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New Orleans Claranet 1 by dreamfloatingby New Orleans Claranet 1 by dreamfloatingby
ye olde stuff; New Orleans Claranet player.

Foam, magic-sculpt, poly-gem, and fiberglass.
Harras Casino, New Orleans. Sub contracted by CMN Enterprises.
about 2003-4ish. (Idont remember)

um, about an 8 foot figure, (-ish) i come up to about his shoulder level.
Basic shape was carved out of foam, fiber-glassed, then a product called 'Poly-Gem' was applied over for the suit. Head, hands, shoes, instrument were then done in magic-sculpt.
Magic-sculpt and poly-gem are a two part epoxy clay...

and actually, sitting here thinking about it, if you've never heard of Poly-Gem before, its a lot like a softer, buttery, playdoh version of magic-sculpt. I was thinking about something earlier this week- ProCreate and Kneadatite, are basically similar to magic-sculpt, and i always contemplated making my own epoxy clay with two part epoxy, and dried clay body. I was discussing with another deviant here, "wouldnt it be awesome if there were an epoxy clay like greenstuff/Procreate that had an extra long working time, instead of the half hour window." I mean there are some marine grade epoxies designed for repairing boats that have a full 24-48 hour cure time, so wouldn't it be theoretically possible? Then, sitting there sipping my Guinness, it occurred to me; I remembered Poly-Gem took almost 3 days to fully cure. :smoking: so i went and dug up this picture. :nana:
So now that we know its possible, lets all write to the makers of Greenstuff and ProCreate and demand a putty with a extra long working time! :lol: :lolly:

So who is that man in the picture you ask? His name is... JAY ESPARZA. A colleague of mine i worked with. One day he brought a business suit and took some pictures in jazz musician poses, so that everyone would have reference material to work from. In an ever attempt to sharpen and hone skill level, i sculpted his likeness. Now forever immortalized in a famous casino for his children/grandchildren to one day see, how does he show his gratitude?

He bitched about his hair.

...And thats gratitude for you. :happy dance: :lmao:

Sculpted by me, painted by Paul Gallagher, to look like bronze.

hmmm... At this point, ive had so much practice now, im almost ready to attempt an over life sized contortionist in foam in my studio at home. :smoking:

sorry, rambling at this point, cant think of anything else meaningful to say.

so for no apparent related reason whatsoever, here's the Rummelkaptn again: [link]

cheers :lolly:
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phootyraskel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
i just luv sculptalk.
jvel4073 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now That's Cool.
mefestudio Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wooooww awesome
RandyHand Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
This is amazing. Especially the fact that it's not actual bronze.
The pose is spot on and the anatomy is as well.
I'll definitely have to look in to the method you used to make this.
I'd like to make bigger one of a kind pieces and this would be the perfect way.
Getting out my stationary to send my letter to Greenstuff and ProCreate.(hmmm Procreate...interesting)
MitchMitton Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey were you workng in New Orleans?, I did a short gig for Berry at Kerns, about 3 months a few years back maybe 2003-4.
MitchMitton Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for information crazy lady. I also mix lots of resin mediums of foam core but did not know about these. My only experience with epoxy 'clay' has been with 'apoxy' and plumbers ptty type stuff. I do mix denatured alcohol in to be able to smooth and make them a little easier to work with. I used to be here as flprofessor but due to some glitch I could not log in so I started over good to see your work again.
The-Build Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work, just a shame to hear he wasn't that gratified about the sculpt.

Your thought process about a 24 hour drying putty intrigues me...I shall go to spam the makers of green stuff.
dreamfloatingby Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
it would make things a lot easier.
Artipelago Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! Incredible expression through the posing of the figure. Incredibly life like!:O
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