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« on: July 31, 2013 09:24:24 AM »

This is a sculpture I’ve been meaning to do for a few years; I meant to have it done for Peake’s centenary in 2011, but being the slowest artist on the planet, I procrastinated.  As it is I consider this only a “sketch” and hope to either do another finished version, or what is more likely, continue to refine this one and have it digitally scanned and printed.  I probably can’t afford to mold and cast it, unfortunately.  And I won't be able to finish it any time soon because of my sculpting space being taken up by paying work.  Tongue  Sorry, Mervyn, I have to put a bag over your head and stick you on a shelf.  Roll Eyes

Mervyn Peake is best known as the author of the “Gormenghast” novels, but was also an illustrator, a painter, and a poet.  I wanted to depict him as a Poet, and was heavily influenced by his self-portraits.  He has been the largest influence on my creative life.  Smiley

His website:  http://www.mervynpeake.org/







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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013 10:30:26 AM »

I'm not familiar with Mervyn Peake or his work but your sculpture has totally captured him in poetic form!  This is spectacular Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013 11:21:02 AM »

Thank you!   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013 09:37:38 PM »

I don't know of it either but you've have me curious about him. I like his looks and I assume that is what you are also wanting to elicit from your viewers. I do get poet from this work. Thank you for showing us it; it is wonderful!
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Oh, and PS: you apparently are working at breakneck speed next to me.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013 08:16:43 AM »

Thank you, chek!   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2013 06:56:30 PM »

This is exceptional, Ludi. You captured so much personality. I'm not familiar with Mervyn Peake but I feel like I know him after admiring your sculpture Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013 04:28:49 PM »

Thank you, LimeRiot.  I hope to encourage people to learn more about him and his work.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2013 04:37:02 PM »

Beautiful work! Very inspiring...thank you for sharing!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2013 07:40:09 AM »

Your tenderness for Mervyn Peake is beautiful.

If he were still alive, he would be incredibly proud of your skill and more so, appreciative of the role you have played in encouraging others (in this forum) to consider his talents.

Thank you for sharing your loving memorial and I hope some day you will be able to get it cast.
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2013 09:51:51 AM »

Thank you so much for the kind words.  Smiley 
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2013 05:14:31 PM »

Thank you for creating something so wonderful! It's so much like Peake's own style that it could almost be a self-portrait. I hope you do get a chance to make casts of this, because I would absolutely love to buy one. (If you weren't in another country I'd offer to do the molding and casting for you.)

How come so few people know of Mervyn Peake? I love the Gormenghast books of course, but my favourite is a little book called "Letters from a Lost Uncle."

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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2013 06:29:38 AM »

Thank you, Wulf!  I'll let you know when/if I ever get this into a permanent form.  And wow, I didn't expect to find someone here on Craftster who's actually read "Letters from a Lost Uncle"!  What a wacky book that is.  My favorite part is the picture of the Uncle as a baby running away from home.   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2013 03:42:43 PM »

I just realized your avatar is a Peake drawing, isn't it?

I've always looked for a copy of the Alice in Wonderland that he illustrated, but still have never found one. I've seen a few of the individual illustrations - they're brilliant.

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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2013 05:28:09 PM »

It's the cover illo for the Overlook Press edition of "Titus Groan."  Smiley  That's my favorite edition, as it may be more definitive than some others such as the 70s Ballantine editions.  The Overlook renders Shwelters shlurred drunken shpeach phonetically and has Irma calling her brother "Bernard" even though he refers to himself as "Alfred."  Typical of him to be confusing even as to his name, perhaps "Bernard" is his middle name?  Roll Eyes

Peake's Alice was reprinted in the recent past and I grabbed a copy.  Every few years I go into a collecting frenzy and pick up a few more editions of Peake volumes.  My favorite of Peake's Alice illustrations is Haigha in his rather Prunesquallorian "Anglo-Saxon attitude."  Nobody renders hands like Peake!




AbeBooks sourced various editions of the Peake illustrated Alice:

 http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=carroll&kn=Peake&sts=t&tn=alice+in+wonderland
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