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Sculpting hard angles in chemiwood

Here goes some step by step images showing how I've achieved all the angles from early progress to conpletion. adding pieces, removing, sculpting, using car body filler, sanding priming and final paint coat.

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Using car Body Filler and Chemiwood to make models

I feel like starting to post some model making techniques that I have learnt over the years.

This post will explain briefly one of many ways of how I use body filler and chemiwood often to create positive and negative shapes that key in perfectly with each other.

In this example below I used chemiwood as a foundation to make that wrapping element, also used magic tape to seal the main block to make sure that eventually the filler doesn't stick to to the solid blocks, the I started filling the wrapping piece and after I was able to remove the the two pieces apart. When I then sculpted the wrapping piece and finished it accordingly. At that point I removed the tape from the main block and the wrapping piece fitted exactly around the blocks, thanks to the car body filler that filled all the gaps. The tape made sure the didn't stick together, which allowed me to finish the wrapping piece without the main blocks being in the way!

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Scales & Models Workshop set up

I am currently setting up my workshop at the Biscuit Factory.. This is the third model shop set-up that I'm creating. This time it's my own though, unlike in the past, so if all goes well.. Third time lucky! I'll post some pics soon.. I'm basically turning my art studio into a fully functional workshop. It's nearly there now.


Drink works job

I've just finished a contract this week helping "Drink Works" company. Making a few different bottle design prototypes to present to their clients for discussion. Enjoyed using their workshop and much of the work was using a lathe to "turn" the bottles and after some hand carving and add ons to create the required detail.

This was my first involvement with Drink Works and I'm happy to have been given such opportunity. It's been a pleasure to work with them and he future is bright for future work to come from them. I look forward to working with them again!

Today I have a meeting with Pierre and Rawia in regards to starting an architectural model to finish by next Friday. It's a tight schedule. Although I'm pleased to get involved with them, also for the first time. My journey to grow my client list has certainly growing and so far I have only had positive feedback, which helps to keep going with this same determined and positive attitude and hopefully evolve by nurturing this small corporate journey that I'm currently faced with.

Making a bottle design prototype