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02-19-2002, 01:09 PM
Ive been so busy madly working on stuff that I dont get on the computer much lately.
This is my latest in progress.....now if it would stop raining so it could dry!
I would appreciate your comments
02-19-2002, 01:19 PM
Boy, it looks so real I'm waiting for it to fly down and grab my lunch! Great job! That's a wonderful pose you've got him in as well - very lifelike. Are you working from a photo? I also notice a tooth brush in the photo - are you using that for texturing?
02-19-2002, 01:29 PM
Thank you for the nice comments about my Pelican.
I am an animal person and have always handled and looked at every creature I can get near. I usually work from memory as long as its something I have been around
The toothbrush is used to smooth down the crumbs as I am finishing up.....it could be used for texture but not this time :)
02-19-2002, 02:03 PM
Glad you decided to share your Pelican progress with us very nice in deed. It looks very close to being completed how much more do you have to do? Could you please tell us the size, what type of clay and will you be firing it or making a mold?
I'm new to sculpting so I have lots of questions so please forgive the 3rd degree. lol:D
Hope you'll continue to share your work and tips with us:angel:
Post Note: Just returned from visiting your website and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed my stay.
02-19-2002, 02:31 PM
Thank you for your encouragement and nice comments about my pelican and site...
My pelican is finished now.........it was mostly done in the photo and once he is fired I will give him a bronze like finish
He is about 16 inches high and long...made from low fire fine mesh terracotta. I use this because I have to take my pieces out to be fired and that is what they fire at. I left everything behind in Florida including about 100 sculptures......ugh I prefer to mid fire a special sculpture clay...(but this works nicely for now)
Someday I hope to have my work made into moulds but right now I am a bit on the poverty side and use the cheap methods;)
I used to teach sculpture in the states and I am happy to help where I can....
02-19-2002, 04:00 PM
Thanks for sharing your latest piece with us. This is quite lovely :) and realistically done. It will be beautiful when finished. I like that you've chosen to do him in a relaxed pose. So many of us tend to choose the opposite but it's nice to see a calming piece also. Hope to see more soon.
02-19-2002, 06:01 PM
Leila, this is fabulous.:) :) I saw the bronze finish on some of your pieces on your web page and this will look great done that way as well. Does the bronze finish have a specific name? or is it a homemade recipe? Thanks for sharing your work, it's beautiful.:)
02-19-2002, 06:35 PM
Leila..saw your post on Maggie's wave and since I didn't recognize the name I checked out your site before seeing this post of the Pelican. Since you are not a 'newbie' guess I just missed your work before discovering WC. It is great to see another artist of your talents here on the sculpture forum. I looked with interest at the developement of the pelican on your site. Not that I think I would have the patience to do all the feather work you did on this piece but was curious of the technique. Looks as if you used a tool to first indent the feather area and then went back with a scoring effect to the indent. Is this close or do you have another method that you could share with us. I particularly liked the alligator or crockadile sculpture. The pose was unusual and had lots of interest. Now that you have settled into your new digs in the down under perhaps you will have more 'putor time to share some of your art with us.
02-19-2002, 11:44 PM
Beautiful bird and great textures. Nice to see your posts again and hope to see more.
02-20-2002, 06:35 AM
What a great sculpture here and others on your site. The texture is very unique and has a style of its own. I know everyone here would like to see more of how you go about making this texture.
02-22-2002, 10:28 PM
Absolutely love this piece! So lifelike, it really does look capable of flight. He looks very happy about something too :)
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