Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
So lately I’ve been really wanting to make some male figures to embody the ultimate man. These figures are inspired by a real person who shall remain anonymous. I plan on making a series of these, the pose and at times features are a personal ideal, all of these figures will be various shades of brown. I just completed my first one, I am very happy with it, I enjoyed sculpting the physique, it is different than a woman’s body, more angular, less curvy and sensual and more bumpy for lack of a better term.
Below check out photos of the progress, which began with the head, went on to sculpting the chest and abdominals, penis, and onto the toes on the feet and the fingers on the hands, this was a new pose for me, taken from life. The figure will remain as is, uncolored and unpainted, to give a sculptural quality to the piece, there will still be wings though, clear cycad wings.
Click any pic to see it big.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
many of you have seen the "gallery" page on http://www.thebutterflypeople.com/ on which I put over 200 pictures of my favorite butterfly people from January 2004 until current. Well, this page will come down soon after the new year comes in, maybe around my late mothers birthday in Febuary. The new page will feature all of my latest works as to keep things current, but I have created a permanent page for the photos to be kept for those who like to look at them (I know one person wants to print out pictures of them and create a coffee table book), the address is http://guppie51.tripod.com/fiveyears.htm
Bookmark it if you enjoy it, again since my site wont have it in about three months.
Today felt a return of sorts to Union Square since many a Saturday passed by in which I wanted to be at the park but had to attend a street fair instead. I must say, the crisp Autumn air and 30-degree weather was something I rather enjoyed, I like the feel that is in the air, it is a cheery and light hearted kind of time of year. The holiday season is upon us and I will NOT complain, its easier than ever to sell and I must keep up with the demand. I will be making ten little baby basket-weave-head sleeping figures for next weekend and a few “fairy” girls. These girls will be simply fairies with the leafy clothes and everything. Both are small sized therefore $10 each.
But back to the day… the day was sunny, gorgeous if a bit cold, and just a real pleasure to be a part of, something about street vending makes me feel like I lived life, I can easily spend two weeks at home and the time passes by and is never re-claimed, yet when I go outdoors (especially with my camera) and capture the day, I can always reflect and that single day was more active and fun than an entire two weeks at home. See the video above for some of my antics with fellow artist Lisa Park who is a photographer, and some girl jumping on two guys lying on the sidewalk. Below, check out some pics of me dancing and being silly. The beautiful figure below with the purple poppies and straight hair was sold to a very good fan of the butterfly people. Thanks to all of you who help make my journey a happy one!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This vid comes as a sort of bitter sweet goodbye to the 2008 street fair season which last from Mid April until the middle of November. This was the last one, I must say that the 2008 street fair season was highly successful and I look forward to the Christmas season which begins now! Several Union Square dates will be posted in the schedule section, I will try and keep these regular so that I am easy to find.
*My other project with the polymer figures is coming along nicely, there are currently ten figures made, I want to have thirteen so I am very close to completion of the people to go in it, next step is to get my composition together, I will do several sketches and scan them for you to see. I am still relying on my inspiration from The Last Supper, I want to have thirteen figures interacting with each other, but have now decided that they all be female, is this a challenge to male dominance? Is this a celebration of the female body? Is this me not knowing how to sculpt the male form properly? Why? I want NUDE females because the Last Supper is being flipped on its head. The figures will contradict the classic version by turning the figures into their polar opposites, men become women, clothed figures become nude, and yet still retain that sense of communal harmony with each other. The human spirit must be captured through the interactions between the figures. The figures will not be white skinned, they will be various shades of brown from very light pinkish to very dark chocolate brown, this is present-day mingling of cultures, this is our future, this is now.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I will be on 56th street between 5th avenue and Madison so if you are going to the parade, check me out afterwards, we will be there from 9:30 until 6pm.
Now, for those like Jane and Jonathan who come to every street fair, I dont have any new pieces, for the rest of you, come see my stuff!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
With that said, a new project is in the works, it incorporates interactions like those from Jacopo Bassano’s The Last Supper, put together with various figures representing the diversity of our City, our nation, our world, and putting the figures on a multi-tier piece of architecture to properly showcase each individual. The figures will be sculpted in various shades of brown so that different skin tones can be represented. Facial features will be both ethnic and European, this project is to have some symbolism in it. Butterfly wings will not be on all figures, those enlightened individuals will have wings, those seeking enlightenment will be growing wings, and those who continue to live in ignorance will be wingless. Everything will be in shades of brown, garments will range from American clothes to rags and togas. Again, the interactions between individuals will be of utmost importance to me, to depict the figures communicating is the show the assimilation of ideas and practices from one person/culture to another. There will be conversation, physical touching, and listening.
Stay tuned, Ive sketched out the rough copy, at this time I feel the piece will have a base with a bout a 12” circumference and rise up 3” before going back stair step style until there is a pyramid of 4, 3” steps. The top “step” will have a couple of figures at most, and the last step can probably contain as many as eleven or twelve figures (yikes!) Id better get to sculpting, I want this ready before a month so that I can include it in my graduate school application slides.