WIP: 2nd in the series Baby's First Nightlight: Fishy, Fishy
I got inspired so I'm making another one. Fishy will get a bit more decor and electrification so its eyes will glow & fiber optic hairs will twinkle.
About 10"x 10".
gourd, wood, glass, wire, fiber optic cable
Thought you might be interested in the "steps to a sculpture"...in this case, I was challenged to make something that lit up. Definitely out of my usual comfort zone, but I did get to learn about LED lighting as the head is totally enclosed so it needed to stay cool. This series of photos shows my process from raw materials to finished piece.
Baby's First Nightlight: Sweet Dreams
finished dimensions: 24"x 20"x 10"
oak log section, gourd, shoe lasts, glass, fiber optic cable, embossed leather, brass tacks, paint, lighting fixtures.
The raw materials
Fitting the feet
The leather collar keeps the head in place but allows removal in case the lighting needs attention...and you can't see it in this pic, but the leather is embossed with skulls.
When it all comes together.
An altar I designed & made for a friend's memorial. It was my first foray into using paint markers, and since I'm not a painter it was a little nerve-wracking. But the markers ended up being easy to use & the perfect medium to stick to the vinyl back & seat of the wheelchair.
WIP on the bench: Banana Rodeo, the evolution of a spinning banana.
I attended a workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center taught by Russell Baldon of California College of the Arts. The workshop was "Playful Mechanics"...so I decided to make a piece called Banana Rodeo, a push toy where the banana spins while the little guy goes for a ride.
Below are some process shots, to see it in action, please visit my Vimeo or YouTube channels, links above.
The first idea. Hmmm. Needs some fleshing out.
The cardboard model.
Banana Rodeo in all it's glory. Rubber band direct drive, finished with milk paint. About 12" tall to top of banana.
And no push stick is complete without a banana handle.
WIP on the bench: a prototype for an automaton featuring blinking eyes & making gears accurately. Whoda thunk making gears would be so persnickity? Nevertheless, I persevered & am jazzed that I'm starting to get the hang of it. So, I have made this piece featuring 2 gears (with different ratios resulting in different rotational speeds), 2 snail cams (slow lift, quick drop for the eye blink), & a double-lobed cam (quick up & down movement for the twitchy hair).
Having some fun now!
May 16, 2018
Finally getting back to 3-D! How many tools DOES it take to carve a chunk of walnut? All of them, apparently. Today's view of the work bench.
Because the studio elves won't visit my place with their shovels & brooms, I'm sketching rather than sculpting. Oh well, I'll get back in the saddle soon enough. In the meantime, enjoy these random drawings:
January, 2018...A new year, a new body of work is starting! Sketches for a series of automatons I'm dying to get started on. Gotta get the shop back in order, then it's on to these beauties! Stay tuned.
Lidded Box. Her lids will blink & her headdress jiggle.
My Favorite Food Pyramid. The little root beer float will twirl & bob up & down.
Put De Lime in De Coconut. Lid will raise & lower while De Lime jiggles.
November 21, 2017
Bee Cup goes a little further, joined by Bearded Lady Rocks Her New Cloche. Bearded Lady will have hat decor that moves. And yes, I'm having a ton of fun!
You can see the horizontal shaft that drives the wire up & down & in a circular movement.
Internal view of offset cam & how the mechanism works. It's quite simple, but there's a steep learning curve to getting it correct, as you can see by my multiple holes in the wrong position.
Bearded Lady's outer "shell" started. A happy accident occurred when I peeled the bark from this log.
November 13, 2017
WIP "Bee Cup" which will be a simple automaton. I'm planning a series of 3 or 4 right now, & am pretty excited to get underway.