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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

End of Reel Sculpture - Follow Along

A "Follow Along" is not a tutorial. It is a sequential showing of Work in Progress photos of a specific piece of art. It allows other artists to view the process used to create a specific sculpture as the piece is developed. As each step is created, new WIP photos and explanations will be added to the page up to the completion of the piece of art. Questions are welcome for clarifications and interactions.

WIP #1

This sculpture uses a 1940's Vintage Kodak Kodakscope Sixteen-20 Film Projector as the centerpiece of the sculpture. I don't often name my work at the start, so the name "End of Reel" may change later, but its helpful to have a name to refer to the piece by. 

The first step in the process was to choose a base for the piece. I looked at a lot of different possibilities but in the end settled for a simple 15 1/2" x 7" x 3 1/2" concrete brick. Because of the weight of the projector, I need a stable, heavy base for the piece. 

The sculpture and the brick are cleaned completely to remove any dust and debris from the piece. 
CREATIVITY NOTE: When I create something, I use what I call the 40/60 plan. This basically means that I put 40% of planning into a piece and leave 60% to total inspiration during the creation process. That means that ideas shift with the inspiration. In the case of this piece I had a very basic idea what I wanted to accomplish with it. It is not unusual that after a lot of work on a piece that I get a totally contrary inspiration for it and go off in a totally different direction. For that reason I won't reveal the theme of this piece until its completely finished. You may guess what I am doing, or you may be totally clueless until the end. But there is a direction. This is the key (in my humble opinion) to successful art. Too much planning can destroy a great piece of work. Be flexible! 

WIP #2

WIP #2 is focusing on creating a gravel encrusted surface layer over parts of the projector. After the projector was sealed to the brick (which was painted a solid gold), a surface layer of natural clay has been added around the base of the projector and up across parts of the machine. This will enhance the seal as well as added needed details for the piece later. The clay was then coated with foaming glue. A coarse gravel was then thrown onto the glue so it would be sealed atop the clay. I'm being careful with the clay work so as to not cover over anything crucial to the actual moving parts of the projector. 

WIP #3

The sculpture has now completed its clay and glue phase with the exception of one crucial element. About 40% of the sculpture is now covered. This includes the addition of three film cartridge containers, still holding their original film reels that have been added to the back of the sculpture. 

WIP #4

During this phase I also checked to make sure the projector was still working properly and that nothing had clogged any of its gears. A lot of care has been taken to make sure that all of the working parts still function. 

WIP #5

The next stage is called Black Basing. Because I use metallic paints in a lot of my work, I've found over the years that taking a sculpture to a single black base first, enhances the colors of the paint later. The difficult part of this is that I had to be very careful not to seal in any of the working parts of the project. I've had to use a stylus to edge around working knobs and a sponge brush to keep paint from getting inside the machine. As of this time at least the projector still works despite all I've done to it. The next stage will be to put the actual color on it. Anyone got any ideas what I am doing yet? 

WIP #6

The choosing of the color scheme for this piece has been a hard choice. As you can see in the photo its also not a choice of a single color or two. Its a blending of many colors to get what I want. In this case there are two distinct color schemes. The first (on the right) is a combination of grays and browns with a small amount of dark green. These will be used for all rock outcroppings. The second are all metallic colors in shades of bronze, copper and espresso, with a small touch of metallic gunmetal gray and some burnished gold. These will be used for all metal parts of the machine. All of these colors will be used in a blend and will take at least 2 or 3 layers to get the rich color quality that I want.  

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