Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mosaic portrait of actress Sophie Turner




I was watching my favorite TV show, Game of Thrones, when I was intrigued with the face of the actress Sophie Turner who plays the character Sansa Stark.  I took a screen capture with computer and knew that I had found my next portrait.  This was going to be a challenge for me since it was the first time trying to do a portrait of this kind in color.  The finished dimensions are 40 X 30 inches.  I lost count of the number of canes that I made for this but I'd guess around 50, not counting the gray toned background tiles which were left over from my son's portrait.  I'd say at least 5 pounds of clay and many, many, many hours of labor.


Broke out the food process when face this this much clay to condition.



Some of the canes I created for this portrait.



 
All of the canes had to be reduced to the same 1/2 inch

Then the canes are sliced, baked and sorted.

Video of the process
click below

https://youtu.be/_wtvHAw3WUM
I took the following pictures and posted to Facebook.  There was much debate over who it was.  The guesses ranged from Obama to Scarlett Johannsson.  Gillian Anderson was a popular guess but her identity was revealed when someone suggested Sophie Turner. (it probably didn't hurt that the guesser knew I was a big fan)


12 comments:

  1. Super cool! Thanks for the video.

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  2. Super cool! Thanks for the video.

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  3. Beautiful! What an accomplishment ☺

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  4. Wow! Thank you for showing all your hard work. Wonderful creation.

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  5. An Incredible Accomplishment, Julie! Kudos to you!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. You are an incredible artist Julie!!

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  7. Fantastic work Julie! Where did you get the base with the acrylic spacers that you used the brayer on to reduce the canes all to 1/2 inch? Is it available for purchase somewhere? Thanks.

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  8. It's from my "Able Cane Slicer" that I bought years ago at a synergy in Baltimore. Never worked too good for me as a slicer but I like how you can stack the acrylic strips to get the height you want. Not sure if you can find them anymore.

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  9. I am stunned at the amount of shear work, and the talent to be able to "see" this layout one piece at a time. Brilliant, beautiful and amazing are some of the words that come to mind when viewing this work.

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