My days, weeks, months in a nutshell.
the view that greets me when I sit down to sculpt. I usually have
between 30 and 50 figures in various stages of completion. Probably a
product of adult Attention Deficit Disorder, self-diagnosed, of course.
Some of these figures will never be completed, but most will eventually
be rotated into the front row where the lucky winners reside.
And the view when I sit at the computer to post, check orders and
answer email. These are the lucky winners. I sit them in front of me so I
can see what progress has been made. It's a little disappointing when I
finally do get enough for a master mold and have to send them off. But
slowly the ranks fill out with new work, making room to start more of
the ideas bouncing around in my head.
The problem I've had since I started sculpting miniatures has been that
everything I see on TV or read becomes fodder. I start mentally working
through the problems of sculpting the subject. The next step that
naturally follows is, "How do I make money from this idea?" I've come to
the realization that it's OK to not complete everything and not
everything has to become a finished miniature cast in metal. Sometimes
the whole lesson is working through one part of the piece. Or maybe it's
that the idea really sucks and shouldn't be pursued along those lines.
It's all part of my creative process and it's all good, even when I rip a
figure from the stopper and throw it in the garbage. One just has to keep the momentum
going, building on previous successes and learning from past mistakes.