Sunday, April 24, 2011

God's WIP

I just recently learned about the passing away last week of John "Jonty" Jones, a well-known paper mache artist who lived in the U.K. In the short time that I've known of Jonty and his work I've gained inspiration and several useful tips from his blog: Darkside Creations. Surfing over to his site once again and looking at some of his Works In Progress, my first thought was, what a shame that those projects will forever remain unfinished. But my second thought was, it's not the uncompleted projects that are a shame, but the ones that are never begun! Every one of us has ideas that yearn to take form; don't leave them unrealized.

I did not know Jonty personally, but from what I've seen of his blog, he was a man of boundless energy and imagination, who took the time to share his discoveries and experience with others.

I hope that when the end of my life comes, I will leave so many works-in-progress behind that they become an inspiration to other artists and an inconvenience to my children!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hydralisk Head

I've been holding off publishing anything about this project because I had originally intended to build a full-size monster Zerg (a race in the StarCraft video-game universe) which would have been man-sized. Although I am sticking to the scale, the project has been down-sized to a trophy head. This is still a large construction in that you probably wouldn't put it on your coffee table.

I can imagine some Terran officer keeping this trophy in his spacious office to impress visitors  and to remind himself of the threat that the Zerg pose for mankind:

 "Ah, yes, the Zerg. This particular specimen met its end at the muzzle of my Gauss rifle on Antiga Prime back when I was still a junior officer. Although it took my arm, I took its head! Pour yourself a drink, my friend, and make yourself comfortable while I tell you all about it."

The Plan

Making the head-shield

Completed head armature

Oh, and the full-size figure idea isn't gone, just off the table for now.

Much more to come.

Cool Text: Logo and Graphics Generator

The Power of Paper

An article in the The Telegraph today states:

"Japanese workers battling to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific from the beleaguered nuclear power plant have resorted to using newspaper and sawdust to try and block the pipes."

"TEPCO workers were using a polymer mixed with shredded paper and sawdust to try to close off pipes through which the water has flowed into a cracked concrete pit at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, from where it has run into the sea. An earlier attempt to seal the crack with cement failed to stop the leak."

So there you have it: nuclear engineers agree that shredded paper is superior to cement! This should be of encouragement to all you paper mache artists out there. Let us all hope that a giant, radioactive, paper mache monster doesn't emerge from the sea.

Origami image from Glennz Tees