Sunday, 28 August 2011

CDHM Competition Results!

Results have come through for the second competition I entered. I came second!

The theme was 'Fairy Tales' and since work had an opera performance of Hansel and Grethel visiting, I took inspiration for that (plus, it is a bit deliciously sinister for a teacher by trade to create a sculpture involving kids in cages!)

This piece is in 1:12 scale. I sculpted the figures in polymer clay (of course), painted and dressed them. The cage is made from wood and wire and the base is Aves Apoxie over wood and painted. I have used the lush, local Australian hand-dyed mohair to wig the characters. Hansel's bone is carved from a bamboo skewer. 

Now for some pictures!

(That's a metric cm/mm ruler)
Close up of Grethel.

My niece refused to go home yesterday, until I let Hansel out.
Have a great day!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Finally I can reveal my work!

No luck on the first comp. The competition was very good, I'm amazed with what people came up with! Oh well, I had fun.
Here is the link to the work from the competition:

The best part is... now I can post pictures of my entry on here!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The suspense is killing me!

I've been working hard over the last couple of weeks and have, just today, finished the newest sculpt. Unfortunately I cannot show any pictures as it is for a another competition.

I'm really enjoying entering comps and it keeps me motivated to keep working away at things but the suspense is killing me! It isn't so much that I'm keen to win... although, that would be very nice. No, I mostly want to look at how others have interpreted the theme!

I find out how I have gone on the first one, tomorrow so I'll post links of the entries as they go online (as I'm sure you're all dying to look at everyone's work too). The next competition closes on the 20th and we are able to see results on or around the 27th (I think).

Now I'm on the lookout for another competition to keep me going. Anyone know of any online ones? Being in a rural community in Australia means that online comps are one of the only ways I can be involved in the wider sculpting world and I am having a ball but the suspense is still killing me!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Gallery of unfinished sculpts.

Look at what I noticed!
I'm not really finishing a lot.
In light of this new realisation...
I've decided to start something new! Hehe!
However, it is for a competition so I won't be able to show pics of it for a few weeks. I hope this gallery of unfinished sculpts will do for now.

I will be able to post pics of the competition piece I completed last month as judging will be completed in eight days. So keep an eye out for that one!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Next project- 2 more days of holidays. Better make them count!

Well... after some long nights and a few 'sculpting only' days (sorry for neglecting you vacuume and washing machine) I have finished my competition entry. I didn't really end up taking WIP pictures as promised, just one of the armature and then some of the finished sculpt, so I'm thinking I'll have to get into something else today since I only have 2 more days left of holidays. 
I am really into furring animals at the moment and have some dusty pink faux fur laying in a tub in the studio. There's also brown, black and white too but I'd really like to use the pink. 
Then there's Judith who I have attacked with an Exacto-knife and cleaned most of her face off.
What to do, what to do...
... sketches up later today!
Edited at 1:29pm to add: I'm feeling some inspiration!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Shhh... a secret project!

I have a project on the go, in fact, I'm almost a quarter finished! BUT it is for a competition which means I can't blog about it or add pictures anywhere on the internet. 
This is for  the annual Aussie Poly Clayers forum's competition They have some pretty special prizes which is rather exciting. The theme is 'Dare to Dream' which is a little broad but makes it more open to both sculptors and beaders I guess. I had some trouble figuring out how I might go about portraying the theme. Instantly things like angels, nightmares and hundreds of little fantasy creatures bounced about in my brain. Would they be too cliche'?
You'll all have to wait until after the 30th of this month after the competition begins, to see what I have come up with! (don't worry, I'm taking some progress pics as I go!)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Frustration strikes.

Yep, I've made about twenty heads and none are striking me as the right head for my Judith.
I'm so frustrated. I think it would be a good idea to set it aside and have a go at something else for a while.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Judith's Head

Here's my first head.

Apologies for the picture quality, I tried to take some with my good camera but it seems it has been a while since I last had it out and the battery was flat! As a result, this photo has colours which are a bit off and some weird distortion of the forehead and stuff but you get the idea.


The brows are a bit full-on but they look better when she has some dark hair draped over her head! I may strip some of the paint off and start again but I was also using the older pic of the Afghan Girl as a reference and she is quite dark, her nose wasn't quite right though so I made it a little less hooked. Her mouth isn't quite so tight and mad either. Maybe I had too many different reference pics?

(I am so ashamed of the picture but you'll have to wait for another day for a better one)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

The design (still!)

I've been grappling with the design of this one for a little while now, trying to get over the hump of how she will look in the end. I'm still a bit stuck with the final look of the sculpture but 'Brutal Sun' (Sara) suggested that the first sketch is the most dramatic, reminding her of this picture which we have all seen before but is still so moving!:
So, I think to myself 'Dare I make Judith's face like this?' I would really like to but this child is too young to be Judith and I need a few more reference pictures to sculpt a 'portrait' face. I wracked my brain for something similar and came up with Jennifer Connelly! 
Okay, so, she's not quite as intensely emotional looking as the Afghan child picture but she is the right looking age and has some similar features, I think.

Yesterday I began making eyes. I used some glass milky beads and painted them with the new Genesis I bought. I have never used Genesis and it behaves quite differently to what I expected. Well, I managed to paint some irises I was semi-happy with, baked them up but when I laid them over my proportions chart (I do eyes on a glass plate so I can just sit it over the picture to check how they might look), they were way too large. (Thankyou Mark Dennis for the proportion chart I'm using curently ).

Today I'm having another go at them. I'm using a tutorial that Eneida Rosa created a while ago (I think that she is in the process of uploading it to her current website: ). It involves rolling a thin sausage of clay, slicing off small bits to roll into eyeballs, slicing those in half, pressing the iris on and painting them, finally coating with Fimo gel. I used translucent Fimo to get that cloudy, translucent, eyeball look and am working on a technique to get some little tiny veins in the clay, just a few, it is all about the details! I'll let you know how it goes. Still not sure if I will use Genesis on these eyes as I am finding the learning curve for painting with it, quite difficult. Luckily I have about 100 little eyeballs sitting in the oven, ready to be experimented on!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Which pose?

Well, here are another two sketches. Between these two and the original sketch, I'm thinking I'll go with the one with her hair up and slightly bent body. Although, it is possible that I won't put her hair up in the final piece.

Thursday, 16 June 2011


I guess you all may have noticed by now but I haven't started the armature as promised.

I am unsure about the pose. I know I'd like Judith to be holding the basket, partially dressed and with a slightly twisted pose but I think I might need to make it more dynamic and interesting.

This indecision seems to strike me quite frequently. On Saturday, I started a poll on my Facebook page about the size of the sculpture. The options were 8, 10 and 12 inches. Interesting results, sculptors mostly chose 8" and people where were regular friends (not saying that sculptors are unusual at all!) chose 12". I've decided to go with 10" but I will probably change my mind 100 times before I begin.

So, I've not yet started my Judith but am definitely working on the logistics!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sketch- Judith

I adore Artemisia Gentileschi's artwork and her 'self portrait' Judith slaying Holofernes is gruesomely gorgeous!

So, here is my sketch for a Judith sculpture I'd like to start next.
I have chosen to take the route that is almost as popular for artists as Judith in the act of slaying Holofernes... Judith sneaking back to her hometown with the severed head!

Now, there has been a little delay with the sculpting supplies that I ordered, however, I do have the armature building equipment so armature construction will probably begin tomorrow... unless I get a blog follower's comment with a really great way to improve my idea! (Hint, hint: Constructive criticism is appreciated here).

I'll be working with Mark Dennis' armature technique. This will be my first time using the technique, be prepared for  'customising' of it to suit my own needs and maybe a little frustrated swearing.
Mark Dennis' Blog.

Finally, a special call-out and THANKYOU to Natasha from Morezmore who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make my shopping experience a pleasure even with the delay which was definitely caused through no fault of her own and probably due to gremlins in the Australian postal service).
Click here to go to the Morezmore eBay store.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

My Studio Space

Well, since I don't have anything on the go which I really want to blog about, I thought I'd start the ball rolling with a blog about my art space. 

My hubby created the studio for my birthday a few years back. It is in the loft of the house.

The pictures have notes on them to tell you about the spaces but the writing is so very small. Apologies for that!

The first pic is the 'sewing part'
 The 'sculpting part'
 The 'photography part'
 Added Just for fun!

First Post

Standard first post... testing... testing.