Tuesday, January 24, 2012

More Zombie Cat...


Getting there...slowly but surely getting there...need to sculpt some teeth in sculpting epoxy and get them into the clay to make sure it all looks right...but today was good...I think he looks waaaay less gremliny and way more cat like. Still some major tweaks to finish up, and then some minor ones but definitely closer...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Zombie Cat continued...

Ok, ok...got in 45 more minutes on this guy...getting somewhere but still needs a lot of work. I am trying to find the right balance of how evil I want this cat to look...maybe this is too much? Too gremliny? Does he need to be so evil? Is he a 28 Days running zombie or an original Night of the Living Dead strolling zombie. (I am scared of both but zombies that run scare the shit out of me...) Hmmmmm...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Me on the Interwebs...

Click here for the article from the examiner.com about Inliquid's Benefit, look for my name around the middle of the list of mentioned artists.

And here for an article mentioning my last year win of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

  I also recently rejoined Inliquid, a fabulous website for artists in the Philadelphia area. Click here to see my new profile.

And last, but certainly not least, I was recently asked to be in the All Alone Together artist collective. I think the above logo is currently being redesigned but click here to check out the beginning of what I think will be a fabulous group.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

30 more minutes...

30 more minutes on this guy today. So no real progress, but did flesh out his body and head a bit more. Still need to play with the pose...something is not quite right yet...I need a good few hour long session to make a dent. I still have time but don't want to slack...

Friday, January 6, 2012

And here we go...

I started sculpting this piece this week and these photos document only about 30 minutes of progress...(Olivia was having a nap while the light was good on our 2nd floor, but ended up waking up earlier than I thought...) So it's nothing too exciting but its a start nonetheless... And I got to work with this amazing black clay (more of a dark brown really) that my friends Homer and Nora gave me for Christmas...I LOVE IT. Aside from the sexiness of black clay, its so nice to work on the piece in a color that is very close to the actual color it will be when its finished. The pose will change some and the piece needs to be filled out a bit more but its the very beginning so I'm not too worried at the moment...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

West Collects

Check out my profile over at West Collects. If you are feeling so inclinded, download their app and vote for my work!


While I was in the studio yesterday (freezing my ass off), I also started an armature for a piece I've been wanting to make.

My workspace is pretty full of...everything...

First a dive into the armature bin...Justin and I keep all of our armatures and repurpose them over and over again. We are still using armatures we made while in school, adding new ones when the old ones aren't quite right. Luckily I found an old figure armature that would work with some tweaking.

We also have a collection of pipe nipples (who decided to call them that?) and flanges and connectors, which is great because when the armature I found had a 3/8" nipple (rather than a 1/2" one, which I normally use), I was able to find a 3/8" flange to match it in our stash, instead of having to go to home depot.

 I did a quick sketch of the rough pose to bend the armature to...the pose will inevitably change (as they always do once I start sculpting) but this was a place to start.

Next I selected a board to mount the armature on.

I marked the placement of where the holes should be and then drilled them.

The flange was a bad casting so all the holes were filled slightly blocked with excess metal, so I drilled that out too so the machine screws would go in smoothly.

Each hole got a machine screw, a washer and a nut. You just have to make sure they aren't too long and extend past the runners on your board.

Once everything was in, I tightened it down.

And then screwed the armature piece into the flange. This was used for a figure in the past, so I turned it around and the wire that would normally be used for the head, I used as the tail. The arms and legs were just re-bent to work for this application.

I added an extra piece of armature wire to the front, so the cat will have a head.

When the wires feel a little loose, I put a screw in the hole...the aluminum wires are soft enough that the screw threads into them a bit, locking everything into place.

I then wrapped that wire with some thinner wrapping wire, which helps the clay hold on better.


And here is the finished armature...I've already started putting clay on it...photos to come soon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

In the Studio: Fixing Stuff

Sometimes things break...such is life. Sometimes coming out of the mold, sometimes while chasing them, and sometimes your daughter just breaks something that's already finished (see the squirrel). Today while in the studio I fixed a few pieces that were in need of a little love. I used PC 11, a two part epoxy that is great. This version is especially nice because if things are wet (freshly cast plaster) the epoxy will still set up. It will even set up under water! Anyway, its easy enough, just an equal mix of each part, blended until the color is consistent throughout. I put a little on each side of the break, press them together, wipe away any excess and then put a little blue tape around the seam to help secure the pieces/apply a bit of pressure. Sometimes I use a pin to secure two pieces together if its a break in a larger area, like the squirrel's tail. I then let it set for 24 hours and once its ready, cut away any residue that seeped out. Then I'll chase/patch/paint as usual and all is right in the world.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year! New show!

Scott Listfield 'RV Dusk' - 18x24 inches - oil on panel (2011)
I am excited to be included in 'Picks of the Harvest 2012’ at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City this March! And even more excited that we'll actually be in LA for the opening! Details on the show are below and check back for some upcoming process photos of the piece! Happy New Year!

Reception with the artists: Saturday, March 3rd from 5 to 8PM
On view March 3rd through March 24th

From Sourharvest.com... Picks of the Harvest 2012 will showcase numerous artists we've had our eye over the past year exhibited alongside new works from several of our Thinkspace family members.

Adam Caldwell www.adamhuntercaldwell.com/
Anthony Clarkson www.anthonyclarksonart.com
Brooke Grucella www.phoenixartspace.com/members/504
Caitlin Hackett caitlinhackett.carbonmade.com/
Christina Mrozik christinamrozik.com/
Craig "Skibs" Barker www.skibsart.com
DABS MYLA www.dabsmyla.com
DALeast www.daleast.com
Dan Lydersen www.danlydersen.com/
Darla Jackson darlajacksonsculpture.com/home.html
David Cooley www.davidcooleyart.com/
David MacDowell www.macdowellstudio.com/
David Walker artofdavidwalker.com/home.html
Drew Young dyoung.co/
Elliot Brown elliotbrownstudio.com/
Emma Tooth www.emmatooth.co.uk/
Erik Siador www.eriksiador.com/
Euth hauntedeuth.com/home.html
Frank Gonzales frankgonzales.net/home.html
Glenn Arthur glennarthurart.blogspot.com/
Hugh Leeman hughleeman.com/
Jason Thielke www.jasonthielke.com/
Jason Yarmosky jasonyarmosky.com/
Jeff Ramirez jefframirez.com/
Jeni Yang www.jeniyang.com/
Jeremy Enicio jenecio.com/
Jeremy Hush hushillustration.blogspot.com/
Jessamyn Patterson www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.149019655111286.26291.1...
Jesse Hotchkiss www.jessehotchkiss.com/
Jessica Hess jessicahess.com/
Joey Leung Ka-Yin www.leungkayin.com/artwork.htm
John Malloy johnmalloy.com/
Jolene Lai www.enelojial.com/
Julie West www.juliewest.com/
Katherine Brannock www.katherinebrannock.com/
La Pandilla www.la-pandilla.com/
Laura Bifano laurabifano.com/
Linnea Strid www.linneastrid.se/
Liqen liqen.wordpress.com/
Luke Kopycinski koppa.carbonmade.com/projects/2184226
Mari Inukai www.mariinukai.com/
Matt Doust www.google.com/search?q=Matt+Doust&hl=en&client=s...
Megan Wolfe megwolfe.net/
Meggs houseofmeggs.com/
Michael Ramstead www.michaelramstead.com/
Michael Shapcott www.michael-shapcott.com/
Nathan DeYoung www.nathandeyoung.com/#home
Nicholas Bohac nicholasbohac.com/
N.S. David nsdavid.livejournal.com/
Pedro Matos pedromatos.org/
Rodrigo Luff artofrodrigo.blogspot.com/
Sarah Muirhead cargocollective.com/sarahmuirhead/
Scott Listfield www.astronautdinosaur.com/
Sean Mahan seanmahanart.com/
Serge Gay Jr. sergegayjr.com/
Soey Milk milkbomb.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Buer stephaniebuer.com/
Tony Philippou www.tonyphilippou.com/
White Cocoa dearcatherine.com/
Winnie Truong www.winnietruong.com/