Sketch of my honey.
Hello dear art lover!
I am a self employed, full time artist and have been for some years now. I struggle to make a living and most months I am one rent cheque away from eviction. I live very frugally and put as much as I can of what I earn back into new projects and materials.
I have never asked for money in any way online before, but I now see many people using this method successfully to enable them to continue working as a creative / content creator. As someone who works and lives alone I don’t really have much of a support network to speak of (don’t get out much, you see?) I’m really hoping that seeking patrons is the way to go.
As little as £1 or $1 a month for regular updates of work-in-progress pictures and sculptures could go towards keeping me with a roof over my head and food in my belly. Not to mention materials and supplies etc., which have become insanely expensive these days.
For larger monthly donations and one-off contributions I am offering original artworks, mostly illustrations, but also paintings and small sculptures. Simply send me a picture to work from and I will make an original piece of art. It can be a picture of anything at all.
I have also set up a ‘Goal’ on Patreon. The Goal is to make the garage in the garden into a studio so that I can work more easily all year round and create many more pieces of art and hopefully more sophisticated works of art too.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it persuades you to become a patron, and if it does I will be eternally grateful.
Inktober came and went, and very enjoyable it was too. Not sure what happened to November, and now we are well into our way with December. But I did keep up with the sketching and doodling, inspired further by the gift from my partner of the wonderful book, The Bird King by Shaun Tan. – A book I’ve had for several weeks now but still have not got to the end of as I am revelling in each and every page.
Here’s some of my recent scribbles:
My beautiful sister.
Hope you liked the doodles. I love making these distorted figure drawings!
Please check my site for more paintings, sculptures, and drawings: Dean Harkness Design
And do please let me know what your favourite illustations and or illustrators are. I’m always open to suggestions and looking for new inspiration.
The idea for this sculpture came to me several years ago, and I made a small version of the figure, or maquette, at the time, but have always wanted to make a slightly larger and more detailed version since. There is still a certain amount to do but hopefully what I’ve done so far is worthy of a new post from my somewhat quiet account.
Each photograph shows about an hour or two’s work at each stage.
At this point I added a couple of inches of clay to the bottom of the sculpture and remodelled the feet to give the whole piece more height. I had to lengthen the legs too.
The head had fallen off about a dozen times by now, and the upper and lower arms kept breaking too, partly as I was struggling to resolve the issue of size and ratio of body to feet.
There is still much to do, but at least I have resolved the problem of her head falling off all the time. Well, at least for now, that is. Next I will shorten the legs quite dramatically by removing the knees, and I will also continue to sculpt away at the shins.
I love working with clay; It has such a sensual feel to it. But I do feel I should investigate other materials that are more stable to work with and that do not need firing in a kiln, which is something I don’t have access to. Either that, or I must get into the habit of using some kind of underlying support for whatever I am modelling or sculpting.
There has been an explosion in sculpting techniques over the past few decades with artists creating new forms and discovering new media. It seems that we truly are limited only by our imaginations. From shadow sculptures to statues of horses made entirely from kitchen utensils. I love it all!
Do you have a favourite sculptor or sculpture? Or do you have a favourite genre, style or medium? Or have you been surprised by the discovery of a new form of sculpture you had not known before?
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Above is a link to my website. There is quite a selection of my work, which is varied in style, though not as wide ranging in subject and media as I would like. Hope you take a look and let me know what you think.
Do please share with me any links to sites you feel I may enjoy too. I particularly love finding new artists and poets etc.