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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Willow, a scene in 1:12 scale portraying a fantasy concept.

The scene features a moving fire, swirling waters, and calming lighting.

Detail of the loft area

The chandilier adds a distinctive touch

Visitors peering through the window during construction

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cask of Amantillado

Updates on The Cask of Amantillado. The piece is nearly finished. I still have to age and deteriorate and make more macabre details, but the essence is in place. If you have never read the short story by Edgar Allen Poe, I highly recommend it! Click here for the text. It's a very short story.

"THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." 





The figures were made by Sherry Colvin


I had my friend Ella Kiefhaber make the coat of arms




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

座敷 「徳川」Japanese Room "Tokugawa" COMPLETED

The Tokugawa room is complete. Here are some pictures from the completed project:

The tokonoma (alcove) and kakemono (hanging scroll)

The room is a 9-mat room, decent size; as you can see there is another room off to the right

The chigaidana (staggered shelf)

The garden, veranda, and main shoji

Sunlight mode in garden; the glow from the adjacent room

Moonlight mode on outside

Only lights are the adjacent room and the lantern


Moonlight mode outside

Detail of the tokonoma area



All lights off except sunlight mode and lantern


Detail of joins

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

座敷 「徳川」Japanese Room "Tokugawa"

A Japanese room in the style reminiscent of the Edo era. The Tokugawa or Edo period of Japan lasted two and a half centuries. It was a time of feudal transition, the samurai era, a period of isolation and cultural identity that lasted from 1603 to 1868 when Commodore Perry "pursuaded" Japan to open to trade.

I will post pictures as I proceed through this project. This approach works well on Facebook or Google +, but not so well in a blog because each new post rises you add to an existing post gets buried. The only alternative is to create a new post each time, but then you have X number of posts for a single project. What to do! (If you prefer to see the progress on Facebook, click here.


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Tokugawa is a Japanese piece representing a certgain time period, and intended as a display for hand made dolls. In this case, I am portraying not a whole structure, but just a room. The main area of the room will be an 8-mat room size, indicating the presence of adjoining rooms but featuring just this main room. The garden will be in the rear, and like any good Japanese room of this kind, it will draw the eye toward it.



Using a wood box, I laid down two coats of color and texture: something conservative to lay in the background and not distract, but to accent the contents within when the time comes. In this case, I used an undercoat of acryclic, and top coat of stain. The nice thing about doing this is that it allows you to rub some of the stain off, exposing the acrylic undercoat.Using a wood box, I laid down two coats of color and texture: something convservative to lay in the background and not distract, but to accent the contents within when the time comes. In this case, I used an undercoat of acryclic, and top coat of stain. The nice thing about doing this is that it allows you to rub some of the stain off, exposing the acrylic undercoat.








I sometimes use figures in my scenes that I design. They can add a certain humanity or illustrate movement within a scene--used sparingly.

However in this case, the figures are owned by the customer who commissioned this work. As a result, I'm going to design the room so it flows around the characters and highlights their features.

These beautiful dolls were made by the even more beautiful Maria Santos from Spain who I'm sure spent countless hours resarching the styles and details of the era.













The dress and styles of the period, for the class of royalty portrayed by these dolls, is highly refined. Like royals of any kind, the vast legions of samurai loyal to the Shogun carried with them their own staff, soldiers, and retainers.




Creating the fence in the back:




There are seven unique circuits for this piece. While wiring the controller...




I got a little distracted and found a cool pic .....



I've been away for a while it seems. But there are so many other places to be! In any case, here are some updates...

The interior coming together...

View of the garden

The workers scurrying to meet the deadline...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Element

A modern room in 1/12 scale, overlooking an urban view from around the 20th floor:






Studio #7

This is a artist's studio. There are several details to peruse, and since it is an artist's space, I'll just let the images tell their own story! This is a room box in 1/12 scale and measures about 20" wide, 11" in height.






Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kishi

This is a brand-new piece, portraying a simple room with a view of a narrow Japanese garden in 1/12 scale.

Doing the tatami this way--all vertical--is a first for me, but I like the way it came out.



Hm, where does that gate lead to?




The small pond in the garden. The garden is only 4 inches from fence to edge of the step.