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Los Angeles-based sculptor Jon Neill built his career working in design and prop, creature and costume creation for TV and movies. But he’s also a wickedly awesome master pumpkin carver, turning unassuming gourds into grotesque and terrifying creatures. Neill is now a senior illustrator in the Art Directors Guild and a faculty member at the Laguna College of Art and Design, which is where he’ll be giving a live pumpkin carving demonstration on Sunday October 26, 2014.

Visit Jon Neill’s website and YouTube channel to check out more of his monstrous pumpkins.

[via BoredPanda and Juxtapoz]

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Commission - Celestia and Luna : Day and Night

Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.

About : Based on MLP FiM #5 Cover Image by Andy Price

Holy cow, it’s done!!!  This is the largest commission I have ever taken on and is one of the largest pieces I have ever produced.  I hit a lot of roadblocks with this piece, for sure; lots of new stuff here.  But over all, it really was a blast to work on and I learned a TON.

This piece is largely Epoxy based.   I used Free Form Air for the main structure of the busts, with the details being done in Apoxie Sculpt.  The crowns and hair were sculpted over wire mesh.  The crowns are also removable and Celestia’s is big enough for a little girl to wear!  I made the horns so that they can unscrew from the head, for easier shipping and storage.

The base was probably the biggest challenge with this piece as it combined many things that I don’t normally work with.  The design was done in Illustrator which was then used to laser cut the worbla (thermoplastic) needed for the main structure of the base.  It was all put together with epoxy glue, fun foam, a few support wires, and Apoxie Sculpt.  

All the flowers as well as the butterflies and bats were done with Premo! colored clays (and yes, each of those flowers were individually made by hand)  The birds were done with Super Sculpey/Sculpey Firm over wire and Apoxie Sculpt.  Most of the details are hand painted.  The landscapes on the back were Photoshopped from Andy’s original designed, printed on waterslide decal paper, and applied to the sculpture.  I painted over certain areas to help it tie in to the rest of the base.

Materials : Busts - Apoxie Sculpt, Free Form Air, Wire Mesh, Swarovski Crystals, Cel Vinyl, Pearl Ex

Base - Worbla, Fun Foam, and Apoxie Sculpt Around Wood Plaques (Main Structure), Premo! (Flowers, Bats, and Butterflies), Super Sculpey/Sculpey Firm (Birds), Waterslide Decals, Faux Gems, Cel Vinyl, Pearl Ex

Dimensions : Total Height - 16” At Top of Hair, 19” At Tip of Horn  Base - 14.25” Width x 11.25” Depth x 6.25” Height

Time Taken : 117 hours (70 hours for busts, 47 hours for base)

Want to learn how to sculpt like I do?  My book Fantasy Creatures In Clay will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!

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Timothy Lee: Secretive SkinKorean-American artist Timothy Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, but was raised in New York City. His recent exhibition entitled Secretive Skin is an installation of metaphors. His media is intentionally stark white paper that takes on a sculptural quality, which he uses to express the ethnophaulism “gook eyes,” a derogatory ethnic slur that has been around since the 1920s. Reactions to Asian racial politics and stereotypes are a primary focus of his work. “By isolating the eyes from the face,” Lee explains, “I appropriate the stereotype of the “demure and silent” Asian, for confrontational purposes.”

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Gigantic Man Erupts from the Earth in this Spectacular Outdoor Sculpture

A gigantic man crawls out from the earth in this spectacular outdoor sculpture titled Feltépve (“ripped up” or “popped up”) by Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé. Crafted from polystyrene, the larger-than-life sculpture was temporarily installed in Budapest’s Széchenyi Square for the Art Market Budapest art fair that took place earlier this October.

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British born artist Jason DeCaires Taylor creates awesome underwater sculptures that serve as both aesthetically pleasing works of art and the foundation for new coral reefs. His latest creation is his largest and most ambitious work to date. Entitled Ocean Atlas (top 4 photos), the 60-ton, 18-foot-tall sculpture depicts a Bahamanian girl in a crouching position as she bears the weight of the ocean on her shoulders.

She was recently installed in the waters off the western coastline of New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas and is said to be the largest sculpture ever deployed underwater. That stick poking up out of her shoulders is there to help boats navigate away from her location.

"Taylor’s cement figures are constructed with a sustainable pH-neutral material that encourages the growth of coral and other marine wildlife, effectively forming an artificial reef that draws tourists away from diving hotspots in over-stressed areas."

Over time Taylor’s sculptures will become beautifully overgrown with coral and steadily disappear into the underwater landscape. All you need in order to check out his pieces in person is a scuba license and diving gear.

Visit Jason DeCaires Taylor’s website to check out more of his marvelous underwater sculptures.

[via Colossal, Hi-Fructose and My Modern Metropolis]

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Hanging Figure -by Steve Dilworth - Richard Harris Art

Steve Dilworth [British, b. 1949]
1979/ Human skeleton, heart, liver, meat, horsehair, seagrass
The marker reads..
Steve Dilworth emphasized the transitional nature of death in this artwork. The body, it’s skeleton, organ and flesh bound up in sea grass like a cacoon, appears as if halfway through a transformation. The artist considers this sculpture an exploration of a natural process, and kept it in his studio for many years before finally agreeing to sell it to Richard Harris in 2011..
Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection
Location: Sidney Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center..

The World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture Off The Coastline Of Nassau, Bahamas

Resting on the ocean floor, towering nearly 17-feet-tall, kneels a young Bahamian girl supporting the ceiling of the water on her shoulders. “Ocean Atlas” is the most recent work by underwater sculpture artist Jason deCaires Taylor, installed earlier this month off the western coastline of New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas. 

http://antilliacultura.com/2014/10/24/the-worlds-largest-underwater-sculpture-off-the-coastline-of-nassau-bahamas/

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The Wonderful Glasswork of Jennifer Umphress

Jennifer Umphress’ work often draws inspiration from her environment. Born and raised in California, she began working with glass in 2000 while living in Hawaii. Umphress now lives and works in Kingston, Washington, where the Pacific Ocean continues to influence her work. “Although my inspiration comes from the ocean, I am most intrigued by capturing movement. I try to emulate the movement of sea life in a simple contemporary form,” says Umphress in her personal statement.

Umphress studied with Cesare Toffolo during a month long apprenticeship in Murano, Italy, and has taken workshops with Robert Mickelsen and Janis Miltenberger. Her work has been shown at galleries including Transflamations at the Pilchuck Gallery in 2012. Umphress was awarded the Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award in 2010.

In her September 2013 Instructor Collaborative Residency, Umphress worked alongside Amy Rueffert and Carmen Lozar to explore flameworking techniques. She worked on the technical aspects of flameworking, with a focus on surface design and color and an emphasis on developing a conceptual narrative for her work.

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