smaug sculp­ture

Lau­rel sees sculp­ture as an ex­cel­lent com­ple­ment to 2D art

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Af­ter stum­bling on a Peter Konig tu­to­rial on an art fo­rum a decade ago, Lau­rel de­cided to try sculpting. “He made this fan­tas­tic glid­ing mon­ster and gave a su­per help­ful run­down of all the ma­te­ri­als and steps in­volved,” says Lau­rel. “I tried it out and loved it.”

“It’s a nice break from the com­puter with­out tak­ing a break from art. There’s some­thing about hav­ing an ob­ject in front of you that’s ex­tra cool. Plus you get a toy for your desk at the end of it. You can’t lose!”

It’s not a main fo­cus for Lau­rel. She pro­duces a cou­ple of pieces a year at most. “Work­ing in 3D is a nice com­ple­ment to 2D,” she says. “It helps me un­der­stand 2D forms a bit bet­ter – com­pos­ing a sculp­ture that looks great from all an­gles is very chal­leng­ing.”

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