We end our week of characters with a tip of the straw hat to small farmers. These guys are from Oregon’s Gesine Kratzner. She’s an artist/illustrator/animator.
Toronto polymer sculptor Helen Violet has a full schedule of commissions for 2017. In late summer/fall of this year she’ll open a shop for those pet lovers hoping to get on the 2018 list and you can read the details of her ordering and pricing here.
Previously an illustrator, Helen created her first polymer and acrylic sculpture in November 2015 as a gift. She was quickly swamped with orders for the 7″ to 8.5″ replicas of favorite pets (like Brutus here) which you can see on Instagram and Facebook.
“This is not a ‘business’ to me, but an opportunity to connect my love for animals with my love for creating and share that with wonderful people who have been touched by their fur friends as well,” Helen says.
What a treat to see polymer art that hits the sweet spot on so many levels!
“I must have been an elf,” says Canada’s Ken Fedoruk, “It’s the only thing that explains my affinity and passion for developing Kenfolks, an assortment of handcrafted figures that I’ve been crafting since 1989.”
But not all Ken’s figures are your typical elves and Santas – as in this sparkly ornament called Christmas Elf – Sweetie Ice Cream Swirl.
Makes you think about the family members you might want to hang on the tree.
This elf needs to get back to her studio.
The UK’s Karen Walker (clayground) pays close attention to to textures and patterns in her fashionably dressed winter characters.
The faces may not reveal much but the plaid scarf, thermal weave, pleated pants and polka dots speak volumes.
Her free Snowman tutorial on YouTube is fun for a last-minute gift.
The Netherland’s Eveline Klootwijk-Barten (CreaLine) cracks us up with her all-too-real ladies at the beach. Look at those smooth skin tones, those relaxed poses, those ample thighs! You can tell that she’s laughing with, not at, these ladies of leisure.
Eveline has put together an impressive list of weekly classes and frequent workshops and has organized two FIMO events. She’s been working in polymer since 1994 so she comes by her impressive sculpting skills honestly.