Happy 75th Anniversary, Batman. Long may you fight for justice.
I just read Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP, his semi-sequel to THE SHINING. The villain, Rose the Hat, is an immortal psychic predator who feeds on the “steam” of children with the shining. Seemingly beautiful, her true face has one long, tusk-like tooth and, serpent-like, she can open her jaw so wide it touches her chest.
I was probably too literal in visualizing it, but the image of the saber-like tusk struck me and wouldn’t leave.
I made this mini-bust with a mixture of Super Sculpey, black and white Sculpey III and Sculpey Firm over an aluminum wire and foil armature. I also used a mixture of Super Sculpey and Apoxie, the recipe for which can be found here. This combination created a self-curing, water-thinned, more durable material that I used for the tooth and the hair loops, which would have been difficult with regular Super Sculpey. It’s a great material with the only downsides being a shortened working time and less self-adhesion.
I’m taking a break from sculpting this week to act as Visual Notetaker at Singularity University in California. It’s been an amazing experience listening to, learning from, and drawing some of the best thinkers on the planet.
(I don’t think the back of my head is as pointy as it appears above.)
My 3D rendition of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. This is based on Kirby’s cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES
(He gets a little John Buscema-esque when viewed from the side.)
Apparently there a new Captain America movie out. I don’t know how it could top Albert Pyun’s masterpiece.
(I’m really looking forward to it! If you enjoyed it, consider making a donation to The Hero Initiative in Jack Kirby or Joe Simon’s name. )
My friend Jenna has left an abusive domestic situation and is looking to relocate and start a new life for herself and her cat. She’s in a temporary home and is currently out of work. I’d like help her raise money for this move, so here’s what I’m going to do:
I haven’t taken commissions in over two years, but I am auctioning an original sculpture, character of your choice, style of your choice and will donate all proceeds to Jenna’s relocation fund.
Here are some examples of my work:
The winning bidder will receive one original sculpture, character and style of their choice, hand-painted, on its own ready-to-display stand.
I’m going to start the bidding at $300. Here’s how it will work:
It’s that easy!
Jenna is my hero. I hope to help her get back on her feet. Please help if you can, by bidding, spreading the word with social media, or by donating directly.
Update: Here’s a link to share if you’re on Tumblr. Thanks!
UPDATE: I see there’s suddenly some new activity on this posts, so if anyone wants to contact me ( jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com) with another bid (to be done after the winning bid, so sometimes in April/May), let me know.
Turns out the bidder was unable to come through, so I’ll be restarting the auction.
For those just joining us:
My friend Jenna has left an abusive domestic situation and is looking to relocate and start a new life for herself and her cat. I’d like help her raise money for this move, so here’s what I’m going to do:
I am auctioning an original sculpture, character of your choice, style of your choice and will donate all proceeds to Jenna’s relocation fund.
Keep spreading the word and donate if you can: $10, $5, whatever you can spare. Every bit helps. Thank you!
It’s the Winter Solstice and time for the annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show!
And above is my contribution, designed for me in record time by Erica Henderson. Here’s her design:
And here are some pics of the work-in-progress, made from Sculpey Firm over an aluminum armature:
Here’s another pic Erica took of it from the front. I’ll get some more pics and post them soon!
First we shot some photo reference, then we drew our creature here onto tracing paper, then pasted that onto some foamcore. Then Sean cut some hardie board into the general shape and we sculpted over it using Sculpey over a paperclay base.
Because we’re building pieces to be photographed and only seen from one angle, we’re working in relief …
Which leads to one weird-looking sculpture when viewed from the side.