My Portrait

   by Jamie Barthel for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: My Portrait

Inspiration Artist: Tamara De Lempicka

In order to build my project, I used a Dremel for most of the wood shaping and working in order to create the base of the car. The tires were made from rope pieces and wire, coated the the brown clay and the axels were made from the dowels. The figure of Tamara De Lempicka was created with mostly brown clay and a bit of the white sculpy. The meltable plastic was used for the emblem on the front of the car, which I tried to model after a 1920s Bugatti. I used the canvas to coat the outside of the car an stuffed the inside empty cavities with the paper shred. The canvas was painted to look like a French street scene from the 1920s and the largest sheet of wood was painted to have a cobblestoned effect for the street. I softened and bent the thin balsa sheets in order to form the fenders of the car, as well as the trunk. Then, lots of filling in with clay and lots of acrylic paint to finish it off.