Monday, July 14, 2014

Publication announcement and some progress pics!

I have to say, this past week, I was pretty darn busy working on the polar bear commission and trying to finish up a Halloween piece for the Every Witch Way Lane blog store as well.

But, before I get on with all the daily happenings, I REALLY wanted to share my latest news with all of you!!  I found out this week that I made it into the internationally distributed Pretty Toys Magazine for the month of July!  I simply can not express how excited I am about it.  :-)    I knew it would be coming up at some point, but did not know which issue I would be placed in.  I am also thrilled with the fact that this issue contains my first ever tutorial!  So, if you want to know what the tutorial is all about, you will have to get the magazine!! 

I am delighted to be included in this issue and honored to share it with some very talented artist from around the world.  This magazine is really fantastic with limited advertisements and chock-full of the stuff you want to see and read about! Pretty Toys Magazine is available in both digital format and hard copy.   Just in case you were wondering why the price for the hard copy is so high, it is because it contains very little advertisement AND it is a beautiful, high quality magazine.  When I received my first hard copy back in January, I was really impressed by how well it is made...it's almost a book!  It's gorgeous!  You will not be disappointed.  To purchase your copy, you can follow this link:  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/781758


Now that we have that bit of news out of the way, it's time for show and tell!  In truth, I am not sure you will be able to really see all the work that I have accomplished in this past week.  Especially since what was left is the "fur" details.  I still have a little bit more clay to add to the face area in order to blend the facial hair to the neck, then obviously the sanding must be done.  And yes, it is going to be a bear of a job to sand this critter. :-D  But, it will be all worth it in the end I think.  Sorry about the poor lighting.  I was in a hurry when I snapped the photos, but I think they are well enough for you to see the detail work.  You will have to let me know what you think of the progress so far.  I really do enjoy hearing your feedback on my projects!  Of course, looking at the pics here on my monitor...they look horrid!  LOL  So, you might want to click on the picture so that it will enlarge for you to give you more details and a better view.  :-P 




The final thing I have to share with you this evening is that I have listed 4 items up for auction this week. Yes...FOUR!!  I know, I must be crazy.  But the truth is, I REALLY need to make some room in my studio because I'm bursting at the seems for needed space.  It would be wonderful if you folks would help me clear out my inventory.  You will find the items are listed at super great starting prices, not to mention, there is a little something for everyone in different price ranges too!  Three of the items are relisted items, but there is one new one up on the block today, "Jack-Be-Nimble"!  I really love this piece, especially if he is displayed with the correct lighting, he makes for a FABULOUS display because his shadow seems to dance with him...like the shadows from a flickering flame!  Whomever takes this one home will be getting a real treat! Then, of course, there is my coveted "Joy Ride".  I know someone really wants to buy this one and in truth, I am shocked he has not sold yet.  His starting price is so stinking low it does him a disservice! But, nonetheless, I can not keep these forever.  I create them for the satisfaction of passing them on to you, the collectors.  So, please, someone out there, make me EXTREMELY happy and buy "Joy Ride" and give this lovely beast a home that will cherish him as a family heirloom as he deserves!  And, then there is the troll, "Captured" because you can not have a dragon without a troll. And, I have to say, the pictures do not do this piece any justice whatsoever.  He is awesome!  Ever since I moved back in October, I have found it VERY difficult to get good pictures of my work. I just have not found the right set-up yet, though I keep searching for it.  Anyway, I thought he deserved another whirl round in the town of Ebay.  And, since he was so dark and scary, I thought I might as well put "Ruby" up too since to me, she is somewhat "gothic" in a way.  LOL  At any rate, I hope that there are 4 collectors out there who would fall in love with one of these and give them a forever loving home.  They are great pieces and worthy of an collection...big or small.  Again, there is something here for everyone, from the new collector all the way to the distinguished collector. 

"Jack-Be-Nimble"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385315501?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


"Captured"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385316267?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
"Joy Ride"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385314349?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
"Ruby"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385314772?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

So, there ya have it folks, that's been my past week in a nutshell.  So stay tuned and hopefully soon you will see the finishing of the mighty polar bear project!  I hope you have enjoyed reading and following along so far.  Again, I really enjoy your feedback and comments.  It is always nice to hear from all of you out there.  And, don't forget, I also have my other blog running too.  Hopefully tomorrow, I will be debuting the next item for the Every Witch Way Lane blog store.   You can get an early sneak peek of the item over there at www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com  

As always, thanks for following along with me on my figure sculpting journey at The Pixie Knoll!
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Commission Progress...

Slowly but surely, the commission piece is coming along very nicely.  I have to say, I am very pleased with the results so far.  It actually looks like a polar bear!  Albeit, I still have a lot of work to do yet on the sculpting,  In particular, I need to build up around the face area more (the jaw area) and I need to sculpt in the fur to bring it to life, but otherwise, I am nearing completion of this portion of the project.

Once that has been completed, then, I have the dreaded job of the entire creative process to do...the SANDING!   That is my least favorite part of the entire process.  Well, I can't say it's my "least" really.  To be honest, sometimes it is quite relaxing and you can loose yourself with the music and the constant steady grinding rhythm of the sandpaper.  LOL  And too, there are those times when your hands become cramped or that moment you realize you have a HUGE dusty mess to clean up afterwards.  But, truthfully, it is all just part of the creative process, love it or hate it, you can't have one part with out the other!

At any rate, I am still not ready to do the sanding yet.  But, once you see the pictures of where I am currently, you will see I am in fact nearing completion.  As for the sanding, I will need to narrow down the sides of his nose and lip area.  This I have already determined since I'm not as pleased with this part of his face right now.  The nose and lips/mouth are too thick and wide in my opinion, and the nose needs to be a little tiny bit more pointed. Which, I will build that part up when I build out the sides of his jaw line towards the back section of his head.  Of course it could be just how I am viewing it.  Either way, I have learned with the creative process it is best to walk away from a project, no matter how big or small it may be, and come back to view it again with fresh eyes at a later date and time.  This gives you a clearer viewing point to see areas of concern that could have a design flaw or any other problem.  For example, one arm longer than another, one eye lower/higher than another, just about anything really.  These types of issues you might not notice if you work on a project steadily for long periods of time without taking a break from it.  And, sometimes, you notice them too late and you either end up starting over completely, or you have to back track to fix them and lose a lot of valuable time and/or materials. 

Anyway, he is dry and ready for the addition of more clay, which is what I will be working on tomorrow. Once the clay is dry again and finally sanded, then I will paint him with gesso to seal up the paper clay.  At this point, I will have to decide how I want to approach the completion of the project.  I have been tossing around the idea of trying my hand at flocking.  But, I'm really being torn here because my gut tells me I want to paint him some what fantasy styled.  My heart feels subtle hues of soft pastels in ice blues, cool purples and hints of rose mixed with the white of the fur.  The more I think of these colors, the more I like the idea of the cool, wintry effect they can really play with his character!  It has been a battle of creative wills since I began this project and I am still not certain which way I should lean creatively for the project.  *sigh*  The decisions of a creative mind....will my muse ever listen to what my heart says?  Probably not.  LOL 

So, here is where we are today on our polar bear.  Granted, the pictures are not the best, but they are good enough to give you an idea. And, as all of you know, you can click on the picture to view a larger image.  :-)   
 
 
 

 
 
As you can see, he is a pretty large project and I am enjoying the process of creating him.  It's not something I typically do, but I admit, it does open up some doorways for possible projects later on down the road.  To say the least, I am still tempted to try my hand at flocking, though I don't know if it will be on this project or some other creature later on.  Only time will tell.  In the meantime, thanks for following along with me here at The Pixie Knoll.   I would love to hear your feedback and comments!  Feel free to chime in whenever you like.  :-D