I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately. It seems like if I just take my mind off it for a while something would come to me. By “it” I’m referring to an impending project, or better yet “impending lack there of a project”. While my wife was working from home yesterday, I took my son for a walk and later on to a Flea-market hoping it would give some inspiration. You can’t force inspiration, but damn it, you can try! Other than almost getting one of those old-timey eggbeater-looking hand drills, I didn’t buy anything at the Flea-market. I did take some pictures of things that caught my eye hoping for some inspiration (great job “getting your mind off it”). Still, I started a couple sculptures but they were so…forced, I can’t bring myself to bore you with many words regarding their current state. That’s not to say these projects won’t come up again sooner or later, I just have nothing of great vision to share, except that they are examples of why you can’t force inspiration.
At the Flea-market:
Just in case you were wondering: Yes, that’s a toy set of the Star Trek engine room.
Wow, did they have some big ol’ knockers not to mention the junk in the trunk.
At first, I thought the badger sculpture was from Wind in the Willows, but it’s just your run-of-the-mill golfing badger.
My view is askew:
Back when I was experimenting with mold making materials I discovered that the clay I was using -Plastilina- had sulfur in it and was keeping the mold from properly curing. Here I am now, hunting for ideas, have to start SOMETHING and there is this Plastilina I can’t figure what to do with. So, I thought I try to sculpt my son’s head without any references because, “I know what he looks like.” Right? Plus, he’s asleep in bed I don’t want to risk waking him. While you’re looking through the following images, it’s very important to keep in mind – I used no references. At least – it’ll make me feel better if you keep that in mind.
As I look back at the photos I realize – I liked the look of it more at the outset than later on. And I’m talking about the SCULPTURE, the actual child it’s based on was, and continues to be, a cutie!
I know now why more sculptors don’t take progress photos – I’m STILL digging this clay out of my camera; it’s much softer than the Sculpey I’m used to.
Yea – Sometimes it hard to decide late in a project that you want to start over, other times it’s not. I finally looked at a photo of my son for reference, and thought – it’s not right, and I can’t specifically pinpoint exactly what’s not right. It’s like… the WHOLE THING is not right. Next time, I’ll use reference photos – next time. Have any other thoughts or ideas?
Askew view, take two:
Anslow Orange is his name! At least according to a storyline cooked up by my friend, Alan the writer. To the right, you can see the sculpture of Anslow that I finished relatively recently. He’s a cyborg from the future – Anslow, not Alan (as far as I know). In Alan’s story there’s talk of a subsequent Green series of cyborgs who are are a bit “off” and then Pink! The Green series is what I tried to sculpt.
The design I’ve envisioned allows the Green series cyborg to fold itself into a bullet shape (that may change though). The problems with this sculpture arose when I started second guessing the Sculpey, thinking that maybe there’s a better medium for this design. In any case, I’ve put this sculpture aside and instead, I intend to finish the sketch I started for it. I liked the way the sketch turned out even though the perspective is kinda “whacked out” in certain places.
After the sketch, I started making the head.
Then I went back and decided to remake the head and the body all in one armature. Ok dude, time to focus!
After continuing to add more clay, I then went back and tried to remake the body in a different way. I was just indecisive the whole time.
At the very least, I’m going to work on the drawing of this robot some more and will definitely post any progress I make. In case you were wondering, the sketch is of the robot examining it’s own “face” in the reflection of shiny scrap-piece of metal. The idea it that the human brain is shocked to recognizing that it’s not in a human body. The most obvious obsticle was how to express shock in a robot with limited facial features? I did a little research to see how other artist express that a robot is shocked:
I would love to hear any ideas or comments you may have on sculpting robots or babies, finding inspiration or anything really. I look forward to hearing from you…about anything :)