Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portrait of a Vampire!

Nosferatu may not be the prettiest of vampires, but there is a sort of beauty in Tim Bruckner's portrait of him. His upturned chin, his inquisitive sidelong glare, his lip curled back in a sneer... or is that a smile? Or does his mouth simply not close all the way anymore? Okay, so we don't know what he is thinking, but do we want to, really? The intricate detail work in the wrinkled flesh, as well as in the elegant base, with its incisor legs and translucent block of blood-red resin, makes this one of our favorite pieces, and now Tim is offering a one-of-a-kind painted edition of the 11.25" bust.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Terror in Outer Space!

Two of Tim Bruckner's most space-age sculpts are now together in one deluxe diorama! Major Marjorie and the Martian Mangler have been placed on a single environmental pedestal and hand-painted by Tim himself. Marjorie even comes with a removable helmet accessory! This piece is one-of-a-kind, measuring 16 inches long, 8.5 inches tall and 5.75 inches wide. It's a must-have for fans of old space-age serials, pulp novels and the pin-up art of George Petty.

From de Mopperson's "Brief Stories of Famous People," 1957:
"Marjorie Pettice was the star of the very successful radio show, 'Major Marjorie, Space Star Ranger.' It ran from 1938 to 1943. In 1941 a series of films were produced starring Miss Pettice, produced and directed by her husband Paul Pettice. The films propelled her into even greater popularity, until one day, on the set of 'Major Marjorie and the Martian Menace,' a full-size paper-mache spaceship broke free of its flying wires and landed on Paul Pettice, killing him on the spot. The film was never completed, and Marjorie Pettice retired from show business to live in seclusion in a modest 30-room house in the Colby Canyon, California."

From the unpublished paperback adaptation of "Major Marjorie and the Martin Menace":
"Her helmet began to fog up. She had to get her breathing under control. She had to get her breathing under control and force down the panic. Perspiration stung her eyes and pooled at the base of neck, seeping into the Hydroseal collar. She brought her weapon to eye level trying to read the fuel gauge. Half full?  Was it half full? There it was again, that cracking, popping sound. She was tempted to turn off the external mics Paul had recently installed. She could hear even the faintest sound surrounding her. And that was the problem. They came from anywhere and everywhere, with no sense of direction. They could not be trusted. She found that out the hard way. He was out there. The Mangler was out there. She had to get her breathing under control and force the panic down."



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and sculptor Tim Bruckner has just made it look a lot more Christmas-y. After years of planning and noodling, Tim has finally lived up to his promise and completed his bust of Santa Claus! Measuring 11 inches tall with its simple pedestal base, this portrait of the big guy will be hand-cast in an edition of ten, hand-painted in muted tones, and signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Check out the in-progress video below, and order your completed piece today!


Check out a slideshow of how Santa Claus came into being!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

TLC Workshops: Expressive Sculpture and Maquettes with Tim Bruckner

Be like Bruck! Tim is teaching a class on sculpting, which is like a book but better!

Expressive Sculpture and Maquettes with Tim Bruckner
Fri-Sun, May 8-10
$580 (includes materials fee)

Renowned sculptor, Tim Bruckner
shares the process of creating a 1/2 life size portrait focusing on
character and expression - ideal for illustrators, animators and
sculptors alike. This workshop is sponsored in part by the Chavant Clay Company, providing clay, tools and supplies.

Day #1 will cover building a reliable armature, handling clay, and getting the basic structure of the head established.

Day #2 covers sculpting techniques, tool manipulation, creating form,
shaping and imbuing the character with feeling. We will focus on telling
your character's story by sculpting a defined, readable expression.

On Day #3 clay work will be completed. We will discuss molding and casting
methods for expanded projects. We'll photograph our completed sculpture
under different lighting conditions and angles and then translate this
information to sketches using our maquettes.

Experience level: all.
Medium: Chavant clay.
Limit: 14 students.