26 January 2009

Sculpture: Alan... Geek Bust #1

I was quite good at pottery when I was at school but since you couldn’t do art and pottery I chose art… and instead of pottery I had to learn French!

Needless to say my French skills were soon found wanting when I developed a Bristolian twang and... never went to France!

Luckily my pottery skills have stayed with me enough to embark on a basic sculpture project.

For some strange reason I’m drawn to drawing geeks (!) and I’m quite a fan of the sculptured busts you get in Forbidden Planet...

Combining the two I decided to make a Geek Bust… he’s called Alan. Or is that tu t’appelĂ©  Alain!?!


13 January 2009

Make your imagination...

Drawing is one way of bringing the inside of your brain outside... communicating your thoughts through your hand and into someone else’s brain via their eyes… another way is to shoot yourself in the mouth with a pump-action shotgun... but I recommend the first option.

But what if you want to make something more real than a drawing? Well now you can… www.shapeways.com will print your 3D models into real-life objects. You need to know a bit about 3D modelling but that’s pretty much it… then you can literally make whatever you can imagine.

My ability to sculpt something by hand is not that great and if you’re looking for something perfect and symmetrical then this is a great option.

I think this site is the cheapest thing around for what it does but it’s not 'cheap as chips'! However, they recently had a huge discount on the black material meaning I could get a 9cm tall figure made for just £28 including postage… totally awesome.

Welcome Afro Cyclops… you are indeed very beautiful.

My aim is to mould him and produce more which I can paint and maybe sell… meaning that producing a short run of vinyl toy type ornaments is now within the grasp of daydreamers everywhere. Hell, with enough money you can build your own army!

Since you can make anything then there really is no-limits. In the future we will all have a 3D printer in our own home and when you snap the plastic battery cover on your remote control you can simply download and print a replacement… happy days.

5 January 2009

In the beginning…

Ok, so I didn't have a blog and some people were asking "where is your blog?" – so I’ve followed the only logical course and have started a blog! It's a New Year's resolution! Yee haw!

To kick off the first post I’ve made this commemorative drawing… enjoy.