Here's my new sculpt in full, being exhibited this whole month at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. I'm also exhibiting Bully, The Cellar God and Amphibiana. The show is really fantastic, tons of incredible sculptures from a whole bunch of artists, all of an offbeat, surrealistic bent.
This one is called "Sashimi". It's based on old Japanese prints of cats wearing kimonos and acting like humans. The creature I've sculpted is based on the idea of the Bakeneko, or "ghost cat"- it was believed that after a cat reaches a certain age its tail splits in two and it aquires human intelligence, and, often, malevolence.
I'm very excited to say that this Saturday, November 3, 2012, I will be one of 17 featured artists (in addition to still more artists that are part of a group show) exhibiting at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. The show goes on all of November, but opening night is this Saturday at 8 pm. If you live in the area, be sure to check it out! I'm putting a few pieces in the show, including the one shown in the previous post below. Hope to see you there.
It has been many moons since my last post. What's my deal, you ask? Why is this Meng character so shite at keeping up with various online networking phenomena such as Facebook and Blog and Fritter (or whatever)?
A good question that will be answered in due time.
In the meanwhile, I want to show you part of a new personal art piece I've done this year. It's going to be shown at the Master Blasters of Sculpture IV art show at The Hive Gallery, starting this Saturday, but more of this in my next post. There's a bit more to this guy, but I don't want to show the rest of it until after the show...
At the end of last year I had the good fortune of doing a Masterclass for the Gnomon Workshop, in which I spent about 11 hours sculpting this totally sexy character in front of the camera. The tutorial (running time about 3 hrs, not 11!) is now available as a Dvd from the Gnomon website, which is here:
Been stupid busy lately, but here's a few pieces of news I shoulda mentioned sooner...
A few more pieces of mine ("Cellar God", "Bully" and "Man with Dogs") have been added to the White Cloud Worlds exhibition at the Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. You can find more details about the show and the book at:
And recently I was very privileged to be invited to record an online master class for the Gnomon Workshop, wherein I demonstrate the sculpting of a head/shoulders bust of a fantasy character, from start to finish. It was recorded around Christmas time last year, and I had a blast working with the Gnomon guys and getting it done.
I did an interview about it last week at www.cgchannel.com
For more info on signing up for the Gnomon 2011 Masterclasses, please visit:
They start this Friday,February 11th, and will be up online for two weeks. I'm one of twelve artists whose demos will be available for those who sign up, along with my fellow workmates and Weta Workshop designers Paul Tobin and Scott Spencer. If you're interested, give us a look!
I feel lucky to be part of this book that will be coming out soon, called "White Cloud Worlds", which is an anthology of fantasy artists from and/or presently residing in New Zealand. I got my copy a few weeks ago, and it's truly a beautiful thing. There is a veritable crap-load of really talented people who get a chance to show their personal work that most people would otherwise not see. Personal work that includes a Howard Pyle-esque painting of chimpanzee pirates, a girl nonchalantly lounging on a sofa while giant caterpillars scale buildings outside her window, giant robots marching across a World War I battlefield, and more such innovative images. We were also really fortunate to have a foreword by Guillermo Del Toro, an introduction by Richard Taylor, and afterwords by Alan Lee and John Howe.
Definitely check out the website for the book, which introduces the artists and previews some of the content as well.
The White Cloud Worlds site also has info on an upcoming exhibition of work from the book, which will include a few of the sculpts that are on this blog.
There's going to be a few signings of the book taking place in the next month or so, one at Armageddon in Auckland during Labour Weekend, one at Unity Books in Wellington on October 30th at 5pm, and a last one at the Weta Cave in Miramar on November 14th, 1pm. I'm planning to be at the latter two, so if you're in New Zealand during those dates and want to stop by, hope to see you there...!
I recently had a few weeks off work, during which time I finished up some things that had been sitting around. I've been wanting to do something involving a toad for a long time, since I thought the textures would be fun to do and the paint job would be a good challenge.
The female character on top is something I had come up with way back when, and I decided now was a good time to finally give her a three-dimensional debut. She makes a good foil for Mr. Fatty Fatty Toad Pants. The sculpture is partly a nod to Grimm's fairy tales, as frogs and toads figure very strongly in those stories.
A turning point for this piece was when it occured to me to put a Thai style hat on the little frog girl's head.