Brighton University - England. (Fine Arts, 3D Design)
My lifelong passion is the creation of 3D objects.
I have taught at college level in England (3D Design in Wood) and in the Isle of Man (Drawing), and trained Sculptors in Mattel,Inc.'s 3D Design Dept. for the exacting work demanded by the toy industry. I have also worked through Local 755 on the stage sets for many 'big-budget' movies and as a Freelance Sculptor for various toy companies, mainly doing celebrity portraits for fashion dolls.
I am fortunate enough to have been represented by Fine Art Galleries in London, throughout England and in Los Angeles. My work has been both figurative and abstract, both in sculpture and jewelry. My jewelry has also been sold though a London Gallery and by way of private commission. Using almost any materials, from precious metals to enormous blocks of foam, I have the experience to help you design, prepare for, or create 3D work. I have extensive experience in the techniques and methods of Fine Art Sculpting, Sculpting for the Toy Industry, Sculpting for the Motion Picture Industry, Wood Carving, Portraiture and Bas Relief. I am also a Silver/Goldsmith and Jeweler.
Every one of these activities begins with drawing.
Drawing cannot begin too early in life. It is aesthetic breathing - you 'inhale' through your eyes, the physical world that is around you and 'exhale', through your mind and hands, the fleeting vision and understanding of that world. The drawing remains for you to consider.
Learning to draw, and how to draw, can begin at any age. I prefer to teach 8yrs. to 16yrs. but there is no age that is too young or too old.
My approach to tutoring is quite informal, although I believe that 'art' is founded in basic skills and that, without those skills, the communication is limited. If you want to communicate in words, a large vocabulary helps!
It doesn't matter whether you make a drawing for itself (ie. the drawing itself is the end product) or if it is a means to an end ( a 'working' drawing), being able to put an idea down on paper is important. It means that you can study the composition and the design, decide how to proceed, or even if it is worth doing at all! Taking an idea for any work and examining it using sketches and drawings can help us evaluate methods and materials and prepare the way for its creation. However, both drawing and sculpting start with the process of 'looking'. Seeing the life around us as well as the life within. I believe that drawings help the process of visualization. The ability to visualize helps the imagination, which is essential, not just for creativity but for every aspect of life. Drawing, like Sculpting, is also a matter of physical control. Before you can dance you must be quite good at walking. There are exercises that can improve coordination and confidence and this is part of the teaching process, and I would encourage students to practice these, so that creative expression is made more immediate and fluid.
Some students will want to use the drawings they do as 'design drawings' in the process of creating a 3D object. I have extensive experience in carving, modelling, fabricating, molding, casting and forming. ( N.B. I do not have the facilities for firing ceramics.) I offer tuition in developing all of these ways of making any small 3D object, in almost any material, with insight into suitability for every eventual application, from personal use to manufacturing. The skills involved in most of these procedures are very defined and can be mastered with instruction and practice.
I have a small studio where I can work with you to help you realize (make) any ideas that you want to be taken beyond the drawing/ design stage, and which cannot be worked on at the student's own home. I make no financial distinctions between any of the skills you would like me to help you with.
(If you want to design jewelry and actually learn how to create your designs, the materials I supply will have to be charged separately.)
You are welcome to contact me and we can talk about how I might best be able to help you with Drawing, Design, the many types of Sculpting, or Jewelry. I am quite willing to fit into most peoples' timetables. My lifelong passion is the creation of 3D objects.
I have taught at college level in England (3D Design in Wood) and in the Isle of Man (Drawing), and trained Sculptors in Mattel,Inc.'s 3D Design Dept. for the exacting work demanded by the toy industry. I have also worked through Local 755 on the stage sets for many 'big-budget' movies and
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I have been drawing all through my life, usually as a means to an end but sometimes as an end in itself. I have taught at college level in England and in my own Studio (Isle of Man). I have been responsible for the selection and training of Sculptors for the 3D Design Dept., of Mattel Toys.