For this week's #SundayFishSketch theme is one for Father's Day. What fish make good fathers? Well, a seahorse is such a good sport that it will not only carry the little brood to term, but help raise them, as well. And they are always fun to draw.
Yesterday, I was able to head on down to Blissfield and pick up the bronze casting for the golf trophy that I have been working on lately. Much thanks to Ken and the guys at Flatlanders for doing the job of making the mold and pouring the bronze! I had originally planned on doing this in pewter, since I could do that at home. As it turned out, no I could not. I would not have had a crucible large enough to hold the amount of metal needed to do the pour. And, as it turned out, I was able to go with bronze, which is what I would have wanted for this anyways, so I'm very happy to have done it this way.
The large square was where the sprue or gate where the metal was poured into the mold and had to be cut off. You can see on the ends of the clubs where nubs are from the cut off vents. All of that has been pretty much ground and sanded down today.
This is what the trophy looked like in wax form. Pardon my messy ass work station. More updates coming soon.
I've been chipping away (literally!) at this one for awhile now, so it was nice to finish it up. Of course, nothing is ever really finished, as I could noodle this into oblivion, but you get the point. I struggle with scratchboard, but I feel the urge to keep doing it, as it provides a discipline that is different from what I usually do. I keep looking at the works of Mark Summers and recently, Thomas Ott. One has the straight lines and cross hatching that is ever so precise and the latter a more loose style, but no less detailed. Two different approaches with amazing results. Check them out, if you haven't already.