2014 Corvette ~ Stingray ~ Mission accomplished!

May 9, 2018

Celebrating my certification in Automotive clay modelling from the College of Creative studies in Detroit, Michigan. 5/8/2018 I pulled it!!!   I am also learning 3D sculpting using a program called Alias, at Schoolcraft college. This incorporates my background in AutoCAD Engineering, and my passion for sculpting.

The model is 1:4 size. I worked on it from January to May. I spent 20 plus hours a week until mid April. Then it turned into 8, 10, and 12 hours every day. I did not even go home for dinner with my kids for 3 or 4 weeks. The program is very time intensive. The philosophy behind teaching this seems to be to watch the demonstrations, practice, and find your way. I did have some Mentors, and 11 other students in the class to consult with. Each Sculptor has their own approach. I have a very good eye for scale, drawing, and sculpting what I see. Learning the surfacing was what needs the most time. My next piece will be a model with bigger surfaces. This will allow me to spend more time on continuous tangent surfaces and less time on detail. Live and learn. Art is a lifetime commitment.

I was honored to meet some very talented Sculptors and top executives from General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Here is some of the process, Enjoy!

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I had the best view from the 11th floor

After 3 months I have learned that the competition is fierce. I am unsure that I will get a job. I spent 100% of my savings, and am extremely discouraged. I hope things turn around for me.  My recommendation to anyone wanting to get into this field: go to Macomb community college. It will cost you 50% of what CCS costs. You will be trained by working sculptors from GM.

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Sculpting Hot Clay Cars!

March 29, 2018

In March of 2017 I applied to, and was accepted to be in the Clay Sculpting Certification program at the Center of Creative Studies. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the classroom is on the 11th floor of a beautiful building.

We Sculpt cars out of clay BEFORE the real deal!! Yep. Before Manufacturing a real car, we sculpt them from clay,  The clay is Hot and it hardens as it cools.  This process is fascinating. I look forward to a job in this field.

This is 25% of the real size, 1/4, 1:4 !! in progress… Enjoy!

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