Giant Pacific sculpture and pics

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  1. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

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    I am a metal sculptor that works with copper and bronze. For the last three years I have been working on an octopus of quite some size. I never really expected that there would be a place that I could show it off where it would get the proper attention that the animal deserves, but then part of the reason I started it was to teach people about them. Anyway, it's not quite finished, but I though I would go ahead and put some pictures of it up on this site.

    If anyone knows where I can find good pictures of hectocotylized arms I would greatly appreciate it. I have been looking for the last two years but have only found fuzzy, dark and grainy pictures. I am specifically looking for Giant Pacifics, but anything to help me get a better idea of them would be great.

    Thanks.
     
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    um... Architeuthis Supporter

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    :shock:

    That is so cool. I'm really looking forward to photos of the completed masterpiece.

    :notworth:


    :welcome: , by the way.
     
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    me too!!! :notworth: :notworth: :notworth: :notworth:

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    You wouldn't happen to have made any other fabulous ceph (or other marine animal) sculptures, would you?
     
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    octosational!
     
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    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    It's great! Welcome to TONMO!

    Melissa
     
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    Fantastic! Such talent......

    Where do you intend to exhibit it, do you think?
     
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    :we;come: to TONMO.com!

    Great work you've been doing there!! :D
     
  9. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

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    This is the first ceph I've done, but I have done other sealife for quite a while. The last piece that I finished was a California Horn Shark. I would like to make a cuttlefish, but I am having some trouble finding pictures of certain angles, especially how the suction disks are on the arms. My next project is probably going to be a leafy sea dragon, but as a mermaid. I have lots of good pics of them at various angles that I took at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I would like to do an angel shark or a wobbegong as well, but again there is the problem of pictures. I spend about as much time looking for pics and reference material as I do welding.
     
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    I don't know that I will. I have a few problems with galleries, and I haven't yet found one in this area that I feel comfortable with. And I would rather a person have it than an institution or muesem, even if it means talking much less for it than I than I would want to. Most likely I will keep it myself for at least 3 months after it is finished to make sure that I am happy with all aspects of it.
     
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    Well, you won't really have to put suction disks on their arms. :cuttle: 's arms have their suckers folded into their arms, so they won't normally be seen unless they are holding on to stuff.
     
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    The most dynamic pictures I have seen so far do show top two arms raised and showing suckers, and that is the pose I would want to make one in. It would be helpful to find a dead one some day, one that I could poke a bit and take pictures of.
     
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    Want me to send wasabe when he dies :lol: ? Try doing a google image search on cuttlefish. There are quite a few in that 'pose' :wink:
     
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    Pipsquek,

    Your octopus is extraordinary. Congratulations.

    Clem
     
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    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Thats an amazing piece of artwork, pipsquek!
     
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    Well, I am about a month or so from finishing this piece that has been more of a ruling factor in my life than I ever came close to imagining. I had no idea when I started this thing that it would help me stay alive through amazingly bad times, and I had no idea that that was the case before I typed it here. WOW.

    Anyway, I still have to finish quite a bit of detail work, the papalliae, wrinkles, etc., before I do the patina. But here is a pic of how he looked when I stopped working on him today.

    His name is Big Red.
     
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    He looks really great to me right now!

    I'm quite curious as to how you're going to make the papillae.
     
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    Great sculpture!!!!

    How big is the piece? I can't tell from the pictures.

    Do you have photographs of your other works? or a website with pictures?
     
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    It is about 3 1/2 ft tall, and 2 1/2 ft wide and deep. The only other sealife I have made in the last four years is a California Horn Shark, but I can't find the CD that has the pictures on it. I have made other things, fountains, mirrors, and some kinda kitchy stuff, but most of it has been trades for chiropractics, printing, etc. Website is in the near future, right after I finish Big Red, and someone who is willing to do it on trade. Big Red has been pretty expensive to make, and doesn't leave much time for paying pieces, but I recently quit my day job in order to do this full time. I am starting on an elephant head later this week, but that's a donation for auction to a local wild animal refuge. After that and Big Red are done, I plan on making a leafy she dragon, but it will be a mermaid, a leafy she-dragon.
     
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    Very nice! Unbelievable detail! :notworth:
    greg
     

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