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01 August, 2006

Illustration Friday: Clean

"But... but... my HANDS are clean!"

This is an experiment that I was really excited about, that turned out not quite like I had hoped. I'm so deflated by the results, but I really don't have any more time to devote to it. It looks pretty cool in real life, but everything gets lost in the photograph... or doesn't get lost, rather. The photo shows every flaw in my sculpting and painting, which, in real life, your eye forgives.

It's my first attempt at a sculpture illustration, so I can't be too hard on myself. Anyone have tips on photographing something like this? Any help would be grand! I'll love you forever, I promise!

Here's another angle:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful sculpture - especially for a first attempt - really well done! :) I love the shape of the charater and the teeth are so fun! Very nicely painted...hopefully you're not being overly rough on yourself - 'cause I think this is great!

As for photographing 3d items, I've had the best luck in natural sunlight (afternoon seems to be best) as it drenches light from all angles and helps make things look more 'real'...best of luck to you - I think you're off to really wonderful start! :)

4:32 PM  
Blogger L. A. Stern said...

Hi Garth, I think this is pretty cool! I'm really inspired by it. How did you do it? The only thing that I might suggest is to play with different kinds of lighting. Florescent lights have a greenish wave to it, while lightbulbs have more of a reddish wave. It effects how the color of the subject. Also, you might try bouncing the light off something reflective and onto the subject. that gives a softer, more diffussed effect. At any rate, I think this is pretty cool!


4:34 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

i think this is wonderful!!! I never thought it was your first try until I read your post. Love his expression!

5:44 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Wow! I think this looks great! You've really captured the expression and the gesture...and he looks like such a chocolate mess! Do more!

5:53 PM  
Blogger valerie walsh said...

Hi Garth! I love this and would never have known it was your first! I do many 3-d peices and a diffused light is nice, I also use halogen lighting which is good and experiment all the time with angles. Your bottom picture is a better shot because the shadow is better and it is a great angle! So much of capturing a good image is compromise ie accepting that it becomes a different piece of art through the camera lens and in the reproductive process so don't beat yourself up about it not looking the same as it does in real life.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

wow a sculpture!! it looks amazing!!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Willie Baronet said...

Great job of capturing his expression!!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Garth, I think this looks great!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

WOW!! This is COOL!! SO cute and awesome!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jeannetto said...

This is very cool!

11:24 PM  
Blogger garth bruner said...

Wow! Thanks everyone for the nice comments and suggestions. I think this is a style I'll work on to see if it's worth pursuing!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

I think it's fabulous! If it's handpainted I wouldn't want it to be flawless, a machine can do that. Great job. What did you use?

10:20 AM  
Blogger garth bruner said...

I'm sorry to mislead, this is actually my 3rd or 4th try at sculpting, but this is my first finished piece with paint, and as an actual illustration using a photograph as the final result. The others were a maquette and toy prototypes. Still, a very new medium for me.

L.A. Stern and Jules, I used Super Sculpy and acrylic craft paint (definitely not thick enough, the flesh color paint is 5 layers thick just to cover). The actual sculpture measures 2 inches high... I have a tendancy to work small. I'll definitely go larger next time, easier to get the tools in there and the paint brushes as well... that was tricky.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Garth! Wow, cool stuff here! Glad to see you are taking at shot at some new art forms! I understand your pain with the whole photography process- I was having a tough time getting good shots of those bottlecap monsters as well. I finally broke down and had a good friend of mine come over and take some shots of them for me- he is a good photog and did a much better job than I did! Anyway, nice job on this... I gotta do a little sculpting myself soon- looks like fun!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I can relate, 3d (sculpy/paint) is a new medium for me as well... I'm still trying to get the photog. stuff right as well as learn what does and doesn't work when going from 3d to 2d. I like the second image a lot... it really gives me a better feeling of his situation and hides any "flaws"... I've tended to embrace the flaws of my sculptures a bit more now (about 2 months into this) and agree that any machine can make something PERFECTLY... it's the mistakes that make it art! Nice work, great take on "clean" keep in contact and please check out my illo and give me any tips you might have-- I really want some constructive critism so I can improve!! Great work, again!!

12:31 AM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Great work! You did a great job at capturing his personality, expression, and gesture!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Looks very good to me !

3:03 PM  
Blogger CK Jedi said...

Hi Garth, great stuff here on your blog! Thanks for leaving me a comment on my art!

5:38 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

I think you did a great job! Great idea and the expression's spot on.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

LOL. Delightful!!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

Hahahaha, hey it's me when I was a kid (Tomboy). Great sculpture! I've tried scultpture on a few occasions and it's not easy.

2:51 AM  
Blogger roz said...

This is fabulous, Garth.
Photographing these things can be a pain. The most successful pictures for me are taken in shade or on a cloudy day. I move the illustration around until I have the shadow floating underneath the image.
I still have to take it into photoshop and do some color adjusting and sharpening. I really loved what Valgalart said about compromising and accepting that it's a different piece of art when photographed.
I'm looking into a high end scanner to see how that would work with my three D pieces to capture more of the textures. I'll let you know what I find out.
Keep making these, they're terrific!

7:08 PM  

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