News: Moving a studio during lockdown

by Roman aka jar

Well,

it is a truely interesting experience.
Shortly after moving flats I find myself in the state of moving the MV Studio.
Well, actually you can say the MV Studio will be shut down and I will have my smaller studio at home.
Work at home once again. Not bad in uncertain times of living through a pandemic as a selfemployed artist. I will save money for studio rent. It will be much smaller, more accurate on my actual needs.

And to be honest: It is about time.
I know that the studio will be shutdown since several years and often the move was on the horizon with new room options here and there. Actually it never happened and it was a draining experience over the years. It is just about time for a fresh start.

The change is hard. Emotionally, mainly.
Why you might ask?

This amazing wall of memories needs to be removed, soon. With a cold beer in hand!



Well, imagine a place you put your heart in over eight years.
Build up with friends to make it a shared workspace.
Imagine a place you did teach many students. A place that forged memories, good and bad ones, amazing ones and beautiful ones. Where you sat hours of your life, painting, teaching, thinking about projects and where you horded material that you will always find everything you need. Imagine a place that healed a broken heart, imagine a place that cured creative madness, imagine the ultimate hobby cave.






It was always clear that the studio will end one day.
Since some years I am in there mainly alone, not as it was in the beginning of the MV studio, where in high times four to five people -- Raffaele, Peter, Bene, Erik and me - used the studio as a creative place, celebrated birthdays there, welcomed students and shared our love for the hobby and this form of art together. It faded away with the years, the initial energy and the time everyone could manage to bring up for the hobby/work.

The last year I got great company from Johannes, once a student of mine and he drove from Munich to spent time with me in the studio. Sometimes Momo, a sculptress from Munich and my girlfriend Tanja joined us too and these days always were my highlights in the last year of the studio. 

During a pandemic with restrictions such a studio is a lonely place where creativity is not a common good. It is about time to change it and not wait for the day life will change this situation. It is about time to change it myself.


Almost an abandoned place


Thank you for the moments
of friendship

Thank you for all the beautiful sunsets



Many visitors have seen the studio and many friends spent time there. Many students learned lessons there and it has been a great time! Thank you, MV Studio for the time you allowed us to enjoy!

Goodbye to you, Massive Voodoo Studio!




So often I started a journey to a seminar and workshop from here!



While writing this the old studio is a messy place.

My plan is to finalize setting up the new studio at home first. Then get everything I truely need from the old place and then tearing the old place down. It all goes slow as I had to order material for the new studio online and it is funny on waiting time and availability during these last months of lockdown.

It is a weird state of progress at the moment.
The first times I entered the studio I felt a stomach pain that could only be described as grief. Slowly this is changing to acceptance and moving forward from it. It is all a process that has to be accepted.



Hall of memories, soon
empty


Messy Chaos

No table, no painting

Not yet sure how to manage all that stuff in a
smaller studio ... :D


So much to organise and sort before taking it to the new
studio


To accept this madness you got to cheer up!
So cheers!



New Studio Progress
So, off to new horizons and let's speak about the progress in the new studio.

With the great help of my friend Erik I started to set up
the new place

The new studio for the next moments in my life will be a part of my new flat. A room in the flat that can be closed with a door. Maybe in the future this will change again, when pandemics calm down or a great new place appears as an option, but now it is time to make the best out of the actual situation.

Now imagine to order a table online for your studio, with exact dimensions to fit in that room. No stores are open during lockdown. You order. You wait for it, two weeks. They tell you it is not available. You find somewhere else to order. It has been like that with mostly everything during lockdown. Of course this slowed down the process and action and possibilities. Weird.

Online orders of 8 wooden planks were recieved like this!
Trolloooolllooo!



Erik made me do it again and properly ...

The table and LED panel frame is a really cool
construction


Momo is helping too ...

DRRRRRRR!!!



It is coming along nicely ...


This is the actual state.
Next steps are building up another shelve, setting up the airbrush table and airbrush station and then get mostly material from the studio in well planned waves and loads. Also the photobox table has to be planned soon.

While doing all this my level of creativity for miniature painting is low atm. Again learn that I need everything in place in my studio and soul to be creative. I do conquer the new studio with daily drawing and illustration at the moment and it helps to get back to it ...



Some of these original artworks are for sale. If you want to support me in these times, feel invited to check back with my artworks for sale!

So far from this report!
Stay tuned for more!
Keep on happy painting!


Roman

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News: Workshops, Studio Move, Creativity

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle People,

the Jungle is quiet silent at the moment.
I am moving studio during lockdown and the MV-Team is slowly arriving in the new year 2021.


Studio Move
Today I am unpacking figures in the new studio and will prepare the MV Challenge 2020 prizes for shipping. Sorry for the long delay and thank you for your patience with this. It has been a wild ride the last couple of weeks, first moving flat, then moving studio during lockdown. Everything is superslow, but a fresh horizon is in sight ...



Creativity
While I am still waiting for some online orders to setup the full, new and much smaller studio I really found myself a little off. Lockdown, only grocery stores open, winter, if you go outside you need to wear a mask, life is strange at the moment. I decided to illustrate some birds to find creative calm again:



It helps to get back to structure and helps my mind to calm.


Color Palettes
As I am not able to paint miniatures yet I started this series of color palettes on my Instagram account. You might enjoy this too here:




Artbook
With the full amount of my heart I want to thank everyone for their support in my Miniatureart Artbook Vol. 1. Thank you for getting yourself a copy. If you still want to get yours, check www.mrleesminis.com for a limited stock.


Thanks to all of you this book was a great succees and I am already wrapping my head about writing Vol. 2: A book about Basing Harmony, Storytelling and Creativity. 

Would you be interested in this topic?


PDF Tutorials
I created a plan to release  monthly PDF Tutorials via Mr Lee's Minis
- check them out to see if you missed any of these. So far the response was just great and I thank everyone for their support!



Workshops & Coachings

A lot of people ask me about seminars, coachings and workshops this year. Well, all is connected to the restrictions of our goverment on how much is allowed. At the moment we are still in lockdown due Covid-19 here in Bavaria, Germany and nothing is really possible. I had to postpone many one on one coaching sessions since November and stopped adding new ones to the list. So if you are waiting for my email answer: It will arrive, but all slow and steady. I can not make plans, if not allowed to. Thank you for your understanding at this point. I miss teaching and working and helping my students a lot.

Let's see where all this goes in the next months!
Keep on happy painting and stay healthy!

Roman

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MV Challenge 2020: Winners!

by Roman aka jar

 Hey Jungle,

finally it is time to reveal the winners of the MV Challenge 2020.
It is about time. Thank you all for your patience.

Judging the last 10 entries who made the second cut was a hard, almost impossible task
for the MV Team.

All of these entries are great in aspects of creativity, execution, storytelling and by their idea. All of these 10 do deserve a medal, unfortanetely we only can give aways three: Bronze, Silver, Gold. When we started this challenge we did not expect 271 entries dropping in. Again we want to thank you all for making this Challenge an awesome success for everyone involved.

Applause and congratulations to the winners!!
Please contact Roman with your postal adress to see your prizes delivered to you in the next couple of weeks via jarhead(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com



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Gold Medal:
Alexey Kazakov


Alexey managed to fascinate the judges with this idea, that was unique in all of the challenge entries. Creating a full negative world in setup and color that you can actually put into negative and it still works. We are speechless.


Using a reverse color photo filter on this project makes this magic happen:






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Silver Medal:
Andreu Inigo Marti


Andreu convinced the judges with this scene that has so much visual impact, clarity and composition. Technicly so well done it presents the tiny traveller in endless space adventure, while you can actually feel the burning stars falling down.






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Bronze Medal:
Andreas Peetz


Andreas convinced the judges with a topic that was often seen in the challenge: A kid dreaming about space. This was in our eyes the best execution in terms of detail, technical aspects and beauty.













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Applause and congratulations to the winners!!
Please contact Roman with your postal adress to see your prizes delivered to you in the next couple of weeks via jarhead(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com

Again,
we want to thank everyone who was part of this challenge. You made it absolutely beautiful to browse the gallery and see the tiny astronauts travel beyond everyone's imagination. All of you are winners as we all together presented the what the heart about this hobby is: Joy, fun and creativity!

Do not forget to share the full gallery all over the places:

Full gallery!

  

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Daniele interviews Patrick Masson

by Daniele "Found" Trovato

Interviews of the Sculptors Legend #6

Daniele Found interviews

Patrick Masson

Our sites:

Found Miniatures (Daniele Trovato)
Artik Toys (Patrick Masson)



I'm super happy to make this interview.
Firstly because Patrick is a super talented artist and man, but especially because his experience is very useful for all artists and sculptors.

We can learn a lot from him, from his thouths, his words, and also some very interesting and unique technical answers

A very unique interview with a very and unique person and artist.

Enjoy :-)

Daniele



Good times with (from left) Claudio Casini, Patrick Masson, Me, Stephane Camosseto, Valentin Zak


ps. sorry for the echo effect voice of Patrick, 

some technical problems while I'm recording it






The interview

DANIELE
PATRICK




I started this interview series to help the community, because compared to traditional sculpture, miniatures sculpture is a small niche, and you don't always find the information to do everything.
When I try to explain it to people it's hard to explain what your job is.
How do you explain it to people "what is your job"?

I start by saying that I am a sculptor and then I simply explain that I sculpt "small sculptures" (laughs)

Last year in Monte San Savino, I discovered that you've 3 children. Right?

Yes exactly.

Ok it's an embarrassing time. How old are you?? (laughs)
You are 25 right?

(Laughs) 25 would be fine
I am 44 years old now.

ok, tell us what is your secret?Sculpting?

(laughs) I don't know!
I think it's something in my family, in genetics.

A genetic thing?

Yes, my mother, my father, are the same.

Ok let's start. What did you study before becoming a sculptor?

I studied Mechanical Engineering.

Like Roman (Van Den Bogaert see interview here) who left the university after his university career.Many artists have done the same thing.

I worked 10 years as a mechanical engineer

When did you think, "I want my job to be sculpting something"?


Well, I started playing with polymer clay when I was 15. And I had fun, and I started making gifts for my family and friends.

How many years ago?

Well about 29 years ago. While I was in college, I played with some modeling clay. The play doh.

But was it a hobby?

Yes sureBut when I discovered the polymer clay it was much easier because you can work it, and then you put it in the oven.
Yes, while I was studying, I sculpted as a hobby, but when I started working I didn't have much time to sculpt.

 What year did you graduate?

I believe in 1998

And did you start sculpting after college?

No, I started working as an engineer, nothing else in Paris.
I've done some small commissions for a small company

How did you manage to get commissions, since you didn't sculpt during college?

I was in Paris at that time and went to a big gaming exhibition and convention and other stuff, (Fenryll) And I brought some sculptures that I had made from pictures or other things that I liked. And they asked me if I could sculpt something for them and then I sculpted the first 32mm miniature
I think it was bad, but it was enough at that time. Then I made 3 little dragons.

So you were an engineer by day and a sculptor by afternoon?

No, in the night I was a sculptor :-)
Yes, but I only made 3 pieces in a year.

But it wasn't your job at the time.
But it wasn't an action you were doing for the money, right? It was passion

No, I did it because I liked it
Then I moved to Belgium, again as an engineer. And I continued in my free time to sculpt things from pictures and photos that I liked.Then for personal reasons, I quit my job, for other reasons.
It was a bit of a weird time in my life.

Was there any problem with your job as an engineer?

No, it was the distance. I drove 4 hours every day to work. 2 on the way out and 2 on the way back. I was completely crazy.


Oh, it wasn't just a good life

Yes exactly! So I started looking for work as an engineer and also as a sculptor, because those were the two things I knew how to do.Unfortunately, I was not yet ready as a sculptor and went back to being an engineer.

And then you had a family!

Yes, indeed!

It was the safest way.

Sure, it was.

I went back to being an engineer and I did it for another 8 years.


At that time I stopped sculpting

Didn't you miss sculpting?

Yes, but I was very busy with my work so I didn't think about it.
I had other priorities at the time.
After a few years the work as an engineer did not go very well, and a lot of things went wrong.I was very frustrated, and going to work became a nightmare.§
I marked each day on the calendar to go to work.
And it was around that time that I resumed sculpting something.
I was not very aware. I wanted to sculpt for fun.
And that's how I discovered other artists doing what I did, going to competitions and shows.
Then I went to my first sculpture competition and brought my sculpture (show it in the video).
This sculpture I made for the competition, to try.
Actually it wasn't the first, the first was the rabbit (show the sculpture in the video), very different and in cartoon style.

When did you decide to permanently quit your job as an engineer?

2011 but first I started working as a "seriously" sculptor. After the competition, I had a big impact on the community and so I started to make myself known. And I got a lot of important feedback.

Then I started taking commissions while I was an engineer and tried to find time to be an engineer and a sculptor.

But at some point I was tight, I couldn't do both things correctly

But at some point I was tight, I couldn't do both. I had to deviate. 
"Fortunately" the company wanted to reduce staff and so I took advantage of that.


Are you sorry for the decision?

No, it was good for me and my family

Do you think it is difficult to work as a sculptor today?

It's a tough question. Everyone told me I was crazy when I made that decision. Everyone went against me.
then I took my first commission for Cool Mini or Not (they had another name at the time) and I work with them as well.
I've always worked with them.

You got on the ship at the correct time.

Yes, it seems so.


Even today you work a lot for them (CMON)

Yes sure.

Have you ever thought of stopping taking commissions and dedicating yourself only to your brand?

No. Maybe because I don't think I'm very good as a concept designer and ideas. I sculpt other people's things, but I'm not a character designer. Plus the pieces I sell don't sell much. And I didn't get much money out of that.

You feel safer working with commissions.

Yes, I feel safer. It's a question of money.
It is logical, I look for the best solution for money and to earn.

How many pieces have you sculpted?

I think about 200.

Are you totally self-taught?

Yes, totally.

Have you never studied art?

No. I have done several courses and workshops with Philippe Faraut.

I love him he is a great teacher. Any advice from him?

The advice is to use the same modeling clay to make something, then destroy, and do it all over again.

why?



Because if you sculpt a face 30 times, the thirtieth is always the best. The more you do it, the better you get.
Practice makes perfect.

But if you spend 1 hour doing something and then destroy it, it looks like you have lost 1 hour.

The more you practice, the better you become.

Do you have a daily routine to work?
Is there anything you do every day?

Not really, because I have a lot of commissions and it is difficult to make a routine.

Do you always work on one project or do you work on different projects at the same time?

I normally work each sculpture 1 to 1.
The only pieces I do in parallel are my own sculptures. I never mix commissions with personal work.



How long does it usually take to complete a sculpture?

Difficult to answer, it depends on the complexity of the piece. Time for sculpting a piece is more 20-30 hours for a 35mm scale.  54mm normally more.

Do you count the working hours for each sculpture?

Yes
Because it's a job and I have to be pragmatic. So I have to count how much time I need to do a job.
It's a good thing if you work with this.
At the time, counting hours was a way to be efficient and compare my work with that of an engineer.

Yes, I got it, When you have a concept or a drawing, you analyze it and imagine how many hours of work you could need to sculpt it.
What is your hourly rate?

It is around € 35-45. 14-15 was the rate I tried to reach when I started.

Most are between € 15-20

Yes, normally yes.

How many hours do you work a day?

Usually 5-6 hours of "actual" sculpture. But I spend 10 hours at my desk working on everything else, promotions, marketing, customers, etc ...

Do you prefer to work in the morning or in the afternoon?

Afternoon. I'm much more awake in the afternoon.

I would like to change and work in the morning but I'm trying.

Do you have a hobby outside of work?

Not particularly. I like to play sports when I can.
Sculpture is not a hobby. It's a job, and this is why it makes it difficult for me to work on personal projects.

Question: Do you happen to wake up in the morning and say to yourself "I don't want to sculpt today"

Yes sure! But it's the job and I have to meet deadlines. This is how it works.
Sometimes you are in a bad mood, but it's your job, it's not a game. You understand that I don't want to.

Tell me 3 sculptors you admire.

Yeah, the first is Bernini. When I saw some pieces in Rome I felt like crying. He was from another world. Incredible shapes.
The second is Remy Tremblay, he is a great sculptor. One of the best. The third, I would like to say Jacques Alexandre Gillois (Jag).

I have nothing to say about JAG. Is the best.
Whenever I ask someone who is the best miniature sculptor in the world, everyone replies Jag, I don't understand why.

Because it's the best (laughs).

Each piece of Jag seems to be sculpted in 3D.

Everything in his pieces has a motive; nothing is put by chance.
He is the only one who asks you "how did he do it?".

He uses the same material, which is FIMO + MixQuick, if I remember correctly.

Yes exactly.

Do you only use FIMO?

Yes, only. Sometimes the Magic Sculpt.

I saw you did something in 3D. Are you planning to completely move your work to 3d?

No

Do you prefer to use your hands?

Maybe for work it would be better to change, but I feel better using my hands.

Do you think all companies will move to 3d or will there always be room for traditional sculpture?

Difficult to answer. I wonder too.

The problem is that many sculptors started working with Zbrush without ever touching traditional sculpture.


Yes exactly.

It's weird because it's like you learn to draw with photoshop but you've never used a pencil. It's weird.
When I see one of your pieces, I immediately notice that you have a sense of "matter" in your head. Your experience.
You only change the medium, but you remain a sculptor.
Many look like digital artists, but they are not sculptors.

Exactly. It is sure that if you are a good traditional sculptor you will also be digital, not the other way around.
It is not a quick process. It can be done, but it's not fast.

I prefer the traditional because I feel safer.



In 3D you have "UNDO". and you can go back whenever you want.

Exact! In traditional there is not. You have to destroy and redo.
I honestly don't want to do miniatures in digital

Do you have any advice for those who want to start?

Practice practical practice. Is the most important thing. The only thing you can do is practice. The more you practice the more you learn, there is no secret formula.



Thank you very much to Patrick to his time. So fun with him. 
Daniele

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