Surly on an Autumn day

Gangster Fei Po (Fat Lady)

After sitting down recently to think about what I want to do in life — and not really coming to any particular conclusion — I’ve decided that I want to tap back into my creative side and start doing artistic stuff again. Hopefully, in doing so, that leads me into doing something that I am more passionate about. It’s sort of like heading towards a fuzzy picture in the distance, but still trusting that you’re going to end up where you’re supposed to.


One of the things I used to do was clay modeling. I looked back through my archived photos and found better pictures of my all-time favorite one: the gangster fei po (fat lady), so I thought I’d share the process here to re-spark my clay-making brain synapses.

First of all, the inspiration. This was when the Nintendo Wii first came out and this was my Mii character:

my Mii character

my Mii character

Cute, yes? I liked it so much that I even made it my avatar on my business card at the time (Design Illustrated was a graphic/web design business I was working for — now defunct).

my business card

my business card

As I crafted her head, she ended up looking a lot more mean than the Mii.

Meanie

What a meanie

So I made the body stance confrontational to match her expression. And out came this (Incidentally, taking pictures of the fei po was where I first experimented with using lighting in photography to create a mood. I was using a flashlight in this case.):

Aren't you intimidated?

Aren’t you intimidated?

Even more so, after adding paint:

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

One of the things that I liked to do for my clay figures was to create a home (I guess you could call it packaging) for them so that they wouldn’t collect dust. I’d make a box out of clear plastic (those sheets that you use for drawing on a projector), use one of the many paint samples that I packrat away from Lowe’s or Home Depot as a backdrop and glue some random stones down for decoration. In this particular home, I added little bars in the corners which kind of give it a prison feeling, because she’s a gangster after all.

Her little jail cell

Her little jail cell

Even with the box, the Singapore humidity eventually got to all of my clay models and they started growing mold so I ended up chucking them all. Ah well. The transience of life.

That’s all for now.┬áSigning off, with this GIF.

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...rawr

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