Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pen and Ink Pigs

I'd like to get a little more abstraction into my painting but I'm procrastinating. There's still a lot of work to do on the Buddha Bombs and my subsequent sculpture project is going nowhere. I've also started an illustration project for a friend who's written a book but more on that later.
Instead, I've been working on another large pen and ink drawing of my latest favourite subject, pigs.

I've been staring at my earlier pig drawing and found myself focused on the random effects of the simple hatching in the floor tiles. It reminded me of the abstract drawings in last years Marie Ellis Prize at jugglers

So I've deliberately included several elements of pure pattern to get more abstraction into my drawing. I'm working towards a drawing almost completely filled with pattern. I'll get to the painting later.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Painted Buddha Bombs


Buddha bombs in black and red. They look awesome! Sooo Shiny. Painted them each with four coats and figured they would be dry enough to take to school last Thursday night. Wrapped in a towel for safety, they ended up with fabric imprints in the soft paint. So I sanded them lightly with wet and dry and painted them again. even better. Then I took a chunk out of a black one trying to bend the split pin! Maybe I can touch it up. It's not been an easy ride.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Buddha Bomb Production Line

The first plaster casts of the stone carved Buddha Bomb are out of the mould. My craptacular craftsmanship means these aren't the perfect replicas I was hoping for, but a little sanding and a coat of shiny paint should get them across the line.
My lack of mould making skill is evidenced firstly by a failure to guess how much silicone I would actually need. It's expensive and I was hoping to get away cheaply but of course I came up short.

So I had to form up for a second pour, which I nearly muffed, it only just covers the top.

When the Pinkysil cured, I made plaster jackets to restrain the ends of the silicone mould. I'm calling this assembly the Buddha Burger! (see last picture)
There were reasons why I didn't do this the conventional way, coating the sculpture in clay, casting the jackets, removing the clay and filling the void with silicone, but on reflection, that was probably just dumb. I'll make a bunch of these plaster casts and paint them and if I feel motivated, I might have another go at making the mould properly.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pork Sausages

I thought the 'pig making sausages' drawing deserved a better treatment so I did it again in pen and ink. Much better.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Silly Drawings

I was tired of the Buddha program and decided to get a sketchbook out and draw whatever came to mind. I ended up with a fish fishing and was reminded I'm happiest when I'm not being so serious. Which sounds obvious (and as if Buddha head grenades are in any way serious) but I've been feeling very serious lately. 
I don't know what a fish fishing is supposed to mean, but it leads to a great mess of similar ideas; pigs making sausages; cows having a bar-b-que; an elephant tickling the ivories; and more I'm sure if I feel like trying.