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Macabre clay creations

We speak to traditional sculptor Jake Anderson about his fiendish and fascinating clay monsters...

We speak to traditional sculptor Jake Anderson about his fiendish and fascinating clay monsters...

3dtotal: Hello, Jake, and thank you for speaking to 3dcreative. First off, could you tell us a bit about your background, how you began sculpting, and your career so far?
Jake Anderson: I began doing traditional sculpting in March of 2003. This will be my twelfth year doing this. I started because Ive always loved art, toys, and so on. I didnt have a car or a job at the time, so I needed to do something for money, and had seen other guys doing this and doing pretty well it seemed. I figured I could do it I was wrong, but I stuck with it and it slowly progressed into something.

<em>Cracked Egg</em>

Cracked Egg

3dt: Who or what would you say are your biggest creative inspirations?
JA: As a kid, I guess the toys of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and He-Man had a huge impact on me. I never played with them, just collected too many, thanks to my parents. My favorite artist is Zdzisaw Beksiski. I came across his work at the end of 2004. In 2005, when he was murdered, it really pushed me to get better and try harder. I love old Roman and Egyptian sculptures as well.

<em>Pilcrow</em>  A piece Jake had a lot of fun working on

Pilcrow A piece Jake had a lot of fun working on

3dt: You work with lots of different media, but are primarily a traditional sculptor. What materials or methods do you prefer, and why?

JA: I mostly work with Wed EM-217 water-based clay. Lately Ive been using a lot of handmade tools I made; I like it more because the tools you use are what really sets ones art style apart from anothers. It gives a different look and feel that is hard to recreate in other mediums or formats.

<em>Priest</em>  an unfinished piece that will be re-visited one day

Priest an unfinished piece that will be re-visited one day

3dt: What do you enjoy or value the most about sculpting traditionally? How do you think a digital 3D artist might learn or benefit from trying it?
JA: Traditionally, it has a stronger impact on me. I love the struggle and annoyance of it as well as the mess and clean-up afterwards. It takes a lot of dedication, and sometimes its testing. But once completed, I feel a sense of growth. I think digital 3D artists would benefit a lot from traditional work and vice-versa each platform has things you can pick from and put in your own toolbox of tricks.

<em>Teye</em>

Teye

3dt: Your love for monsters and the macabre is evident! What is it that you find so compelling about darker subject matter?
JA: I see a beauty in it. It makes me wonder how something grotesque came to be, and if it were real, would its attitude resemble the way it looked? It also makes me wonder about the artist behind it. The imagination that others have is pretty compelling.

<em>West Comes The Wicked</em>

West Comes The Wicked

3dt: Finally, what are you currently working on? Do you have any future projects we should look out for?
JA: At this present moment, I am doing painting work painting other peoples props. I have about nine other things of my own that I need to paint up as well. Then it will be back to trying to come up with something new and different in the monster world.

I am also trying to write a book or script out some movie ideas that I have. I dabble in everything. Im not great at any, but good enough to let others see the pictures inside my brain for the most part anyways.

Thank you for doing this with me. I appreciate it!

3dt: Thank you for taking the time to speak to 3dcreative!

Related links

Check out Jake Anderson's website
Grab a copy of Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

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