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Hello all,
Here's a new piece I made for my display at this years London IMATS. She was sculpted in W,E,D  moulded in silicone and cast in fibreglass. The resin was intrinsically coloured with flock and she was finished with FW Inks, Tohickon glass eyes and Epoxy. As always any crits and comments welcome.
You can see more pictures here:
Cheers for looking


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the neck detail are amazing ! Great alien design also

February 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterMauro D'Elia Matheus

I agree with Mauro -- the neck wrinkling and colouring is superb, and that splotchy cranial vein-work is super convincing! The overall design strikes me as rather standard nose-less, big-eyed e.t. fare, but the execution is splendid. Thanks for posting!

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam B. Hand

Thanks for the kind words,

William you are right. I have been stuck in this phase for a while and need to do something to get out of it. I was recently talking to a friend about just this.


February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete Tindall

The skin texture is just insane!

February 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrynn Metheney

After taking a look at the brighter profile shot (photo 14 of 17) on fb, it's clearer to me how nice that cheekbone shelf is, and the overall colouring just remains great. The general forms seem to work pretty well, overall, but that huge eye + noselessness combo is an entrenched alien formula. There's nothing inherently wrong about large eyes or a lack of a nose, mind you, but it's such a standardized formula that it's worth physically wrenching yourself away from it.

A simple exercise to use on a piece that suddenly feels... mm... like you've seen it before... is to hold your thumb over an element (that you may have even slaved over) and consider if it is instantly improved by its absence. If it is, then you might have a lead on what to do to become actively engaged again. I hesitate to ramble about my thoughts here too much, because I think it'd be pretty presumptuous, but I'd be happy to start a dialogue with you email: wbhand@gmail or MSN I-M chat:

So, with this creature, if I hold my thumb over the eyeball and imagine that first little head nub to be where a small eye dot will go -- It dramatically shifts the whole feel of the piece. Furthermore, the general forms that you created to act as brow, lids, and socket would actually make for a very interesting (and huge) nostril -- another really dramatic shift in perspective that I think takes what you have already done and rockets it upward. Suddenly all the forms and wrinkles of what is now the brow and cheek become unexpected snout. Another thing that happens instantly is that the whole of the head will seem more balanced, and less front heavy -- even though it would remain structurally almost identical. I think you will see what I am talking about, and my bold suspicion is that you will actually become UNABLE to view this creation as it currently appears, and might even immediately launch into a new piece that embraces this altered vision. There is FIRE in your discontent, so don't be afraid to stoke it. :)

The great beauty of simple re-evaluation of forms like this is that if you stumble upon something that's superior to your original intent, you can still own it. And the more you practice it, the more it will become a lucrative and integral part of your creative process. :)

So... I guess I talked a bit. :P



Hope you don't mind these quick paint-overs, just to illustrate the super simple reshuffling of features without any significant change to the overall form. I suppose ideally we work these basics out in a very early stage, but it shows how even dramatic alterations need not be that dramatic. I dunno. Maybe it'll jog something for you in a useful way. :P

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam B. Hand

Peter: Amazing stuff man. I love what everyone else loves. I'm just trying to ramp up on sculpture myself, and am just so amazed at the quality you achieve here. The wrinkles of the neck skin just blows my mind! I will have to see if I can track down good methods to achieve this. I'm using Sculpey Firm, so maybe I'm limited? That's probably just an excuse. Either way, kudos galore!

I really liked William's paint-overs. I love this community, where we keep each other motivated, inspired, and ultimately in-line as far as maintaining an atmosphere of unique creativity. Great stuff.

February 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterMike May

Thanks William, I have sent you an e-mail

And Thanks also Mike, keep going with the sculpting, you can get this level of texture with sculpy too. if you have any questions look me up on my facebook page by following the link at the bottom of my post.


February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete Tindall

Liked you on Facebook, too. =) rtgewd rtgewd - Tory Burch Shoes Outlet.

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