What I’ve Been Working On……

Well, I was carving pumpkins straight from October through to mid November last year. And by the time all 30+ 3D pumpkins had been carved, I was SERIOUSLY burned out, but in the best way though – feeling accomplished is always a good thing, especially when you know all the hard work you just did will pay off the following year. ;-)

Here is just a mini sneak peak of one of the many pumpkins I was working on last year after November…..

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So why the extra pumpkins? Well, as much as I love carving pumpkins on my own time, there is definitely a motive here – 2 motives to be exact. The first is pretty basic – practice! I needed some time to really be able to sit down and practice creating faces packed with expression.  The second, and biggest reason -  I’ve collaborated with an AMAZING artist for a project that is going to be so awesome, you will NOT want to miss it! I’ll fully reveal the project, and pumpkins, once Fall 2015 rolls around….and maybe drop a few hints in between now and then! (And that’s all I’m going to say about that…for now.) ;-)

The suspense is going to eat away at me until then, so I’ll have to distract myself with some minor (and major) art projects until then.

Lately I’ve been working on some VERY miniature art projects. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loved miniature art – maybe it’s the challenge of trying to get so much detail in to such a small space. Expect pictures very soon!

I’m also going to start work on another feather painting pretty soon here, and possibly (gasp) a canvas painting…..

Anyhow, as far as art goes, that’s about it at the moment. I’ll be doing a lot of art in the coming days and weeks, and I’ll be sure to record as much of it as I can.

There’s going to be lots of fun stuff going on this year – and somehow each year’s art manages to be bigger and better than the last! (figuratively speaking, or course….not sure if doing miniature ark qualifies as “bigger” ;-) ) Nevertheless, I’m feeling especially ambitious this year…….

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The Pumpkin Artist Carving on the News!!! PLUS More Pumpkin Carving Photos!

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Last week was an incredibly busy week for me – carving, carving, and MORE carving! I was carving some pumpkins for a couple of news stations as well as various businesses. It has been one extremely busy pumpkin carving season (and even after Halloween, it STILL isn’t over for me. Yikes…what did I get myself into??? ;-) ) Here are a couple of clips from some news stations that featured me and my carvings. I will add more clips as they become available.

For those that don’t know, I was invited by Good Morning Idaho to do some live pumpkin carving on their show. To do the segment I was at the studio by 4:30AM Halloween morning, and was ready to go by 5:00AM when their show started. They gave me a little less than 3 hours to carve a pumpkin for them live on their show. I was actually done early, with a lot of time to spare, but I just dragged out adding details and cleaning it up for a while until the end of the show. Besides, when it comes to being an artist, your work is really never finished…with pumpkin carving specifically, there is always another wrinkle to be added, or another line to cut a bit deeper, etc.

But anyway, I’ll quit chit chatting, and you can see the segment for yourself below. The clip below is just snippets from the beginning and end of the show. In between time they would stop to interview me about every 30 minutes or so, and they would cut to clips of me carving before they went to breaks, but they cut that from the online version. Even though it was early, I really had a lot of fun!

 

This clip below was filmed in the middle of October by a whole different news station. It was just a fun little clip they aired during their evening news.

 

And here are some photos from each event:

This is the Good Morning Idaho crew. They are very nice, and incredibly funny (especially when the cameras go off. ;-)

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These are the pumpkins I carved for Good Morning Idaho. The little guy on the left was carved live on their show, and the creepy-looking guy on the right I carved the night before. I love the faces on these guys. The guy on the right took 3 pumpkins to construct: 1 for the face, one for the hat, and one for the collar. Although, I really wish I could have worked on that hat some more, but since the pumpkin was getting so thin I had to end up abandoning the idea half way through. It was literally hanging on by shreds in some areas, and it was slowly starting to give away. So I couldn’t create that “fabric-y look” on his hat like I had originally wanted. It still looked cool from a distance though.

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And here’s a shot from my interview with KTVB Channel 7 (the second video clip):

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Lastly, (this has nothing to do with news interviews) I wanted to share another pumpkin I carved this year  – it was a revisit of a pumpkin I carved last year. However the pumpkin I used last year was unripe, and terribly thin. It was almost pointless to carve the pumpkin last year, but I wanted to get the practice in.  Having said that, the end result was OK, but it still begged a do-over. The pumpkin this year was a lot better to work with, and this is the end result: A weird looking face.  ;-)

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Again, like I said earlier, it is now officially 3 days post Halloween, and I am still not through carving yet.  (I stocked up on pumpkins right before Halloween for a cool project I have in the works). I currently have 14 uncarved pumpkins hanging out at my house. ::sigh:: Sometimes I wonder if I am I am either ambitious for doing this, or just crazy….I am beginning to think I am a little bit of both. But having said that, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! I know I did! :-)

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NEW! “Batman” 3D Pumpkin Carving Time Lapse Video!!!

As promised, I finished making the time lapse video today, and now it’s time to share with all of you. Watch it and let me know what you think! As always, feel free to share with friends and family! Thanks, and Happy Halloween! (Stay tuned for more pumpkin carving this week!) :-)

 

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“Holy 3D Pumpkins, Batman!” NEW 3D Pumpkin Carving!

Alright! Enough with all the cutesy-schmootzy pumpkins! Time to get down to business (Like I said, I wasn’t done making pumpkins yet this year! And I still have more to go!).

I had been wanting to do a Batman pumpkin since last year, but there had always since been a reason (excuse) to never actually do it: Never had enough time, or never had the perfect pumpkin for it, or never really had the confidence to take on such a task.  This year, however, the stars have aligned, and this is the result.

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“Batman” 3D Pumpkin by Brandy Davis

The carving is based off of an amazing Batman sculpture by Andy Bergholtz. My pumpkin version of Batman doesn’t look exactly like his, but I really didn’t expect it to – Variations in pumpkin depth and height can definitely put some limitations, or at least alterations, on a design if you have something in mind. The area around the mouth and jawline were getting pretty thin, so I didn’t get to push it as far back as I had wanted, so it’s not as refined as I wanted – but it still looks pretty cool.  Also, I am still learning/practicing how to make the “muzzle” area of the face – which is the most difficult area for me, but I am getting it, slowly but surely.

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Close-up detail of skin texture.

And as always, I left the original pumpkin stem on. Some people have asked me why I didn’t remove it, and my answer is simple – “Because then it wouldn’t look like a pumpkin!”….or at least it would take a lot longer to figure out. ;-)    I always want to keep the “pumpkin-feel” alive as much as possible.

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Also, I got a chance to film most of this pumpkin carving process, but since it is taking forever for the files to upload to my computer, I’ll have to post the time lapse video later today – So check back for that! I’ll be pretty cool! :-)

Anyhow, for now, please enjoy the photos above, and feel free to share them! Happy Halloween!

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Zoo Boise SPOOKTACULAR!

Well, I am finally finished with the pumpkin carving at Zoo Boise, and without further ado, here are some pictures of my pumpkin carvings from the event. I ended up with a grand total of 14 pumpkins (16 if you include the 2 additional pumpkins I used to make the peacock).

I tried to keep everything very kid-friendly since I knew there were going to be lots of kids at this event. So I decided to forgo the scary faces and replace them with very fun, or funny-looking, faces. As you can see, even the witch and Frankenstein even have some “cuteness” to them.

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One of my goals with this set-up was to get pumpkins interacting with various props, and to really give them their own unique personalities. Like the little guy above who insisted on getting one last BBQ in before winter comes.

Or like this guy below who really enjoys making (and eating) pastries on his spare time:

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I also wanted to add an element of humor to some of the set-ups. If you didn’t walk away from my display smiling, then I didn’t do my job. But having said that, I think I accomplished my goal. ;-)

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(The face of the “grumpy” pumpkin above was based off of one of Ray Villafane’s amazing pumpkins – I just added a slight twist on the idea by giving him a reason to be grumpy…”)

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This guy is just a little depressed that October is almost over, and winter is coming…..

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All-in-all this was a very successful event. I loved getting to hear the reactions of people behind me as they saw some of my pieces for the first time.

And some may think that after all of these pumpkins that I am done carving for the season…..well, they are wrong…There is still MORE to come, so look out!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Still At It!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you!  I have just been insanely busy carving pumpkins! I had a huge pumpkin carving event and it’s just been tons of awesome pumpkin carving chaos! Yep, 7 pumpkins this past weekend, and another 7 this coming weekend. I will be posting TONS of pictures and some other goodies soon! So hang in there for just another couple of days – I promise it will be worth the wait! For now, here is a small teaser of what I have been up to:

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My first attempt at a “squishy face” pumpkin.

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“Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ 3D Pumpkin Carving by Brandy Davis

 

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Just barely finished and gettin’ a little thirsty…… (3D Pumpkin Carving by Brandy Davis)

 

Happy Halloween!!!

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The Feather Artist ETSY Store is Back in Business!!! PLUS Get $5 Off Your First Purchase at My Shop!!

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For those of you who have been following me on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that my Etsy Shop has been closed for quite some time now. I have decided to re-open it with limited inventory, although I will be adding to it frequently in the coming weeks. For those that don’t know, Etsy is an online shop, similar to Ebay, but without the bidding. It allows artists and crafters (like me) to be able to have their own online store (for a very small fee) and sell their hand-made or vintage items. (All of mine are hand-made though).

Truth be told, I hate to see my babies go, but that’s the way life goes for an artist.

At this time I am not taking custom orders due to a crazy busy Fall pumpkin carving season season, but as soon as November hits, that may change – As always, feel free to send me an inquiry if you have any questions.

If you haven’t already seen my Etsy Shop, please feel free to check it out here and browse around. I have hand-painted feather earrings as well as my full, hand-painted Native American portraits on feathers.  I’m also coming out with a new product (Coming soon, November 2014!), so keep an eye out for that! And remember, Christmas is just around the corner…..  ;-)

As an added bonus, if you have never purchased from Etsy before, you can click here to score $5 off your first purchase on Etsy, including all items in my shop! 

Here are a few of the items I currently have listed in my Etsy Shop:

"Courage" hand-painted feather by Brandy Davis

“Courage” hand-painted feather by Brandy Davis

"Honor" hand-painted feather by Brandy Davis

“Honor” hand-painted feather by Brandy Davis

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Thanks for checking it out!

(And stay tuned for some awesome pictures coming this weekend of my pumpkin carving gig at Zoo Boise! I have some awesome things planned! If I get some time, I’ll show you all some of the props I have been working on to create some cool pumpkin scenes!)

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SullenClothing.com – 25% Off Your ENTIRE purchase of Villafane Studios Pumpkin Carving Kits, Pumpkin Carving DVD’s, Vine Arms & Legs!!! (with Promo Code)

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In the market for some awesome 3D pumpkin carving aids?  Right now through October 31st you can visit Sullen Clothing and score 25% off your ENTIRE purchase of Villafane Studios pumpkin carving kits, pumpkin carving DVD’s, vine arms and legs!

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To score this deal, just go to SullenClothing.com and click on “SHOP” in the upper menu. Then click on the graphic featuring Villafane Studios Pumpkin Carving Accessories (Or click here to go straight to the items). Add any combination of the pumpkin carving tool kits, DVD’s, or vine arms and legs to your cart. Then enter in promo code: BRANDYSULLEN at checkout to receive 25% off your entire purchase of Villafane Studios accessories!  Sweet!

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I personally own all of these products and I can vouch for their awesomeness! I especially love the DVD where Ray guides you step by step into making your own 3D pumpkin carving. I have to admit I have watched this a few times now, and I still learn something new each time I watch. He has carvings for various skill levels (all included in the DVD) and really takes the time to explain everything – it’s almost like having your own private art lesson for a couple of hours – WELL worth the money!

The tool kit includes absolutely everything you need to carve your very own 3D pumpkin in one package. And the vine arms and legs – I mean, c’mon! :

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I own two pairs each of the vine arms and legs and I fully intend on getting more this year. They are fully poseable and weather resistant. And as an added bonus, if you don’t even feel like carving your pumpkin this year, just stick these bad boys on there and BAM! – You’ll still have the coolest pumpkin on the block! :-)

Now that I have armed you with your pumpkin carving “arsenal,” go out and create some amazing pumpkins this year! And stay tuned to see what I create this week! You won’t want to miss it! Happy Carving everyone!

 

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How I Store My 3D Pumpkin Carving Tools

Hey everyone! I promised another post showing how I store all of my 3D pumpkin carving tools, so here it is!  For the longest long time I was just throwing my sculpting tools in a small, old beat-up cardboard box and storing it in a cabinet – yeah, not a great idea for multiple reasons. Even the first year I was “attempting” to sculpt pumpkins, I would still store them in a cardboard box labeled, “Brandy’s Sculpting Tools” with permanent marker. I could never find anything when I needed it, and needless to say, it was never smart of me to dig around in a box with all kinds of blunt, and sharp objects scattered around.

I’ve noticed though that the more serious I have become about my work, the more I feel the need to stay organized; And that is saying a lot since I have never been one to be very organized.  But things change (for the better). I have been using Sullen Art Collective Blaq Paq cases for 2 years now, and I really love them.  They are advertised as cases for tattoo artists and their tattoo accessories, but as you can see below, they are perfect for storing all of my carving tools. :-)

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Here are “a few” of my actual cases below:

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Tattoo travel?….Not anymore…… ;-)

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Each case retails for about 11.99 and comes either slotted or padded. Now the cases above are slotted, meaning they have fully customizable slots to fit whatever you need. If you’ll notice, in the lower left slot of each case is where I keep my extra slots in case I feel like changing anything up, which I do frequently. I also LOVE that they are SO easy to clean. I am always getting pumpkin bits all flung and mashed around in there, and it can easily be wiped down or even run under a faucet and set out to dry. I’ve even had dried pumpkin “goo” caked on after a few days, and the plastic this is made out of must be non-stick or something – because everything just wipes clean.

You are probably wondering why the backpack is in the picture with the cases. Well, Sullen’s Blaq Paq line also features a “Blaq Paq” that conveniently fits the Blaq Paq cases into zippered compartments for easy transport. I LOVE this! Everything stays put when you need it to.

Here is my actual Blaq Paq:

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Now these are a bit more pricey, but they are well worth it, especially if you have to transport your tools often. And not to mention, this backpack has so many compartments (including padded compartments) for storing things such as laptops,  business cards, tablets, phones, miscellaneous tools, and much more. I highly recommend these cases if you are looking for a place to store your sculpting tools. Whether you sculpt pumpkins, clay, wax, – whatever! – this is a great way to get more organized.

If you are in the market for something like this, check out SullenClothing.com and check out their Blaq Paq merchandise. There are different combos of cases and/or backpacks you can get, or you can purchase individually.  Check em’ out and let me know what you think!

How do you store your carving/sculpting tools? Let me know in the comment section below!

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