The Batman bust is progressing, here is a little taster...
I am looking into getting a quote to get the Darkhand bust into production so if you interested drop me a line. I am hoping to get these out for just under £20 plus shipping. More details when I get the quote back.
I will soon be posting an outline of my sci-fi world setting, working title Middgard. It will not be any kind of game, just a setting to add colour and inspiration to my work. More for my benefit than anyone elses. I would appreciate feedback on it though nevertheless. The idea will be more to help me produce gaming pieces that fit in with any number of games out on the market. I will still be doing busts of characters from this world setting for painters and collectors as well.
Thats all for now folks.
The assassin bust seems to be well received by the community on CMON and elsewhere - it made the charts in at No.9 and then went to No.7! Nice to see it do well. I am still looking for a potential buyer for it as a few people have expressed an interest in getting their hands on it. Who knows we will see what happens.
Progress has been slow in my sculpting schedule - I have needed to get some DIY work done and there will be a lot of other DIY to come as well. The first job I am tackling is the garage, which will allow me to set up my studio in there. Its purpose is more workshop/gym than garage so it will be nice to have a proper space to work in, if a little cold in winter.
My Bust can be viewed here: - Assassin Bust
Well, I just wanted to lay out some thoughts for where I am headed with my plans into becoming a fully fledged freelance sculptor. One of my most important goals at the moment is to get myself a new job trying to get myself 4 days a week off, where I will just have to work three 12 hour shifts. This will give me the time to devote to practicing and getting some actual days I can officially allocate to sculpting.
I really want to design a fantasy world where I can set my characters and pieces that are geared towards use in fantasy games: ie 54mm and 28mm scale work. This will help me get inspired and create more interest for myself and helps tie things together more neatly. Planning my other work has also been on my mind. I'd quite like to get the "Jarhead" (tm - lol) idea out there, just really need to cast in resin and get the core drilled out which I am going to be suggesting to Grey Matter Figures to see if they wish to pursue the idea. I am also planning a range of 90mm faerytale characters, this would be my next big project and I have designed and gathered some concept and inspirational art for Little Red Riding Hood as the first character to be sculpted. Pics below further down the woman shown is a friend of my wife who has kindly said i could use her likeness. After doing an "entry" for minidojo.com's sculpting competition for an assassin bust I decided as well as doing the larger Jarhead sculptures I would have a go at a range of 50mm bust work. So to summarise plans:-
28mm Fantasy - Eventually, based in my own fantasy world
54mm Fantasy - Eventually, based in my own fantasy world
Jarheads - Large scale sculpts designed as Brush pots and tool holders
90mm - Special Projects
6" - This will probably be the largest I will go to and again will be special projects, at this stage a barbarian conan type sculpt is my main idea for first treatment.
Just some ideas on the table for my own purposes and to help me keep organised. I found a neat free portfolio site to present my pictures on so I will post best final pictures on there as well as here. Here is a demo video.
Found this amusing video earlier today, worth watching if you are a freelance artist of any kind and carries into many other professions I would expect. Any prospective clients should most definately watch this before dealing with any potential artist you may be considering using for a projectin order to avoid any awkward and embarrassing negotiation conversations!
Work continues on the assassin bust with further pictures coming up later this week in all likelyhood. The bust may be purchased, currently talking it over. If it does get picked up it will in all likelyhood be available for purchase shortly and should provide an excellent challenge to the painters out there.
I didn't quite make it with entry into the minidojo.com assassin bust competition. I will be finished this up pretty soon - not much left to do so here is what would have been my entry below.
On another note I now have my three resin casts of the Rat King and will be commencing work on these guys shortly!
Just wanted to post up a couple of links back to my work in progress threads and my current picture gallery. I'm not posting up any old stuff here so if you want to take a look, follow the links......
My picture gallery is based at Coolminiornot.com. This site allows you to vote a score out of ten for each model and leave comments if you wish and the site features astounding painting and scratch built models as well as sculpts from the hobbies top artists. If you haven't visited do so now, it really does showcase some astounding work.
More work to do on my minidojo competition entry today, beginning to have some doubts as to whether I can finish it, but I will post it up whatever state it may be in come the 31st July!!
I received the three resins back today from Grey Matter Figures so work will commence on the 1st August at the earliest on these, just have to decide which to do. The assassin will probably be quickest for me to do as I have it more in my mind what I want to do with it.
This is my first real blog entry ever, so I'll try to make it good.
2009 was supposedly going to be a year of "artistic development" of my sculpting skills. I set myself a couple of goals and project ideas and things were going well. Then Grey Matter Figures purchased a sculpt off of me, a caracature of a mean wizard, intended as a one of a kind sculpt on a jar to store brushes and tools in, and things took off well in advance of my plans!! The wizard ("Master of Alchemy") is now available from Grey Matter Figures and comes in two parts made in high quality resin with the highest of standards. I am very pleased with the quality of the cast I received and would recommend them to anyone looking for someone to do their moulds and casts, very experienced guys who have worked with some talented people, including Rackham - producing the resins of "The Crow", "Pumpkinhead" and "Ninja Goblin" models.
Now I am working on a new piece - "The Rat King" this sculpt is in a similiar vein - it's a bust and I will be sculpting three variations of it. This will be produced by Grey Matter Figures also and will be available quite possibly around September time. The master sculpt is finished and thethree variations will be the next thing for me to sculpt. For those eager to see, here is a work in progress photo......