File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 237

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 04:15:04 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] A sculpture Holliday Card for you all!

Hi all you Artists!

Click on the link if you want to see the card I just finished.
I dedicate it to all creative people who dare to try!

This is what kept me busy these last 4 days.
It started with a need for a simple practical model to serve as visual reference for the drawn card I was planning. But then it went so well, I had to finish the character, then I was tempted to add a few objects, and while I was at it, I went ahead and made him a stone house in the country!

This is all built of oil-based clay, a bit crude because it wasn't pro quality, and I had to modify the recipe by adding more mineral oil (I heated and added Vaseline). Such an improvement, but it is not yet the equivalent to Chavant. I then painted the haracter and some objects with acylic gess, diluted with rubbing alcohol, to have various shades of gray. This made it MUCH easier to photograph the small maquette, the light fell better on it. And it also made it MUCH easier to color in Photoshop. I wanted to make things simple since time was running out, (it was a last minute contract) so I opted for a sepia tone, which I saturated more.
Both character's eyes are painted in photoshop, it made it easier to fix their gaze.

When I added red to Rudolph's nose, I couldn't stop there, and colored a few more things.

The image and card was commissionned by my puppeteer's association (local UNIMA center), and I decided to use it as my personal christmas card as well. So if you work for your local association, wherever you are in the world, you might get copy of the version I made for them (AQM).



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