*and other artwork by Rachel Young

25th July 2014

Question with 3 notes

trollcreak said: Do you have a DeviantART ? :)

Yes, I am rgyoung on dA, but I really only use it to post finished work these days; I am much more active on tumblr (when I’m not busybusybusy at the Festival of Arts, like I am right now).

25th July 2014

Question with 3 notes

yossdillo said: My eyes just about bugged out of my head when I discovered you did your work using polymer clay! I must be seriously missing out if there are a group of artists who use the exact same materials I used when I was younger to make charms and pendants to make gorgeous pieces! I wanted to know, what scale to do you like using for your work?

Hey, thanks a ton!  I’m glad you dig my work so much.

There are some incredible people out there who make amazing stuff using polymer clay; check out the Shiflett Brothers, Mark Newman, and Forrest Rogers, just to name a few. 

As far as scale goes, um, well, I really don’t pay attention to the scale I work in. The thing that ultimately determines the size of my larger pieces is that they have to fit in my oven or my smoker (yes, it smokes a nice brisket, too, just not at the same time!) in order to be cured/hardened. 

25th July 2014

Question with 9 notes

jojoseames said: Hey, Rachel! I was just invited by an artist friend to a sculpture party, to make polymer clay maquettes of our original characters! Do you have any tips or advice for a total sculpture newbie? :)

Hey JoJo! Sorry to be answering this so late; the past few weeks have been kinda nutty for me. To compound that, up until a few days ago I didn’t even realize that I had any notes at all. 

Anyway, it’s awesome that you’re going to be sculpting! 

Since I don’t know what sculpting media you’ll be using, I’ll try to keep this pretty general.

The sculpture tutorial that helped me out the most when I was rediscovering sculpture about 9 or 10 years ago was created by concept artist and sculptor Peter Konig, titled “Smellybug’s Maquette Tutorial:” http://floobynooby.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/3d-maquette-tutorial.html

Even if you’re not going to be working in polymer clay, this tutorial is full of useful stuff. I still use many of the techniques, tools, and materials discussed in it, and it’s almost always the first thing I recommend to people who want to start sculpting.

Tool-wise, you can  always make your own loop tools out of guitar string and brass/copper tubing instead of investing a bunch of money into tools you might not use again. Things like needles, toothpicks and other household items can be very effective in a pinch!

That’s all I can think of at the moment, but I hope it’s helpful and that I’m not terribly late in answering it (many apologies if I am).

21st July 2014

Photoset with 37 notes

Big rabbit minion, sculpted at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts.

7.5” tall, super sculpey (blend of original and firm) over a wire, foil, apoxie clay, and wire mesh armature.

Sorry I’ve been a bit absent these past few weeks—the FOA is keeping me pretty busy.

Speaking of the FOA, if you are in the area between now and August 30th, you can come and see my work in person. I am in booth 54, and you can find me there, working (either sculpting or painting one of my pieces) most evenings.

Tagged: super sculpeyjackrabbitsculptureartists on tumblrfestival of arts

14th July 2014

Question with 1 note

walkingtonowhere said: Are you at all going to make more of the 'bunions' to sell? I would be really interested in buying one they are so amazing ;u;

I think I might, though I need a little break from sculpting them at the moment. If I do, I will definitely make an announcement on Tumblr.

Thanks for the note, and for liking my work!

13th July 2014

Question with 2 notes

wraisedbywolves said: Hi! I saw your work at the Festival of Arts last year while visiting in-laws, and it looks like there's a chance we'll be able to go again sometime next week. Are there any particular days/times you'll be there during the Festival, or would I just have to count on luck to run into you?

Ooh, I hope I’m not answering this too terribly late (I just realized I have a bit of a backlog of notes at the moment), but I am at the festival every evening from about 3 pm until 9 pm. I am usually in my booth (booth 54) from around 5 pm until 8:45 pm.

I hope you’re able to make it to the Festival this year!

And oh, hey, let me know if you’d like passes for free admission to the Festival; I get a big stack of them at the start of the summer, so let me know if you’re interested and we can work out the details. I am pretty sure I can leave them in will call for you, or something like that.

6th July 2014

Photo reblogged from Steinntroll Artblog with 296 notes

steinntroll:

Commission for Escaron from DA
This guy is around 30 inches total length

This fellow is adorable and exquisite and he has the sweetest expression on his face. He looks so alive! 

steinntroll is amazing, and you should check out her page.

steinntroll:

Commission for Escaron from DA

This guy is around 30 inches total length

This fellow is adorable and exquisite and he has the sweetest expression on his face. He looks so alive! steinntroll is amazing, and you should check out her page.

Tagged: steinntrollart by othersdolldragon

22nd June 2014

Photo with 34 notes

Yup, here I am again, up late, messing around on the interwebs, and playing with iPad cam photos in Snapseed…

Since you all seem to love these bunions (whoah, seriously, thanks for all the support!), have an out-take from my silly rabbit minion photo shoot. 

Aww, awkward bunion family portrait.

And with that, I think it’s time I went to bed. 

Sidenote: 
You folks following this blog are awesome, and I am so grateful that so many of you are interested in the work I do. I love that you’re along for the ride. Thanks, and sorry for the mushy stuff.

Yup, here I am again, up late, messing around on the interwebs, and playing with iPad cam photos in Snapseed…

Since you all seem to love these bunions (whoah, seriously, thanks for all the support!), have an out-take from my silly rabbit minion photo shoot.

Aww, awkward bunion family portrait.

And with that, I think it’s time I went to bed.

Sidenote:
You folks following this blog are awesome, and I am so grateful that so many of you are interested in the work I do. I love that you’re along for the ride. Thanks, and sorry for the mushy stuff.

Tagged: bunion family portraitblarghso frickin latezzzzzzi'm a dumbass

21st June 2014

Photoset with 186 notes

Here are some more minion photos. I’m done with painting all of the rabbits, and should be finished with painting the tree very soon.

I probably won’t be updating on this project again until I post the completed piece, but we’ll see!

Much as I have enjoyed working on this project, I cannot wait to start on a new project. Painting is a blast, and I enjoy giving color to the critters I make, but for me, sculpture satisfies like nothing else can.

Super sculpey original/firm blend, over a wire/foil/mesh armature, painted with cel vinyl.

Tagged: work in progressartists on tumblrwatership downsculpturepolymer clay

21st June 2014

Photo reblogged from Homemade Horrors with 186 notes

homemadehorrors:

thegreenwolf:

This is not a real lobster. It’s carved wood. AND it’s articulated. More here.

Utterly amazing!

Incredible!

homemadehorrors:

thegreenwolf:

This is not a real lobster. It’s carved wood. AND it’s articulated. More here.

Utterly amazing!

Incredible!

Source: thegreenwolf