Friday, November 30, 2007

Selkie Emerging Update

So I've finally gotten back to work on my Selkie Emerging sculpt. With the Lionfish Mermaid commission and getting jewelry and ornaments ready for christmas shoppers I just haven't had the time to work on her.

The real tricky bit has been the base. I plan on sculpting over the bare framework I have now with rocks and water splashes so I needed room enough to do that later on but still have the base stable enough now to not tip over. I'm not sure what wood that section of dowel is made of but it's got a bit of weight to it.

Sculptural Progression from 1996 through 2007

This is a slide show video I put together of my sculptures, I've only been sculpting seriously for about 3 years so most of the videos are from the last few years though I do have a few that are older including a ceramic bird whistle I made way back in the 7th grade. It's a lot of fun for me to look back over the progress I've made in my sculpting ability, it really helps keep me motivated.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Geisha Fairy Video

I hope everyone likes the new layout of the blog. I think this one is much prettier and cleaner than the old scribe template I was using.

This is a little slideshow video I put together of photos I took of the Geisha Fairy sculpture I did last year. She was a commissioned sculpture that I did for Tenshi and was lots of fun.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Top Ten Signs You Need a Break from Sculpting

Something funny I came up with today (or at least I think it's funny).

10. While preparing for a big dinner you start considering how you could use the cooking implements to sculpt.

9. Your significant other mistakes the clay you stored in the fridge for freshness for fudge.

8. You freak out if anyone tries to organize your studio, the mess is really a complicated sorting system.

7. You own body building books and magazines even though you never set foot in a gym.

6. When shopping you consider buying fruits and veggies for the textures rather than to eat.

5. You think plasticine is the perfect remedy for dry skin.

4. You've run out of room for unfinished Works in Progress, they are now stacked on every piece of furniture in the house.

3. Friends and relatives won't let their kids into your studio for their own safety.

2. You spend all your free time (when you aren't sculpting) online talking about sculpting.

1. You've named your dremel.

Feel free to leave your additions to the list in the comments.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dollar Store Find

So I was with my best friend Thursday night and on the way to her house we stopped at the dollar store. She's cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time for her crazy in-laws and the dollar store had a bunch of cooking stuff in for the holidays, she needed some pie plates and a turkey baster.

I wasn't planning to get anything until we got up by the checkout and saw these. For $1 for 4 ornaments I had to grab a package. I figure that even if my decorating fails I'm only out 25¢, some time, a bit of clay and paint. I'm thinking that the first one I do will be based on how much these look like clear bubbles. On the outside I'm going to sculpt a frog and inside suspended on some clear mono-filament will be a few little tadpoles.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Kitty Approved

Usually my cat Duchess isn't the most cooperative feline, but I managed to get her to stay still long enough to take a photo of her with one of my cuddlefish perma-pets. I think it's cute.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Proof I'm Improving

So the inspiration behind my new mermaid bust was that my client loved my original one. That one sustained some damage so I can never sell it and is sitting in a display cabinet in my living room. So I had on last thing I wanted to do before packing the new one up for shipping. Since I've now done two mermaid busts almost exactly two years apart I decided to photograph them side by side to compare the progress I've made in sculpting over the last couple years. I see a big difference, especially if how well I execute facial expressions.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Random News

Been a busy couple weeks so I thought I'd catch you up on all the happenings.

New Artwork

So first up I've completed some new stuff. Biggest is completing a commissioned sculpture, it's a mermaid bust based on the lionfish holding a blue-ringed octopus (both are highly venomous). You can check it out here: Lionfish Mermaid

Also a new series of pendants based on my favorite sea creatures, octopus and squid. Click here for my Cephalopod Pendants.

Buying My Artwork

Since it's coming up on the holiday season I've launched a new section of my website that I've been thinking about for a while. You can now directly order some of my smaller pieces such as my gargoyle pendants and ornaments, cthulhu's gems, and cephalopod pendants. Soon I plan to add Perma-Pets as well. Please check it out: Little Gifts by Noadi.

Gawker Artists

Recently I was accepted for inclusion in Gawker Artists. Gawker Media uses their spare adspace on blogs like Gizmodo and Lifehacker to display a rotating gallery of artists and other website can also choose to display Gawker Artists as well. Now I'm all for promoting both myself and other artists so as you can see to the left I'm now displaying Gawker Artists here.