Sewing seaweed 🧵🥬
The fabric gets attached to a flexible wire for structure.
Hairy Tongue, just for fun 🤪
Before and after paint. The hairs are painted monofilament.
See this lovely lady-pin in person and do some bowling this Thursday at Comet! A bunch of talented artists have customized bowling pins for their silent auction which will benefit local nonprofits. The Comet Pub & Lanes and Creature Comforts will host the Get Comforta-Bowl tournament on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tournament will benefit local nonprofits, including Friends of Refugees, Our House and College AIM. Check out their page for details @thecometpubandlanes
Tonight is the Dark Crystal Ball!
Last year I made two and a half life-size crystals with my talented friends at the Center for Puppetry Arts. I’m so lucky! Swipe for more photos and process.
I started with a 2D design by technical director Jeremy Villines. I converted it into a 3D pattern using cardboard. We used the template to make an acrylic mold and slush cast the tinted resin in layers. The acrylic molds for the full crystals were built from 82 individual pieces!
Thanks to @talithagabrielle for helping me cast these beasts. Beautiful foam carving and background painting by @brianna.bass.scenic.artist and @nubourne. Lighting by @gabbity.rabbit.The Dark Crystal exhibit is up through January. It’s a beautiful and unique experience. Check it out!
Throwback to last year when I made 200 crystal shards for the Dark Crystal Ball at the Center for Puppetry Arts
I sculpted the original out of epoxy clay and made a silicone mold to cast in translucent resin. Swipe to see process shots. We’re so lucky to have the CPA in Atlanta. The largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the US, it’s a unique place that has been building community since 1978. If you missed the party last year, you can get tickets to the Gathering of Gelflings happening August 29th at Puppet.org.
The Dark Crystal exhibit will be on view till January 2020. Featuring restored puppets that haven’t been seen since the film, it’s a beautiful and rare exhibit, totally worth your time.
Lunar Dreamer 🌖
Before and after holographic powder. Holographic powder is translucent, so the first step is always creating an underpainting that deepens the natural shadows and boosts the highlights.
Casting a Woolly Caterpillar
This is a split mold, which means I poured it as a single block and cut it open for casting. Check out the below picture to see the original sculpt set up for molding. I put vents in the middle to prevent air bubbles. The blocks beneath the caterpillar are reservoirs to make pouring the resin easier.
Get your own cutie this Saturday at Galeria Regina, 5-9pm.
A strawberry who grows strawberries
Just a simple country farmer with flowers in his back pocket. #fbf to this needle felted sculpture I made a few years back, titled Harvest. Here’s a peek into the process behind making the basket full of berries. 🧺
Demolding the Blue Haze Bloom
This beauty has sold, but there will be more alien blooms for sale at the encore reception of Journey to Terra Flora August 17th, 5-9pm at Galeria Regina.
Sculpting part lines for the alien bloom mold
The bumps act as keys that lock the mold sections into place for casting. I drew vent placement on the clay, and cut them into the finished silicone to prevent trapped air.
I’ll have a fresh batch of Gumheads in the upcoming show. This will be the last drop of Dubble Bubble and Very Berry Gumheads for the foreseeable future, so save the date if you want to score one! July 13th at Galleria Regina. A Gumhead getting its arms. These little guys are double cast, which is just what it sounds like. After casting and painting the core, I fit it into a second mold to cast the translucent layer.
Demolding an alien bloom
Journey to Terra Flora opens Saturday July 13th at Galeria Regina. @danielcurranart @ryshu
Finishing up another Alien Bloom variant
Check it out in person July 13th at Galeria Regina! Journey to Terra Flora will feature new work by me, @ryshu and @danielcurranart. There will be a mix of paintings and sculptures inspired by an imagined journey to an alien planet dominated by plant life.
Trying out colors on translucent resin
I’ll have this and other new work at Galleria Regina July 13th. Journey to Terra Flora is a 3 person show featuring alien plant life. Link in bio
Sculpting the fur details
It’s as time consuming as it looks, tedious but strangely satisfying. The time I spend on details now sets me up to enjoy painting it down the line. 🖌🖤
Things starting to look like things
Process heavy art is slow at the beginning, but it’s worth it to take time to plan. I can’t wait to start color tests! But I will, because I have other work to do first 🤣.
Sculpting the inside of the flower
The white clay is a hard epoxy, the brown clay is a wax based clay that never hardens and doesn’t stick to things easily. This allows me to mold and cast the parts separately.
Cutting open a mold using a weitlaner retractor and surgical scalpel
The zigzag pattern in the silicone helps the mold lock back into place for casting. Eleven minutes condensed into one.