Monday, December 13, 2010

Chimera - Work in Progress

I was always amazed by the Creatures of the Greek Mythology. My inspiration for this Project came from a concept art for the console game "God of War 3".
A challenging part was to create everything from scratch, especially the wire armature-(see pictures below)
The armature is built to detach the three horns at the back and the arms, for creating separate molds.
It will still take some time to finish all the skin details. After that i will create molds for horns, arms and snake-tail to cast it with resin. Stay posted for the finished sculpt !

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Johnny Vegas

This sculpture was a concept marquette for a video slot game, back in 2004 called "Johnny Vegas". Since it was a cartoon character, i thought it'd look great to add little dollar bills, a big gold chain around his neck, a huge ruby ring on his left pinky ;) and of course a gold tooth to his incredible smile !

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Alien bust

Back in 2004, i was still experimenting with different materials, using basic sculpey clay most of the time, i created this alien bust, which was one of my first sculptures as well. The size is about 8x8 cm. After baking i decided to paint it and used grey metal for the body and gold paint for the mechanical parts.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Büchsenmacher Rosl life-size Bust

This was the first life size bust, that i have created. It was a Project in Summer 2007 sponsored by the Styrian state Government. My completion time frame was only one month, so i couldn't afford any mistake. I wasn't worried about the sculpting, creating a mold of this size was quite challenging . Also i decided to use cold cast bronze - it is much faster to complete a cast. I saw results with cold cast bronze, and it had a real metal look. Since i never used this material before, it was a huge challenge for me to pull that Project off.

This is the reference Postcard photo of Rosl as it is sold worldwide.

Sculpting the bust, beginning stage

Final Clay sculpt front view

Final Clay sculpt - side view

Creating one half of the mold.....

This is the completed mold with a mother mold out of burlap, carbon fiber and plaster. The inner-mold is silicone rubber. For the result of a "real" metal, a couple layers of bronze powder mixed with brown or black dyed resin is brushed on to the mold. The mold is then put back together, wrapped and back filled with dyed resin.

The resin is fully cured after 1 hour and the result - a cold bronze cast. To finalize it and get the metal look, the surface needs to be buffed with steel wool. After that the cast can be treated same as real bronze, like patinas. For this cast i used antique bronze.

I brought the bust in my luggage to austria, where i assembled the mounting. It was then mounted on a sandstone pillar with her name engraved on a marvel plate. The unveiling took place at the bottom of the local mountain "Hochschwab" This event was also sponsored from the village St. Ilgen - and the local museum

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Na'vi Bust painted

Finally i took some time to sit down and paint the first resin copy of my character-bust from the movie Avatar. I used acrylic paint and several brushes to get all the sculpted detail. The twisted tree-trunk has 7 layers of paint to get a feeling of "real" wood. Quite happy with the result :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Life size "Cyborg" hand

Here's a clay version of a life size "cyborg" hand that i created in 2007. I actually started out sculpting just a basic hand for practicing, then i thought it might look cool, if the hand appears to be torn off from an arm, having wires hanging out. :D

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dulfersitz rappel

March 2007 i was working on a Project for Museum in Austria, creating an authentical 1/4 lifesize sculpture of Hans Dülfer,a German mountain climber (23 May 1892 - 15 June 1915) performing an early climbing technique, that he invented, known as the Dulfersitz rappel.

My only reference of the pose/technique was this drawing i got from wikipedia

Here's how i started out with the pose and then cut the pieces apart, make molds, cast them and put them together to the final sculpt. The Rock was sculpted and molded in one piece.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Einstein Bust

In 2006 i created my first portrait-bust, and decided to go with the world famous picture of Albert Einstein, sticking his tongue out. As pedestal i sculpted a book with his famous Equation E=mc2 engraved. This project was also an experiment, to create my first "real" mold, with plaster as support (mothermold) and silicon rubber as mold. After i made a couple plaster and resin copies, i tried to make one out of chocolate :D it was pretty fun, but getting the chocolate cast out of the mold isn't easy since it is hollow inside, so the neck broke and i had to melt the chocolate again - > see picture

This picture is the photo in which he sticks out his tongue to the respective observer..The picture which was taken in 1951, is still present on the front pages of magazines, on posters and t-shirts. It was taken on Einsteins 72nd birthday in Princeton on March 14, 1951 by a press photographer (Arthur Sasse).

Friday, July 9, 2010

X-Men Wolverine - Monitor Figurine Head

Last year i started sculpting monitor figurines in all kind of design directions. One of my favorite ones is the X-Men wolverine head.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

SuperWiener Dog

This Cartoon Sculpture was an addition to a 2d animated character for casino gaming. It is one of my first sculptures back in 2004. I didn't know anything about mold making and casting, so i painted the original piece with acrylic paint. With no basement created for stabilisation, he fell over a couple times and broke into pieces. This picture is the only remain :(

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Na'vi Bust

Browsing through the amazing concept art for the movie Avatar, i got inspired to create a bust from the Na'vi characters. Since those creatures live in trees i sculpted a twisted tree trunk as basement, where the sculpture rests on.

This is my first post, and i thought this might be a nice piece to start exposing my art :)