Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sandy Beaches and Sandy Art

      Last week I went on vacation to Ocean City with my gal and some of her family.  Because of this I neglected posting on my blog for over a week.  It was an amazing time, walking on the board walk, eating junk food, playing in the arcades and winning some prizes for my special little lady, and going to the beach and swimming in the ocean for hours.

     Before I went on the trip I told my self I would do work everyday, but I was having so much fun I never really got the chance. However art is found in all forms and I do got a little something to show.
One day while on the beach, the day I got sunburn, I decided that instead of spending all my time getting hit in the face with waves I would try my head at sand sculpting.

crazy sand face, and yes that is me in the photo !

       I never really worked in sand, and at first I thought it would be impossible, but like every medium you just have to learn how it works. Sometimes you need to work around it and not try to force it to work around you. After a little I was getting the image I wanted from it and was working pretty fast. I was originally going to leave the image was  just a head.... but the I was INSPIRED !

     While looking over my great creation I was told a story about ancient guardian statues created to ward off spirits and I thought I want to make one of my own. So I started on the great mermaid of the ocean that wards off sea spirits.  The finished would come in at well over 10 feet long and about 6 feet wide.

me shoveling out tons of sand to build in some depth to my creation.
look at his amazing pectoral muscle

       Sadly I was unable to finish my giant creation.  Spending hours working on him left me a bit burnt you and fatigued. I decided to take about an hour break and when I returned my poor guardian was trampled all over and behind recognition.

Last image before destruction. 

     Even though he was destroyed I am happy I got these images. I always knew it was a temporary image, I'm just happy it was such a great experience.  Hope you enjoyed it and hope to get a chance to do it again.

Glad to be back, Until next time !

Edited by girlfriend and fellow blogger : Mia Rose Cammisa

P.S. check out this post to see all the shells we collected  >  click here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More fun with sculpey

      A while back I did a blog post on a couple of faces I made from Sculpey, click here to see that post.  I still do work in Sculpey and wanted to show a couple more pieces I've done. 

Its like the Wallace of your nightmares  

        Because I don't work with any kind of stand, mostly because I don't have an kind of stand, it was  easier to work on a flat surfaces and build on top of them.  My Sculpey work is very much reminiscent of my "Exaggerated Portraits" series.

Surprise more faces

       A bonus that comes with working in Sculpey is that I get to collaborate.  All the paint work in both of the pieces were done my girlfriend, and fellow crafts worker Mia Rose Cammisa, check out her blog "Tiny Hands Crafts".  Doing  these collaborations were really fun and I look forward to more in the future.

Until next time !

Edited by: Mia Rose Cammisa

Monday, July 16, 2012

Character Design : Jimmy the Hammer

      Jimmy the Hammer was once known as Jimmy shorts or Jimmy brows, until he "convinced" those people otherwise.

Until next time !

Edited by: Mia Rose Cammisa

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pixel Werewolf, finished

A while back I did a blog about pixel art work : see it here 

     In that post I talked about my increasing interest in pixel work, I also showed an in progress attempt at pixel art of my own.  The my first attempt was of a polar werewolf and was still very early on.  It had an extremely thick line around the entire piece, and was very plan in color.

The in progress image from old post

Finish image

      I added a lot more depth in the color and made the outline much more minimal.  I still feel like I have a lot of space for improvement with pixel art, but I  find this image to be a very successful endeavor!     

Until next time !

Edited by : Mia Rose Cammisa

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Making a deal with a Demon

      We all know it's a bad idea to make deals with shady characters. So why in so many works of fantasy and fairy tales are there so many people willing to do just that.? This is one of those stories.

        I wanted to make a "deal with the devil" type image for a little while and finally decided to make it.

I created a myth to go behind this image, it goes as followed :

       In this small village it is said if you travel into the cemetery alone at midnight you will find an old wishing well.  If you were to throw a gold piece down the well you would be able to call upon a old demon spirit  that could be made to grant to owner of the coin one wish ....for a price.

But this brave woman didn't care, she had a deal to make, and perhaps not enough time to make it.  In the darkness, armed with only her lantern she threw the coin into the well. Plop!

She waited.

When the demon appeared, staff rattling, fangs glistening with saliva she doubted her decision. Would it all be worth it?

stay tuned for later post to see the process I went through to create this image,

Until next time !

Edited by: Mia Rose Cammisa 

Monday, July 2, 2012