time and have tried several times in the past to do so, with really limited success.
Earlier in the year I made a pretty basic mock up sculpt of the character Parker who appeared in Thunderbirds as a kind of warm up sculpt before I tackled something else. I was rather pleased with how it worked.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/IMAG2544_zpscf95a266.jpg)

and then recently I attended the screening of the fab documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" at the British Film Institute which got me inspired once again, after they trotted a couple of tiny puppets out onto the stage.
I fancied making the character Scott Tracy because I've always thought he had a fascinating face. So recently I made the head, sans hair as you can see.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps445ccfdb.jpeg)
At the moment I'm unsure if its actually good or not. I feel I should have chosen a move expressive...expression, a more angsty serious face would be nice. He looks altogether too generic.
I also used hair to make his eyebrows, which was a tricky thing I can tell you, but worked rather nicely I have to say.

Another thing I'm working on is another gift for someone.
My cousin is about 7 years old and I heard that she was a fan of Wallace and Gromit, as indeed am I, and was enormously so when I was a kid. So I thought it'd be nice to make her a little gift for Christmas.
So I started making this gift and found that I'd made it too big and also too nice (I rather wanted to keep it myself), the fact that I'd made it badly and it breaking also didn't help. So I decided to start again and make a smaller one, and this time actually think it through rather than blindly thundering through and regretting it.
Anyway, here's the one I originally made:

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF4781_zps059e30a6.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF4783_zpse187e79b.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF4784_zps8d20c995.jpg)

I'm really happy with how this original one turned out seeing as I hadn't sculpted anything W&G related for well over five years, so it was lovely to come back to something I know inside out, and yet it wasn't easy to start with.

I'm now working on a smaller one with a little more life to it, which I think will work better than the slightly dead-eyed stare the old one had.

Anyway, hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on October 27, 2014, 05:55:36 PM
They're all great ;-) Nip down to Aardman and get a job, now! ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 28, 2014, 08:12:32 PM
Hello all, something a little more serious or peculiar now I think.
My girlfriend is a model and photographer and a source of great inspiration for me (She's the subject in my little avatar picture thing) and recently I was taken with the idea of sculpting her peculiar features again.
So last-night I started and got incredibly bored and frustrated with my abilities and my inability rather in capturing her likeness.
The result however is something I'm rather proud of, less so for its resemblance and more-so for its texture and roughness.
I wanted to go for a classical style of sculpture which was rough around the edges. Unfinished and sketchy.
Please excuse very mild nudity.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-4_zps80285e72.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsdd370e1e.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps206b1549.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-6_zps6eb1a115.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsef56bfdd.jpeg)

"Nothing's Perfect"

Hope you like it!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 01, 2014, 02:23:01 PM
I really like the roughness of your latest sculpture.  You are really great at capturing expression!!

And I love your Wallace and Gromit!! Perfect!!

If you don't mind me asking... What is your secret to avoiding finger print marks?

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on November 01, 2014, 04:16:49 PM
I am so astonished that polymer clay can be used to make such extraordinary sculptures!
   
Plus, like Mel, wonder how you make them fingerprint-free ???
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 01, 2014, 04:55:21 PM
I think that is wonderful James

Is your GF pleased with it?

What I like is that it is sort of perfect yet rough-finished both at once.

Hard to explain what I mean  - almost like I see it as perfect first off. Because the proportions are so balanced, my mind accepts it as a real, perfect human form. Then, when I start to look closer, the "clay-ness" of it starts to leap out more and I see the abstractions, the textures and those eyes!

I find myself hoping it is finished. I shrink from the idea of you refining this one anymore in a way. It seems sort of complete by its incompleteness.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 01, 2014, 09:30:55 PM

I find myself hoping it is finished. I shrink from the idea of you refining this one anymore in a way. It seems sort of complete by its incompleteness.

Emma

Me too!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on November 01, 2014, 10:28:04 PM
Same here!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 02, 2014, 10:02:02 AM
I really like the roughness of your latest sculpture.  You are really great at capturing expression!!

And I love your Wallace and Gromit!! Perfect!!

If you don't mind me asking... What is your secret to avoiding finger print marks?

Mel  :)

Shucks thanks Mel, expression means a heck of a lot to me. If the piece doesn't have life in it's expression then its been a wasted exercise.

Well Mel and Carrie! My "secret", if secret be the word, for avoiding finger print marks is I just blend them away with my thumb. Nothing more than that really. If its for instance the Wallace and Gromit sculpture however I keep the finger prints because they are part of the intrinsic charm of the characters. BUT sometimes with my regular sculpting I do find myself leaving parts of prints when I feel they add something. I don't for a second present my work as perfect or photo realistic, I like seeing the artist in the work as it were.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 02, 2014, 10:04:55 AM
I think that is wonderful James

Is your GF pleased with it?

What I like is that it is sort of perfect yet rough-finished both at once.

Hard to explain what I mean  - almost like I see it as perfect first off. Because the proportions are so balanced, my mind accepts it as a real, perfect human form. Then, when I start to look closer, the "clay-ness" of it starts to leap out more and I see the abstractions, the textures and those eyes!

I find myself hoping it is finished. I shrink from the idea of you refining this one anymore in a way. It seems sort of complete by its incompleteness.

Emma

She seems pleased with it yes, the lack of eyes is a talking point but she seems to like it a lot, which is a relief obviously!

Nope. This piece is 100% finished. I wanted it to be peculiar and rough and unfinished in its appearance. I'm fascinated with how little you have to do for the mind to join up the dots as it were.
I like the cheats you can employ to make something work.

I'm really very happy then you like it though. I was worried the somewhat personal nature of it might make it awkward to talk about. It was such fun to sculpt. The face is perhaps where I felt annoyed with the sculpture, but everything came together like a dream.

I imagine I'll do more in the future, but we shall see.

Thanks all for such lovely words!
Certainly a lovely lift on a miserable drizzly Sunday.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 02, 2014, 10:13:54 AM
AND I've just remembered, I have something else to show you.
It isn't in any way sculpture related, but it is something else I've been working on for a good month or two.

I studied Animation for four years an graduated in 2013 which was great fun. Since then I've been scrabbling about unsure what to do, trying to get little projects here and there off the ground. Recently I've felt my interests has moved from Animation to story telling in general, and so not long ago I got in touch with a friend of mine who made the soundtracks and sound design for my college films.
I put to him an idea of making a mini-series, but a radio mini-series. A Podcast if you like.
Something creepy and eerie and simple.
It appealed to me because it would mean I wouldn't have to make a thing, only write, which is a passion of mine.
He agreed and suggested ideas and elements that made me think "YES. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking"
And so we set to work and met up to talk ideas.
Finally we decided it would be a four part series following an investigator (Peter Heath) as he investigates reports of an ominous sound that is being heard in a semi-rural town called Rothstead.
He finds himself slipping away into paranoia and his judgement become clouded and questionable.

I takes influence from all over the shop. Twin Peaks is a massive influence, The Prisoner too. The Good Life in a small way also helped. There are also nods to Doctor Who and Sapphire and Steel.
But primarily it is a beast of its own kind, and we're really very proud of it.

It went "live" on Hallowe'en night (natch) and the next episode, which is recorded, mixed and signed off, will be put out shortly.

Anyway, I wanted to share because its another side to what I do, and I'm proud of it (so there)

So please give it a listen if you like, its not very long either.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Pilot_zps91b21c8a.png)
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-pilot


Thanks again!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 02, 2014, 10:16:49 AM
And that reminds me!

Happy Hallowe'en!

"How's Annie?"

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsa3c699d7.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps8f6eca75.jpeg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 02, 2014, 11:44:41 AM
I just listened to your pilot episode.

Wonderful! Just my cup of tea and a great way to transport yourself away for 15 minutes into another world. Please be sure to let us know when the next episode is ready.

I find the subject matter fascinating too - I've heard about these hums before and we've had one around here that baffled me and DH a few weeks ago. I couldn't hear it, but he could. All those thoughts and questionings - very familiar!

I thought it was beautifully spoken too - nice dramatic tones without being over the top or cheesy.

Clearly sculpting isn't your only talent!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 02, 2014, 12:40:40 PM
I just listened to your pilot episode.

Wonderful! Just my cup of tea and a great way to transport yourself away for 15 minutes into another world. Please be sure to let us know when the next episode is ready.

I find the subject matter fascinating too - I've heard about these hums before and we've had one around here that baffled me and DH a few weeks ago. I couldn't hear it, but he could. All those thoughts and questionings - very familiar!

I thought it was beautifully spoken too - nice dramatic tones without being over the top or cheesy.

Clearly sculpting isn't your only talent!

Emma

Oh well that is just lovely Emma, thank you!

I've never experienced or been around this phenomena, but it is fascinating watching stuff on Youtube, most of them faked, but still interesting how eerie and otherworldly they are.

I'm pleased you approve of my "acting" skills, at times it put me in mind of Richard Burton doing Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, in a sort of hammy way, but I think I got some nice beats in there.

I'm not sure when the next episode will be put out, but it could even be the end of the week. I shall definitely keep you posted!

Once again thanks so much for listening :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 07, 2014, 07:03:33 PM
Hello all!
Here's something I've been working on for most of this week.

Michelle Gomez as the mysterious Missy from the recent series of Doctor Who which draws to a close this Saturday.
I'm unsure as to whether it *really* worked as a likeness but there you go. I may well find myself trying her again but with a different more peculiar expression. But we shall see.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsd9db90cd.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-4_zpsf154508e.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps389b6242.jpeg)

A very challenging sculpture I have to say. Femininity (which has a masculine quality to it), peculiar hair, a laughing/smile expression, intricate hat arrangement, make up, this had it ALL. All my personal problem areas.
I decided to try experimenting with decorating chalk as it's called which I just brushed on gently to give the skin a lighter tone and to do her eye make up which would simply have been a total disaster if I just painted it conventionally.
I think it worked very well actually. One major cock up occurred however (There always has to be one. Just part of the way I work).
As I painted the black of the hair undercoat my lost grip of the brush and caught the right corner of her mouth which caused much swearing and frantic dabbing to remove it.
I managed to get most of the attack off, but alas not all of it, and the chalk dusting didn't really conceal it all that much (Oh for real concealer) so now she appears to have a nasty bruise on her chin.
Such is life unfortunately.
I write this off as a half-success. More so an achievement of technique than that of likeness. I feel I've hit a kind of slip recently, something's put me off my game annoyingly.
But these things happen regrettably.

Also, on a total side-note, my mum has been pestering me to make her this little chap for ages and ages and this year I'll finally be able to shut her up.
He's the little dancing mascot from the EDF adverts
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5035_zpsce362ea9.jpg)
He was a right so-and-so to get right, but I think he worked a treat.

Anyway, hope you all like it!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on November 08, 2014, 08:13:10 AM
Looking good. I think the chalk works well, after all it echoes the way make up of various kinds is applied and blended. More than paint does anyway.
Oh God, not that 'dancing turd' thing! That ad completely puzzles me, I can't believe how awful it is ;-) Apologies to your mum but it looks more like a turd than a flame  :o  ;D
(nothing wrong with your model of it btw)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 08, 2014, 09:03:06 AM
Looking good. I think the chalk works well, after all it echoes the way make up of various kinds is applied and blended. More than paint does anyway.
Oh God, not that 'dancing turd' thing! That ad completely puzzles me, I can't believe how awful it is ;-) Apologies to your mum but it looks more like a turd than a flame  :o  ;D
(nothing wrong with your model of it btw)

A fiery turd. Painful. Well thanks for now making that image all I can see when I look at the little character.

;D
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 15, 2014, 07:24:05 PM
And so for something completely different.
The second episode of my podcast audio drama called The Hum I made with a talented sound designer called Paul Freeman.
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-two

Give it a listen if you can!

Thanks indeed!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 16, 2014, 09:47:04 PM
Oh yey - I'll be listening to that tomorrow for sure. Been looking forward to it, but have to take my weary self off to bed now as I have a cold and simply cannot take any more of today, today.

 ;)

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 17, 2014, 01:23:46 PM
OMG!!  I've just listened to your 2 episodes and had to go and lock all the doors!!  Fantastic!!!  They were absolutely enthralling!!!!  I'm sure there's a better word I could use, but I'm not as good with words as you are.  I hope there's more to come!!

You are extremely talented indeed!!

Your Missy is fantastic too!  The chalks worked beautifully.  It's a shame about the slip of the brush.  That's the sort of thing that happens to me!! I think your dancing flame is cute!!

Mel  :)

Oh crap!!  I keep hearing noises!!  ::)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 17, 2014, 04:00:19 PM
Oh yey - I'll be listening to that tomorrow for sure. Been looking forward to it, but have to take my weary self off to bed now as I have a cold and simply cannot take any more of today, today.

 ;)

Emma

Oh Lord I know that feeling. I was pretty poorly yesterday and spent it entirely in bed, which is rare for me. Pitiful.

OMG!!  I've just listened to your 2 episodes and had to go and lock all the doors!!  Fantastic!!!  They were absolutely enthralling!!!!  I'm sure there's a better word I could use, but I'm not as good with words as you are.  I hope there's more to come!!

You are extremely talented indeed!!

Your Missy is fantastic too!  The chalks worked beautifully.  It's a shame about the slip of the brush.  That's the sort of thing that happens to me!! I think your dancing flame is cute!!

Mel  :)

Oh crap!!  I keep hearing noises!!  ::)

Haha! Oh dear me, thank you so much for the capitals and exclamation marks.
There is absolutely more to come. Two more episodes to be precise. The next one is rather good as stuff actually HAPPENS, which makes a change.
The last episode has been written and I'm waiting on feedback on it. It'll hopefully be all done by the end of the year.
I also have tentative hopes for writing something spooky for Christmas...but we shall have to wait and see about that one.
Thanks for such wonderful appreciation!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 17, 2014, 05:03:19 PM

There is absolutely more to come. Two more episodes to be precise. The next one is rather good as stuff actually HAPPENS, which makes a change.


Oooh!! I can't wait!!!


Thanks for such wonderful appreciation!

You're very welcome.

Emma, I hope you're feeling better today.

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 21, 2014, 09:42:57 AM
I'm definitely on the mend now thanks

Not helped by having the bejesus creeped out of me by James' latest episode!  :o :o :o Why oh why did I listen to it when I was at home alone?

I loved it though - keep 'em coming James!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 21, 2014, 10:23:24 AM
I took this photo yesterday and thought of 'The Hum'.  My house keeps creaking!!  ::)

(http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/melmcg4/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg) (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/melmcg4/media/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg.html)

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on November 21, 2014, 01:42:47 PM
Lovely Mel!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 21, 2014, 02:47:21 PM
Thanks Karolina  :)

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 21, 2014, 06:08:19 PM
I'm definitely on the mend now thanks

Not helped by having the bejesus creeped out of me by James' latest episode!  :o :o :o Why oh why did I listen to it when I was at home alone?

I loved it though - keep 'em coming James!

Emma

Haha! Splendid. Always good to see my work is being appreciate. Thank you! The next episode should be out next weekend!

I took this photo yesterday and thought of 'The Hum'.  My house keeps creaking!!  ::)

(http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/melmcg4/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg) (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/melmcg4/media/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg.html)

Mel  :)

Oh my Mel! That is stunning and YES, it just *is* The Hum. I may have to steal that from you and keep it in the holster for whatever we do with the show when we're done!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 21, 2014, 06:13:04 PM
Something a little more sculptural now.

I've been feeling miserable recently, with a pretty bad cold that had me stuck in bed for a day, which is rare for me, and a nasty burn on my right thumb which make the idea of working a little painful.
Its pretty much healed now and I've been cracking on with something I've putting off for ages now.

A Christmas gift for my cousin. A mini-bust of Wallace and Gromit.
I made one before but it was too big and too broken after some incidents in the baking stages.

This one didn't pass entirely incident free, but naturally it wouldn't be one of my projects if it went smoothly.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps0c8f0952.jpeg)
It isn't finished yet, but you can see the original sculpture in the back, slightly larger than the new one and with just a little more expression and warmth.
I'll hopefully be getting a nice wooden base for it which I'll then stick all the bits and pieces to.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps787b4919.jpeg)

All in all I think they came out rather nicely, and took about maybe the best part of two days to put together. Funny how quickly things happen when you actually say "Right. I'm going to do it now"

Anyway, thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on November 24, 2014, 09:49:04 AM
They are fantastic!!  You must show them mounted.  Lucky Cousin!!

I may have to steal that from you and keep it in the holster for whatever we do with the show when we're done!


You are welcome to use it.  8)  :)

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 29, 2014, 07:04:33 PM
Here's the third and penultimate episode of my spooky mini series!
Made by myself and sound designer Paul Freeman.
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-three

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on December 01, 2014, 12:22:19 PM
WOW!!!! James that was fantastic!!  I was expecting a chimney sweep here today, who rang the bell literally two seconds after the knock on the door in The Hum and I jumped out of my skin!! It is so well done!!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on December 02, 2014, 07:22:11 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 02, 2014, 07:22:07 PM
WOW!!!! James that was fantastic!!  I was expecting a chimney sweep here today, who rang the bell literally two seconds after the knock on the door in The Hum and I jumped out of my skin!! It is so well done!!!

Mel  :)

Thanks Mel! I say a chimney sweep, how quaint ;)
Thats a wonderful response, seriously. I'm so happy you like it!

Nice!


Many thanks indeed!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 02, 2014, 07:37:10 PM
So on the sculpting front, the Wallace and Gromit bust is pretty much completed now, the base has come and it fits beautifully. It'll be varnished by the end of the week and the figures mounted. I shall have plenty of pics for you!

Something new now.
For the past several weeks (I tell a lie, the majority of this year and indeed the past four) I've been addicted to a band called La Roux and the lead singer/personality Elly Jackson who released a new album earlier in the year. The first (and second only) since 2009 and it completely reawakened my love for her. This culminated in seeing them perform live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire a couple weeks ago.
A superb evening and I shall be seeing her again next February.
I don't often do the gig thing really. Mainly because most of my musical heroes are either dead or reclusive.
And the tickets for this gig were INSANELY cheap, so how could I possibly complain.

Anyway, I've tried sculpting her twice before, Originally with limited success, the second time was earlier in the year and worked pretty well I have to say, and its success reignited the sculpting spirit in me and I've been going solidly (more or less) since then, back in July.
And so here is the third sculpture, which I am pretty pleased with I have to say.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsab285604.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsd17ec215.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps23d69da7.jpeg)

(http://mathewparrithomas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/La-Roux-Web-001.jpg)
(Annoyingly I just found this picture and it would have been PERFECT to have whilst sculpting. But thats always the way)

Anyway, hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on December 03, 2014, 10:30:27 AM
She's wonderful, James.  You've captured her expression beautifully.  What you've created isn't that different from the picture you've just found.  Change the head angle and you'd have a perfect match.  I love the touch of gold you've added too.  I've never heard of La Roux so might just have to have a quick Google!  Curious mind that I have!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on December 03, 2014, 01:14:20 PM
Amazing stuff ;-) Your model looks better than the photo. . . I've never heard of La Roux either, I am old enough to have heard of Danny la Rue however. . ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 03, 2014, 03:02:12 PM
She's wonderful, James.  You've captured her expression beautifully.  What you've created isn't that different from the picture you've just found.  Change the head angle and you'd have a perfect match.  I love the touch of gold you've added too.  I've never heard of La Roux so might just have to have a quick Google!  Curious mind that I have!

Mel  :)

Why thanks Mel! I've always loved her expressions as a performer and recently expressions has become a big thing for me. The first time I sculpted her it was very blank and neutral which, for a musician, shouldn't really be the case.
I couldn't be happier with the way the gold works in these pictures, it gives the hair the translucent gingerness she has which is a big part of her look.
I'm just so annoyed I found the photograph of her AFTER I'd finished the sculpture. Moreso because I'd seen it before and just forgot about it. Typical really.
Ooh yes do check her out, she can be an acquired taste to some people, but her recent album is pretty brilliant.

Amazing stuff ;-) Your model looks better than the photo. . . I've never heard of La Roux either, I am old enough to have heard of Danny la Rue however. . ;-)

Hah! Well thats quite a compliment.
Ah Danny, I wonder if they're related....
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on December 03, 2014, 05:00:51 PM
OK I've Googled and came across one of their songs called 'kiss and not tell' which is really good and couldn't help but think she sounded familiar and then discovered that they had a song called 'bulletproof' which was in the charts for quite a while. Yes she has a great voice.  :)

Looking ward to seeing the finished Wallace and Gromit bust BTW.

Mel  :) 
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 04, 2014, 07:18:05 PM
OK I've Googled and came across one of their songs called 'kiss and not tell' which is really good and couldn't help but think she sounded familiar and then discovered that they had a song called 'bulletproof' which was in the charts for quite a while. Yes she has a great voice.  :)

Looking ward to seeing the finished Wallace and Gromit bust BTW.

Mel  :) 

Yep, Kiss and Not Tell is from her new album "Trouble in Paradise", which is really good. Got a brilliant funk vibe to it, echoes of Chic  and Bowie.
Bulletproof was kind of her break through song, she finishes most of her gigs with it I believe. Its a fab song though. Her first album has a very different aesthetic to the new/second one. Its far more synthy and angry, proper break up stuff. The new album is a little lighter, almost larky at times. But insanely catchy.

Well the W&G bust should be finished very soon indeed, I'll post pics when it is!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 10, 2014, 12:39:01 PM
So at long last my bust of Wallace and Gromit for my cousin this Christmas is finished. Been frustrating but I'm really happy with it.

Here's a few pics!
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps1a306df1.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zps00174c7c.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps377eefe9.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zpsb366a851.jpeg)

And one final one to show the different steps of this sculpture.
The original, much larger version of Wallace and Gromit that broke and couldn't be used, then the head of the new scale Wallace which I grew unsatisfied with and then the new and final one.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5261_zpse35f6a24.jpg)

Hope you all like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on December 10, 2014, 01:29:51 PM
Like?? I love them!!!  I love all the detail and the little extras like the cheese and crackers.  They look great mounted on the wood.  And I love seeing all of them in the last photo too.

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on December 10, 2014, 01:57:08 PM
Nice i like them!It is always good to have a spare head to.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 10, 2014, 07:37:58 PM
Like?? I love them!!!  I love all the detail and the little extras like the cheese and crackers.  They look great mounted on the wood.  And I love seeing all of them in the last photo too.

Mel  :)

Why thank you! I'm terribly happy with how it all came together. Been quite a long process but it paid off nicely.
I'm definitely happy with how the wooden base came out after a quick lick of varnish

Nice i like them!It is always good to have a spare head to.

Haha! Yes it always is!
Thanks ever so much

I actually tweeted a picture of it to Aardman and Peter Lord who is a head director and big-wig at Aardman and got a sweet reply, he said "You spoil this cousin of yours", which made me smile quite a bit.

Got a few things coming up soon which I'll be posting!

The FINAL episode of The Hum will not be out this weekend as it has been in the past, but it shall return much closer to Christmas as semi-event listening. As it were.
The script is written and preliminary recordings have been made. It shall be out before you know it!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on December 11, 2014, 07:28:17 AM
Cracking model ;-) You do definitely spoil this cousin of yours, but you had fun making it too of course. Nice response from Aardman too.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on December 11, 2014, 01:58:55 PM

I actually tweeted a picture of it to Aardman and Peter Lord who is a head director and big-wig at Aardman and got a sweet reply, he said "You spoil this cousin of yours", which made me smile quite a bit.

That's very cool!!  8)


The FINAL episode of The Hum will not be out this weekend as it has been in the past, but it shall return much closer to Christmas as semi-event listening. As it were.
The script is written and preliminary recordings have been made. It shall be out before you know it!

I'm looking forward to it!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 24, 2014, 10:28:55 PM
Right so. I haven't posted or said anything for a fair bit. Been busy, what with Christmas and so on.
Got a few things to show off though!

Firstly I finally completed my gift for my cousin, the Wallace and Gromit bust. Complete with display box that opens when the ribbon around it is cut.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsc7fb57a7.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsc7a68a9f.jpeg)

I finished it all off with a set of little rockets for the "wall" of the display box evoking the motif of the previous films.

Secondly, for Christmas I also made another bust, this time for my dear girlfriend all the way in America.
Her being a Tim Burton fan, I decided to make a figure of her as a Burton character. She also loves peanut butter, which I felt was a nice touch.

So here it is.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/IMG_1722_zpsce8a9012.jpg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsd8fd350f.jpeg)

She seems jolly pleased with it, which is greatly, considering I managed to kick the thing over and break it before sending it off. I managed to fix it however. A massive relief when the blasted thing arrived.

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 24, 2014, 10:50:30 PM
I've also started work on a sculpture of the First Doctor played by William Hartnell back in the early '60s

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps23858b30.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps1e5e2a67.jpeg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpsca51a14d.jpeg)

Thinking of possibly doing a series of these next year of each Doctor and selling them, but thats another matter all together.

The FINAL episode of The Hum is taking its time but it shall indeed be completed before the year is out.

Anyway, I hope you like these bits and pieces, and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas indeed!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on December 25, 2014, 11:29:46 AM
How do you do it!?!

Happy Christmas  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Teeth2faces on December 29, 2014, 10:49:46 AM
Wow....brilliant!

May I ask a question. Do you cure these in one go or incrementally? Are they bulked out or solid? Sorry, that was two questions!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 29, 2014, 11:02:09 AM
How do you do it!?!

Happy Christmas  :)

Obsessively. Thats how I do it. ;)

Wow....brilliant!

May I ask a question. Do you cure these in one go or incrementally? Are they bulked out or solid? Sorry, that was two questions!

Two questions! You lied! But no matter.
I cure/bake these things as you say, incrementally. Takes a little more time but this way I can be sure I don't "smooth" parts whilst working on others, and yep, they're bulked out with balled newspaper then tinfoil around it. Saves on weight and clay!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on December 29, 2014, 11:33:08 AM
Such cool work James. I agree, I can't comprehend HOW you get such great likenesses. You have an incredible eye for detail

Your gift for your American friend is amazing too - very brave to send it across the pond. I think I would be having kittens until I knew it had arrived safely.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on December 29, 2014, 11:37:58 AM
Thumbs up from me :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 31, 2014, 08:18:32 PM
Such cool work James. I agree, I can't comprehend HOW you get such great likenesses. You have an incredible eye for detail

Your gift for your American friend is amazing too - very brave to send it across the pond. I think I would be having kittens until I knew it had arrived safely.

Emma

I really don't know. At the risk of sounding ridiculously pretentious, I just sculpt what I see. I don't know. I don't rely on technique or whatever, I just do what feels right more than anything else.
But you are far too kind to say so! Thank you so much.

Gosh yeah it was a little nerve-racking, but it arrived safe and sound thankfully.

Thumbs up from me :)

Haha! Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 31, 2014, 08:25:10 PM
ANYWAY.
It seems its the end of the year (How on EARTH did that happen? I was just getting the swing of 2014 too)
So why not post a couple treats?

First off:

The fourth and FINAL episode of my little audio drama "The Hum"

https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-four

 (http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Four_zpsd3f30215.jpeg)

and here's pretty much everything I've sculpted this year.

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps00eafb65.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5279-tiltshift_zpsafcfe258.jpg)

Funny how short the year seems when your efforts are laid out in front of you.
I'm sure I did more, but this does, I'm pretty sure, reflect everything.
i.e. far too many Capaldi's. There will be more next year I'm sorry to say.

Anyway, thank you very much for making my first year here so fond and warm!
And thank you for keeping up with my meagre efforts and tribulations.

I hope I've kept you interested.

See you all very soon!

And a Very Happy New Year to you all!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on December 31, 2014, 11:19:40 PM
So many!   Happy New Year to you, too  :)
Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2015  8)

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 05, 2015, 05:58:01 PM
So. In a rather exciting development, the first episode (and indeed the others) of the audio-drama Paul Freeman (Sound Designer) and myself put together is going to be broadcast on the radio station "Resonance FM" this Friday at 3:45PM, and then repeated on Monday at 8:45AM.
Tune in on 104.4FM (If you're in London) or indeed listen to it online on their site: resonancefm.com

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zps4fdfce65.jpeg)

(Many thanks to Mel for letting me pinch the lovely photo they took ages ago!)

I took this photo yesterday and thought of 'The Hum'.  My house keeps creaking!!  ::)

(http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/melmcg4/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg) (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/melmcg4/media/Foggymorningviewpamorama_zps137a6c34.jpg.html)

Mel  :)

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on January 05, 2015, 06:27:59 PM
Onwards and upwards!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on January 05, 2015, 08:30:33 PM
Superb - I still have a few mins of episode 3 to finish listening to and then the final. So no spoilers people! No excuses other than Christmas and a ramp up in our carer duties too. I've been waiting for that perfect window of "me time" to sit down and be able to enjoy it without interuption.

It well deserves a wider audience - so very pleased to hear of the radio broadcast. That is great news

Mel's picture just captures the vibe of The Hum wonderfully!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on January 05, 2015, 10:35:24 PM
No no - absolutely no spoilers!  Haven't started it at all - just need to remember when him-in-the-shed is actually in the shed to take advantage of it  ::) ;D
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 08, 2015, 10:07:32 AM
Superb - I still have a few mins of episode 3 to finish listening to and then the final. So no spoilers people! No excuses other than Christmas and a ramp up in our carer duties too. I've been waiting for that perfect window of "me time" to sit down and be able to enjoy it without interuption.

It well deserves a wider audience - so very pleased to hear of the radio broadcast. That is great news

Mel's picture just captures the vibe of The Hum wonderfully!

Emma

No no - absolutely no spoilers!  Haven't started it at all - just need to remember when him-in-the-shed is actually in the shed to take advantage of it  ::) ;D

I hope the last few episodes satisfy and unsettle! We're really proud of it and can't wait for the broadcast, but terrified too.
Got a really nice idea for our next project too which we'll be pulling together over the next few months.
I'll post more details and stuff when things get decided!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 08, 2015, 10:12:09 AM
So my cousin (Who I made a bust of Wallace and Gromit for Christmas) has her birthday this week, I think its today actually, and I was pretty much talked into making another bit of Wallace and Gromit paraphernalia. Frankly it doesn't take much to convince me to do it really.
So this was a quick turn around really as I decided on Sunday.
Feathers McGraw from The Wrong Trousers.
Quite a fun little thing to make!

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5316_zps471e7e44.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5322_zpsda5cf1c7.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5319_zps8bf6b98a.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5312_zps252c0243.jpg)

Hope you like
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on January 08, 2015, 10:31:53 AM
You've captured him perfectly - he's one of my favourite characters  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on January 08, 2015, 12:04:11 PM
Cute one :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Vivi on January 09, 2015, 04:53:37 AM
Feathers McGraw!!! So much excitement burst from me upon seeing those pictures. :P How wonderful.

I see from your previous photos that you're talented at sculpting faces, which I appreciate because I'm utterly terrible at it. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 09, 2015, 12:45:49 PM
You've captured him perfectly - he's one of my favourite characters  :)
Cute one :)

Why thank you! He's a wonderful character, so simple. But the problem with simple is they're really difficult to get right. There's so little wiggle room for mistake or error. Plus working primarily with black clay is tricky because it always leads to grubby fingerprints on the lighter colours, so this chap was baked in stages.

Feathers McGraw!!! So much excitement burst from me upon seeing those pictures. :P How wonderful.

I see from your previous photos that you're talented at sculpting faces, which I appreciate because I'm utterly terrible at it. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.

Ah bursts of excitement are always appreciate!
You're too kind. I hope I don't disappoint!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on January 09, 2015, 08:48:08 PM
He is cool!

And on a personal note - now I know what Mr Man is on about when he calls me Feathers McGraw!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 20, 2015, 05:38:30 PM
Hello all!

Not been up to much recently sculpturally speaking, which is a bit tedious.
Today is Tom Baker's (The Fourth Doctor Who) 81st birthday, so I thought I'd knock up a quick little sculpture to celebrate it!

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zpsa0a682db.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-2_zps551373d0.jpeg)

At first somewhat frustrating as I just couldn't get into it, but it came round eventually and came together rather nicely.
Took me about a day or so to put together but I'm pretty pleased with it.

Hope you approve!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: FranOnTheEdge on January 25, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
Very like him, although my memories of him are of a more doleful, or brooding expression.

I have nothing like your ability in modelling, which is excellent, but I know what you mean by something not quite working to begin with and then it starts to come together as you work on it. From my experience of portrait painting, which I used to do in oils.

I thought it came from getting to know your model more, as I found when doing a portrait of someone I didn't previously know, as she talked and I painted, I found it easier to get her down on the canvas.

But maybe it's just a question of sort of zoning in on your target?
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on January 25, 2015, 11:50:54 AM
Funny - I always think of Tom Baker animated, smiling in a zany, slightly off world way. He is not doleful at all to me and you have captured him perfectly.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: FranOnTheEdge on January 25, 2015, 11:59:19 AM
I guess I'm just going by my (admitedly dim) memories of him as Dr Who, he did often smile, but I think of him mostly as having a doleful expression with a wicked twinkle lurking, mischeviously.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on February 05, 2015, 05:03:18 PM
Very like him, although my memories of him are of a more doleful, or brooding expression.

I have nothing like your ability in modelling, which is excellent, but I know what you mean by something not quite working to begin with and then it starts to come together as you work on it. From my experience of portrait painting, which I used to do in oils.

I thought it came from getting to know your model more, as I found when doing a portrait of someone I didn't previously know, as she talked and I painted, I found it easier to get her down on the canvas.

But maybe it's just a question of sort of zoning in on your target?

The personality of the subject is enormously important, 100%. Its so much easier to give someone a "voice" if you've heard them talk as it were.
The thing with likenesses is there really is only so far you can go. Not like a landscape or an impressionist piece of art which can all depend on the artist's mood and view, a likeness can only look so much like the person it is supposed to be. It can't look MORE like the person, than the person does, as it were.

I guess I'm just going by my (admitedly dim) memories of him as Dr Who, he did often smile, but I think of him mostly as having a doleful expression with a wicked twinkle lurking, mischeviously.

I do like his more serious expression, or rather one where he's lost in thought. As I get older I find the more serious appeal of the character is wearing off and the fun jovial side is becoming more important and pleasurable for me. Odd!

Funny - I always think of Tom Baker animated, smiling in a zany, slightly off world way. He is not doleful at all to me and you have captured him perfectly.

Emma

Tom did definitely have his darker moments, his final season specifically, I wanted to capture his warmth and life that he still has, so I thought sculpting him as he is now would be a nice idea, but it was HELL to do, I wasn't prepared for how frustrating it was going to be!
But thank you!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on February 05, 2015, 05:10:52 PM
So! Hello all!

Been away a while, but that's the way it is sometimes. Been in a proper funk recently and just haven't been able to get anything creative done. Both sculpturally and writing.
The follow-up to "The Hum", which will have no relation to it whatsoever, is taking far longer than I imagined, but its keeping me busy.

I've also been sculpting a little, literally only the last few days. My energy has slowly come back it seems.

I've become once again obsessed with the 1974 film "Murder on the Orient Express" which had Albert Finney playing the lead role of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who finds he must solve a murder on the famous train whilst it is stuck in a snow drift.

I've tried sculpting him in this role before, twice in fact, and both with varying success, well, sort of. The last one worked very well, so obviously I felt a slight trepidation when I thought I'd try it again.
Finney's performance is so peculiar and so at-odds with David Suchet's definitive and pitch-perfect performance, yet I still love it and find it bizarre and quirky and fun. One thing that struck me was how almost surly the performance is, how he laughs a throaty and strong laugh at numerous times and I felt I wanted to try and reflect that somehow.
In no way the neat and pin-sharp observed performance Suchet or indeed Ustinov gives, but one which is wild and fascinating and absolutely his own.

Anyway, I hope you like him!
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5434-tiltshift_zpszw7uh4mw.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5462-tiltshift_zpstb04wzxc.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5452-tiltshift_zps1rubnh9w.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/DSCF5454-tiltshift_zpsn8seh57n.jpg)
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Post by: MelMcG on February 18, 2015, 01:32:11 PM
Sorry, I haven't been around for the last 6 weeks, so I'm just catching up now.

WOW!!!  Where do I start?!?!?! 

The Hum finale was amazing!!!!  For me the town was a portal to another realm and he got taken in his sleep, but his subconscious mind was fighting it.  He'll wake up tomorrow and think it was all just a bad dream.  Anyway, I thought it was brilliantly done!!  Well done too on the radio broadcast.  And your very welcome regarding the photo.  :)

As for all your sculptures.  They are all amazing too!!  You are very very talented.  As I'm sure I've said before, your ability to capture expression and character in each piece is astounding!  I would love to be able to sculpt even have as good as you.

I hope we're going to see some more soon.

Mel  :) 
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 08, 2015, 07:17:36 PM
Sorry, I haven't been around for the last 6 weeks, so I'm just catching up now.

WOW!!!  Where do I start?!?!?! 

The Hum finale was amazing!!!!  For me the town was a portal to another realm and he got taken in his sleep, but his subconscious mind was fighting it.  He'll wake up tomorrow and think it was all just a bad dream.  Anyway, I thought it was brilliantly done!!  Well done too on the radio broadcast.  And your very welcome regarding the photo.  :)

As for all your sculptures.  They are all amazing too!!  You are very very talented.  As I'm sure I've said before, your ability to capture expression and character in each piece is astounding!  I would love to be able to sculpt even have as good as you.

I hope we're going to see some more soon.

Mel  :)

Hello there! Thank you so much for such sweet feedback. We're very proud of The Hum and its wonderful that you have your own little head canon for it too! You photo really really worked beautifully with the story, thanks once again!

In regards to my sculpting, thank you so much. It really is just serendipity I have to say. And a smidgen experience too. Expression and character are THE things I try to capture, and good likeness too. Thats a big one for me.

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 08, 2015, 07:22:42 PM
So, something new!
Well kind of new. A little new. Another Peter Capaldi! (deflated sigh)

Well I think this one turned out alright actually.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown_zpshh5cb4qe.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-4_zpswuilanye.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-1_zps8t5spxdp.jpeg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Unknown-3_zpsjxhwzqo3.jpeg)

Based on how he appeared in the opening moments of his debut episode "Deep Breath", wearing the previous Doctor's outfit.

I'm thinking this will be my last Capaldi for quite a while. I think it fitting that my last (for the moment) should be harking back to his starting point.

Got a few ideas for what I want to work on next too. My Nan wants me to make her something, so I've figured I'll make her a little bust of Pope Francis, seeing as she likes him and thinks he looks a little like his brother. So that should be interesting.
Also putting aside bits and pieces for a possible series of short animated thingamajigs several months from now which is exciting.
And on the audio/radio front my work partner and I are already mulling over new idea which is rather exciting and on a larger scale in terms of the cast (I.e. its not just me!).
He recently provided the sound design for a play about Alan Turing which seems to be getting nice reviews. It stars Ian Halland as Turing.

Anyway, an update of sorts. Hope to have somethings to show soon!
Thanks for looking!
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Post by: Karolina.S on March 08, 2015, 08:01:02 PM
Looking good as always !
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 16, 2015, 07:51:11 PM
Little bit of fluff now, like I said in my last post, my Nan wanted me to make something for her. She didn't care what, she just wanted to have something by me, which I thought was sweet. So with my grandparent's wedding anniversary falling the last week I thought it'd be nice to make something as a gift and handed it over on Sunday for Mother's Day (as a sort of shared family gift type thing)
So I decided to make a little bust of Pope Francis as the pair are rather religious and like him a lot.

I think he came together rather nicely. Didn't take too long either.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/IMG_1868_zpssvcu29xs.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/IMG_1869_zpsfufcsdtj.jpg)

Hope you like his holiness! ;)
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Post by: Carrie on March 16, 2015, 10:09:01 PM
That's very good - you've really captured that little smile he has  :D
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on March 19, 2015, 08:24:52 PM
I agree with Carrie.  You certainly have captured his smile.  He's fantastic, as is Peter Capaldi.  I love all the detail in the clothing too!  You can actually see the movement of the fabric.  Very well done!! 

Good luck with audio/radio thing.  When you're done mulling you must tell us all about it!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 20, 2015, 09:02:52 PM
That's very good - you've really captured that little smile he has  :D

Why thank you. I was really sure I wanted to get that warm smile he has and I feel it worked rather nicely.

I agree with Carrie.  You certainly have captured his smile.  He's fantastic, as is Peter Capaldi.  I love all the detail in the clothing too!  You can actually see the movement of the fabric.  Very well done!! 

Good luck with audio/radio thing.  When you're done mulling you must tell us all about it!!

Mel  :)

Thanks so much! My grandparents are actually going to take him to their church to get him blessed which is terribly sweet. Getting the seal of approval from the big guy as it were ;)
I'm super happy with the Capaldi, it came out great. I'm thinking it'll be my last for a while as I had a proper glut of sculpts of him over the past year and a bit.
Got some nice things ticking over at the moment too which I should be able to show in the next week or so when they're done.

In regards to audio/radio stuff, The Hum is getting a broadcast on Radiophrenia in Glasgow next month which is exciting. The station goes live from my birthday onwards, so it was clearly meant to be.
The next project Paul and myself are working on is progressing nicely. Slowly, but nicely. Already shot off the second draft of the outline and stuff to him so I shall have to wait and see what he thinks.
This story thankfully isn't just me, but on the more complicated side of things, it means we need to find actors! Which is terrifying. But exciting too.

Shall keep updating when news breaks.

Thanks for looking!
More to come...
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 21, 2015, 07:30:26 PM
Hello all!
Well with today being Gary Oldman's birthday I thought I'd show a sculpture I started last year but haven't felt the drive to finish.

Its Oldman as George Smiley from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
(https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11082625_10204695457080990_6296560870585253200_n.jpg?oh=799ed1f8c23b908c3f8bde070c1e0855&oe=55AA6B71)

The character wears rather large and unfashionable (As of then) glasses which I've made before when I've sculpted him. A ruddy fiddly business I must say.
Oldman is very difficult to capture and I think this sculpt goes someway in getting him, which I'm happy about.

Anyway, just an oddity I look at from time to time.

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 26, 2015, 06:46:37 PM
-He Came Back-

So ten years ago today (26th March 2015, this evening at 7pm to be precise) Doctor Who popped back onto our screens and into the public consciousness once again and I find myself awash with nostalgic memories of being a useless and vacant teen watching this old show, born again.
I don’t use these words lightly when I say that it more or less changed my life forever. In quite a profound way too.
I would very likely not be sculpting as I am now if it hadn’t returned as it did.
I wonder what I would have been without it…

Fantastic. Yes it was

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/bfc2c42657e01e0d9fb984656cde9aa9/tumblr_nltu9ugaUD1qctulio5_1280.jpg)
(http://36.media.tumblr.com/e2a852f71c203a40161993eae3e4e4cd/tumblr_nltu9ugaUD1qctulio4_1280.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/0dd950c1bf9a83fb72c5f7ed76fb9e68/tumblr_nltu9ugaUD1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://41.media.tumblr.com/5762d70332bd4ae3c57892c51ac86996/tumblr_nltu9ugaUD1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/1e38aca0cd261da190dccfb514eb8e10/tumblr_nltu9ugaUD1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor.
I hope you like him. I made him yesterday in a flurry of excitement and energy.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on March 31, 2015, 10:46:28 AM
WOW!! again.  Your Christohpher Eccleston is fantastic!!  I've attempted to make some faces recently, but mine are so unrealistic compared to yours. Big big sigh! 

That's very sweet that you Grandparents got it blessed.  And I read there somewhere that your birthday was coming up, so....
Happy Birthday!!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 31, 2015, 07:38:01 PM
WOW!! again.  Your Christohpher Eccleston is fantastic!!  I've attempted to make some faces recently, but mine are so unrealistic compared to yours. Big big sigh! 

That's very sweet that you Grandparents got it blessed.  And I read there somewhere that your birthday was coming up, so....
Happy Birthday!!

Mel  :)

Why thank you Mel!
I'm really quite surprised with how Eccleston turned out, He wasn't easy at first but slowly it came out of nowhere.
Faces can be tricky, its not so much in my book about being accurate, but being "authentic", trying to capture energy. I find making big "gestures" in the clay works nicely, using your fingers to block in the basic curves and shapes is really helpful.
For me its about sculpting what I can see and thinking less about technique. I was never one for following tutorials on youtube, I felt that just getting straight on with it was the best approach!
(Btw I would love to see what your face sculpts look like, I'm sure they're great. I always love seeing other people's styles. Its so fascinating.)

Where did you read that?!
Yes indeed my birthday is indeed coming up. Turning 24, which is a little terrifying but there you go.
Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 03, 2015, 04:15:05 PM
So today being the 3rd of April, the day Matt Smith made his proper debut as the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, I thought I'd post some pictures of a sculpt I did a while ago but didn't share as I wanted to keep it for this date.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/2e6958c756ece4203c78c56eee366875/tumblr_nm818vruf41qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/cba3f9abc4bbdda23e8e21caa9278d26/tumblr_nm818vruf41qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/03295d09d67757f312af2e62a3372f49/tumblr_nm818vruf41qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/893a10e8e985447a786c64795c1fd5b0/tumblr_nm818vruf41qctulio4_1280.jpg)

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 14, 2015, 01:18:11 PM
Something new!
A couple years ago I went to see the movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" starring Gary Oldman and a slew of other top-notch British actors and it captivated me. It also brought me to the superb BBC mini-series of the same name made in the late 1970's, based on the original books by John Le Carre, starring Alec Guinness as the character of George Smiley, played by Oldman in the film.
This then led me to the sequel series "Smiley's People" and then onto the books which read beautifully.

The character of Smiley, a quiet and yet powerful man intrigued me and stuck with me to this day, both Oldman and Guinness pulling different strings from the same man and yet both creating a still intensity that is fascinating in the character.

I tried sculpting Guinness many moons ago and had, at the time, good success with it. After a recent rerun of Smiley's People on the BBC a few months ago, I became obsessed again and set about sculpting Guinness properly.
This is what I came up with.

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/a4484f0325ecc8eb9f4c223728e6cfda/tumblr_nmsp4cDEB61qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/6d6aaa5602c53b38958b1d145f61bd80/tumblr_nmsp4cDEB61qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://36.media.tumblr.com/a54a76d46ec1159f4f368846e687597d/tumblr_nmsp4cDEB61qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/1ae6ba3472a5ed6e2c7a45d90e6b8786/tumblr_nmsp4cDEB61qctulio4_1280.jpg)
(http://img13.deviantart.net/a2c4/i/2015/104/9/8/smiley_s_people_by_frasierdalek-d8po8u0.jpg)

As I'm sure you can imagine, sculpting the glasses was a real chore, but fascinating nonetheless. I also made little lenses for the frames by sticking the baked/cured Sculpey onto a sheet of acetate then cut around them (very fiddling) and stuck them to the arms of the glasses that were now fixed to the head.

Overall I think he worked very nicely indeed and his eyes have a lovely feeling of depth to them with the glasses focussing the light on them.

Anyway! I hope you like him!

P.S. My little drama series "The Hum" is getting it's second radio debut this evening on the Scottish radio station "Radiophrenia" at 11pm, which is rather exciting. The lateness feels apt. Hopefully it'll catch a couple listeners as they drift off to sleep!
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Post by: Karolina.S on April 14, 2015, 02:05:12 PM
Congratulations on the radio apperence!

They are all looking good!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 14, 2015, 02:49:31 PM
Congratulations on the radio apperence!

They are all looking good!

Thank you so much!

It also occurred to me that I haven't linked you to my Tumblr yet!
Anyone who's interested in seeing my other works can pop over to my Tumblr page and have a glance.
http://thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on April 14, 2015, 04:09:53 PM
Excellent George Smiley ;-)
Yeah, Gary Oldman was very good, but in a different way to Alec Guiness. He got my respect for that. He summoned up a lot of gravitas I didn't know he had . .
Smiley's People rerun on the telly was gripping, the funny thing was that when Karla came face to face with Smiley at the end, it was Patrick Stewart! That ruined it for me  ;-) Not really but i had to laugh.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: FranOnTheEdge on April 16, 2015, 12:01:03 AM
That's very good, James.  I like how you've managed to capture both his slightly cheeky look as well as that sort of looming patience, depending on the lighting and camera angle. 
He's always been one of my favourite actors even before Star Wars: "Mos Eisley. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."

It's the voice you know - that wonderful purring quality.  Philip Madock had it too.

I once heard Philip Madock do part of Under Milkwood in person - the part about 'the dumbfound town' it was absolutely electrifying, I can't remember how much he read, but I was completely spellbound and only wished it to go on and on...
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Vivi on April 16, 2015, 12:53:53 AM
What clay do you use, James? It's probably already been asked and answered... Sorry if that's the case. I like to think if I use the same clay my stuff will turn out just as good. That's how it works, isn't it? ;)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 16, 2015, 10:33:09 AM
Excellent George Smiley ;-)
Yeah, Gary Oldman was very good, but in a different way to Alec Guiness. He got my respect for that. He summoned up a lot of gravitas I didn't know he had . .
Smiley's People rerun on the telly was gripping, the funny thing was that when Karla came face to face with Smiley at the end, it was Patrick Stewart! That ruined it for me  ;-) Not really but i had to laugh.

Why thank you Jon! I think both Smiley's are valid and fascinating viewing.
Its really impressive how Stewart only appeared something like four times in all of TTSS and SP, says not a word and yet is a tangible presence.

That's very good, James.  I like how you've managed to capture both his slightly cheeky look as well as that sort of looming patience, depending on the lighting and camera angle. 
He's always been one of my favourite actors even before Star Wars: "Mos Eisley. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."

It's the voice you know - that wonderful purring quality.  Philip Madock had it too.

I once heard Philip Madock do part of Under Milkwood in person - the part about 'the dumbfound town' it was absolutely electrifying, I can't remember how much he read, but I was completely spellbound and only wished it to go on and on...

Thank you very much! There's a smile that lingers on Guinness' face that hides a deeper motive that I found fascinating.
He did have such a mellow voice. such a fine actor, and a life very well lived.

What clay do you use, James? It's probably already been asked and answered... Sorry if that's the case. I like to think if I use the same clay my stuff will turn out just as good. That's how it works, isn't it? ;)

Hi Vivi! I use Super Sculpey a lot these days. The flesh tone of it means I can keep the painting to a minimum and the softness allows me to press the clay into quick blocked out shapes.
Using the same stuff? Yeah that's it absolutely!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 16, 2015, 07:04:10 PM
Something quite different now.
(http://pre06.deviantart.net/670c/th/pre/i/2015/106/5/3/ghost_by_frasierdalek-d8pwv2n.jpg)

I wanted to try something new and  few pictures of the sublime Tilda Swinton caught my eye. I wanted to make something rough and almost unfinished. Its possibly the closest to "artistic" that my process gets.
I'm calling it "Ghost" as it's light and loose and hardly there and I like it a lot.

Hope you do too!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on April 22, 2015, 01:08:19 PM

Yes indeed my birthday is indeed coming up. Turning 24, which is a little terrifying but there you go.
Thank you so much!

Lol!  Wait till your about to turn 45.  Believe me it's much more terrifying!! On the plus side, I think I've managed to get though my midlife crisis relatively unscathed!! ;D ;D ;D

I love 'Ghost' most of all I think. Though everything is amazing as always!!  I love how you've captured 'Ghost' in the photo. You've captured the transparent quality brilliantly and one can really see why you would call it that.

I enjoyed reading about how you made the glasses for Alec Guinness too.  Your attention to detail is really great!


Hi Vivi! I use Super Sculpey a lot these days. The flesh tone of it means I can keep the painting to a minimum and the softness allows me to press the clay into quick blocked out shapes.
Using the same stuff? Yeah that's it absolutely!

I think I've been using the wrong clay! I've been using Fimo Classic because I've got tons of it, but it's really hard to sculpt anything with it. Must get some Super Sculpey!!

Anyway, James, if you click on this link,  http://www.polyclay.co.uk/index.php/topic,2202.0.html , it'll take you to a thread that Fran started, called 'Heads Again - Patina', and if you scroll down the first page you'll come to my attempts at sculpting faces.  I didn't want to post any photos here because your stuff is too good to be so easily compared too!  ;D


P.S. My little drama series "The Hum" is getting it's second radio debut this evening on the Scottish radio station "Radiophrenia" at 11pm, which is rather exciting. The lateness feels apt. Hopefully it'll catch a couple listeners as they drift off to sleep!


I can just imagine the dreams!!!  ;D

Great Tumblr page too btw!

Mel  :)

 
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 22, 2015, 09:53:42 PM
I love 'Ghost' most of all I think. Though everything is amazing as always!!  I love how you've captured 'Ghost' in the photo. You've captured the transparent quality brilliantly and one can really see why you would call it that.

I enjoyed reading about how you made the glasses for Alec Guinness too.  Your attention to detail is really great!

Why thank you! I like to try and make something every now and then which is a little more...arty as it were. They're usually more "on a whim" than my usual subjects. They can be great fun and rather creatively free to create too. Likenesses can be pretty rigid stuff so something a little more impressionistic (But in my own "style") is rather refreshing.

Making Alec's glasses was tricky and, as ever, an occasion of mainly making it up as I went along. For me, to make Guinness without them would have been odd, and also I would have hated not having the challenge!

I think I've been using the wrong clay! I've been using Fimo Classic because I've got tons of it, but it's really hard to sculpt anything with it. Must get some Super Sculpey!!

Anyway, James, if you click on this link,  http://www.polyclay.co.uk/index.php/topic,2202.0.html , it'll take you to a thread that Fran started, called 'Heads Again - Patina', and if you scroll down the first page you'll come to my attempts at sculpting faces.  I didn't want to post any photos here because your stuff is too good to be so easily compared too!  ;D

Mel  :)

See using FIMO can be good, I have no real problem with it at all, but Super Sculpey really is marvellous for sculpting faces. You have the skin colouration already which helps a lot, and it's softness means its easily blocked in and manipulated. You don't feel like you're locked into something.
Just checked out the link and your sculpts are wonderful! They're so clean and vibrant. The little purple ones look great, they actually sort of remind me of Ringo Starr!
My main gripe with any kind of sculpting with clay is keeping the bloody stuff clean. I don't know what it is about me, but I just seem to attract dust and hair!

Don't be afraid to post stuff here from time to time! Its always a pleasure to see other people's sculpting work.
(If anything, it's offers me tricks and techniques I can pinch for myself! ;) )
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 08, 2015, 01:22:19 PM
So a couple little updates.

Firstly a private commission from not long ago for a customer in Finland.
Anthony Ainley as The Master from Doctor Who.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/4be7f0c5fab92e25483e7bee75cfeeea/tumblr_nnj5ivCIaw1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/691dc5aeedc240b6d810e83d6311adb2/tumblr_nnj5ivCIaw1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/867216f437332a55be1b26963946141a/tumblr_nnj5ivCIaw1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

A nice little piece, came together quickly and was received early last week.

And secondly I've been getting stuck into the new series of Thunderbirds thats been going out on Saturday mornings here in the UK.
I loved the original show as a kid and the new rebooted version really ticks a lot of boxes for me.
I really wanted to create one of the characters so I thought I'd go for the main-est of the ensemble cast, Scott Tracy.
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/cfd001053d502d46a0f96348fc5cc49b/tumblr_nnmddhu8v41qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://36.media.tumblr.com/bc7ba2a04b45ab9176eba7561374ab78/tumblr_nnmddhu8v41qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/b4f15540a6da2c27e1e0f5732fa24204/tumblr_nnmddhu8v41qctulio3_1280.jpg)

So yes, damn tricky one this. Very simple smooth lines and an almost emotionless face. The original characters were puppets, and the new versions were created with a puppet "Sensibility" to give them a charm and warmth.
Now, trying to sculpt this is really challenging for me because its essentially like trying to sculpt an action figure, using an action figure as reference.
The eyes always come across as a little dead and they're very hard to bring life too. Its almost akin to sculpting an Anime or Manga character (Which I must say I have no real interest in)
Difficult, but enormously satisfying to see it come together.

Anyway, thats it for the moment. Hopefully a few more things to come soon.
Hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on May 08, 2015, 04:58:05 PM
They are looking good altough i don´t know theese carachters :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: FranOnTheEdge on May 13, 2015, 11:51:30 PM
Anthony Ainley, he was great as Cathcart in Clouds Of Witness with Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter.  You capture him very well.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 21, 2015, 11:59:15 AM
Thanks for looking you guys! I really appreciate it.

Anyway, I'm thinking of taking some commissions in the new month or so and I just wanted to put the word out here.
Ideally I'd be offering bespoke sculptures/busts along the lines of what I have displayed in this thread.

These would be One-Of-A-Kind sculptures and so totally unique in the world.

Anywho, if anyone's interested, do let me know!


Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on May 21, 2015, 07:09:18 PM
You should do some Team America characters  ;)   :D
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MelMcG on June 03, 2015, 08:20:57 PM
Fantastic James!!  I love the second photo down, there is an actual glint in his eyes!  Very well done.  I still wish I could create realistic people like you do.  Thanks for your earlier comments btw. I love seeing your work!

Mel  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on June 23, 2015, 08:55:20 AM
Fantastic James!!  I love the second photo down, there is an actual glint in his eyes!  Very well done.  I still wish I could create realistic people like you do.  Thanks for your earlier comments btw. I love seeing your work!

Mel  :)

Why thanks Mel! the "glint" is something I try to get in everything I sculpt. Life is in the eyes I think, and a sculpture, for it to work, MUST have something behind them.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on June 23, 2015, 09:07:59 AM
Hello all, I'm abroad at the moment, which is lovely, but means I'm unable to sculpt anything, which is a bit tedious. I'd regret it if I was though. The thought of bringing home delicate stuff doesn't inspire much confidence in me, so thats alright.
The other day I got some rather exciting news.
The good people at the SanDiego Comic Con are very kindly going to show some of my Doctor Who related sculptures at the convention as part of a collection of fan art relating to Who.
They rather nicely showed some of my work last year too and I really didn't expect them to make the same mistake twice (as it were).
Rather happy about this because my work they showed last year wasn't my best and I now really dislike what I submitted, this year I'm much more confident and satisfied (and already thinking of next year's submission!)

So, if you SanDiego way and happen to be in the convention (which I won't be alas) keep an eye out for me!

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/d5213c7dcc894f4def7bc16734026781/tumblr_nq4spus4qp1qctulio1_250.jpg) (http://41.media.tumblr.com/6b766d52e29951520fdf1267ee511d24/tumblr_nq4spus4qp1qctulio2_250.jpg)

In other news, the day before I left England (Monday 15th) I had a meeting with Paul, my work partner, and we discussed the subject of our next audio project.
Initially we wanted to do something big, but the need for an actual cast (and not just my stupid voice) made it a little difficult, so that idea was put on the back burner until we feel a little stronger. The idea is strong, and more or less completed, so that WILL happen at some stage in the future.
Our new idea is something quite different. Again, it is quite an intimate story, in the way our last project "THE HUM" was, which we think plays to our strengths, but it will have a very different "voice" as it were (thats a clue too I believe), and also quite a modern feel to it.
So thats very exciting.
The script is finished and we'll be getting stuck into it almost straight after I get home, so thats very exciting.

Shall keep you all updated!
Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on July 17, 2015, 07:01:00 PM
Hello all!

Just a little something.
My cousin's 11th (I think) birthday is coming up, so I thought it'd be nice to make him something for it.
He's a big Doctor Who fan so that helped narrow it down a bit.

I settled on making a Weeping Angel
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/501df4bac4e850cfe7ccf90576d95bf4/tumblr_nrn6orUiUk1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/25555410c40a7a0b5081fc50ac2fc41e/tumblr_nrn6orUiUk1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/8312c0f9baaa80ff02566d453c8dfb79/tumblr_nrn6orUiUk1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

An interesting make. A basic newspaper and foil armature at the core, sculpted over with block colour FIMO which I then aged and weathered using some chalk powder stuff.
Came out rather nicely I think, and took only a couple days to put together.
She'll be placed on a little wooden base which will be glossed and possibly distressed a little. Will post final pictures in time. Just could resist taking it out into the garden and getting some nice creepy shots of it.

I particularly enjoyed sculpting the smashed, broken look of the base of it. At first I wasn't sure if I'd be able to achieve a convincing look, but I think I got something nice from it.

Anyway, thanks for looking!
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Post by: FranOnTheEdge on July 18, 2015, 05:06:57 PM
Very convincing indeed. Have you sent your CV in to the Dr Who people?
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Post by: JonB on July 19, 2015, 09:35:11 AM
Very cool. I hope your 11 year old cousin doesn't have too many nightmares with this lurking around ;-) Great faux stone effect too.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 10, 2015, 06:56:21 PM
Hello hello!

Been awfully silent recently. Been pretty busy with one thing and another, as is often the way.
Anyway, just wanted to pop by and show a little something.

(https://33.media.tumblr.com/719579cde4bce21dc93be637950ab1f2/tumblr_nuh2f57M3y1qctulio1_400.gif)
- Happy Birthday to Peter Sellers -

Tuesday 8th September was Peter Sellers’ would-be 90th birthday.
That evening I attended a low-key event somewhere in London where members of The Goons Show Appreciation Society had arranged a night celebrating the great man (Who was part of The Goons comedy troupe)
A wonderful night of guests (his daughter Sarah for one), clips and a surreal climax where we sang happy birthday to the man.
Like something from Full Metal Jacket.

Anyway, wanted to do something so hastily put together a tribute of sorts.

Thanks go to the wonderful https://www.facebook.com/bowmanimages who edited the frames for me.

(https://41.media.tumblr.com/b0bc5974409a1beb17b7c3498dd95794/tumblr_nuh2f57M3y1qctulio2_540.jpg)

Bit basic, but I like it.
Hope you do too!

Another update for my audio drama fans, we are about half-way into recording our next audio project, which is terribly exciting. We have a recording session scheduled for Sunday and I can't wait to get going (and am terrified too!)
More info as it comes!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on September 11, 2015, 08:17:27 AM
Great stuff,
That sounds like a fun event.
The 'Best of Sellars' 10" album was part of the soundtrack of my childhood, as my Dad had that record and it was played a lot. Happy 90th Mr Sellars ;-)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Sylvia on September 12, 2015, 12:29:39 AM
I heard a story that, in the early days of the Goons, during a tea break, Glenn Miller's 'In the Mood' came on the radio.  Sellers hated the tune, and said that he would include it in his funeral order of service, expressly to make Secombe and Milligan and Bentine laugh.

Sellers went on to movie greatness, and his funeral was packed with the Hollywood great and good.  The officiating priest announced a piece of music which meant a lot to Peter Sellers, and on came 'In the Mood'.  The three ex-Goons very publicly cracked up, to the total mystification of everyone else.

No idea whether this is true.  But it ought to be.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on September 12, 2015, 08:45:59 AM
I think 'True' is a more fluid concept than we like to think. Great story ;-)
I just noticed my misspelling of the man's name, oops, 'e' not 'a'. . . Sellers, that's better.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 12, 2015, 10:18:16 AM
Oh I do hope that story is true. Probably is considering his reputation as a prankster.

Just popping by to drop in something.
Today marks 20 years since we lost Jeremy Brett, who for my money is the finest and best embodiment of Sherlock Holmes.

"But darlings, the show must go on"
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/12003354_10205902900986333_4778950582164822163_n.jpg?oh=ba802173e1de432df65fb64ccabd655d&oe=566651B3)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/28a6fccf63c0325bd8f818f6820a3ce5/tumblr_nuk2taeh3C1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

He's somewhat of a challenge for me, and always has been. I feel I've done alright with this sculpt. Someday I hope to do him proper justice.

Hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on September 12, 2015, 09:51:05 PM
Superb! You captured that look in his eyes perfectly. A sort of thinking mixed with observing look.

 And yes, Brett was and remains the only one to even come close to doing Sherlock justice. The full box set is one of my comfort telly things, usually wheeled out for a marathon if I have flu or something and can indulge all day.

I like the modern Sherlock's well enough, the BBC one with cucumber guy is great for its Watson but Sherlock doesn't quite work for me.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 31, 2015, 10:56:56 AM
Superb! You captured that look in his eyes perfectly. A sort of thinking mixed with observing look.

 And yes, Brett was and remains the only one to even come close to doing Sherlock justice. The full box set is one of my comfort telly things, usually wheeled out for a marathon if I have flu or something and can indulge all day.

I like the modern Sherlock's well enough, the BBC one with cucumber guy is great for its Watson but Sherlock doesn't quite work for me.

Emma

Thanks very much Emma! Brett has always been an enormous challenge for and I feel I did a reasonable job this time round!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 31, 2015, 11:01:58 AM
So its been a while since I've posted anything, been a bit busy of late with private commissions. (Its all paying work so I can't complain)
Nothing massively special, just bits and pieces to show.
A while back I made a new Capaldi (Obviously), which worked rather nicely.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/1368a097f9cec1fd32f166ba9fa31848/tumblr_nuxs2oZE4Q1qctulio4_1280.jpg)(http://41.media.tumblr.com/95157a67d6bd234e6c5ad4510fa9fe2a/tumblr_nuxs2oZE4Q1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

Then another...
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/cb50d74a64b1b3d59a681d544988e43b/tumblr_nszkipEg8E1qctulio1_1280.jpg)(http://41.media.tumblr.com/eee7432eea3cf56b99b794e1321ea290/tumblr_nszkipEg8E1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Then a Michelle Gomez which was fun.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/0c28f24df0e86764ce6e38f586c7bf97/tumblr_nvarwhxgnO1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 31, 2015, 11:06:05 AM
-Then made a little model of Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds to mark the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds Are Go!
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/da9ea158c55d3e9f5200191db6ee2337/tumblr_nvhkbqnDh71qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Then, quite a challenge, Davros, from Doctor Who.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/12ca37ff3c0150b0f55ff2dfb12f6f7e/tumblr_nw0q4aKPXO1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

And before all these actually I made a sculpt of the writer John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy etc) which I had planned to use in a short animated project which ultimately never came to be.
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/e689a7273629836c97c1e130dd89767d/tumblr_nrsv5aLKH91qctulio1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 31, 2015, 11:09:43 AM
I thought also seeing as today is Halloween that I'd repost links to my little radio mini-series I created with a friend called "THE HUM"

We finished and released it on Halloween night last year, so this is sort of a birthday celebration as well.

Episode One:
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-pilot
Episode Two:
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-two
Episode Three:
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-three
Episode Four:
https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/the-hum-four

And I know I say this all the time, but I DO have a new audio/radio project coming very soon. We finished recording everything weeks and weeks ago and I got a small section of it from my partner the other day and it sounds very very good indeed.
Shall post it when it's finished and ready to go!

Thanks all!
Happy Halloween!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on October 31, 2015, 11:22:45 AM
I also forgot!
Many thanks to MelMcG for allowing me to use their beautiful photo as part of THE HUM's promotion!
(http://orig07.deviantart.net/6b94/f/2015/304/7/e/the_hallowe_en_hum_by_frasierdalek-d9ezpta.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 02, 2015, 07:10:50 PM
I'm glad you reposted as I still haven't heard the last one. It's been on my to do list forever but I will treat myself and make time to listen to it all from the beginning again I think. It was so beautifully paced and a pleasure to just close my eyes, listen and be carried away by the art of story telling.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 05, 2015, 05:46:25 PM
I'm glad you reposted as I still haven't heard the last one. It's been on my to do list forever but I will treat myself and make time to listen to it all from the beginning again I think. It was so beautifully paced and a pleasure to just close my eyes, listen and be carried away by the art of story telling.

Emma

Why thank you, it means a lot to us that The Hum has got some enthused listeners!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 05, 2015, 05:51:15 PM
So. Christmas. Somehow it's come around again.
This year I've somehow upped my ante from last year and taken on several Christmas present projects
(all frustratingly un-paying work unfortunately. Bloody friends!)
I'll be posting them all in the coming days, first of all we have Mr. Toad from the stop motion animation TV series from the mid 80's "The Wind in the Willows" by Cosgrove Hall.
A favourite of mine, and the father of my cousin who I made this chap for. (The same cousin who I made a Wallace and Gromit display for last year)

A lovely challenge that was tremendous fun I have to say. Tough getting started, but soon fell together.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/cd22ff64b90e48027681b0ccb0806343/tumblr_nywbmq5xqY1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/bdc459336592c7350540c00e96b599e9/tumblr_nywbmq5xqY1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/efd5be6ff84eae902911a2e6af47ee8e/tumblr_nywbmq5xqY1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/5495dea371d40f10f2810b16e5568f55/tumblr_nywbmq5xqY1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

Made from a mixture of FIMO, Sculpey and Living Doll clay. His little hands were the most frustrating part of the job!

Anyway, more to come. Hope you like him!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Karolina.S on December 05, 2015, 06:02:45 PM
Oh. I love him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on December 05, 2015, 06:15:19 PM
Oh he is adorable!

One of my favourite books and characters.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JonB on December 06, 2015, 10:30:53 AM
Lovely Mr Toad. Annoyingly whoever designed the original character made him all smooth, green and frog like rather than Knobbly, browny green and toad like, but still, artistic licence and all that. E.H. Shepherd probably did the same with his illustrations of Mr Toad.
You need to charge your friends for your work !!!! 'Friends' don't demand that you work for free. Sorry, but you are good and should be paid!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on December 06, 2015, 02:24:19 PM
I thought Ralph McTell's theme to that programme was the most beautiful thing I had heard when I was a kid.

"Spin me a dream woven silver and gold, of sunshine and shadows and days long ago"  :)

I also loved the themes from Grizzly Adams and Black Beauty.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 06, 2015, 08:09:23 PM
Oh he is adorable!

One of my favourite books and characters.

Emma

Why thank you, always loved Wind in the Willows too. Was great fun putting him together.

Oh. I love him!

Thank you very much!

Lovely Mr Toad. Annoyingly whoever designed the original character made him all smooth, green and frog like rather than Knobbly, browny green and toad like, but still, artistic licence and all that. E.H. Shepherd probably did the same with his illustrations of Mr Toad.
You need to charge your friends for your work !!!! 'Friends' don't demand that you work for free. Sorry, but you are good and should be paid!

Haha! Not at all, these are Christmas presents, could hardly charge for them (No matter how much I might want to!)
Many thanks though!

I thought Ralph McTell's theme to that programme was the most beautiful thing I had heard when I was a kid.

"Spin me a dream woven silver and gold, of sunshine and shadows and days long ago"  :)

I also loved the themes from Grizzly Adams and Black Beauty.

The theme really is very very beautiful, listened to it several times whilst I was working on Toad. Definitely helped.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 24, 2015, 12:31:47 PM
So, everything’s wrapped and ready for tomorrow.
Here’s another piece I made as a gift. This time for my sister who asked if I could make it. I said no and that I wouldn’t

 To put her off the scent like.

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/7bdf69de9a7905b802a83174bdf08dfa/tumblr_nzv410Wx6D1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/706e024accee18c631ce5b9223423677/tumblr_nzv410Wx6D1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/fc658247e19ae63621c4b725c5fcd923/tumblr_nzv410Wx6D1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Lisa Simpson from the episode where she, Bart and their Aunt Selma go to Duff Gardens.

Really good fun making this and very hope she likes it!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on December 24, 2015, 02:59:15 PM
She's wonderful!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on December 24, 2015, 06:20:03 PM
Isn't she just!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 25, 2015, 09:43:21 PM
She's wonderful!

Emma
Isn't she just!

Why thank you both!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/576af8b1fa86b3ba9e31a886d9c43557/tumblr_nzxokiGTY31qctulio1_1280.jpg)
"Humbug!"
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 07, 2016, 08:57:03 PM
So! 2016 eh? Gosh thats like, the future. Isn't it?

Anyway, I do hope you all had a wonderful festive period and such.

Here's something I made as a gift for a friend of my mum who is lecturer on the subject on Shakespeare.
It was for Christmas and I forgot to share him, but seeing as 2016 is also the 400th anniversary of him and his works, seemed a good time to bring him out.

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/dcd3023b083ff0e3f07700e8d6766daa/tumblr_o0loqaM7F81qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/3117ac5e21ef42ab743b4de9a9aa1125/tumblr_o0loqaM7F81qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/7b2228651de4f8f33ef27731d6b10829/tumblr_o0loqaM7F81qctulio2_1280.jpg)

A pretty loose and simplistic piece, but great fun to make and very well received.
He shall be touring the country with the lecturer and he gives talks about Bill, which is rather a wonderful thought.
He's based loosely on the lovely Olivier Award statuette too.

Anyway, hope you like him!

More to come for 2016!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on February 10, 2016, 01:30:34 PM
Unbelievably it seems 2016 is the year we lose David Bowie.
Today marks, somehow, a month since he passed. It feels like only yesterday and yet so much more than that.
Not a day's gone by where I've not listened to him in his music or an interview.

Here's something I finished under a month ago which took a while to complete.
I've recently taken a shine to his mid-80's "Lets Dance" era look. Big pastel suits and big blonde hair.
I've also not seen it sculpted anywhere, so I thought I'd give it a go as I'm only got interested in presenting Bowie in forms other's haven't. Not particularly interested in showing him as Ziggy Stardust or the Aladdin Sane album. They've been covered quite conclusively across the board.

(http://36.media.tumblr.com/22105da4374119f978edfebc2f2ffe26/tumblr_o2bx9b3NnR1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
Edited by: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanimages/?fref=ts

I have several other Bowie pieces ongoing presently and shall post them gradually.

Hope you like him.
More to come.

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on February 17, 2016, 06:51:15 PM
Astonishing

What I love about your sculpts is not just the person is so well done they are instantly recognisable, but also the action and movement you manage to capture too. Each character is caught in the act, doing something that really captures who they are and what they are about.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on February 19, 2016, 08:59:24 AM
Astonishing

What I love about your sculpts is not just the person is so well done they are instantly recognisable, but also the action and movement you manage to capture too. Each character is caught in the act, doing something that really captures who they are and what they are about.

Emma

Thanks Emma! Thank you very much, thats exactly what I aim for. "Caught in the act", I like that. I try really really hard to capture life in my work. For me that sense of movement and expression is what its all about. A sculpture like this should be a representation of life, not of a statue.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on February 27, 2016, 03:20:49 PM
(https://41.media.tumblr.com/701bd502a2224b8c10f012438c35aea6/tumblr_o37oknteTp1qctulio1_540.jpg)

A new Bowie. Plenty more to come.

Edited by: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanimages

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 04, 2016, 05:39:14 PM
(http://img14.deviantart.net/4dd6/i/2016/064/4/c/little_wonder_by_frasierdalek-d9tzw7i.jpg)

And so another Bowie.
Its really a pleasure making these I have to say.

More in the pipeline.

thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com

Edited by:

https://www.facebook.com/bowmanimages/?fref=ts

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on March 10, 2016, 06:03:09 PM
Superb! YOu have Bowie's attitude down in spades there!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Alan on March 14, 2016, 10:42:27 PM
Brilliant, James!  You are so talented!  8)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2016, 04:49:20 PM
Superb! YOu have Bowie's attitude down in spades there!

Emma

Thank you! I'm very pleased with this one I have to say. It was really great fun to make.

Brilliant, James!  You are so talented!  8)

Why thank you Alan, very pleased you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2016, 04:50:42 PM
(http://36.media.tumblr.com/de963d052772dc8735e682745b9405c7/tumblr_o4e7x6zC0u1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
Another day, another Bowie.
From the video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)


Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on March 22, 2016, 08:12:42 PM
Brilliant!

Such an expressive, powerful look on his face too. You really are super-skilled at breathing persona into your sculpts. They really look like they are thinking, sentient creatures who would start talking any moment.

Actually thinking about it, doesn't it give you the creeps a bit working on them? Or having them in the house? I know I am a legendary wuss, but I think I would always be just a little bit concerned as to what they are up to when my back is turned  ;D

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2016, 08:29:50 PM
Brilliant!

Such an expressive, powerful look on his face too. You really are super-skilled at breathing persona into your sculpts. They really look like they are thinking, sentient creatures who would start talking any moment.

Actually thinking about it, doesn't it give you the creeps a bit working on them? Or having them in the house? I know I am a legendary wuss, but I think I would always be just a little bit concerned as to what they are up to when my back is turned  ;D

Emma

Thank you so much indeed. I think this one came out rather well. I've been a bit unsure about where to go with Bowie next, I have a few ideas, even a couple in the works, but they're not going as well as I would have liked which is a bit tedious.
But thank you! Really kind of you to say so, and its exactly what I aim for in my work.

Ha! Well really I guess I kind of see them as my children (now THAT is creepy) and am proud of them, or frustrated with them or just satisfied. I guess I know how they were made and so don't see them anything other than mistakes or flukes or a job-well-done.
But I TOTALLY get how some could be creeped out.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2016, 08:33:05 PM
So!

Its been a while, nearly two years I'd say, but I FINALLY have something new for you from my audio-drama side.

A BRAND NEW audio story produced by a friend and myself.

https://soundcloud.com/oneillandfreeman/b-i-l-i

(http://orig06.deviantart.net/b1cb/f/2016/082/e/4/__b__i__l__i___by_frasierdalek-d9w6s9r.jpg)

Elizabeth recently downloaded an app on her phone.
It was one of those spur-of-the-moment things.
B. I. L. I.* is designed to help order a hectic life.
To find order through the chaos.
Her new personal assistant.

But what happens when it becomes too personal?

*(An abbreviation of the portentous "Bring In Life's Inspiration")

Sound Design - Paul Freeman
Written by - James O'Neill
Performed by - Laura Lee and James O'Neill.

Track image by Sarah Bowman

Already talking about our next project which will be a return to 15 minute episodic structure which we'll hopefully get started on soon.
Anyway, hope you all like it!

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 04, 2016, 02:21:21 PM
Another Bowie for you.

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/3e86fd9b3f832dcd5f3edd1d829cbcf2/tumblr_o541nwnX1f1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

- Am I still too young? -
Bowie. More to come.
 
thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com
 
 
Edited by www.facebook.com/bowmanimages/?fref=ts
 
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 14, 2016, 05:54:46 PM
So yesterday (13th April) I turned 25. Funny, I don't feel like I'm a quarter of a century old, but I guess I am.
Anyway, I thought ages ago, probably this time last year actually, that I would mark my 25th by doing a sculpted selfportrait, which I've never tried before.

I think he/I turned out rather well.

(http://img02.deviantart.net/e2ce/i/2016/104/d/7/__what_is_a_quarter_of_a_century____by_frasierdalek-d9yvevp.jpg)

Also, yet another Bowie.
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/786398459465a04a55abc8c7e4896763/tumblr_o5mkgzp0uL1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

Definitely reaching the end of what I want to do with him as a subject. I think I have two, possibly three left in me.

Anyway, hope you like them!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on April 14, 2016, 07:28:48 PM
Oh yes, definitely like them!

Enjoyed your creepy b.i.l.i. story too 8)

Only 25?!  You wait........ ::)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on April 15, 2016, 05:03:49 PM
25? Blimey

I don't even remember being 25 anymore. Mind you, that's probably why I quite enjoyed being 25.

All I can say is your art and your writing has a maturity beyond your quarter century - and now we know you're only just getting started!

More excellent work there  - how was it doing the self-portrait? I imagine that must be quite a reflective process. I have never tried one, but I think I would see all sorts of stuff in my face if I really started to scrutinse every molecule. As it is, I do myself the favour of rarely looking in a mirror!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 08, 2016, 08:51:39 AM
Oh yes, definitely like them!

Enjoyed your creepy b.i.l.i. story too 8)

Only 25?!  You wait........ ::)

Thank you Carrie! Very glad you enjoyed B.I.L.I.! It'll actually be getting its radio 'debut' on ResonanceFM this coming Tuesday which is rather exciting.

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Don't feel quite so old now!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 08, 2016, 08:55:37 AM
25? Blimey

I don't even remember being 25 anymore. Mind you, that's probably why I quite enjoyed being 25.

All I can say is your art and your writing has a maturity beyond your quarter century - and now we know you're only just getting started!

More excellent work there  - how was it doing the self-portrait? I imagine that must be quite a reflective process. I have never tried one, but I think I would see all sorts of stuff in my face if I really started to scrutinse every molecule. As it is, I do myself the favour of rarely looking in a mirror!

Emma

Thank you very much Emma! turning 25 was a curious experience. I feel weird knowing I've been around for over two decades.

You're too kind with your comments about my work! I can only say thank you again, and possibly blush a little.
The self portrait was fun actually. I mentioned it to my girlfriend last year round about my 24th birthday as an idea and she pretty much held me to it, saying that she thinks every artist should try a self portrait at some point in their life.
With my one I took a (not so flattering) picture of me smiling, then drew a loose caricature of it and worked from that. I wanted it to be a little...sillier than real life.
I'm actually very proud of it which is weird. There were times when I was working on that I got little moments of goosebumps seeing the likeness emerging.
Thanks again!!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 08, 2016, 08:56:29 AM
(http://img06.deviantart.net/7253/i/2016/129/7/6/__attenborough_and_90___by_frasierdalek-da1tzt9.jpg)

- Attenborough at 90 -
I've been wanting to sculpt Sir David Attenborough (Presenter, Naturalist and Documentarian) for a very long time now and I thought that his 90th birthday was the perfect excuse, if one ever be needed, to do it.

It's been a tough year for losing people, so it was wonderful to make something celebrating someone still being here.

Happy Birthday Sir David! A hero to millions, myself included, and a catalogue of work that will never be surpassed.

Sculpted in Super Sculpey.

http://thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com

Hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Alan on May 19, 2016, 05:54:20 PM
Absolutely brilliant, James.  You should mail a photo of it to him.  ;)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on June 08, 2016, 09:02:41 PM
Absolutely brilliant, James.  You should mail a photo of it to him.  ;)

Why thank you Alan! I did wonder something like that actually. How on Earth would someone react to such a thing!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on June 08, 2016, 09:15:27 PM
So I've finally (kind of) reached the end of my little Bowie sculptural tribute.
There was no grand over-arcing plan for it, indeed originally it was just one sculpture, but my dissatisfaction with it led me to make more and soon I felt compelled to keep going, like it was all that interested me.

I decided against working chronologically through his career, and also against recreating particularly iconic images, as I feel they'd been done to death and there's only so many times Aladdin Sane can be done in my mind.

Its definitely been great fun and pleasure to do it. They've all offered a myriad of challenges and complications, but I feel each offers something different and engaging.

I finish with three pieces.

The first. Titled: "Man, I'm in danger"

(http://66.media.tumblr.com/3ff94410eb7e22426655679c7e94e8f6/tumblr_o767nb07VV1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

The second. Titled: "Love you till Tuesday"
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/9e00090c95f5a91a04ed2df061777f1a/tumblr_o8epvvl3ZK1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

And the third. Titled: "Did Monday go?"
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/c8e679c9e01fb47e8517f7caebd762a8/tumblr_o8gxawa1mc1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

The third one has a story behind it too.
When Bowie's last album 'Blackstar' came out, or rather the video for it, featuring him with his eyes bound by a blindfold with little button eyes stitched on, I had the itch to make something. To try sculpting him with his new look. Anything really.
And as is the way with these things it was put off. Not sure why. But it was.

Anyways, skip forward a little to the unfortunate day the news of his death was broken and I felt compelled to do it then, in fact it was only the preceding weekend that I had once again felt the need to try sculpting him. Probably due to his album coming out.
So this final sculpture was made that day. It was the first, and I feel it important to keep it for the last.
But thats just me.

Anyway! Hope you like them and that you enjoyed seeing them!

I may come back to him later in the year. Who knows!

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/Bowie%202016_zpshe36v5jt.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on June 10, 2016, 12:48:46 PM
Fantastic!

As a Bowie fan and a polymer clay fan, I really am getting to enjoy your peices on two levels. The last scupt, is so poignant and his look for that final video really was a dramatic punch I think - an artist determined to go out kicking and screaming. And you've captured that energy for sure

It really is a cliche now when we talk about artists "reinventing" themselves and probably used far too frequently - someone only needs get a new haircut and it will be trotted out as a headline. But with Bowie it really was true and your project has captured beautifully so many of his different incarnations

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Alan on June 28, 2016, 05:53:58 PM
Absolutely brilliant, James!  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on July 01, 2016, 05:54:17 PM
Fantastic!

As a Bowie fan and a polymer clay fan, I really am getting to enjoy your peices on two levels. The last scupt, is so poignant and his look for that final video really was a dramatic punch I think - an artist determined to go out kicking and screaming. And you've captured that energy for sure

It really is a cliche now when we talk about artists "reinventing" themselves and probably used far too frequently - someone only needs get a new haircut and it will be trotted out as a headline. But with Bowie it really was true and your project has captured beautifully so many of his different incarnations

Emma

Why thank you Emma, thats very very kind of you say. Its been fascinating and great fun and extremely challenging.
I don't know if I achieved what I wanted with every single one, but overall I feel very satisfied.
He truly was an artist in the truest sense. His lyrics will forever outshine practically anything thats put against him.

Absolutely brilliant, James!  :)

Thank you Alan! Very glad you like them!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on July 01, 2016, 05:55:33 PM
Nothing new to post really, just wanted to let people know that I've got a site for commissions and such if anyone is interested!

http://aplaceforclay.wix.com/sculptor

Bit of a shameless plug I know.

Anyway, thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on July 15, 2016, 05:42:24 AM
excellent website! I like that you have included your pricing too, always nice when the details like that are there I think because some people do get embarassed asking, or feel they might be leading the artist on in opening up a dialogue.

Do you promote your work on facebook too?

Emma

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on July 20, 2016, 09:48:39 PM
Thank you Emma.
I wanted to be up front about pricing from the outset.

I do post things on my Facebook, but I don't have an "artist" one if thats what you mean!
I do get told every now and then that maybe I should think about an instagram or a facebook page for my work/services but frankly I feel a little like its a bit late for me. I have DeviantArt, Tumblr, Flickr, (here) and the site I've linked.

I feel too old for instagram!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on July 29, 2016, 07:26:40 PM
Put this together a week or so ago and am rather happy with it.
Big big fan of Alan Partridge and Steve Coogan and so on. Sculpted him once before a year or so ago but it wasn't completely satisfactory.

This one certainly does it for me, which is a relief!

(http://66.media.tumblr.com/68f579694bcf5c2679163bab926262f2/tumblr_ob2wnjHi1Z1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

Anyway, hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 06, 2016, 03:08:48 PM
So I saw the fantastic new Ghostbusters a couple weeks back and have been working on something a little intricate and I'm rather happy with it.

Its Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann. The character that Tumblr seems to be going crazy for (and rightly so)

(https://65.media.tumblr.com/5917b930ce65c38ce58895a6f578c3a9/tumblr_obhpduNRAb1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

(https://65.media.tumblr.com/b4ee3edded7494b00610d3a29e7a28e4/tumblr_obhpduNRAb1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

(https://67.media.tumblr.com/cbd9581591fab0ca759931e3f1f77e9f/tumblr_obhpduNRAb1qctulio5_1280.jpg)

A real challenge putting it together, and more or less had to start over at one point.

Hope you like her!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on August 07, 2016, 07:32:50 PM
I haven't seen the film yet, but your sculpt looks amazing!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 26, 2016, 07:16:56 PM
I haven't seen the film yet, but your sculpt looks amazing!

Emma

Thank you, you're very kind to say so Emma!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 26, 2016, 07:23:36 PM
So its been a kind of slow month or so.
I went to see the new DC movie "Suicide Squad", which was a bit of a messy movie, but great fun and full of colour and life (compared to the tombstone that was Batman Vs Superman). I felt really compelled to make something and had been thinking for a while about trying to make Jared Leto as the Joker. I also wanted to make something which was visually very different form the Holtzmann (Ghostbusters) I'd made before. I thought his look was so striking and different and interesting that I couldn't resist. There were many things that appealed to me. Namely the hair. I was excited by the idea of sculpting in such a garish and sharp colour that I don't normally use. Other details like his skin tone, teeth and tattoos also piqued my interest. Anyway, here's a pic or two.

(https://67.media.tumblr.com/6c362631f9527930f0c14caf647b1cb2/tumblr_ocbr32PA691qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/f12e71143b2884fc91fe3616dba85747/tumblr_ocbr32PA691qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(https://67.media.tumblr.com/d9874947bb43366d638685dc9e9617c1/tumblr_ocbr32PA691qctulio5_1280.gif)

And now on to something completely different.
For a very very long time now I’ve been a massive fan of Columbo. Played by the magical Peter Falk.
The last time I sculpted him was something like 11 years ago when I was just starting to dabble with sculpting. It felt about time I did something about that.

(https://67.media.tumblr.com/e07bfc0583b6b6682891018ecad747cf/tumblr_ocj2yxoy9S1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/200a89c18afb7eb16bcec6e6c9e77456/tumblr_ocj2yxoy9S1qctulio4_1280.jpg)
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/9f3d9ebdcb1074cba22221e3d0b6273a/tumblr_ocj2yxoy9S1qctulio5_1280.jpg)

I remember making a couple Columbo’s back then, and the last one (Pic included) was something I was very proud of. And in some small part, I think I still am.

This was a wonderful piece to make. Made from Super Sculpey and regular Sculpey

Thanks for looking!

http://thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on August 26, 2016, 09:48:47 PM
I haven't seen the film yet,but what an incredibly striking image the joker is,those EYES. Great work on the Peter Falk head, great work overall, love what you do.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on August 31, 2016, 09:04:27 AM
I don't really watchi many films, so don't know the actor you've modelled for the joker - although knowing you, it will be spot on!

I do, however, know columbo! He is brilliant. You can really see how far you have come technically in those 11 years. But what is striking is that in both sculpts, old and new, you captured Columbo's expressions and manerisms perfectly.

Just one more thing......

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 30, 2016, 03:12:45 PM
I haven't seen the film yet,but what an incredibly striking image the joker is,those EYES. Great work on the Peter Falk head, great work overall, love what you do.

Why thank you! I'm really pleased with the eyes too. Leto has got very pretty and striking eyes and of everything about his likeness that I really wanted to capture, it was his eyes I wanted to work the most. so I'm glad they work!
Thank you!

I don't really watchi many films, so don't know the actor you've modelled for the joker - although knowing you, it will be spot on!

I do, however, know columbo! He is brilliant. You can really see how far you have come technically in those 11 years. But what is striking is that in both sculpts, old and new, you captured Columbo's expressions and manerisms perfectly.

Just one more thing......

Emma

Thank you Emma!
It was quite a struggle to hold down a likeness in those days and indeed that old Columbo was something like...my third attempt at him? I do remember being really really happy with it, to the point of thinking I'd never sculpt him again. Funny how your mind works. Do you know, in some small part I think I still am proud of that simple and cartoonish likeness!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 30, 2016, 03:14:58 PM
So been tied up with one commission or another recently so not much to show.
I did however finish a piece I started months ago.

- I knew him, Horatio -
Kenneth Branagh posing for that famous scene in Hamlet.
I recently saw him on stage in John Osborne's "The Entertainer" and wanted to make some in the lead up to it.

Branagh being one of my favourite actors, it seemed obvious.

I hope you like him!

(https://65.media.tumblr.com/874cb3a15be61704c95f3f3d17b9ca86/tumblr_oeblt0ARDj1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://67.media.tumblr.com/0ebbcdbadc519f420025683f531337dd/tumblr_oeblt0ARDj1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on September 30, 2016, 06:44:40 PM
I don't really watchi many films, so don't know the actor you've modelled for the joker - although knowing you, it will be spot on!



He's also the lead singer out of 30 Seconds to Mars.  Multi talented :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on September 30, 2016, 06:47:29 PM
I can't stand Kenneth Branagh, and I'm not entirely sure why.  The fact I experienced my normal nauseous reaction to him proves how good the likeness is :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 30, 2016, 09:59:54 PM
I can't stand Kenneth Branagh, and I'm not entirely sure why.  The fact I experienced my normal nauseous reaction to him proves how good the likeness is :)

HAH! I was scan-reading and I genuinely didn't know where you were going!
I'm glad that this piece turned your stomach!
Thanks though!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on October 05, 2016, 08:44:41 AM
Yes that could have been going anywhere :)

In the nicest possible way of course...  :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on October 08, 2016, 11:37:49 AM
true art should shock our senses! So, by the sounds of it, Job Done!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 22, 2016, 05:52:53 PM
So I haven't posted anything for a while. Thought I'd pop by and put up a little something I made the other day.

Shaun the Sheep from Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave and his own TV series.
Made for my cousin for Christmas.

I think he came out rather nicely and only took a day to build.

(http://66.media.tumblr.com/b3da47c035b9f174b6cda67949304e17/tumblr_oh1t98Qenh1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
I don't usually do preliminary sketches because I find they get in the way and usually put me off! The end result VERY rarely ends up looking like the schematic anyway, much to my irritation.
But this one was needed to figure out the basic armature and where things should go etc etc.

(http://67.media.tumblr.com/2ae6b512cbaaf4518dcac52659e10a1f/tumblr_oh1t98Qenh1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

(http://67.media.tumblr.com/55838b9a1315dfc5a05bb9fe48d35030/tumblr_oh1t98Qenh1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15094421_10209000714069724_8938719869165459833_n.jpg?oh=1ba60351f622a305b8a5f39e838bd30c&oe=58B57679)

She has a proper little collection of Wallace and Gromit pieces from me now. So much so that next year I'll be struggling to know what to make her!

I actually tweeted a pic to Peter Lord who's one of the big-wigs at Aardman you make the Shaun the Sheep series et al and he replied saying: "Splendid! A damn' fine sheep!" which was very nice of him.

Anyway, got a few bits I'll be able to show soon. Been working on a big and challenging commission recently. Pics to follow obviously.!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on November 22, 2016, 08:14:38 PM
Oh how wonderful!

You captured Shaun perfectly! He is absolutely spot on, and you have captured his cheeky confidence perfectly too!

I have an online buddy who is very much a fan of Shaun. Coincidently, one of my long time customers-turned-friend happens to be the sister of Shaun's creator. Cheekily, I asked her if she could get me Shaun's "autograph"  - I was just hoping they might have a cute little postcard or something I could send her. Instead, her brother Richard drew the cutest little sketch of Shaun, dedicated to my friend Mary. I sent it to her over in the states and I think she has it framed on her wall now. She seemed very pleased with it anyway if the photos of her fainting with happiness on my facebook page are to be believed. Such a kind thing for him to do, I was so jazzed to forward it on to her.

But that is the joy of Shaun the sheep - he really does put a smile on people's faces. I think of all the aardman productions, Shaun is definitely my favourite.

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 22, 2016, 09:03:16 PM
Oh how wonderful!

You captured Shaun perfectly! He is absolutely spot on, and you have captured his cheeky confidence perfectly too!

I have an online buddy who is very much a fan of Shaun. Coincidently, one of my long time customers-turned-friend happens to be the sister of Shaun's creator. Cheekily, I asked her if she could get me Shaun's "autograph"  - I was just hoping they might have a cute little postcard or something I could send her. Instead, her brother Richard drew the cutest little sketch of Shaun, dedicated to my friend Mary. I sent it to her over in the states and I think she has it framed on her wall now. She seemed very pleased with it anyway if the photos of her fainting with happiness on my facebook page are to be believed. Such a kind thing for him to do, I was so jazzed to forward it on to her.

But that is the joy of Shaun the sheep - he really does put a smile on people's faces. I think of all the aardman productions, Shaun is definitely my favourite.

Emma

Why thank you Emma, I think he came out rather well. I'm very happy you think he has life and energy too! Just what I like to aim for with my work.

That is a lovely story I have to say. And what a connection too. Such a lovely gift.
I wrote to Nick Park many many years ago (When I was a kid no less) and sent some pictures of some pretty basic models of Wallace and Gromit that I had made and probably asked in the way a child does if I could have a job working with them.
I got a nice polite reply from Nick's agent who said he liked my models and said maybe one day I'll end up there.
Included was a photo of Wallace and Gromit in a tux and bowtie, signed from Nick Park (and Wallace & Gromit too obvs!)
A really lovely thing which made me so happy.

Now, after studying animation I find I'm not really so inclined, but never say never. The door back is always ajar, and there are a couple ideas that I would love to put together if I had the right people onboard.

I'm really happy you like Shaun, Emma. Its always wonderful to know my silly projects make people smile!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on November 23, 2016, 12:09:16 AM
I adore Aardman, the only good thing about Christmas is they show all their works like they used to do with Disney when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 25, 2016, 08:53:04 PM
I adore Aardman, the only good thing about Christmas is they show all their works like they used to do with Disney when I was a kid.

Its always a wonderful thing to sit down and watch them whenever they're on, I find.
Even though I've seen them dozens of times each.
I actually might even go so far as to say that Wallace & Gromit, and Aardman in general, had more impact on me than Disney did growing up.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on November 25, 2016, 08:56:06 PM
Something I've had put aside for ages. Finished by not really known what to do with it.
A sort of caricature of David Bowie from his 90's period, the video for "I'm Afraid of Americans" to be exact, when he had (once again) preposterous red hair, a scruffy half goatie, an earring and hysterical laughing teeth always on display (Well, they were new after all)

Its sort of how I'd like to remember him I guess.

(http://65.media.tumblr.com/74594b4624399d6c8659dd6e84225dc1/tumblr_oh7tqjbN3v1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://67.media.tumblr.com/f349094b2da20135ad40fb52b953f6c0/tumblr_oh7tqjbN3v1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/35adc8c63f58eb8c9ea5ff8ec446b7c6/tumblr_oh7tqjbN3v1qctulio3_540.jpg)

Its funny, but out of all the pieces relating to Bowie I have made this year, I almost feel as if this pieces is the one that works best "in hand" as it were.
Anyway, just suddenly thought to post it.

Hope you like it!
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Post by: Beadbug on November 25, 2016, 10:08:55 PM
Now I know I'm old. Not only do I remember Disney fondly, I also remember The Laughing Gnome.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 03, 2016, 09:41:24 AM
Now I know I'm old. Not only do I remember Disney fondly, I also remember The Laughing Gnome.

Haha! Well done. Bowie did a couple of those "Phone in request" shows in the early 2000s and people would always ask him to do the Laughing Gnome, which he always refused to do.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 03, 2016, 09:52:37 AM
So at long last a big commission has come to a close.
At the start of the year my girlfriend's mum asked if I could make a bust display of the Rat Pack (Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr) for her partner's friend who's birthday it was. A bit of a six-degress-of-separation thing going on there.
It was quite a daunting challenge and it would definitely be the biggest piece I'd made for anyone.
As we talked about the idea, I suggested perhaps including the friend in the display as part of the gang, this went down well and so the course was set from there.

Over the year I put pictures aside, references and stuff like that and gradually psyched myself up to do it, then about three or so months ago I bit the bullet and got on with it.
I made Frank first, as he was the most familiar to me, even though all are known to me, as a kind of ease into the process, then Dean, then Sammy. Sammy was a great challenge as I had never sculpted in the dark skin tone before and finding the clay was tricky for some reason.
The clay worked like a dream, possibly even better than my regular clays. As a result I feel he is the strongest and most satisfying of the bunch.
Then finally I made the friend called Hank, which was tricky as I had literally no familiarity with him whatsoever, but I had a couple pictures to work from and I got on with it. Subsequently my partner and her mum are both very pleased with the likeness.
I then also made a little mic for them to be gathered around. We liked the idea of them being circled almost as if they're about to perform, or sharing a joke.

It was exhausting and frustrating and daunting, but it came together well and was thankfully delivered to the US safe and sound (apart from a few wobbles here and there) on Friday, which I was extremely relieved to hear.

Anyway, here are a couple pictures, and I hope you like them!

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/15227852_10209033740575366_377185674_n.jpg?oh=6e73e873f17951ea9c76eb230310718a&oe=584528A8)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/15218765_10209033740615367_1411943918_n.jpg?oh=9e061de76676c444e900cf58e18b363b&oe=5844CEBA)
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Post by: Carrie on December 03, 2016, 06:23:30 PM
What a challenge but full marks to you for pulling it off so brilliantly.....well done!

Sammy does look amazing, perhaps the best of the gang, but Frank and in particular Dean are both incredibly lifelike.  Perhaps the dark skintone has less translucency or something, but the colour looks spot on.  Did you have to mix a custom brown?
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 03, 2016, 10:34:02 PM
What a challenge but full marks to you for pulling it off so brilliantly.....well done!

Sammy does look amazing, perhaps the best of the gang, but Frank and in particular Dean are both incredibly lifelike.  Perhaps the dark skintone has less translucency or something, but the colour looks spot on.  Did you have to mix a custom brown?

Thank you very much Carrie!
Sammy's skintone has no translucency whatsoever, I didn't have to mix a custom shade either. It was straight out of the pack. Worked a treat and was a joy to work with. It was almost the perfect consistency. It was solid but malleable without being too firm which for me can limit what I get from it.
He was definitely the most satisfying of the lot I must say.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on December 03, 2016, 10:40:09 PM
I think you deserve a holiday! As ever brilliant work.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 13, 2016, 12:48:53 PM
The year's wrapping up, some might say that its about time too.
And so I'm reaching the final few sculptures I have the energy to finish before the end of the year.

I've recently rediscovered a love for and affinity with the British author and playwright Alan Bennett.
A week or so ago I did a sketchy caricature thing which I was very pleased with, I then felt the itch to try and interpret the drawing as a sculpture.
His glasses were, as usual, tricky. I seem to never make any ground when trying to make glasses, I always try new ways and I haven't yet found a way which works for me, but there you go!

It took a while to find him, but I think I brought something of Bennett out in the sculpture.
Anyway, see what you think!

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/72c01711063fa03a297562c71257f9e0/tumblr_oi4j0eOqUv1qctulio3_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/0823336b19b5a9d7ad4222646fb54d70/tumblr_oi4j0eOqUv1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/96cb5f386d53494c44cef1f1db750ca6/tumblr_oi4j0eOqUv1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Here's the original drawing too.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/d3e405898750c460e24455422eb202b3/tumblr_oh7qv1UdYi1qctulio1_540.jpg)

Hope you like him!
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Post by: Carrie on December 13, 2016, 03:23:03 PM
Yes!
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Post by: Beadbug on December 15, 2016, 12:46:22 AM
So good, I can almost hear him speaking. I really like the way you've caught him mid blink and mid word. I think you call it a 'pregnant ' pause, beautiful.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 15, 2016, 08:27:45 AM
So good, I can almost hear him speaking. I really like the way you've caught him mid blink and mid word. I think you call it a 'pregnant ' pause, beautiful.

Ha! Well thank you. I really love sculpting people mid sentence or mid expression because thats where the life comes from (it also makes it easier for me. As a lazy sculptor!)
He's got a deceptively bland face to capture which is incredibly frustrating, but I feel this has worked rather nicely.

Many thanks again!
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Post by: ejralph on December 21, 2016, 02:00:13 PM
Oh he is wonderful!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 21, 2016, 02:11:37 PM
Oh he is wonderful!

Emma

Thank you Emma!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 21, 2016, 02:15:31 PM
So, here's what will be (I promise) my very last piece of Bowie-related work for this year. I can't comment for 2017.
A sort of loose caricature of Bowie from the bizarre but wonderful 1977 duet with Bing Crosby where they sang Little Drummer Boy.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/c1641af97433e37fbf4a2d72b9fd3834/tumblr_oijgnkt5DL1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/0d5671e035fa4857e8a17905e0491081/tumblr_oijgnkt5DL1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

A surprisingly tricky piece to make, but it came together nicely.
I made him several months ago now and obviously wanted to wait for the Christmas season to post him.
So here he is.

I have several other non-Bowie pieces on the go at the moment, but I'm not sure what, if any will be done by the end of the year, but as always, I'll keep you posted!

Hope you like him!
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Post by: ejralph on December 21, 2016, 03:38:57 PM
That is wonderful - as you say a charicature in the sense that you've brought him down to the bare elements that makes him, him. Yet still, for all the simple elegance, it is still so unmistakenly Bowie

I can picture him now in that duet video - as you say quite an odd pairing, but it really worked

Emma

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on December 21, 2016, 11:31:19 PM
Great charicature James. Hubby and I watched a prog about Christmas songs a few days ago and that's exactly what we said, what was he thinking? neither looked happy doing it but American tv loves it's schmaltz(?). I think the funniest duet he did was with Mick Jagger- did someone put itching powder in their shoes? Ha ha.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 22, 2016, 10:12:19 AM
That is wonderful - as you say a charicature in the sense that you've brought him down to the bare elements that makes him, him. Yet still, for all the simple elegance, it is still so unmistakenly Bowie

I can picture him now in that duet video - as you say quite an odd pairing, but it really worked

Emma

Thank you Emma!
Thats exactly what I wanted to do, reduce him to his constituent parts as it were. I really really admire caricaturists who have the nerve to really strip back a likeness and yet keep it crystal clear. Something I don't have the bravery to do!
But I'm extremely glad you like this!
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 22, 2016, 10:13:39 AM
Great charicature James. Hubby and I watched a prog about Christmas songs a few days ago and that's exactly what we said, what was he thinking? neither looked happy doing it but American tv loves it's schmaltz(?). I think the funniest duet he did was with Mick Jagger- did someone put itching powder in their shoes? Ha ha.

Thank you very much!
It was a vey odd thing, and apparently Bowie hated the song Little Drummer Boy so they wrote Peace on Earth as a counterpoint for him to sing, which is so much better than just the pair singing the original song I think.
God yes *that* duet. I don't know where I stand on that! Ha!
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 22, 2016, 10:14:50 AM
So, I guess I wasn’t *quite* telling the truth about the Christmassy Bowie being my last of 2016, but then again I guess this one doesn’t count.

This is actually a Christmas present for my sister. So don’t tell her, alright?

Ironically this is one vision of Bowie I didn’t really want to make.
Too iconic, too many people have done it, but I felt it was just right for a gift for my sister, and once that thought occurred, it was hard to ignore the impulse.

Sculpted in Super Sculpey and regular Sculpey.
“Who’ll love Aladdin Sane”

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/1fe4d3a92661a0ee248a68fe08596335/tumblr_oikzvyK3Ex1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/6aee1affd83400953582f9e24d4a59fc/tumblr_oikzvyK3Ex1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/7b233290e0d15b6676cb2fde02f2a7c3/tumblr_oikzvyK3Ex1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Hope you like him!
(And this REALLY is it for 2016's Bowie-ness)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on December 24, 2016, 07:17:02 AM
Another cool Bowie classic there! You must be building up quite a collection now. Does there come a point when you are working on someone that you ever get sick of looking at their face, or is it that you are always seeing something new and just getting deeper and deeper into the project?

I was thinking with your previous piece - charicature isn't quite the right word is it. Because when I think of a charicature, I think of where the artist will grossly exagerate those key points on someone, where as you I think have just stripped it back to *isolate* those key aspects of Bowie that make him, well Bowie. But simply, without distortion

Its kinda like charicature, but purer really

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 24, 2016, 10:34:49 AM
Another cool Bowie classic there! You must be building up quite a collection now. Does there come a point when you are working on someone that you ever get sick of looking at their face, or is it that you are always seeing something new and just getting deeper and deeper into the project?

I was thinking with your previous piece - charicature isn't quite the right word is it. Because when I think of a charicature, I think of where the artist will grossly exagerate those key points on someone, where as you I think have just stripped it back to *isolate* those key aspects of Bowie that make him, well Bowie. But simply, without distortion

Its kinda like charicature, but purer really

Emma

Thanks Emma!
I don't know actually, thats a good question. I don't get sick of it exactly, more a feeling of wanting to do something else, almost like an itch. But its a much slower process. I find that my interest gradually bleeds into something else. Very often the resultant sculpture is sort of the culmination of whatever obsession or interest I've been deep into to that point.
Once the sculpture is finished its almost like a breath of fresh air, allowing me to move on the net thing.
But I'm never truly finished with some subjects I find. I know I will come back to Bowie, just as I will with someone from Doctor Who or other particular faces I find interesting.
I guess like you say, I'm always seeing something new or rather a new way of achieving a better likeness and reflection of the subject's personality.

I think you're right you know. I suppose what a caricature is varies from face to face. How much detail you go into and what you exaggerate truly depends on the person's personality.
I'm not all that great at caricature, as much as I would love to be, and yet a friend said to me a while ago that caricatures are literally all I make, which was a sort of compliment!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on December 24, 2016, 10:04:54 PM
Some might say that a charicature is a poor version of a 'proper' drawing or sculpture, but I don't think that's true. Think about the work of Bill Tidy. He could place a few lines on the paper and produce an instantly recognisable face. Or the three or four lines at the start of the Alfred Hitchcock mysteries (tv prog) instantly recognisable. I think there is something true and honest about charicature that a portrait cannot capture.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 25, 2016, 03:36:08 PM
Some might say that a charicature is a poor version of a 'proper' drawing or sculpture, but I don't think that's true. Think about the work of Bill Tidy. He could place a few lines on the paper and produce an instantly recognisable face. Or the three or four lines at the start of the Alfred Hitchcock mysteries (tv prog) instantly recognisable. I think there is something true and honest about charicature that a portrait cannot capture.

I think you're right, caricature really can get to the essence of who you're trying to capture which is something I'm always sort of aiming for. I guess my work is kind of "character sculptures"
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 25, 2016, 03:36:38 PM
Just wanted to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas indeed!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on December 27, 2016, 10:28:22 AM
Thank you! Same to you!

Emma
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on December 31, 2016, 02:19:28 PM
What will be my last sculpture of 2016, this sodden and repugnant year.
Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln from Spielberg’s marvellous biopic “Lincoln”

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/e324bbbb8c971ca4af938fecb7b0fd1c/tumblr_oj1z999Qgx1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/543c8ff2b69f369c1a6f5f105942f7ff/tumblr_oj1z999Qgx1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Thank you for welcoming the bits and pieces I've made this year. Its been a pleasure.
I wish you all a safe and bright new year.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all."

http://thegoodwhovian.tumblr.com
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 08, 2017, 11:18:54 AM
And so a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope you saw it in with style!

January is an exhausting month for the family because there's a whole cluster of birthdays that occur in it.
My young cousin who I make my Wallace & Gromit pieces for Christmas is one that has a January birthday, so it usually falls to me to once again make something for her.
Obviously I don't mind in the slightest and it is a joy to make something for her.
But still...so close to Christmas!

Anyway, she is a keen reader and dreams of being a writer (don't we all?) and loves the books of David Walliams, who was once part of the comedy duo who made Little Britain (with Matt Lucas).
Recently he has made a new life for himself as a children's author, sort of taking up the mantle of Roald Dahl in a way, writing nasty and funny but poignant stories for kids. He even has them illustrated by longtime Dahl collaborator Quentin Blake.

I decided to make her a little display of the character Mr Stink, who was a tramp who in secret was some multi-millionaire apparently. I don't recall.
For me, the main challenge, and so therefore appeal was the idea of sculpting a Quentin Blake illustration. This is challenging because Blake's style is extremely loose and verges on scribbly.
So here it is, in a box frame, along with his little dog The Duchess.

It was great fun to put together, and I hope she likes it!
I hope you do too!

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/cfddd9bcb1146244edfcb0c5655c7c03/tumblr_ojfdtrCRFE1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71H7qRS6ZlL.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 08, 2017, 12:13:33 PM
Today marks not only my cousin's 11th Birthday, but also what would have been David Bowie's 70th.
So here's something I finished off in the last bits of 2016 and the first of 2017.

Based on Bowie's final photoshoot with his longtime collaborator Jimmy King.

Positively my last Bowie for a long time I think.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/4a819f01ddcca69fd2ca1186c37379ad/tumblr_ojgeco5Iq31qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/baedd336ff09fc6f211c6aa7b959a577/tumblr_ojgeco5Iq31qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Very happy with how it has come out and feel happy with it being my last for a while.
Hope you like him!
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Post by: ejralph on January 11, 2017, 09:57:34 PM
they are both wonderful!

Your cousin is very lucky!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: jackster on January 21, 2017, 07:25:10 PM
Fantastic work James, very inspirational, doubt I will ever reach your standard, but very very impressive to see. Thanks for sharing :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 30, 2017, 03:49:35 PM
Fantastic work James, very inspirational, doubt I will ever reach your standard, but very very impressive to see. Thanks for sharing :)

Thank you very much indeed. I don't rate my work particularly highly. People often say things like "Don't you get creeped out by them at night" etc etc. I don't of course, all I see is the imperfections and the flaws and instead of creeping me out, they frustrate me!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 30, 2017, 03:52:10 PM
So a couple little updates.
I really love the actor Peter Cushing and I sculpted him several years ago on a couple occasions and wasn't terribly pleased with them, so I felt I needed to correct this.

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/f54ba4be44c8d026f8d64ad76ea8a869/tumblr_ojvoymAy2i1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/1a18fef2fe652d2cb7de8dde455cbc07/tumblr_ojvoymAy2i1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/beb7ce6d070ad971fcc53f77f05967ab/tumblr_ojvoymAy2i1qctulio3_540.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/85d0fc6598f01b35042d94865c9a4b7c/tumblr_ojvoymAy2i1qctulio4_540.jpg)

I'm pretty happy with this I have to say, although I do feel it lost something after I painted and added colour to it. But there you go.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 30, 2017, 03:55:31 PM
My work partner recently moved into a new place with his wife and I wanted to make something for him as a house warming gift.
I am yet to give it to him, but he won't see it here so why not!

We're both very big fans of David Lynch and indeed are inspired by him in our radio drama work.
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/941f68b259795ec835f41f73939ea590/tumblr_ok2ppn9jnd1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/261e1857fccaf11cd62f0175623670af/tumblr_ok2ppn9jnd1qctulio2_r1_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/f252099d990a6310a60ccc1341ba4b5f/tumblr_ok2ppn9jnd1qctulio3_r1_1280.jpg)

Even made him a little display box reflecting the Other Place from Twin Peaks, which I can not wait for!
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on January 30, 2017, 03:58:13 PM
And finally I was really upset by the passing of Sir John Hurt the other day, and indeed the day was spent sculpting him as I felt a compulsion to do so.
I think it turned out rather nicely and I'm rather proud of it.

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/64eb50c0bac6f82f5b44cdbb260bd4a9/tumblr_oklnirUG3l1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/15817d7662b51c87ec2a2cb5846a8522/tumblr_oklnirUG3l1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/0900e62550aacc1147f174e226828059/tumblr_oklnirUG3l1qctulio3_540.jpg)

Hope you like him!
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Post by: jackster on January 30, 2017, 06:25:03 PM
Great tribute to a great man James, excellent work. I first remember watch John in Quentin Crisp when I was a teen, fantastic acting, folowed his career closely ever since. His Dr Who was amazing.
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Post by: Beadbug on January 30, 2017, 09:42:11 PM
Fabulous work as usual. Peter Cushing was also one of my favourite actors and from an article I read he was a true gentleman, and a gentle soul.  I also saw The Naked Civil Servant in which Mr. Hurt played probably his best role. But I took a house work tip from him (Quentin Crisp) that 'after four years dust doesn't get any worse', and the final line when two kids try to blackmail him he says 'you can't touch me, I am one of the stately homos of England'. Just brilliant.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:42:46 PM
Great tribute to a great man James, excellent work. I first remember watch John in Quentin Crisp when I was a teen, fantastic acting, folowed his career closely ever since. His Dr Who was amazing.

Thank you very much! There's a lovely quote from Crisp regarding Hurt which always made me laugh.
"I told Mr Hurt it was difficult for actors to play victims, but he has specialised in victims. And when he stopped playing me, he played Caligula, which was only me in a sheet. Then he played the Elephant Man, which was only me with a paper bag over my head.”
He was wonderful in Doctor Who. He will be greatly missed, and there's something like four more films yet to be released which he starred in. So so prolific.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:45:04 PM
Fabulous work as usual. Peter Cushing was also one of my favourite actors and from an article I read he was a true gentleman, and a gentle soul.  I also saw The Naked Civil Servant in which Mr. Hurt played probably his best role. But I took a house work tip from him (Quentin Crisp) that 'after four years dust doesn't get any worse', and the final line when two kids try to blackmail him he says 'you can't touch me, I am one of the stately homos of England'. Just brilliant.

Thank you very much indeed. I love Peter Cushing and think he was such a lovely chap. Gentle is the word, I wanted to reflect that in my sculpture. I feel it's good, but not quite there and I am sure I will return to him soon.
And Hurt was just incredible in everything he did. A fine, fine career.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:48:42 PM
Been away for a little while. Working on bits and pieces and also feeling a little lack of energy or inspiration or something of the two.
Anyway, here is a clutch of things I've made over the last month or so.

The lovely Gillian Anderson from the BBC series "The Fall"
That HAIR though. It drove me insane.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/724aae884bdaecfb0c9ef33e30aab07f/tumblr_olbcy6rJmq1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/2daeb052d2b57973e2897a00db3962f0/tumblr_olbcy6rJmq1qctulio2_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b084832932c13ef61192c3852edabbc9/tumblr_olbcy6rJmq1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/16de031ce4b79e5c4333c9f3d688981d/tumblr_olbcy6rJmq1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

I feel I only just captured her after many hours of umming and ahhing and being unsure.
I'd like think I caught something of her in the eyes, which a very important thing for me.
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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:51:35 PM
Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development (my favourite US sitcom, possibly even TV show in general)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/da093407662572188fb4a69713286bbb/tumblr_olf8sa82gR1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/dde3f1c2ccf3ecf8fec50b4025a5ac1c/tumblr_olf8sa82gR1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Really great fun putting this one together. It was so enjoyable putting life in the expression. Probably one of my favourite pieces I've made for a while.

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Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:55:10 PM
Kate Bush.
A funny story behind this one. I was wondering what I should make next, and the answer came to me in a dream.
I dreamt I was in the car with my mum as we were returning from somewhere, and she asked me "Have they seen your Kate Bush yet?" or something like that.
I woke up the next morning and knew that was what I should do.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/7a173a852faa20776f1a85d6d8212e3b/tumblr_olo92r0y1f1qctulio2_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/cc3cddee087d9d78f319c5d1da8d7a21/tumblr_olo92r0y1f1qctulio4_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/90190e43b07a6b8850c09f63ba1b0e56/tumblr_olo92r0y1f1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/18e1af46860ead44541579d8e8d7b058/tumblr_olo92r0y1f1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Another rather challenging piece. Once again SO much hair.
I think it turned out rather nicely.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 06:57:31 PM
The brilliant actor Zawe Ashton.
Sculpted from brown tone Living Doll clay. A wonderful material to work with.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/8f6c1a31a01c13498e00a0673d876691/tumblr_oltr1iRg9O1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/cece63cf93a6d8cbd0daefaf7c738ced/tumblr_oltr1iRg9O1qctulio2_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/f9c1fb97ea686fb11df86f5e829e42fe/tumblr_oltr1iRg9O1qctulio3_540.jpg)

This one works rather tentatively I think. There are elements of it I'm happy with, but in terms of the likeness it feels a little soft? The two-toned quality is effective though I'd say. A nice simplicity to it.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 17, 2017, 07:14:55 PM
Christel Dee. A Doctor Who vlogger and presenter.
I see this person a lot on Twitter and Youtube and thought she had a really fun and expressive character and so for a while I've played with the idea of sculpting her. I decided on giving her a David Tennant/10th Doctor costume as she also cosplays and if memory serves it was her cosplaying that helped bring her to the attention to the BBC.

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/972fb77404fc009e54a1e21088c2b0f6/tumblr_om1e7r49ZP1qctulio2_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/375ddb34aa1e578e7f1ea7f965703969/tumblr_om1e7r49ZP1qctulio3_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/f4a2c020689b261825a9ca57e29433db/tumblr_om1e7r49ZP1qctulio4_540.jpg)

I'm extremely happy with this piece. In fact I tweeted her a pic and she was very impressed with it.
She now owns the piece.
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/17076284_438757163130539_7168272263513374720_n_zpslwdc5joj.jpg)
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m103/tombaker369/C6Up78gWYAE6d7z.jpg_large_zpso7njctp4.jpg)

That's it for now, hope you like what I've been up to!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on March 18, 2017, 02:38:22 PM
Wow!  What an incredible likeness, James - I should think she's rather chuffed!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 20, 2017, 07:34:17 PM
Wow!  What an incredible likeness, James - I should think she's rather chuffed!

Thanks Carrie! It really was great fun making her I have to say. Very glad she liked it too!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 20, 2017, 07:35:57 PM
So a couple months back I entered a competition calling for artwork for an illustrated guide to Doctor Who.
I chose the Patrick Troughton story "Power of the Daleks" from the mid-60's.
The deadline passed a while ago and sadly I didn't hear a peep, so I can assume it didn't make the grade.
I wanted something simple and striking. Perhaps it was too simple. Or not striking enough.

Anyway, here it is!

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/a40144e53c945c95b314ffe9e2bff3bc/tumblr_on4jgyKbNl1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b7fb7e78d4381228e69c3ad710031236/tumblr_on4jgyKbNl1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

Hope you like it more than they did!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on March 20, 2017, 08:45:08 PM
I certainly do!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ejralph on March 21, 2017, 05:58:45 PM
Heavens you have been busy! And such incredible work too. Love the idea of your inspiration coming from a dream on the Kate Bush one!

Emma
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2017, 05:28:08 PM
Heavens you have been busy! And such incredible work too. Love the idea of your inspiration coming from a dream on the Kate Bush one!

Emma

Been trying to keep myself busy. I had a dry patch where I couldn't get anything to work so I thought I'd push myself and explore different faces. That sort of thing. Very glad you like them! The Kate Bush was really exciting actually. I've never done anything fuelled by a dream before!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2017, 05:32:09 PM
Something a little silly now.
I wanted to try sculpting Mark Gatiss (Mycroft from the BBC's "Sherlock"). I'd tried him many years ago with rather good success for the time, but now I felt it was time to try again and do a better job.
What's more I even had an idea for the piece.

Gatiss being a big Horror fan, I thought it would be fun to sculpt him in that vain (if you pardon the pun)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/f91c5f3a55cb116916f0dea6a02af6cf/tumblr_on812uGlja1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/74591b4d409d6cdd1bce8c915e4e814a/tumblr_on812uGlja1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/e7c40182c4936f51a644e8f56013417b/tumblr_on812uGlja1qctulio3_540.jpg)

I call it "Kensington Gore".
I think it works rather well. The eyes capture him nicely imo.

Anyway, hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on March 22, 2017, 10:36:35 PM
As usual quite brilliant work, any Doctor will do for me! Loved Mark Gatiss tv series on horror films can't wait for them to repeat it(great likeness too).
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: nannyL on April 09, 2017, 06:24:42 PM
One day I may be brave enough to attempt a human. That day is not today  ;D These are amazing! I'm not jealous and I'm not green....honestly! :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on April 09, 2017, 10:45:12 PM
I think Mark would love being portrayed so, great likeness as usual!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 21, 2017, 09:53:27 PM
As usual quite brilliant work, any Doctor will do for me! Loved Mark Gatiss tv series on horror films can't wait for them to repeat it(great likeness too).

Thank you very much! Gatiss is a bit of a hero of mine and his horror series was superb. I always try to catch them when they get repeated. Unfortunately because of the copyright of the clips and bits and pieces they feature in the programme, it'll more than likely never be released. A great shame.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 21, 2017, 09:55:11 PM
One day I may be brave enough to attempt a human. That day is not today  ;D These are amazing! I'm not jealous and I'm not green....honestly! :)

Faces are fascinating. We see them everyday and yet they are one of the most difficult things to recreate, and to have an ounce of life in them is even harder. I feel I have only *just* managed something close to both!
You should try it sometime, I LOVE seeing other people sculpting faces, I really really do.
Thank you so much! And I look forward to seeing what you do next!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 21, 2017, 09:56:07 PM
I think Mark would love being portrayed so, great likeness as usual!

Ha! So do I. I did actually Tweet it to him after I finished it, but alas he didn't respond. He must get that sort of thing all the time!
Thank you. You are too kind.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on May 21, 2017, 10:03:14 PM
So I've been away for a little, mainly because I've not been feeling very much on my game of late and also been trying to get some writing going. Had a couple little sculpting moments but they didn't really come to anything.
I have something new however. Well. Kind of new. I started it in October of last year and only just completed it because of it's topicality.

Like many others I can not wait for the new series of Twin Peaks and wanted to do something to mark it.
I'd tried sculpting Kyle Maclachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper a couple years back to really not that much success, then again a little later to only a fraction of success. This time I feel I have hit the mark, but only just.
To be fair it wasn't originally intended to be Cooper but Maclachlan's character from Dune whose name both escapes my memory and ability to spell it. It was tentatively going to be a puppet for a friend's project which would have been composited into a CGI landscape etc. But it really didn't leave the initial stages and got left behind. Basically I wanted an excuse to sculpt him and there it was.

Anyway, here he is! (https://68.media.tumblr.com/177c1c81932b0325427696fd1440fb51/tumblr_oqblokLUk11qctulio1_1280.jpg)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/e90f35f94fcf89e5e338d854747cf02a/tumblr_oqblokLUk11qctulio2_1280.jpg)

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b60301be9be5c80432ca74d20e85d95c/tumblr_oqblokLUk11qctulio3_400.gif)

Anyway, hope you like him!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: jackster on May 22, 2017, 02:29:15 PM
Excellent work as usual James. I love your attention to detail, the eyes are amazing and I think it is these that really bring a face to life or kill it completely. Yours are really really good!!!

Cheers

Jackster
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on May 22, 2017, 11:44:46 PM
Hi James, hope you're feeling better. Spotted the likeness straight away, one f my most favourite tv series I'll be watching tomorrow. The character he played in Dune, was Paul Atreides(?), later Muad'dib as leader of the Fremen. If I sound like a bit of an anorak, I'm not, just love the Dune series having read them all except for two that were written by his son and a co-author,can't remember his name.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: shotgunsuzie on July 05, 2017, 05:01:03 AM
James love your work love the eyes on your characters especially, what clay do you use for the eyes?
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: MilleD on July 06, 2017, 08:35:06 AM
Hi James, hope you're feeling better. Spotted the likeness straight away, one f my most favourite tv series I'll be watching tomorrow. The character he played in Dune, was Paul Atreides(?), later Muad'dib as leader of the Fremen. If I sound like a bit of an anorak, I'm not, just love the Dune series having read them all except for two that were written by his son and a co-author,can't remember his name.

Yep, correct on both counts.

I remember reading the 'folding space' theory when I was younger and it completely blew my mind.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:06:01 PM
Excellent work as usual James. I love your attention to detail, the eyes are amazing and I think it is these that really bring a face to life or kill it completely. Yours are really really good!!!

Cheers

Jackster

Thank you very much! The eyes really are the window onto the soul, so for me if there isn't life in the eyes or at least a glimmer, then the sculpture doesn't work. There have been many where I feel I've missed the mark and have no life in the piece in question. Its tough, but I like to think I'm getting somewhere!

Many thanks!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:08:21 PM
Hi James, hope you're feeling better. Spotted the likeness straight away, one f my most favourite tv series I'll be watching tomorrow. The character he played in Dune, was Paul Atreides(?), later Muad'dib as leader of the Fremen. If I sound like a bit of an anorak, I'm not, just love the Dune series having read them all except for two that were written by his son and a co-author,can't remember his name.

I've never properly watched Dune, the whispered internal monologues bug me for some reason.
Being an anorak is fine, it means you're paying attention and I'm sure the creators of these things would be very proud to know their work is held in such high esteem!

Thank you very much, I'm very glad you saw Mr Maclachlan in my sculpture!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:10:53 PM
James love your work love the eyes on your characters especially, what clay do you use for the eyes?

Thank you very much, the eyes really do have it, for me. They're so important to a likeness.
I don't use anything special for the eyes really. I usually just sculpt in the flesh tone of Super Sculpey and then paint them after. These days I do add a colour clay element for the iris and pupils but nothing more.
For more simplistic or cartoony sculptures I do try to make the eyes out of block colour as I would do the iris or hair or clothing or whathaveyou, I feel it helps the stylistics.
So nothing special. Just colour Sculpey or FIMO.

Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:16:41 PM
So, yet again I've been away for a while. I feel I've sort of slowly gotten out of the funk I was in when I last posted.

What have I been up to? When nothing new to be honest. Back making more Doctor Who related pieces what with the series being back and having since gone.
I'll rattle through the things I've done since I last posted.

Peter Capaldi and (a rather sketchy and unsatisfying attempt) Pearl Mackie from Doctor Who.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/43ebe00d6bdcc7b436a6aac8c9412155/tumblr_oogqosFf671qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b9e39c427c92bbd00db0e0c2b1e1885a/tumblr_oogqosFf671qctulio3_1280.jpg)

The comedian Bob Monkhouse, who I've always loved.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/19fef990fed05451230daa2eb758156f/tumblr_ophnhnufSo1qctulio1_540.jpg)

Peter Capaldi again.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/867936162f62540e3e33b110acffeac6/tumblr_osf19974HL1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:18:59 PM
Michelle Gomez from Doctor Who.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/f0356780a7b111e8441f9295c9d16b4d/tumblr_osf1psu69Z1qctulio1_540.jpg)

To go with Capaldi-
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/2f608aead2562916f6f333147b72766c/tumblr_osf2goWVGY1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

Rather excitingly, Jodie Whittaker as the soon-to-be 13th Doctor. (Possibly the first ever sculpture of her)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/35aa84184171dc9628927fac4abfe211/tumblr_otek6a6WLi1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/3566c9ce79a229ffec995b824823d794/tumblr_otek6a6WLi1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:22:05 PM
Natalia Dyer as Nancy from Stranger Things.
Perhaps of interest?
what clay do you use for the eyes?
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/213a38d10dc7ab7af455eea1bbb3efcf/tumblr_otnj823yVk1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b36dcc0b31216d278833e4cecbf61b0a/tumblr_otnj823yVk1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

A tribute to one of my absolute, all-time favourite actors, Robert Hardy, who died aged 95.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/e61ac1165047ba6da77a2d5704255518/tumblr_ou5tzvZeFx1qctulio1_540.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/80b88ffc44358763ff9d0042de8ba0c0/tumblr_ou5tzvZeFx1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 08, 2017, 12:25:26 PM
I wrote to Hardy back in 2012 and got a really really lovely reply. Fabulous handwriting.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/61c736fd4723cfcf1686685b0e9c4fc1/tumblr_ou5tzvZeFx1qctulio5_1280.jpg)

And finally, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/6f568e2a4b22c8361991fa7a95b20610/tumblr_oud56iCCHQ1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/1d0a73b57c51c1d99ecf2d9246a835ad/tumblr_oud56iCCHQ1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

"Why did it have to be cats?"
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/b114e9e6310a0c2691af4874f2a16a86/tumblr_oud56iCCHQ1qctulio6_1280.jpg)

And that more or less brings you up to date.
I do hope you're all doing fine and keeping busy!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Carrie on August 08, 2017, 04:08:11 PM
Great stuff, James!
What a lovely letter.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 31, 2017, 10:17:11 AM
Great stuff, James!
What a lovely letter.

Thank you! It really is. I wrote to him back in 2012 I believe and didn't tell anyone because I didn't expect to get a reply. I included a stamped addressed envelope (So they didn't have to pay for the stamp to return it) with my name and address in my own hand. And that was it, posted it and forgot about it.
Then I went to Paris I think it was with my family for a few days, and when I got home there it was, waiting for me.
The stamped addressed envelope with my name and address written in my own hand. I knew instantly that it has in the very least had been received.
So this was a great pleasure and something I hold very dear. Very very glad I did it.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on August 31, 2017, 10:29:34 AM
A couple pieces, well two actually.

First up, Gillian Anderson as Scully from The X Files, based on how she looked in the episode Darkness Falls, where she is hoisted up into a tree to examine a massive Human-sized cocoon. Bit of fun, and terribly frustrating too. The making of the "rope" rigging was really fun I have to say, just usual hairy string which I stapled into a really basic cardboard rig to keep them tawt and then painted with PVA glue to smartened them up and give them some rigidity. Wasn't too sure it would work to be honest, but it did brilliantly. The frustration came from the actual likeness, it worked nicely, until I baked it when it rolled over and squashed the nose which really annoyed me. Sad really. I tried to save it and just about managed it, but it lost the subtlety it originally had.
When something goes wrong with a sculpt like this I never know what to do. I want to upload the piece and show it off, but also say that something went wrong, I just worry it'd sound like I was making excuses!
Anyway! Here's the sculpt.
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/fb987f343ca3228b8cfd5fc4d5054191/tumblr_ouf40gJ7Nu1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/4c617b6595abea0a98540f507c3262f3/tumblr_ouf40gJ7Nu1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

And secondly, going back in time with this one.
Gerald Harper as Adam Adamant from the BBC series "Adam Adamant Lives!" about an Edwardian gentleman adventurer frozen in a block of ice in 1902, then re-awoken in 1966 in swinging London.
A fun series, if a little rubbish at the same time.
I'm actually really happy with this piece. I think it came together very smartly.

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/ab3658bb7a8329411fbd820312257d52/tumblr_ovadmucv6f1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/97bb4469a98132cb382ffbb738d415c3/tumblr_ovadmucv6f1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

Hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on September 10, 2017, 11:43:18 PM
Like very much! Used to watch Adam Adamant as a kid and can still remember the theme tune. Memorable as one of the formative experiences that lead to my love of all things Sci-fi.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 15, 2017, 02:27:08 PM
Like very much! Used to watch Adam Adamant as a kid and can still remember the theme tune. Memorable as one of the formative experiences that lead to my love of all things Sci-fi.

A great theme tune, if a little wobbly, I'm glad he helped you on your way down that path.
Very glad you like him too!
Thanks!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 15, 2017, 02:35:31 PM
Been a little busy with a couple commissions, in fact I might as well start there.
Got an email from a super fan who wanted a little bust of Lou Reed, which was good fun, if a bit of a challenge!
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21151734_10211576371499550_6600486685576759131_n.jpg?oh=e87e8ee3a2f66f1e0f911d9733561175&oe=5A42EEF9)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21151692_10211578830881033_8626125173928104032_n.jpg?oh=2889b5f2566820793ea75ef222cb1a71&oe=5A4A23D3)
The shades were great fun to make and really set the piece off nicely I think. The client seemed reasonably happy with it too.

Next up, the novelist John le Carre.
I've been a huge fan of his for several years now and was very lucky to see him give a rare speech and interview surrounding the release of his latest book "A Legacy of Spies"
He was fascinating to watch and I felt extremely lucky to be in his presence.
I felt inspired and decided to sculpt him again after my first attempt from a couple years back has since begun to look a little primitive.

As I get older, he becomes an increasingly steady figure of intelligence, reason and reassurance in this wild age.
I'm actually, rather surprisingly, extremely happy with how it turned out and decided against refining the details with paint or whathaveyou. I thought the simplicity could speak for itself.

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/7f733ab6ed328c9c5ea03b300097f687/tumblr_owboi6HYjW1qctulio1_1280.jpg)

Anyway, hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on September 15, 2017, 10:13:22 PM
You've brilliantly captured his thoughtful expression, excellent as per usual.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ian harding on September 18, 2017, 07:39:18 PM
hey james your sculptures are incredible :)

I would like to share my Fimo clay characters in a stop motion film,  'zey the mouse' new characters include, 'Claus Crocodile' in a raincoat, 'P.C Bulldog', 'Teddy', a 'black mouse' with electric blue hair, and 'Mr. Scottie' the dog and also 'Mr. Bear' all with hand made clothes, the animation is set in London with hand made sets.

hope you enjoy? :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL1i7pTLSkc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL1i7pTLSkc)

(http://www.edp24.co.uk/polopoly_fs/1.4890644!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg)

 
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 19, 2017, 09:22:42 AM
Hi Ian, thank you!

Your work is so charming and you've put so much work into everything. Wonderful.
I actually studied animation for four years and stop motion was very much my thing.
Unfortunately it's not really for me these days, but given the time and equipment etc, I would love to get back into it with an idea I have.

My little student films are here if you fancy a look!
https://vimeo.com/gingered
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on September 29, 2017, 09:48:33 AM
Hello all. Couple bits for you.
Recently finished a new commission, another Lou Reed, this time based on the cover for the album "Sally Can't Dance"
(https://78.media.tumblr.com/dcde63d7b0892fb8c14893665c734d75/tumblr_owq7k06qZd1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(https://78.media.tumblr.com/f7fbb19721b0ce81ed546f5234f57939/tumblr_owq7k06qZd1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

And secondly something I started a while go and finished only the other week.
Today being the 50th Anniversary of The Prisoner, here is Patrick McGoohan who starred and pretty much created the show.
A bizarre show, but I love it to bits.
(https://78.media.tumblr.com/c6c49c7d0628473938e935b033922e78/tumblr_ox18s3aKIQ1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(https://78.media.tumblr.com/48ebdb330740293ddadcb208cb48ea22/tumblr_ox18s3aKIQ1qctulio3_1280.jpg)

Anyway, hope you like!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: ian harding on February 02, 2018, 08:27:50 PM
Hi Ian, thank you!

Your work is so charming and you've put so much work into everything. Wonderful.
I actually studied animation for four years and stop motion was very much my thing.
Unfortunately it's not really for me these days, but given the time and equipment etc, I would love to get back into it with an idea I have.

My little student films are here if you fancy a look!
https://vimeo.com/gingered


Hi, James, i watched your animation about the war, it was great i liked the grandpa, the chair you made and the aerial shots of
the planes, also the mini music box was great.

Your above sculpt of gillian anderson is superb, i'm a bix xfiles fan :)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:15:08 PM
Hi, James, i watched your animation about the war, it was great i liked the grandpa, the chair you made and the aerial shots of
the planes, also the mini music box was great.

Your above sculpt of gillian anderson is superb, i'm a bix xfiles fan :)

Hi Ian, thank you very much. I haven't animated in a long time. I still have ideas and thoughts, but my heart is now in straight forward sculpting and radio stuff. One day I'll get back to animation!
I'm very glad you liked Mr Prigley, it seems very popular even now! Funnily enough the bits you mention are bits I pretty much had no hand in beyond designing and building. I made the character of Mr Prigley myself, the chair was made by a member of the team working on the film, and the arial shots of the planes were designed by another team member- but actually yeah, the box was me primarily. A real team effort, and I'm glad everyone got noticed!

I'm extremely glad you like the sculpt of Gillian Anderson. She has a face that I still feel I haven't properly captured yet and I know I will return to her very soon.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:27:06 PM
So! I've been away for a while, for one reason or another! But I haven't been idle.
I had another commission from the guy who asked me to make a couple Lou Reed pieces, this time it was a David Bowie, which was a huge bit of fun as someone who's sculpted him many times.
This time it was Bowie as he appeared in the video for Blackstar, and something I had planned to make before he sadly passed.
The guy seemed very happy with it, and so am I
I hope you are too!
(http://78.media.tumblr.com/aa11b1dd3b086f64cd3de0d527c83b0d/tumblr_oxclu3WDsN1qctulio2_1280.jpg)

One detail that at the time bugged me a little was the fact that the guy who commissioned me has a Bowie sculpture in his collection which is a large interpretation of the Diamond Dogs album cover (Half man-half dog Bowie), now this sculpture is imposing and large and in a nice glass case, the guy said he knows a guy who knows Bowie and sent a picture of the model to the man himself (Getting "the ****'s too small) as an official response from Bowie.
At the time it bugged me that if only this guy had found me sooner my work might have even been seen by Bowie himself!
Since then, I've jokingly said this and the guy has said "Oh yes, he'd have seen it" which makes me feel rather content, that it would have happened, and I no doubt would have got a great esoteric verdict on my work.
Oh well. You have to take the positives when you can get them!

Next.
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Bit of a sketch really. I was working on a sculpt of Harrison Ford in his more frazzled bearded state but never found the energy to complete it. I think it works though.

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I'm a huge fan of the Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee, and as such really love the work of his son Sean who has a strikingly similar face and voice.
I've always meant to sculpt Sean and finally found some time to do it.
I think it came out rather well- as did Sean himself, who shared it on his Instagram and made a joke about how they'd found the heads of the Elgin marbles statues.

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And as if by coincidence, here is my latest sculpted attempt at Gillian Anderson. This time as her character Magda from Agatha Christie's Crooked House.
It came together nicely, and definitely a more solid step in the right direction in terms of getting her likeness, but a long way to go yet.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:32:11 PM
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And now we move on to what may well be one of my favourite pieces I have ever made.
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven/Jane from the second series of Stranger Things.
This was an exhausting piece to make because I had already tried a version of her just before this and it did not work at all and gave me a great feeling of disappointment. So I approached it from a different angle and tried a different look and this is what happened.
The main problem came from the fact she is so young and so has no great distinguishing features to hook on to, but I think I caught something of her and I'm extremely happy with it, and how it photographed.

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Next up was a decided shift down in scale.
As previously mentioned somewhere in this thread, I am a huge fan of John Le Carre and really love the film adaptation of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold starring Richard Burton, and Burton is one of my favourite actors, so I thought it was a good excuse to try something different.
For sense of scale, here it is next to a £1 coin.
(http://78.media.tumblr.com/23f6c9a472a0a9cf81d4796c2455d2d2/tumblr_ozkrv5QtAa1qctulio5_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:38:20 PM
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I really really enjoyed Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, the latest Doctor Who companion and think that she might well be my favourite. She has a wonderfully expression face with superb eyebrows and I knew I wanted to try her again after my first attempt which didn't quite tick the box for me.
This one works much better in my opinion, even if the shoulders and torso are a little underwhelming.

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/924be1bdc6ece9d58ee28ef7b773f0ae/tumblr_p0pht90Shq1qctulio1_540.jpg)
Bit of fun this one. Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot from his lavish if a bit dull version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
I kind of lost steam on this one and left it as I felt it wasn't going in the right direction, but in hindsight I think its rather fun and has a lot of his energy in it.

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I adored the third series of Twin Peaks and couldn't think of anything else whilst it was on, and I really wanted to make something to mark it's end and people who have watched it will know what this represents.
Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer.
Or is it.

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David Bradley as the First Doctor Who as he appeared in Peter Capaldi's final outing as the Twelfth Doctor.
I think this piece came out extremely well, and like the Millie Bobby Brown piece, could well be one of my favourite sculptures I've ever made.
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:46:22 PM
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As Peter Capaldi's final episode as the Twelfth Doctor Who approached I knew I wanted to make something to mark it, but had no idea what to do.
Or rather had a very clear idea but left it too late to actually do it! As it was just too complicated to pull off in that time.
Then as I flicked through the hundreds of reference pics I have for Capaldi, I found a great picture of him from one of his first photoshoots for the show. He was looking down the barrel of the camera and had his hand across his chest and suddenly I was reminded of the cover to David Bowie's album 'Heroes' and when that hit me I knew I was on to something. Like it was meant to be, and I think it came out very nicely indeed.

In fact this piece and the David Bradley sculpture were both featured in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine which is quite exciting. I emailed them a couple pics a while ago (and have sent plenty of stuff over the years) but got no word back and thought "Ho hum. Never mind" and was resigned to having been forgotten, then the day after the issue came out, a friend buzzed me on Facebook asking if I'd seen the new issue, which I hadn't, but this gave me an instant feeling that maybe I *had* been featured and that this guy was seeing if I'd known. I didn't want to ask straight out if I was or not in case I wasn't and I seemed over keen!
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On to this year and more or less the first thing I made. To coincide with it being two years since David Bowie died.
Not one of my best, but I think definitely has something of him in it.

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Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who. I'm really so looking forward to sculpting her again. This is the second sculpt I've made of her and the first of her actually in her wonderful rainbow costume. I can not wait for her first series and the sculptures it will get out of me!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 01:55:25 PM
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I am a huge fan of Michael Palin, in fact you could say he was my hero and I'm very happy to say that he is.
Mainly for his general personality and his many wonderful travel shows over his history with Monty Python which is now almost just a footnote in a lengthy and prolific career.
I wanted to sculpt Palin for a while and have done with varying success. This is one of my more successful version and I will definitely return to him soon. He has one of those.
I actually messaged the official Michael Palin site with a link to the sculpture and a while later got a polite email from his office saying he was currently busy writing a book but when he is next in the office they'll show him.
Who knows what will come from that if anything at all, but the fact they got back to me is greatly promising.

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/e7fbd5fcbbdd7f063bb01535492c5ec2/tumblr_p3ji1aSqW51qctulio1_1280.jpg)
And now for something completely different.
I grew up with Wallace and Gromit and the general work of Aardman Animations. Indeed its where my love of playing with clay started. I wanted to do something new and so thought I'd make the character Ginger form Chicken Run.
I forgot how tricky those ruddy things are to make!

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Another piece of Twin Peaks themed work. I was really taken with Laura Dern's performance and presence as the mysterious Diane in series 3 of Twin Peaks and felt the urge to sculpt her.
Rather challenging this piece, but I think it came out very nicely indeed.

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One of my favourite comedy people, Rik Mayall, would have been 60 this year if he hadn't selfishly died.
So I wanted to make something for it.
I have such great memories of recreating sense from The Young Ones and Bottom with my best friend when we were kids, and we still do!
The original of this sculpt was extremely different and was disappointing me enormously. I felt resigned to it really and was ready to put it off as a bad job, then one day fate stepped in and it rolled off my table and got squashed a little.
Not a disaster, but enough to mean it would need to be almost completely reworked. This basically forced my hand and made me reappraise it.
It was hugely liberating and perhaps a subconscious act of self-sabotage, but it worked out and I now love the piece.

Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 10, 2018, 02:00:36 PM
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Douglas Adams is one of my absolute favourite writers, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy one of my favourite things of all time. Indeed its possible its what inspired my love of radio and sound and stuff like that.
Anyway, this year was the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of the radio series on BBC Radio 4 and to mark it the BBC have made and are running a new radio series based loosely on Eoin Colfer's book "And Another Thing" and ties in tonnes of original Douglas Adams bits and pieces that were unpublished. Performed with the original radio cast.
I wanted to do something, so I extremely hastily knocked up a sketch of Douglas and made myself my very own Babelfish, to avoid all that tedious mucking about with learning a foreign language.

And that's pretty much me up to date!
Thank you for sticking with me for this, and I shall be back soon with more whatever I'm working on!

Hope you like!
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Post by: MilleD on March 18, 2018, 08:47:51 AM
I'm currently re-reading Life, the Universe and Everything, and as soon as I scrolled down I thought "Babelfish"!

Wouldn't it be amazing to have one in real life?
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on March 22, 2018, 09:22:20 PM
I'm currently re-reading Life, the Universe and Everything, and as soon as I scrolled down I thought "Babelfish"!

Wouldn't it be amazing to have one in real life?

Funnily enough that was the last one I read! Admittedly a long while ago, but I like it very much. The Krikkitmen was great fun and the radio version of it (The Tertiary Phase) was the first I listened to live. In fact I remember it came out whilst I was on a family holiday to Calais.
My dad's radio couldn't pick up British radio, and this was before good internet connection so I had to listen- of all places- in the car because the car's radio could strangely pick up the British radio channel it broadcast on.
I remember it really vividly and fondly.

A Babelfish have been useful on holiday for sure!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:36:09 PM
So a couple weeks back- or actually before that- I had a rather tricky commission.
A guy I do work for asked me to make a bust of Peter Cushing as Dr. Who from the movie 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' from 1965. A film I love and and terribly familiar with.
What he wanted was a recreation of the very first scene which involves Dr. Who reading a comic and saying "Most exciting!" to himself. A scene that I've always thought was lovely and never seen done before anywhere else, especially in sculpture.
So I went away feeling acutely excited and also extremely nervous about the task I had been given, but I had a feeling I could pull it off.
It was an extremely fiddly job and pushed me quite a lot.
There weren't tears as such, but definitely a lot of worrying and thinking the piece would not come together.
Not just the initial and perennial worries I have about a likeness working, but also the problem of one of his arms becoming loose as I worked on it and the rather irritating issue of snapping practically all his fingers off!
Making the little comic itself was huge fun, if also a source of frustration. Waiting on someone to get back to you with the front and back cover of the comic was tense and in the end I had to extemporise and make do with what I could find. I think it looks rather smart anyway.
Anyway, all those annoyances were fixed and you can't tell where there may have been a breakage, which caused me no end of relief!
It was definitely the biggest and most challenging piece I've ever produced and I have to say it was rather sad to say goodbye to it!
Anyway, here he is!
"Most exciting!"

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Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:39:20 PM
On to a more recent piece.
I wanted to try sculpting Michael Palin again, but this time in full colour rather than the simple Super Sculpey-only sculpt I did a little while back.
I have to say- and I'm not prone to saying this- I'm extremely pleased with this piece and think it might be one of the best things I've made for a long time.

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/2c86d9edb7acb804a44ebed1f7443836/tumblr_p6d0yf6mpx1qctulio1_1280.jpg)
(http://78.media.tumblr.com/2e48bd7b07a82aa5833d60c1d6bb1a99/tumblr_p6d0yf6mpx1qctulio2_1280.jpg)
(http://78.media.tumblr.com/665b03bf647d43df16d71cbb926c53ea/tumblr_p6d0yf6mpx1qctulio3_1280.jpg)
(http://78.media.tumblr.com/a8e2cd8a9c53429fce3109477dbd4784/tumblr_p6d0yf6mpx1qctulio4_1280.jpg)

Very happy to know I've sculpted my hero properly!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:43:45 PM
-And just one more thing!
I have finally caved and got myself an Instagram account, so if you're interested do please check me out!

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/1ac5218b82f0e46627428bb61191cb57/tumblr_p6b7u1rEKQ1qctulio1_400.png)

https://www.instagram.com/jamesthesculptor/

Thanks!
Title: Re: Stuff I'm working on
Post by: Beadbug on April 20, 2018, 11:31:35 PM
Brilliant work James. Quite lovely likeness of Peter, the comic is stunning, very well done!