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Posted: 10/25/2006 8:28:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 8:29:25 AM EST by guns762]
It's called "The Hunter". He is my most recent in a series.....


I need to take a picture out side, with natural light, but this will have to do for now.

Rest of the series...from most recent to oldest........







Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:29:22 AM EST
Wow. Great work. How do you make them?
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:30:13 AM EST
Man. That's some fantastic work. I'd like to see it in person sometime. No offense ot your photography, but I'm sure that the work really looks impressive up close. Thanks for showing us!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:30:13 AM EST
Kinda creeps me out a bit...
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:30:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By njmoore:
Wow. Great work. How do you make them?


Thanks.

They are ceramic(clay). I add natural elements and paint after they are fired.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:30:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 8:32:07 AM EST by Greenhorn]
Meh, kind of boring.



Just kidding! Those are freakin' awesome!

What are they made of, wax?
N/M, I see you already answered that

Another question: What's the size?
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:32:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By N1Rampage:
Kinda creeps me out a bit...


The last one is a bit out there...isn't it. Thank fully, you can see my progression to what I just finished.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:33:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Meh, kind of boring.



Just kidding! Those are freakin' awesome!

What are they made of, wax?
N/M, I see you already answered that

Another question: What's the size?


Life size....at least the last one is. The first ones are just a bit smaller than life.

Roughly, 24" at the widest to 24" at the longest. That is as big as I can get into the school kiln.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:42:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 8:44:04 AM EST by PeaceDevil]
Just one question:
2nd pic, are those .22lr's ?-edit: bit smaller than llfesize? hm can't be .22
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:48:02 AM EST
close ups



Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:49:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By PeaceDevil:
Just one question:
2nd pic, are those .22lr's ?

-edit: bit smaller than llfesize? hm can't be .22


Paper patch 45-70 Gov. With inert primers....
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:53:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 8:54:24 AM EST by hanau]
didn't you have a website that showed the making of the cowboy from clay (i think?) to the finish statue?


eta nice work!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:54:00 AM EST
I have to say it again....

WOW.

Excellent work man.

Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:56:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:56:12 AM EST
just in time for halloween.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:57:42 AM EST
Awesome!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:58:22 AM EST
Attempt at Art? A bit critical are we?

went to art school for a year before joining the Air force, I know how it is...
~Dg84
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:03:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 9:06:05 AM EST by topknot]
You have some real talent!

That last one is Haunting. You can just about imagine waking up on the trail with him standing over you. Yikes!

Is he a Cheyenne Dogman Warrior?
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:25:45 AM EST
Keep it coming I Love the close ups Enchanting and Haunting pics. however I am not a Art Critic I just Know What I Like,,,,,Thanks for the Share
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:27:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By hanau:
didn't you have a website that showed the making of the cowboy from clay (i think?) to the finish statue?


eta nice work!


Nope, ARFCOM has several artists.....he is much better than I am. If forget his name..sorry.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:36:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Those are absolutely amazing. You do them from scratch?? If so you have a bright future.


Yes, from scratch. No, I'm a teacher.

I donated the last one to Ducks Unlimited to auction off at their dinner. He sold for $400...the Apache.

That is where this one is destined for also.

Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:39:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:43:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:44:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By topknot:
You have some real talent!

That last one is Haunting. You can just about imagine waking up on the trail with him standing over you. Yikes!

Is he a Cheyenne Dogman Warrior?


first off, Thank you for the kind words.

Sounds good. Let's go with it.


Sadly, this is why I'm just a hack. I should put more time into studying what I am trying to create. When I put one together, I just think along the basic lines; hunter, medicine man...ect.

I utilize some old photos from the net for inspriation, and I like Chief Dan George's face. This last one got a little away from him, but his features were the base for the representation.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:48:35 AM EST
Very orignal and impressive... especially considering how difficult and unpredictible ceramics can be when fired.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:51:21 AM EST
I aint gonna yank your chain. If I posted art here, I would want honest answers.

Its not my kind of art, I dont like anything western'ish...so take my criticism with a grain of salt. IMHO they look like cracked out Mozart & Bach images, or 3-D garbage pail kids.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 9:55:18 AM EST
Outstanding work!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:00:06 AM EST
very nice work from the unusual art teacher!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:10:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By q3131:
just in time for halloween.


Zombies in drag.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:15:36 AM EST
wow! no happy faces here!...seriously you display great skill & original composition. (I'd still like to see happy faces, the world is full of doom & devilish art these days...) Keep at it & please post your work again...
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:26:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By pulpsmack:
Very orignal and impressive... especially considering how difficult and unpredictible ceramics can be when fired.


Funny you should mention that.....

Last year, "The Apache" blew up in the first firing. Of course, I thought it was better the first time.

He cracked again on the second firing for the glazes.....I had to put resin in the cracks and then cover with a oil paint patina, followed by a spray on clear coat to keep it from rubbing off. The over all look turned out cool, but it was an accident. I liked the results so much from last year, I did the same patina this year.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:29:15 AM EST
Outstanding work guns762! I love this set!

But damned if I can figure out just where I would want one in my place.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:31:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By gaspain:
I aint gonna yank your chain. If I posted art here, I would want honest answers.

Its not my kind of art, I dont like anything western'ish...so take my criticism with a grain of salt. IMHO they look like cracked out Mozart & Bach images, or 3-D garbage pail kids.


I appreciate you honesty. Some of my students didn't like it either. They tend to be pretty hard on me...go figure!

It is a project I teach my students to sculpt faces. It is not original, but it puts a little different spin on the idea. You can find similar artwork all over the west...and on the net.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:33:18 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 10:38:51 AM EST by guns762]

Originally Posted By redpine:
wow! no happy faces here!...seriously you display great skill & original composition. (I'd still like to see happy faces, the world is full of doom & devilish art these days...) Keep at it & please post your work again...


I'm going for "Stoic" and "Iconic"......how many "happy Indians" did anyone see in the late 1800's?
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:37:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2006 11:02:39 AM EST by guns762]

Originally Posted By Bumblebee_Bob:
Outstanding work guns762! I love this set!

But damned if I can figure out just where I would want one in my place.


Luckily, my wife has allowed me to decorate my/our basement in "western/african/firearms" style.

They fit right in with my african mask collection, C&R collection, wheel guns, a warthog, a blue grouse, and some fantastic western style work by one of my former students.

I only still have "The Medicine Man" with the skull on his head. All the others have been donated to raise money for Ducks, or WY state Art symposium.

I really wanted to keep "The Apache", and "The Hunter" is growing on me.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 10:55:04 AM EST
Great job. I'm an art teacher in Wickenburg, AZ.
30 years.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 11:01:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By muzzle:
Great job. I'm an art teacher in Wickenburg, AZ.
30 years.


Wow! Another Art teacher on AFRCOM....cooooool!

I've only been at it for 11yrs. How many more years have you got before you call it good? Thirty years is dedication.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 11:08:33 AM EST
WOW, those are really nice. You do very good work.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 11:11:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 11:14:34 AM EST
Very good work. Not my thing, but very nice.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 2:00:58 PM EST
I'm looking at probably 3-4 more years. Coached 18 years of football and track along with the teaching. Now you're not going to believe me on the next part but it's true, I'm also the coach of our high school high power rifle team. We've been doing this for 10 years now and each year now for the past 4 years we've sent a team of kids to Camp Perry, Oh. for the national championships. In the national infantry team match we've won the national once and have come in 2nd three times.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 2:30:39 PM EST
You have some serious talent. Those pieces exude emotion and mystery. They really made me feel like I was looking into the face of a real Indian during their majestic years.

You need professional representation. I truly think that you can get big money for your work.

I wish you the best of luck.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 2:45:59 PM EST
Guns, you've got serious talent! I am impressed, do well and watch your top knot.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 6:04:32 PM EST
It's not how I decorate (that sounds ghey, hehe), but I admire the work alot. Very impressive.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 6:13:50 PM EST
I like them. My wife wouldn't, but I do. Maybe it's due to heritage.

You should send them all to me, and then you won't be so attached to them!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 6:47:49 PM EST
It's not my taste in artwork, but technically they ARE impressive.


Now maybe if you did one of a hot indian maiden........
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 6:49:42 PM EST
Those are very well done. Impressive.
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 7:13:32 PM EST
Good work!
Link Posted: 10/26/2006 12:21:17 AM EST
OK, those are nothing short of IMPRESSIVE! VERY impressive!

Let me ask you: would you like to make one for sale, or do you have one to sell? I'd like to purchase one from you, and possibly even a set. Those are just amazing!
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:32:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 6:35:59 AM EST by guns762]

Originally Posted By richardh247:
OK, those are nothing short of IMPRESSIVE! VERY impressive!

Let me ask you: would you like to make one for sale, or do you have one to sell? I'd like to purchase one from you, and possibly even a set. Those are just amazing!


Thanks again everyone for your criticism, and your praise. I appreciate it.

Richardh247, Sorry, I've been in DC the last 4 days.
As much as I would like to have a little more spending cash to buy an Aimpoint for my middy, I just don't have the time or even the drive to do another one right now. I get kind of burned out if I do too many too rapidly. I've been doing about two a year right now, and both of those have been donated every year. I will do more next year again, and maybe one more this later in the spring. The only one I still own that is not being donated at this time is the third one down, with the feathers going out both ways from the head dress..."The Medicine man". I don't know if my wife would let me sell that one. I usually replace the one in my house with a new one, then donate the previous sculpure.

I can offer you this. If you are serious about owning this(The Hunter) particular sculpture, we might be able to work out a way for you to bid on it at the auction this Friday Nov. 3rd, at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet. I already have one bidder that will not be present, but is going to bid on it. My real worry is that these are fairly fragile, and shipping it without it becoming a large puzzle would be a bitch! If it were my money, I wouldn't risk it.

The other person, who will be placing a bid, and not at the auction, only lives 90 miles away, and will be able to come up and take it home later.

Thanks again for the constructive criticism....and I learned what a garbage patch kid looks like.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:40:03 AM EST
Great texture and form, and I really like your use of color. I'm pretty strong with shapes (mostly complex geometrics with steel), and so I'm really impressed when artists have the color thing down as you do.

Great stuff!
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