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Sep 12, 2014

Applied Arts: Proud FM Artwork


I recently spotted my Proud FM artwork in the new Applied Arts Advertising issue (Sept/Oct). The series was also in this years Photography & Illustration issue which is double the awesomeness. I just wanted to share in case you pop by a book shop, look out for some the great work thats been chosen.

Jul 30, 2014

The Making of: The Curious Collection series

 
A portrait study of freak show performers with physical deformities that deform our reality, and human oddities that oddly enough, we cannot help but revel in. This series is inspired by circus posters from the late 19th century, along with Edwardian fashion and classic film portraiture.

Photographed by: Philip Rostron
[ Created: 2013-2014 ]






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THE PROCESS:
 
A behind-the-scenes look into the creation process and the many details that went into creating this year long series. The characters are created from clay, costumes are sewn or painted, sets are built and finally they're photographed. Sometimes people think that my work is digital or created in a format other than sculpture. I wanted to show that it is in not created digitally in any way, just a lot of time consuming hands on sculpture work.


 ~ AMELIA & CORDELIA ~

Symmetry is very important when creating twins, I had a lot of tweaking of facial features so they match very closely.


Curling and styling the hair. Originally Amelia & Cordelia were supposed to have black hair, but I couldn't resist the deep red color that matched their eye colour perfectly. I can only control so much, the characters take over from there.

The most enjoyable part: costume creation. Mixing sculpture, fabrics, painting, and miscellaneous found objects.

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 ~ BEARDED HELENA ~






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~ UNCLE EDGAR ~

 
First round of sculpting Uncle Edgar.


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~ ANNABELLE WHITE ~

Smooth as a baby's bottom
I got a brand new sewing machine before starting on Annabelle's outfit. A good, functional machine makes all the difference. I was so frustrated using my grandma's machine from the 1970's.


Completed dress and under garnments.

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~ OCTAVIA ~


I wasn't planning on giving the second set of eyes eyebrows, but I had to. The expression was getting thrown off without eyebrows.




Sometimes it's easier to shoot the set laying down then figuring out how to hang things up vertically. Lesson learned.



Jun 3, 2014

Award Winnings for my Proud FM Advertisements



I'm super thrilled my ads for Proud FM have been pretty popular this year. I worked on this series during last summer, but only recently have they been released. It's really been, what I think, is my best work to date. Thanks to a wonderful team of people I got to work with including, Instil Productions' Philip Rostron, Saatchi & Saatchi's Joel Arbez and Matt Antonello. I can't wait till the next one :).
 
Marketing Awards 2014
Applied Arts Photography + Illustration 2014





This piece won Gold at the Marketing Awards and got into Applied Arts
Bronze winner at the Marketing Awards 2014

May 22, 2014

New Magical Things


Just a peek of whats to come. It's about 60% finished at this point, a bit more magic making left for this piece to shine.

Apr 30, 2014

In the Making: 103.9 Proud FM Ads

A series for a Toronto gay and proud radio station, 103.9 Proud FM. Taking your every day song that you hear on the radio and twisting a lyric into a visual gay innuendo. Client: 103.9 Proud FM / Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi  / Art Director: Joel Arbez  Copywriter: Matt Antonello / Photography: Instil Productions Inc. - Philip Rostron
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~ Knight in White Satin ~
(behind the scenes)


Sculpting some good looks
A flick of the wrist, my favourite part of this pose.
Long flowing locks, just like in a fairy tale. Some said he looks like Zorro.
I had to give him a great butt, it was necessary.
Putting together the set.
Every flower was specifically placed to create a frame around the knight.



The final product. What a handsome white knight, if only I could sculpt dolls to come to life.
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~ Cowboy on a Steel Horse ~
(behind the scenes)


Building a steel horse. One of the most challenging things I ever created. Ever piece of copper was cut and formed into place.
Painted and completed finally. After a ton of sliced fingers and tired hands..I lived.

Painting scenery was pretty fun, it's been a while.
Adding sand to the desert.

The final product. The cowboy grew a mustache and rode away into the sunset.



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~ Never Neverland ~
(behind the scenes)

Sculpting blubber = super enjoyable. The same goes for doing nude studies with over weight people, so many exciting circular forms to create.
They're in love by the way. Oh romance..
The ginger bear
Who wears short shorts and daisy suspenders. What a happy guy.
The twink
Stringing every single cloud into position.

The final product. Thank you Philip (the photographer) for making this super duper romantic and dreamy. It's my favourite piece in the series.