Today marks my first full year since I caught the sculpting bug. Well I started out of sheer boredom playing about with some blue tack and trying to make the foot of the statue from lost.
Here it is.
and here’s some more silly blue tack sculptures
It’s been great fun sculpting in blue tack and to think this would then make me want to buy proper clay and do some actual sculpting.
Looking back theres been so many good times (and some bad times) through the learning process and the trial and errors. I met some great people online who showed me the way and helped with different tips and tricks to help me get better.
*My main reason for sculpting was – to sculpt Lost figures for myself ( something which I am doing now @ www.lostcollectables.com which will be made available to people as well)*
In May, I started to sculpt with a material called Super sculpey which was easily available here in the UK. Soft and malleable , it needed to be bulked up with foil and put in the oven to harden once the sculpture was done. This was good for me as a beginner but I found it more and more frustrating dealing with it and the stress of squashing the sculpture whilst i held it.
I was told that Chavant was great. I tried chavant and whilst I found it much better than Super sculpey, it didn’t really fit in with my workflow. I then proceeded to buy Azbro wax, a toy wax along with Castilene and some different waxes from a company called Willow wax in America. Castilene is the perfect sculpting material which I have used so far. Been using it for the last month or so and it works a charm – Soft enough to build up the basic form of the sculpture and hard when cool which I can then proceed to carve with my wax pen or heated tools.
I decided in November, that I needed a really strong focus and continous exercise in sculpting to improve and thus was born WEEKLY MINI ME. It really boosted my productivity whilst sculpting to a weekly deadline ..to a point when once I even stayed up all night to sculpt a figure that I hadn’t completed ( Juliet, Week # 13 ). There were some awesome weeks and some really crappy weeks ( week 2 Barack obama , The mentalist in week 8 ).
Also I would like to thank a lot of people who have followed me on my blog and on twitter – Clem Blusson, Lynn Doe, Nikoleta ,Erin, Bonnie, Caleb, Jolene, Jon, Liz, James Munoz, Joanne Saunders, and all the Losties and cortexifans
Some other good sculptors and friends – Tim , Rob, Daniel Sunoh Choe. extremely helpful.
One year on, I feel I have progressed quite a bit but there’s a lot more ground to cover.
Here’s my latest sculpture (from weekly mini me – Week # 15 Dom Cobb, Leonardo di Caprio)
I leave you with a BRAND NEW COMPETITION
It’s been a while since I had one of these around. So here it is
WIN A CHARLIE PACE SCULPTURE
To be eligible to win :
1) Write a comment below on your favourite weekly mini me sculpture ( 15 to choose from )
2) Post a link to this blog on your facebook & twitter
3) Invite 5 people to www.facebook.com/weeklyminime
The winners will be randomly selected on 17th April 2011 .
THIS WILL BE A ONE OF A KIND SCULPTURE OF CHARLIE PACE (half body sculpture) AND WILL BE POSTED TO YOU FOR FREE. YOU DON’T PAY ANYTHING TO ENTER INTO THIS COMPETITION.