Here is the story of my latest carved pencil that was completed in October 2016. After the success and online popularity of my Elephant Pencil, I was commissioned to complete a Giraffe Pencil with a similar layout. I knew it would be tough – but WOW – I had quite a time working on this one! 😀
I ended up trying different graphite based on hardness, I went through a number of giraffes to get the final three and one baby giraffe escaped – never to be found again!
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Ever since my first train pencil carving went “viral” across the internet back in December 2015, I’ve been very busy becoming an “internationally renowned pencil carving artist”! 😀 I’ve been featured in dozens of websites and many magazines. I’ve done interviews with people around the world and my work has been shown on Japanese (and soon Spanish) TV.
I love the free publicity, but I’m still staying really busy trying to get all of my commission work out in a timely manner. This month, I’ve completed four new train pencils and have them ready to ship! Below are photos from the latest set of train carvings. It’s hard to imagine but each engine is about 3/16″ tall (less than 5mm) and each engine is a different design. Continue reading
As an artist I never know what kind of work will catch on – especially with the power of social media. All it takes is the right page to share your work and you’re swamped! I’ve been carving pencils all year and one of the sub-categories I’ve added recently is ‘Pet Portraits‘ in Pencil lead.
Carving a pencil lead is tough to begin with, but trying to match a certain breed of dog and then try to capture that particular dog’s own personality in a piece of graphite that is 3/16″ of an inch wide. Continue reading
I know a lot people come here to see more my tiny carved pencils, but I thought it might fun to show some other carvings I have done on a larger scale. I’m a visual artist and love to work in a wide range of media. I also love to combine different media to create something truly unique.
The first church pew I carved was eight feet long and included a back-lit stained glass piece. It took me over 700 hours during a long Nebraska winter. (I still have it for sale, by the way)
This is my most recent commission piece. I was asked to carve an elephant from a pencil lead, but as usual… I got a little carried away! This elephant art piece was actually carved from a few pencils and then assembled onto the pencil you see below.
I was able to get this level of detail thanks to my new trinocular microscope (my new favorite toy)!
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Welcome, I was commissioned to create a large brass and copper metal wall art metal sculpture for a residence in Lincoln Nebraska. What a fun project this was! I used a lot of techniques from my past and created some new ones. I have a lot of in progress images and videos to show how this was done.
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Who knows where these kinds of things come from… Grandpa’s Attic? Is it a relic from some lost Music Society? or is it the make shift communication device of an Alien Traveler… We my never know the true origin of the Earth Tones Device. We can be certain however, that it has a secret language of it’s own and that a special bond between the Earth and the Conductor grows stronger with every tone. This Theremin is for sale!
View the video below to see “Earth Tones” communicate with the outside world during its world premiere in the art center of Chester Nebraska. Continue reading
I’m really enjoying the freedom to delve deeper into metal art and exploring new techniques. A recent trip to local sales resulted in the purchase of a quantity of hand saws. This is a new ‘medium’ for me and I’m having a lot of fun designing these and then cutting them out in my shop. Continue reading
I’ve been commissioned to paint a portrait. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but had never had the chance. I’ve done a lot ‘Journey‘ portraits, but not one in the traditional sense of closer head and shoulders portrait. This post will show the progress as I work through the painting.
If you would like to commission a portrait, please contact me.
As usual, I start with the background and work my way out to the foreground. The background contains part of the subject’s journey as he traveled from Rochester New York to Scottsbluff Nebraska. I show this with the two landscapes over each shoulder. Continue reading
Another happy Client
After I posted some of my other pencil lead carvings, I was contacted by someone in Florida who wanted to commission a pencil. He was one of the those dream clients we get now and then that are super-excited and give me free reign. 😀
All I knew was that he was in the construction industry, but that gave me a wide range of ideas. He wouldn’t let me ask him any questions but did answer one, which confirmed what I had already planned – it was to be a cement mixer!
THANK YOU JS!!!!
Contact me if you would like your own custom carved pencil!
Below are some image of the final piece.