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:
Email me at jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com with your bid and what character/style you would like
I will update this post with the amount of the current highest bid (See below for latest)
Winning bid will be selected and the winner will be notified on SATURDAY, MARCH 8th, 2014
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.
Very glad to share more work-in-progress pictures of myongoingproject with Sean Downey. This was photographed by Tony Martins. This will be part of an illustrated book which we hope to show people sometime next year.
It’s amazing working in collaboration, particularly with a photographer. You really see what ideas hold up and which don’t.
More to come!
Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures from this photo shoot at Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Green gels were used over the backlighting.
(Note also Sean’s tiger-stripe arm hair.)
Since it wasn’t supposed to appear in the shot, the “roof” was just cardboard draped over the walls to block light.
Here’s Sean. He’s holding the monster, I think.
You can see how the room was built using forced perspective: it gets bigger as it gets closer toward the camera.
Back at my house, this was how one of the walls looked when we started.
Sean added on 11/13/13:
In the making of this I made a brush by cutting a thin sponge into the shape of a hand roughly to scale with the set. It was then dipped in a red/brown paint and lazily dragged across the wall. Thinking about it now, I can hear The Stroll by The Diamonds as i look at the smeared blood trail. When I painted this, the sponge/brush fingers touched the doorknob with a foggy memory of how to open a doorknob. It was a chilling.
I worked on some HALLOWEEN MAN stories – mostly coloring and lettering- with such talented artists as Nicola (WONDER WOMAN, SECRET SIX, EARTH 2) Scott, David (BLUE BEETLE, YOUNG ALLIES) Baldeon, Sergio (SKYJACK, SAMURAI & DINOSAURS) Calvet , and many more under the guidance of the irrepressible Russell Hillman.
Ordinarily I’d cast these pieces in some kind of plastic resin. The problem is I wanted to make several of these, and the resin heats up when curing, which can warp the silicone mold. Plaster, another cheap alternative, does the same thing. Eventually I settled on Creative Paperclay, which air-dries. It worked really well! The innermost parts of the mold, noses, brows, chins, were still wet when I pulled them out of the mold, but they held the shape and just needed to be exposed to air to dry.
I’m pretty pleased with the results. Now to paint ‘em.