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).