The second jar is ready. The beret seems to go with the face better than the first prototype, but it will be very difficult to make a mold of it. I'm going to experiment with a few more different hats. It's kinda fun.
I thought this pose would be structurally challenging as the whole weight needed to be supported by the small ankles. That problem was easily solved by placing many supports as you see in the photos. The most difficult part was to come up with right body proportions. I attempted to fix it, but still the deltoids look too big, and the face, too small. She does not look like a petite Asian woman.... :-(
I worked on the composition of next sculpture, which will incorporate painting in the background. As "round" pre-stretched canvas come only in certain sizes, I gave more time in the preparation, so that the finished piece would go well with a 20" round canvas that I was going to purchase for this project. I will sleep over this tonight. It will be a lot easier if I return to the original idea of using a rectangular canvas for the background.
Here is the second prototype of Fukunokami Jar. In Japanese folklore, the God of Good Fortune wears a beret, and this piece portrays that tradition. I'll make a few more models with different hats and then decide which one works the best for production. Meanwhile I'm enjoying the creative process.
Some of you may remember that I asked for your input regarding what the little buddhas should lean against. You suggested something soft and comfy. In order to give that illusion, I covered the clay surface with dried tea leaves and lichen called old man's beard. The sculpture makes me think of spring. Stay warm, everyone!
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
Here is a piece that will hopefully warm you up from the inside out in this cold cold winter. When I was small, I went to collect fireflies in rice fields. It was something I should have never done as they died quickly outside of their habitat. I recollected such childhood memory while coloring the figures.
My first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture is making progress. Her hands will hold an image of water, which I intend to make out of transparent hot glue or epoxy. She is certainly not a model beauty, but she has a healthy body and hopefully you see her inner fullfilment.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.