This week I’m sending off one of my ball joint dolls, the Robot gynoid, the fifth of the series.
Its always sad to see them go, but I’m glad she found a good home, and I will be casting a new round of dolls very soon.
This was available through the Zerofriends store, where more will be posted early next month. See more photos in the full gallery; here;
You can see my work in progress ball joint dolls in the flickr Gallery gallery here;
My first edition of marionette-style figures.
I needed a figure sculpt to start with. I chose my ‘Richard Simmons’ character, sculpted in Super Sculpy since I knew I’d be making a few of these guys for my ‘Crom’ sculpture and wanted a pose-able base to work from.
Once the figure was blocked out and mostly detailed, but before I cooked the clay I started cutting into it and dividing it up, that way I could plan how it would break down into parts. After I’d scored into the clay I cooked him and finished the cut all the way through the armature.
Disassembled the parts, and started clean up on them. I had to make sure it woulf fit back together and that the joins weren’t too jagged.
Next I sprued the parts to make molds. This is the process of attaching the parts to a board and to each other to allow them to be suspended in silicone for the mold. The thing to keep in mind at this stage was that I needed to pour the parts in a way that would minimize air bubbles, and allow the resin to flow through. This is one of the most tricky and intensive parts and I’ve learned a ton by trial and (expensive) error.
Pouring silicone molds;
Molds cut open and original parts removed;
I cast the parts in urethane resin,
Which gave me plenty to work with;
Each of these needed to be drilled and have string glued in one side at a time;
I’m particularly fond of the way I set up the rolling/shrugging shoulders, with string that feeds through the torso into the upper arm;
And here it is fully assembled.
Detail in the hands.
I made a few of these guys;
These were first made available at the Alternative Press Expo in 2008 and are currently sold out.
Full flickr gallery
Update – Completed Dolls here
I’ve been busy making more of my resin dolls, these ones will be exhibited at Varnish gallery in San Francisco April 7th in the Have and Have not show
I’ll be posting more as I get them closer…
Work in Progress gallery on Flickr
The Have and Have Not Group Show
curated by Lee Ballard
April 7 – April 28, 2012
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday April 7, 5-8pm
The Have and Have Not Group Show features fine artworks of various media by Jon Wayshak, Rick Berry, Robert Bowen, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Brad Isdrab, Morning Breath/Doug Cunningham, Scott Cambell, Lucien Shapiro, Barron Storey, Sam Keith, Lee Ballard, Ian Ameling, John Watkiss, and Rogelio Martinez.
Varnish Fine Art
16 Jessie Street, #C120
San Francisco, CA 94105