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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Marijn Van Gils, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    OK, this is not really a a work in progress, but a figure I did some years ago. It was my first sculpt ever.
    I need some photography solution for the ones I am working on now... (digital camera...) :(

    Picasso's "Guernica" is probably the strongest image ever produced about the Spanish civil war, and about the cost of war in general. I did this figure, which is only part of the painting, as a tribute to him. The biggest challenge was to turn a cubiist 2D image into 3D. Any comments are welcom.

    Best wishes,


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  2. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    with the entire background...

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  3. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    and a last one from the side...

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  4. jitch0t Member

    That's pretty awesome, Marijn! I like it a lot (y) (y)
  5. btavis Active Member

    I love it.
  6. bwildfong Well-Known Member


    I saw a shot of this sculpt in a Military Modelling a couple years ago when you entered it at Euro, and I've always been mystified why it didn't create more buzz in the miniature world. It's an amazing departure from the usual figure studies we're used to seeing, and pushes the creative envelope for all of us.

    Thanks for sharing it again.


  7. amherbert Member


    That's a very striking figure, and kudos to you!

    You did a great job of turning the 2d into 3d.

  8. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    Awesome work, Marijn - both aesthetically and technically!

    I could not being to wrap my brain around the idea of making a 2-D cubist image into a 3-D sculpture. I'm blown away.

    As for the "buzz" in our little corner of the world, IMHO, that corner tends to be a little conservative and traditional. Perhaps "historical" and "reality" painters have trouble relating to a work that does not fit their mold. :)

    Well done!

    Hey, didja ever think of a cubist WWII German officer bust?? :eek:

    I gotta stop drinking all this coffee! ;)

    Happy Painting
  9. Lou Masses Member

    That's awesome! Really good. I think I've seen it in publication before and was just as impressed then.
  10. Alex Lopez Active Member

    Hey Marijin, awesome effect in 3D!!! :eek:

  11. quang Active Member

    Hello Marijn,

    Like you said, turning a painting into a sculpture is no mean feat. And furthermore a most famous cubist painting.

    But to me the most admirable aspect of this project is the painting: how you succeeded to reproduce the original (and subtle) gradations of the original black and white is downright fantastic!

    BTW the original painting hangs in the main conference hall of the United Nations in New York, a fitful reminder of man's folly.

    What is the size of this sculpt?

    Again (y) (y) (y)

  12. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    Wow! Thanks a lot for the nice words guys!

    PJ, I didn't think about a cubist German officer bust yet, but I really want to paint a bust in pointiist style (kind of impressionism were surfaces of one colour (in reality) is reproduced by a lot of tiny colourspots. Maybe Quangs' bust of Rubens could be appropriate for that (well, it's a painter, and he didn't do a George Seurat yet... :lol: ). So, keep on drinking that coffee! :lol:

    Quang: indeed, the painting proved to be more challenging than I thought at first. I did it some years ago, when my technical control was lower, but I feel I learned a lot from it. I can advice every beginner to paint some figures completely in greyshades: it is a great and very pure way to learn shading/lighting! In fact, most art academies start their painting courses also with black and white paintings ("grisaille").

    It is a 54mm. The woman is kneeling down, so it is not 54mm tall, but as tall as a kneeling 54mm fig. In my scale of preference, I can be conservative too... :lol:

    Thanks again for the nice words!

  13. quang Active Member

    I tried Van Gogh but failed miserably. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  14. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    What can I add that hasn't already been said?
  15. RobH Active Member

    Well I have to say, Marijn, very inspirational stuff!

    And I echo Quangs comments about the shades of grey.

    Very much enjoy your approach and thoughts on this hobby - I read your word document about your Santa BOS at euro and was fascinated and just got my MilMod complete with pictures. Very refreshing!


  16. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    I think a pointiist style bust with the right subject matter would be a knockout!! Go for it, Marijn!! I"ll send you some coffee for inspiration! :lol:

    I've done several figures in B&W (note my avatar!) and had great fun with them while learning a lot about color values. It's good the let the "artist" get out and walk around every so often on his/her own. That's how we grow this thing we all do!

    Happy Painting
  17. Parkadge Member

    This is amazing. It's making my brain work in a funny way. You've opened up a world of possibilities with this. Personally I've always found the work of the German expressionists inspiring and now I'm imaging a scene by Georg Grosz or Max Beckman reproduced in this style
  18. Tomas Member

    Well done Marijn!!!,
    Picaso will be proud of you work!!.My too...My Goodness!!!,Awesome!!!.
    Very,very fine interpretation !!.

  19. yeo_64 Active Member

    (y) (y) job,Marijn !! Well Done !
    Kenneth :)
  20. MarkL Member

    Hi Marijn,

    one of the most original ideas I have ever seen as a figure. I'm really curious on how your "pointilistic" approach might look.



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