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« on: July 31, 2013 09:24:24 AM »

This is a sculpture Iíve been meaning to do for a few years; I meant to have it done for Peakeís centenary in 2011, but being the slowest artist on the planet, I procrastinated.  As it is I consider this only a ďsketchĒ 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 canít 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 ďGormenghastĒ 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

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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!




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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014 12:14:44 PM »

Nearly a year later I finally got this guy cleaned up for digital scanning and now he's being scanned!  Eventually to become a permanent object instead of fragile, squishable clay!



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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2014 12:46:02 PM »

Way to go LUDI!  Your Mervyn's guardian angel..or his guardian standing up bear spirit...or his guardian sunflower fairy...well...you get the point Grin
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2014 02:22:41 PM »

Wait, he'smy guardian angel!  Cheesy
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I'm so glad you have each other Grin
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2014 03:41:32 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2014 04:43:28 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2014 09:12:08 AM »

Thanks!   Smiley
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Peake is so amazing! Why haven't we had a Peake swap? Or was there one that I missed?
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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2014 08:33:58 AM »

A Gormenghast swap has been lurking for years in the New Swap Ideas forum.....
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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2014 05:58:00 PM »

That is an amazing sculpture! 

After hearing so much about him, I'm looking into books now.  I must read them! 
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« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2014 07:11:36 PM »

Thanks!  I'm glad you're interested!   Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2014 05:24:13 PM »

Here's a test of the digital file.  It still needs a little refining(especially the eyes).  My husband is doing this work, not me, but I'm consulting!  Wink

The Artist looking heroic:



This will be printed at about 11 cm high.
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« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2014 05:56:43 PM »

*sigh* Who wouldn't fall in love with that face??  And he is looking at YOU Ludi!  You and your resolve to keep his work alive Grin
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2014 06:09:46 AM »

He was quite the looker!   Wink
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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2014 12:11:41 PM »

Quite a lot of the details in the hair were lost in the digitizing, so we have to reconstruct them in the digital model, an agonizing stressful process because I can see what needs to be done, but have trouble conveying the information to my husband.  I have a lot of emotion wrapped up in the subject and his works and consequently this sculpture; I become so stressed-out working on the reconstruction I get light-headed.  Some crying has occurred.   Cry  My husband is being very patient and won't let me give up.  But it is going to be a long time before this becomes a finished work.    Sad

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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2014 04:09:16 PM »

We're really struggling to reconstruct this low-quality scan.  Sad  And today the scanning camera broke so we're going to buy a new, much higher quality one, so we're probably going to rescan this sculpture, but that will be weeks or even months from now. All this agony might have been for nothing.  Cry  Except for wanting the finished work to be smaller than the original sculpture, it would be easier to mold and cast the darn thing the old-fashioned way!  Angry

Thank you for your continued interest, those who are following this project!  Kiss 
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« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2014 01:51:37 PM »

New scan of this guy with new, improved equipment!  Definitely looking better!   Cheesy



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« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2015 08:40:02 AM »

More incremental progress on this slow project - a 3D print of the digital scan of the original clay sculpture:



Digitizing by my husband Marc Tyler, digital print by Shapeways.

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Your busts make me gasp Ludi.  Grin
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« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2015 05:03:06 PM »

Thank you!  I gasp too, at any progress on this project!   Cheesy  Yes, one of these years, we will have a finished Work of Art!   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2015 04:06:30 PM »

Finally, finally, finally, finished, for real:





All finishing by my husband.  Mahogany base donated by our sweet neighbor.  Smiley 
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