Here are some questions that people ask me sometimes:
Are you doing any more shows?
I don't have anything planned, but I'd like to do them again someday.
Can I order your donut wedding cake topper set that's on Pinterest?
Yes, I am starting to take orders for custom work again, so send me a message if you're interested. Please note that custom sculptures are labor intensive. Accordingly, prices for custom sculptures start at $350.
Where are these characters from?
All characters are my original designs. That is very important to me.
What kind of clay do you use?
Right now, all of my finished character sculptures are made from hand painted Super Sculpey, apoxie sculpt, and usually some sort of hidden armature inside to keep the extended limbs strong and non-floppy.
What is resin casting? Is it 3d printing?
Resin casting gave me the means to create perfect duplicates of my sculptures, right down to my little fingerprints. It's not 3d printing, because nothing is digital. It's all physically done, it is a handmade process, it's expensive, there's a ton of steps involved, it's not fast, it comes with a steep learning curve, and if you're like me, it will turn your workroom into a dusty, gloopy disaster area forever and ever. Sounds great, right? Actually, it's a really neat thing to learn, and I'm glad I did it. I "retired" from resin casting in 2016, but I swear I still find resin dust in my workroom.
Did you go to school to learn this?
Well, I was preparing to major in *some type of art* (didn't know what) but when I was 18-19 years old, I really didn't know what I path I should--or could--take. All of my high school time was spent in music programs, so I didn't have a huge art portfolio to show after graduating, and I wasn't terribly confident in my abilities or potential. I completed all of the "core" art classes to major in it......but I ultimately decided to earn my BA in Spanish Education with a minor in Linguistics. Read below to find out why I think that's a good thing:
So what's your "WHY?"
I struggle with a lot of anxiety, but I always feel the most alive (and I find myself wanting to STAY ALIVE) when I'm brainstorming new ideas and stories. I also feel the most connected to others in a positive way when I can teach or show them something that makes them happy, or helps them in some way. Growing up, my hero was Jim Henson, so I've always believed that creativity, art, humor, learning, and sharing are ideal companions and can help anyone (of any age) improve their lives dramatically. I'm going to spend my life expressing love and kindness to others "Henson style." I use creativity, humor, and a generous spirit to connect others with challenging new ideas (presented in a fun, accessible, friendly way) that encourages people to think better, feel better, and to reach their awesome potential.
Would you consider teaching a class or workshop in sculpting or teaching people how to create their own characters?
Yes, I'd be open to that. You can send me a message here.
What the *BLEEP* is The Scholarly Banana?
Around late 2015, I started brainstorming about my dream blog/book/video series and I'm currently working to make it a reality. It's a celebration of my favorite nerdy things (books, mythologies, stuff in the Humanities realm) and its purpose is to connect people with fun little factoids through wacky narratives and (what I think are) awesome designs. It's structured in a highly visual and fun presentation and will be full of humor and nerdy treats. If you'd like to follow along with my progress (this definitely going to be "in progres" for awhile, so bear with me), I'm @thescholarlybanana or @scholarlybanana on the social networks and my website is http://thescholarlybanana.com
Are you nuts?
What kind of work do you do right now?
Good question, thanks for asking. Right now I'm doing freelance design and sculpting work, and I'm always looking for more opportunities. Shoot me an email if you're looking to hire someone to do creative work and I haven't scared you off.