I apologize for the salacious title, however I just wanted to make a quick post to show one of the projects I’ve been working on as of recent. Behold, the jellyfish-and my very filthy little hands! Here you are treated to a rare glimpse of me without gloves. I’m hypersensitive to electromagnetic currents and can only do without them when I’m sculpting- but I’ll explain that peculiarity another day.
Yes, it’s poor resolution I know, my studio’s a rathole and my work-shirt harkens a bit to Beetlejuice (or perhaps Robin Thicke minus the sex appeal,) but let’s try and focus on the jellyfish. I’ve been trying to capture my work before I send it off to perspective clients, or as I prefer-adopted families. I’ve been very bad about doing this up until now. This little fellow, who I’ve named Mercucio, is made of a combination latex and plastic polymer. It’s extremely messy work, and I’m still playing with the matrix, but I’m fairly happy with the results thus far. Here’s a closer shot.
And once again at a tastier resolution- and with my favorite short gloves! I do wish I’d been able to create a more translucent body for him. My original vision was on the blue underlayer remaining visible through the top bubble. Unfortunately, after many attempts, I wasn’t able to reach that trifecta of stability, translucence and smoothness. When I reached perfect translucence, the dome was too brittle, and either wouldn’t survive the mold or was lumpy and uneven. When I made it perfectly stable, it lost it’s translucence. This is a happy medium I suppose. In the light, the dome isn’t totally opaque like it looks here.
You can see some of the painted texture I added to the flagella here (those long whiplike appendages.) I felt the translucent white was a bit too monotonous. Unfortunately, my shirt makes it hard to see much detail, and the piece really looks best when it can respond to the light, so I took a few shots of it, displayed how it was properly meant to be seen.
Yes, swimming through the woodlands, as jellyfish so often do. Here you can better see the sheen on it’s body, and the translucence of the flagella. This little fellow is ready to leave the nest. Hopefully Mercucio will enjoy his new life with his adopted parents.