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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sculpting A Large American Bulldog Mascot

Photo slideshow recording my original sculpture being transformed from the initial fiberglass to the final polished bronze metal coated bulldog mascot statue. 

Music: "I dunno" by grapes
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Resin Paste and Fiberglass Bulldog Head Castings

After removing these bulldog heads the real fun starts!

Now I've got to create bodies to fit these heads and resculpt facial and body details. To do this, I use several different durable materials that work really well outside.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Maggie the Miniature Dachshund Sculpture

We have had at least one Miniature Dachshund in our home for over the last 17 years. I've always enjoyed their company mainly because I think that they are so comical to watch. When our first dachshund 'Maggie' was alive I used her as my model for sculpting her in the classic Doxie sitting pose while resting in a small flower bed. The original sculpture was cast in bronze which I still have and still get a great amount of joy looking at.
I've recently decided to offer this sculpture as an open edition casting series. Each of these castings are fabricated from a rugged marble-filled resin which gives a very nice weight to the piece and the final finish is a high quality bronze powder metal coating that is polished to bring out the metal and then coated with a superior UV and rust inhibitor that will provide many years of protection if placed outdoors.
You may go to my Etsy shop for more info about this miniature dachshund sculpture.

Monday, January 23, 2012

In Memory of "The Green-Eyed Monster"

This is to hoping that in doing this sculpture I've conquered (or at least subdued) any future battles that may arise with the ol' Green-Eyed Monster by putting him in a little jewelry box and hanging him on the wall until someone wants to use him for the same reason. I call this one "The Jealous Eye" and the red facial color is denoting the angry spirit that accompanies ol' Green Eye.

You can see more pics of this little jewel at my Etsy shop. The metal pull handle is still attached to the top. Thsi piece can sit alone or hung on a wall.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Nude Woman, Boots and Wine ... Low Relief Clay Sculptures

This is an 8 x 10 art print of a nude female relief that I sculpted a few years ago after I was challenged to come up with a female design that would really leave a great deal to the imagination yet still be considered a nude rendering of the female form. This print is available at my Etsy shop.

The watermark shown on either of these photos do not appear on the final images.

This is a photo of an original sculpted relief that I did of a high heeled boot and a wine glass. An idea that I had after thumbing through a women's fashion magazine while searching for a gift. Great photo for a restaurant or cafe. This print is available at my Etsy shop as well.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gothic One-of-a-Kind Sculpture/Crow and Black Cross Relief

A truly unique mixed media gothic based sculpture that I entitled, "Stopping Your Thoughts From Taking Flight". Overall size is 7.50" high x 5.625" wide x 6.50" deep when the face is looking straight on. Every sculptural element has been hand sculpted by me except for the leather necklace and the steel corner bracket. A very strong sculpture with sand and fiberglass intermingled with epoxie clay. The top two photos were taken in a low light set-up with no flash so that you can see the difference in appearance and the interplay with the shadows.

Back view along with my name on the bottom wing.

This is a view of the top of the sculpture that shows two fingers emerging with a leather necklace securely attached as well as each finger also resting on the top of the head of a crow.

This item is available at my Etsy shop.

"Extra Rare Please" ... Gargoyle Foot Sculpture/Paperweight

If you are looking for one of the more strange paperweight gifts, you may have just come to the end of your search. This one of a kind gargoyle foot sculpture measures in at 7" in length x 4" in width x 2.75" in height and will definitely leave an impression about you with your associates. There is a small amount of blood painted on the end of each talon ... something that I once saw while watching a hawk enjoying himself with it's captured prey.

I have this sculpture available at my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Twisted Thinking" Sculpture Art Print

This unusual pic of a small, flesh toned, one-of-a-kind sculpture entitled "Twisted Thinking" was recently sold after having it hang around the shop for about a year and to be frankly honest, I miss it. It had just the right mix of 'twistedness' and dark comical quality that I so much enjoy. The bulldog mug in the background is a now finished, at the time, primed and prepped, mascot sculpture. I sold this original sculpture via my Etsy shop but this pic is now available for purchase. The art print helps me cope with his departure. Eventually I will get over it after I create something a little more darker and twisted.

Hope you all have a great holiday season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gothic Gargoyle Christmas Ornament

This OOAK gargoyle mobile is looking for someone to hang around with. He's a little heavy as an ornament (unless you have a stouter limb) but I think he'd be just as happy anywhere you feel like giving him a little airspace.

4 3/4" long x 2 1/2" wide X 2" deep

Comes with attached leather strap.

BTW, those big clear eyes don't miss anything!!

I don't know ... maybe its just my strange side coming out but I luv the idea of no pupils in the eyes. It's kind of 'other-worldly'.

This item is available at my Etsy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Catfish Reproduction Casting

Here is the final casting of a very large catfish (29" in length) that had been stored in a freezer for 20 years before being pulled out and molded with plaster. The mold was only a relief of one side. (Please click on photos for larger images)

Here is the plaster mold after being prepped for a fiberglass layup.

Here is the fiberglass copy after initial cleanup ...

Here is the front view ...

And here is the back of the catfish after finishing along with the steel cord that was attached for hanging the lightweight reproduction.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Large Contemporary Abstract Style Sand Paintings

"Warmly Stacked"
24" wide x 24" high x 2" deep
Acrylics and sand on foam board with sculpted features ready for hanging
Please see my Etsy page for more information and photos

"Fossil Rock"
24" high x 24" wide x 2" deep
Acrylics and sand on foam board with sculpted features ready for hanging
For more info and photos see my Etsy page

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wildlife Sand Sculptures That Last And Last

I have long loved sand sculpture but the biggest drawback was the temporary nature of these beautiful works of art. After experimenting with several techniques I've finally developed a process where I can create these one-of-a-kind sand sculptures that can withstand the elements and keep all of the detail without having to worry about them drying out and crumbling apart. Though they are entirely covered in sand they are fairly lightweight and very strong. There will definitely be more of these sculptural creations to come.
Pictured here is a life size head and shoulder bear sculpture that I recently created. Overall dimensions of this piece are 48" high x 39" wide x 24" deep. Please see SnarlingCrow Studios for more info.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mold Making Instruction: Creating A Mold Off A Portion Of A Yellow Jacket Mascot Sculpture

I was fabricating a one-of-a-kind yellow jacket sculpture a couple of months ago when I decided that I wanted a mold for the head which I had spent many,many, many hours working on. Since time and money was tight for this project a full mold was out of the question but because I really liked how the head had turned out I figured that if another yellow jacket mascot was needed, my having a head mold of this one would put me way ahead on building another.So what I did was release the entire head and about two inches below where the head joined the body. I then applied the silicone rubber, detail coat first followed by a thickened paste which was smoothed out. I then applied the fiberglass for a two part mold for waxes, resins, or plaster.

Once the mold was cleaned up and all the bolts drilled and fastened, everything was broken down and pulled away from the original and put away for future use. Once I thoroughly cleaned the head area,I went back to finishing the mascot sculpture like before.

The final mascot sculpture can be seen above in my banner and at Snarlingcrow Studios website.

Look for complete project progression photos of this mascot sculpture at a later date.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Hubcap Art Of Ptolemy Elrington

A dog with a steel grip: another hubcap design

If you really enjoy recycled art then you really should enjoy these sculptures that are made from found hubcaps by U.K. artist Ptolemy Elrington.

He said that he lives at a sharp bend in the road that passes by his home and began collecting the hubcaps originally to build a suit of armor but soon changed his mind when he noticed that they were quite marine-like in appearance.

And the rest, they say, is history.

Read more of about his interesting art style at the Daily Mail.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Misa's Handcrafted Jewelry

Shima Cuff
I'm a big fan of hand sculpted jewelry that keeps it from looking mass manufactured.
I think that Misa has made that happen very well here.

Shima Teardrop Necklace with Chalcedony

Misa Hamamoto, the creator and designer of Los Angeles-based Misa Jewelry, draws inspiration for her handcrafted jewelry from her island upbringing in Hawaii and Micronesia. She incorporates her affinity with nature into her designs through sculpted organic forms and precious and semiprecious gemstones from her world travels. Through the ancient art of lost-wax casting, she skillfully carves her designs from wax, which then undergo a casting process that solidifies molten metal.

Misa graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics and worked for several investment firms, but she always felt displaced. After realizing her love for creating art and jewelry was what truly made her happy, she finally decided to leave the “corporate world” and merged her passion and career into one.

Misa’s unique line of jewelry is entirely handmade in her Los Angeles studio and consequently avoids the mass-manufactured look with her distinctive style. Her love and thought put into each design and years of jewelry-making experience clearly shine through to all of her collectors.

“My goal is to celebrate the balanced union between the beauty of nature and the style of the modern world…the island girl meets the city girl." -- Misa

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nude Woman Rock Relief

I don't know who created this rock relief or if there has been a little Photo Shopping going on but nevertheless it still creates an interesting look in the stones.

Dominique Regnier Lingerie & Nude Wood & Stone Carvings

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Margot's Other Cat by Arthur Ganson

The apparent weightlessness of this chair is being accomplished with a counterbalance disk and by its striking of the cat on the moving table. The motion of the chair never will follow a set pattern. Its always random.

See more of Arthur's kinetic sculpture at his website.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Simone Walsh Handcrafted Butterfly Pendant

I recently came across this lovely butterfly pendant that I absolutely am captivated by! As a nature sculptor I'm always on alert for sculpted jewelry like this.