Thursday, June 28, 2012

He Gets His Umbrella....or whats left of it!

It took me a while to figure out how I soldered the last one together but finally got it made.  Still have to add the cloth remnants to the ends of the frame and then it's off to the paint table.  As before he'll be standing in a puddle.   Hope you like him so far.

White Eagle - Finished

Wrapped this one up this morning with the painting of the robe designs.  I left the feathers loose so they and the earrings will move around if the piece is bumped but I wouldn't recommend that.  I tried a different paint mixture for the flesh tones on this one as he's a little more realistic than the others.  All in all I think he turned out pretty good.

Hope you like him and there are more photos in the Gallery.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Short Circuit!

Finished this poor fella today.  It's a different version of one I've done a couple of times before.  I carved the head a few months back with my good friend Rich Baginski from up in Montana flew down for a couple of days to carving facial expressions.  I had thoughts of a carving having him whistling or maybe even playing a flute but for some reason he was always watching me while I was carving the body so just for fun I stuck him in the neck home and  ZAP!  it all came together.

He's a lot taller than the others which were around 10".  This guy, with his base should be around 15" and that's not counting the umbrella.  I'll make that out of brass rod.   His left hand will be holding a lasso.  I carved the crown of his hat extremely thin and then used a couple of lit matches to burn the top of it off.  You can see that better in the gallery photos.  Although it doesn't show in the photos you can see the top of his skull down through the open crown.   Should be a neat piece when done and a quick sale as all the others weren't around the place too long.

Anyway, hope you like him and your comments are welcome as always.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

White Eagle

I managed to wrap this one up while setting at the Tulsa show last weekend.  I really like him and can see some really nice painting details ahead.  The breastplate area was lacking something so after some thought, and coming off of carving all those buffalo skulls I thought I'd try and do an eagle version.  I couldn't work in all the really fine detail of the skull due to the small size but I think there is enough there to show what it's supposed to be.   Also, the title of the piece will tie in with it.

I attached the two feathers to the head with wire .  Still debating whether to let them swing free or to glue them in place.  We'll see how it goes after the painting is finished.   I made a mistake when cutting the bottom of the blank which resulted in a steep angle.  So, thinking what the hell, I just cut a matching angle on the piece of walnut and it turned out more interesting than it would have.  The discoloration on the tips of the robe is where I soaked the areas with super glue to give it some strength.

Anyway, hope you like him so far and your comments are welcome and appreciated.  More photos in the gallery.

The Bottom Of The File he is.  Fresh from the local Emergency ward.  As you can see from the title of this post I've changed the name to more reflect what  caused all this mayhem so disregard the name tag.  I only added it to have something on the base for the Tulsa show last week.  This poor cowboy at least took First Place in the caricature bust category.

For the blood I reached for the richest and darkest red I had then mixed in a little brown and dribbled it directly out of the bottle down onto the scarf.  Once it was dry I over coated it with  clear epoxy to make it look fresh.  I didn't add any design to the scarf as I really liked the bright yellow.  I did underpaint it with yellow ocher before a final coat of bright yellow.  Lastly I highlighted the folds with a light brown wash.

As I mentioned earlier, I have another one of these hapless wranglers in the works which will be more banged up than this guy.

As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  More photos in the Gallery.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Busted Up!

I had so much fun painting this fellas face this morning I thought you might enjoy seeing the shape he's in so far.  Need to tone down the dry brushing on the hat but so far he's looking pretty damaged and that's good.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Rough Night!

Here's a busted up Buckaroo who I just finished this morning.  From the looks of him Happy Hour down at the Gold Nugget Saloon didn't end too well by the looks of the fat lip, the cracked skull and the swelling shiner, not to mention the shot up hat.  I was originally heading toward doing a complete figure of a busted up Bull Rider but after I had the head well on the way had a better idea for that figure so decided to convert this one to a bust.   Should be fun painting all the bruised flesh on that sad face.

Hope you like him and there are a few more photos in the Gallery.  Comments welcome as always.

Oh....I forgot the broken nose!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Buffalo Skull - Part 5

This one is kind of long so I broke it up into 2 parts. Here's Part A:

And here is Part B:

Horses For Sale

After surveying the gallery I noted that there were almost no horses so I got to work and redid an old favorite.  Hope you lieke him.