Monday, September 28, 2009

Getting ready for MMSI

I'm starting to ramp up with getting some projects finished for the Chicago show. I plan to have three pieces ready for the show. The Gumshoe, Light Brigade Dragoon, and a pirate. In the photo is the groundwork for the pirate. I think it comes off pretty convincingly. I think I'll tinker with it some more as time allows. The gumshoe was finished long ago, and the Light Brigade should have been done long ago. I have some time off coming up that I'm hoping will push me over the top to get some of these things finished. I had planned to save the pirate for another show, but my good friend Anders shamed me into at least trying to get it done for Chicago.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm Cap'n, and I say you're Cap'n. Cap'n.........

I've been working on a handful of muskets for various manufacturers and not getting to sculpt lately. So as I was winding up those projects, I posed up several mannequins for future projects. Hoping that the lightning of inspiration to strike, I hammered out a project that I've been wanting to do for a while. It's a pirate inspired by NC Wyeth's illustration of Captain Billy Bones. I didn't want to do an exact copy, but much is borrowed from Wyeth. My character is fatter than Wyeth's and I did the hat differently. If an experiment I have planned goes well, I should have a pretty dynamic setting for this fellow.

We had a great chicken BBQ for family and a few friends from work. It was a great time. BBQing twenty chickens is not for the faint of heart though. I think everyone had a good time. It was unfortunately marred by an accident that required a trip to the ER for my three year old niece. She had to get a stitch in her lip. I'm really hoping that she doesn't get a scar. I bear much of the responsibility for it, I have to admit.

School is in full swing now and I'm bearing the fruit of a driving teenager. I have a bit more free time now that I don't have to get JB after school.

On the Tri front, I bought a new bike from my friend Don and rode it a good twelve miles. I'm looking forward to riding more. Swimming is not really an issue now, but I plan to join a center that has a pool so I can get on that aspect of it. I've increased my runnig distance lately and some success on this front will be great, as I am not fond of running.