Posts tagged “Balsa

Painting the Town… Update (10/7/17)

Probably the last update for a few weeks as I enter the painting phase of the model miniature. Looking back at the stills from yesterday I can see how impressive this piece is going to look once it’s finished. I started the day buying s tin of primer to get me started with only limited time in the studio – taking in a film with friends. Leading to the bulk of the model being painted with one coat, minus the ceiling which should be easily coated twice next time in the day.

I hope next time to have two coats of primer in place before getting the standard acrylic paint out to complete the model and fix the ceiling. I couldn’t believe how fast those few hours in the studios went. I know I made the right decision and one I am happy to take again with future models of this scale.

Painting the Town…Update (8/7/17)

A really quick day with one aim, to gut out and remake the bay windows. Last weekend I just wasn’t happy with how it was looking, the butting of balsa, the curvature of the bays. It just looks poor really when I look at the rest of the model. A poor compromise.

So I came back to the studio today, tearing out the bays and making a start on the new pieces that would soon be going in their place. I knew as soon as I removed them it was the right thing to do, more angular and professional looking, in-keeping with the look of the model miniature.

Bay windows gutted ready for something more angular. #workinprogress #cardboard #balsa #modelminiature

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Before moving onto fit everything in place, the three pieces of cardboard that boxed in the windows and the gum tape to seal it off. Adding the detail was pretty straight forward with no real problems beyond getting the length of balsa right.

I’m hoping next time to get a tin of primer next time, getting a coat on the model, I’m not sure how many it will take as its a move for me.

Painting the Town… Update (3/7/17)

The detail is almost there now with this latest model miniature. Again I found working at this increased scale that the process was far easier, I spent just under 4 hours in the studio on Sunday and even less on the model, due to what I could really do pre-painting. I found the hardest part of the making process was the bay windows, due to the curvature of the bays I have placed a supporting piece behind before after a number of wasted pieces later I could fix the front piece that reached across the middle. Maybe next time I will have more breaks in the window. I could even look again the footage next time and amend that part of the model miniature. Even though it’s a small detail it matters to me to have a decent gesture to the set.

Moving onto the stairway which was far easier to pull together. The only downside is the rail at the top, doesn’t need flush to the wall, however its a minor detail, should I apply that thought process to the bay windows? Is the perfectionist in me coming out? The bigger the model is, the more open it is to be looked into, even though it functions in the dark.

Painting the Town Update… (1/7/17)

This model is going really fast in terms of construction. I’m surprised how little balsa that I have actually used today to create the detail. Maybe because what I am doing is just scaling up so I know what I am doing, the detail is pretty simple really too. Ultimately its all coming together. All I have to do now in terms of detail is add the banister on the stairway and the bay window detail which is my only real concern. I see that more as a challenge, I’ll be referring back to the clip to ensure I make it right. When they are complete, I can get the paint back out. I feel at the current rate I should be testing again at the end of the month or early next month.


New Mills Arts Festival (2015) Arts Trail

New Mills Festival (2015)

Gather at the River (2014) Part 2

A continuation of my Frontier Town work that explores the Western genre, focusing on the river-road.

Part 1

rEvive (2014)

Gather at the River (2014) Part 1

A continuation of my Frontier Town work that explores the Western genre, focusing on the river-road.

Part 2

rEvive (2014) 


rEvive (2014)

A joint show with artist Neil Dixon, exhibited in the Cafe revive shop, in the Albion Centre, Ilkeston, Derbyshire (24/7-23/8/2014).

Gather at the River Part 1

Gather at the River Part 2

Cafe - rErive

Designs for the Future

Ok the title maybe a bit confusing as my inspiration for the design of my work comes directly from the original The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). It wasn’t what I was expecting, just enjoying a classic comedy which may lead me to watch he Ben Stiller remake more recently. I think it’s the style of MGM that has really done it, when the film drifts into one of Mitty’s (Danny Kaye) dreams. It was the last one that really caught my attention, for obvious reasons too when you look at the images (could only find a few). Which are very stylised, coming from a studio that didn’t produce half as many westerns as others such as Warner Brothers. The set design relies on fronts of buildings that can be seen through, acting only as loose representation of a frontier town, using the images of the time to inform the design. Applying to my work is something I would like to do when I return to the studio, a new direction that would push my making away from what I have become accustomed to, the cardboard shell covered in balsa for detail. I will hopefully incorporate both, pushing balsa to the forefront of the making. it would also allow for background experimentation.