work and mold-making require a lot of space.
I originally used a small bedroom in my house
to do most of the artistic work and an old
horse barn at the back of the yard for the
messy and/or smelly stuff. I built several
original vacuum form designs in that barn
one of which caught on fire. Fortunately,
I had bought a fire extinguisher.
I built a nice, small air-conditioned shop
next to the barn, where I did everything but
the hand painting and sewing work. It has
since become my paint booth.
Sculpting the first Garrus head in the small
my son was born I needed a room for him, so
I decided to build a decent-sized art studio
attached to a large koi pond in the middle
of my backyard, and I turned the art room
into a rainforest bedroom for my boy. The
art studio is where I work on new designs.
I made large low windows, so I can view the
fish from the studio, and designed the roof
so that a waterfall pours in front of the
main window and into the pond when it rains.
horse barn was never quite sealed and came
full of wolf spiders, which terrified some
people. I usually tolerated them and the occasional
rat, armadillo, snake, and bird nest, but
it was a poor work environment and lacked
any air-condition and looked as if a good
storm might knock it down. I finally decided
to raze the whole barn and build a nice large
shop for tools, casting, hand paint, and assembly.
It was a huge construction project that took
the better part of a year to complete, while
finishing commission projects all the while,
I built a nice vacuum forming and wood shop
(fire extinguisher included) attached to the
all of this, I also did several home improvement
projects. A big one was sculpting on my house.
I always admired how theme park artists sculpted
and formed stucco to make artistically designed
spaces. I went for a rustic, refurbished Mediterranean
ruin theme. It costs very little to stucco
a house like this, but it requires a LOT of
work and some artistic sensitivity.
This is a photo of me sculpting the head of
Grievous several years ago in my college apartment
(my first studio). Thank you to my suitemates
who tolerated my messes and my frequent monopoly
of the common room, dining table, patio, etc.