Wine Dining

Wine-Dining’, is a line drawing of an anorexic woman with a bottle of wine and with half filled glass placed on the table behind her. Her expression is something that I am proud to have captured as it looks as though she is longing for something.

The drawing is made up of harsh lines that are create her form. Drawing on Photoshop really helped me retain a clean aesthetic and yet quite dark in concept. The overall work is very quirky in nature and I think is represents me at this stage of my life (maybe not the figure!)wine dining

I became quite attached to this drawing, and decided to turn it into a gif. This movement formulated that moment when you drink too much wine and start seeing double.

REAL Wine Dining

STRANGE No. 3

The concept of these two images stemmed from the ideas presented and explained in “STRANGE No. 1” and “STRANGE No. 2”. This last step in the process was a bit more challenging in that i drew the whole body instead of just the face. The work fits perfectly into the definition of uncanny, as this taps into fear. Freud explained that “an uncanny effect is often and easily produced when the distinction between imagination and reality is effaced, as when something that we have hither to regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality…”. This is something that has been research for many years, but then again everything is subjective to the individual viewing it.

 

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STRANGE No. 2

After producing “Jessica” and “Frank” (elaborated on in STRANGE No. 1) I then proceeded to paint small portraits using watercolour. These paintings were then scanned and put onto Photoshop where an overlaying technique was used and their opacity adjusted. The detailed facial features were concealed due to this technique, making one eager to figure out the actual appearance of the image.face3

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Both drawings in “STRANGE No.1” were also used in this process.

The results:

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I was very happy with the results, I think they are interesting pieces in themselves.

STRANGE No.1

This little project was focused on facial features and how to manipulate them slightly so as to seem strange. The first drawing was called “Jessica”. The placement of her face was off center so the your eyes try to make up the rest of the body. “Jessica” also possesses no ears which is not very noticeable at first glance. This aesthetic along with the eyes being slightly off center, may solicit an odd feeling in the viewer.  The portrait is also slightly alien looking while simultaneously attaining human qualities

 

 

Jessica BigThe drawing following this was called “Frank”. Both drawings can be presented as a diptych. The lazy eye in this drawing is more prominent than the previous one so as to enhance an uncanny feeling.

 

Frank big.jpgThese drawings were done using Photoshop. The process was very enjoyable and quite soothing seeing as it was the first time using Photoshop as a drawing medium.

Taking a Plaster Mold

As a continuation from my previous blog post “Making an Armature”, this post is going to be about taking a mold of the torso sculpted on that armature. Below (Fig 1) is a picture of the clay body.

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(Fig 1)

The first step in this process was to map out how the sculpture is going to be parted, a sketch can be seen in fig 2.

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It was decided that the sculpture would be separated in six parts, eliminating as many undercuts as possible. Each area was separated using small metal pieces, which acted as a support when the plaster was poured, as can be seen in fig 3. Three layers of plaster should be applied to each section, prior to the third layer a wire structure was inserted for durability.

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After all the body was plastered, the demolding process took place two – three hours after. Once this was done, the mold was cleaned with a sponge and water to get rid of any residue, see fig 4 & 5. The mold then needs to be reassembled and the air pockets and seam lines should be smoothed out using clay, see fig 6.

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The mold was tied together using metal wire. The lower back will be attached at a later stage so as to apply the materials manually. This whole process took around 10 hours in general and another blog will follow showing the final result.

Making an Armature

There are many ways of making an armature, the method I chose was to carve it out of Styrofoam. The piece I was working on was a torso of approximately 70cm/ 30cm. The first step in this process was to map out the size and form of the torso on a large piece of paper, as can be seen in Fig 1.

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The next step was to trace the outline onto the piece of Styrofoam so as to have a reference when carving, see Fig 2. Since the drawing was done to show the exact size of the torso, the Styrofoam armature should be around one or two inches smaller, so as to leave space for a plaster layer and clay, see Fig 3. 18641234_10153962596687609_1473020160_o

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(Fig 3)

The next step was to embed a pole through the body and secure it to a base. The base should be quite thick so as to reduce movement while sculpting and remain sturdy. there should also be some form of plate just beneath the Styrofoam body so it does not slip down. This is something that I forgot to do myself and resulted in the metal rod piercing through my sculpture body at a later stage. After this was complete, i proceeded to cut up sac the material in squares, enough to cover the whole body. These material squares were then doused in plaster and neatly pasted all over your styrofoam body and left to dry. This can be seen in fig 4.

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(Fig 4)

The last step was to apply three coats of varnish to the structure so as to prevent the clay from drying out prematurely. The end result can be seen in fig 4, ready for clay application!

Painting

Painting is something that I turn to as a form of stress relief. The style of painting that i produce have harsh brushstrokes and are alla prima. This painting below is a portrait of a woman whose face is strangely divided using harsh lines. The initial intention for this painting was for it to be peaceful looking and somewhat pretty! Of course this was not the case, half way through the work I got quite frustrated, hence the painting ended up as is. Although this wasn’t my initial intention, I liked the end result. Aesthetically I am very happy with it, it has the right mix between light and dark and the creepiness in the painting is also something that i love because it is how I express myself.

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This is an oil painting, which was painted straight onto a wooden panel and the different textures in the background are created using an old brayer. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience that left me in a calm mood.

Red Or Blue Pill?

This was a project that was conduced in 2015 for the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA). The work was based on the red or blue pill concept from “The Matrix”. “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

The reason I chose to tackle this concept is because working in such a company opens the doors to the world of technology and information, where one is knowledgeable about how anything console based works. Therefore they chose to be there, “taking the red pill” and indulging in all there is to know about the subject.

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The materials used to make this mural was grogged clay and the size is 1.5 meters by 60cm.

 

Reference:

Matrix Wiki. ND, Red pill. [online] Available at: <http://matrix.wikia.com/wiki/Redpill&gt; [Accessed 20 April 2015].

Concept Drawings

The focus of my dissertation is, if the facial features of a sculpture can evoke an uncanny feeling in the viewer. Therefore I created a concept drawing of what my sculpture will more or less look like when it is produced and placed in its proper setting. I want people to feel slightly claustrophobic and uncomfortable, possibly quite scared when viewing my sculpture, which will be 80cm.

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The sculpture will be placed on a chair facing a mirror, in a room which will be 2m/2m/2m. The viewer will have to walk into the room from behind the sculpture therefore seeing both the sculpture and themselves in the mirror, automatically interacting with it. There is also enough space for the viewer to walk around the work.

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The material that it will be made out of is Dragon Skin FX pro and Soma Foma foam. This will give the piece a fleshy and tactile look which will hopefully create feelings of uncertainty and discomfort. I want to also incorporate hand poked hair so as to enhance the realistic effect in the work.

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