Monday, August 31, 2009

A Tiger God and His Priestess

I had a great weekend. As long as I get to play with clay, I'm happy.

Yesterday I made this tiger god and his priestess. I worked 5-6 hours non-stop. At the end of the day I was pretty tired, sore, and hungry. But I felt great on the inside! Art making leaves a pretty long lasting feeling of happiness inside me.

Here's a closer look at the tiger god. This is actually a commission from my husband. He said he wants a tiger. And since he's such a wonderful husband, I threw in a priestess as a bonus.

And here she is, the priestess. I think this is the first time I put hair on my sculpture. The result isn't bad at all.

Once again, I'm quite pleased with the lips.

Where did I get the inspiration for the tiger god and the priestess? From the video game, Okami. Let me just say this, if I were a video game, I want to be Okami. It's a gorgeous game. How can you not love a game that looks like this (see picture above and below, taken from Okami art book)?

This is the tiger god from Okami. This game is absolutely beautiful! It's like a Japanese painting that moves and talks! And the music is just as wonderful as the game.

(This track is my favorite!)

That's all I have to share for now. Take care everyone, have a good Monday.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Another day in the studio

Went to the studio yesterday morning. I was very glad to see that Olgar came out of the kiln looking as good as I had hoped.

Take a closer look at that horn. Didn't turn out as black as I wanted, but I like the interaction between Tennmoku (black) and cranberry red.

Then, I spent some time glazing another sculpture. After that I was pretty tired and uninspired. Still, I sat down and sculpted this new piece here. Like I said, I wasn't very inspired when I was working on this piece, but a couple of ladies came by and they seemed to be impressed. I had a nice little chat with them. One of them thought the face I sculpted looks like her nephew. After they left, I started thinking, what good is my art if it can't make people happy? So there it was, the motivation that I needed to continue working on this piece.

And we all love those curvy little lips on this sculpture.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Clay Fish

I saw a good tutorial yesterday for making a clay light. I thought it would be something cool to make for my daughter, so I gave it a try.

Turned out pretty good. Of course, since this is made for a kid, I will not be using real candles.

My daughter had fun stuffing animals into the fish's mouth, had the fish "eat" up the poor victims.

Now I'm thinking of more sculpted candle holder for Halloween, like a skull, creepy pumpkin...etc. I can't wait for Halloween! (come on Phoenix, time to cool down already!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Olgar's Continuing Journey

Olgar the handsome, finally came out of the kiln last weekend. I'm glad he is in one piece. So far so good. Now he's glazed, waiting patiently to go back inside the kiln. Will he still be Olgar the handsome after this? I can only hope.

(Actually, I think he looks pretty good like this)

Best of luck to Olgar!

Little Fox and A Dancing Lion

This is what I do when I stay home all day with my daughter. I draw cute little pictures for her. This is a draft for the little fox.

Here is the finished version.

And the goofy, dancing lion. Kids inspire adults in a very fascinating way, don't you think?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A demon taking a walk

Another handsome demon. He hasn't got a name yet, but I love how he looks. I'm even considering putting him on a t-shirt or something.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Another sculpture in progress

This is Olgar the handsome. Demon girls all want to be with him. And demon boys all want to look like him.