Mechanical Toucan, The Beginning!

March 18, 2011

Sorry it’s been mostly Kickstarter updates the past few weeks. I have been continuing to work on other projects while promoting the Forest Emperor. One of these projects is the Mechanical Toucan that I posted some drawings of last month.

Through planning the Forest Emperor, I have changed the way I think about sculpting. I want to try new approaches to sculpture and work with new ideas. This toucan is the first in a series of life sized mechanical tropical birds that I will be creating. Each will be perched a top of a 3 foot wooden pedestal. I plan on decorating these to look like old shipping crates with worn out travel labels affixed to them. The base will house electronics that will light up the eyes and neck of the toucan (the lights in the other birds may be in other places, not sure yet!) My husband is working on a motion sensor that will allow the birds to light up as you approach them.

The photos above show a concept painting that I did to start figuring out what I want the coloring to look like. This will likely change a bit. Next, is the wood base in two pieces. I have since attached the two sides and the base is complete. I printed out the concept drawing at the size I want the sculpture to be. I was then able to use that to build a base armature, from aluminum wire. I then fitted wire mesh over the skeleton and affixed it with super glue. Finally, I covered the mesh with 3 layers of paper mache. This was done to create a shell around the wire so that clay will be better supported.

I will be sculpting this using Aves Fixit Sculpt. I’ve never done an entire sculpture with this medium so I look forward to it!

The Forest Emperor Project Update

(Click the image above to see a high res image suitable for printing. Feel free to print, cut, and place on flier tables at local establishments like art galleries and cafes)

The Forest Emperor project site on Kickstarter can now be reached at www.theForestEmperor.com. Once the project is funded, the URL will direct to the new project blog. As of today, the project is 42% funded with 3 weeks remaining. There is still plenty of time to get your pledges in. Remember, you can pledge as little as $1 and every pledge level gets a reward. Your credit card or paypal account will not be charged until April 8, when the project funding is over. Any help you can give will be very much appreciated. Click here to get started with your pledge.

Be sure to check out the new Facebook page dedicated to the Forest Emperor. Get the latest news and updates about the project straight to your facebook account.


One comment

  1. I really look forward to seeing your progress!

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