The Forgotten Guitarist

   by Timothy Stratton for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Old Guitarist

Inspiration Artist: Pablo Picasso

A solid base was made for the head, body, arms and legs using the assorted hardwood blocks. The blocks were cut with a fine blade hack-saw and glued together. A Dremel was used to shape the blocks and the wood hand-sanded smooth.

The head, body, arms and legs were made using the Chavant modeling clay, shaped around the wood blocks using clay-modeling tools. The wood allowed for the body parts to be made individually and glued together where the wood was exposed. The hands were made using the Sculpey polymer clay, baked in the oven and then shaped into the arms. The body parts were painted using water-based acrylic paints.

The clothing was made from the canvas cloth, cut to size and sewn with the threads taken from the canvas cloth. The clothing was painted using water-based acrylic paint.

The guitar was made from the hardwood strips. The shape was hand drawn and cut using an X-Acto blade. The pieces were heated and bent to shape, glued and hand-sanded. The guitar received two coats of wood stain and two coats of polyurethane.

The body was glued together and the clothing slipped on. The guitar was placed against the body and the arms were glued around the guitar. The photograph was taken where my inspiration originated, against a concrete wall in the city where many homeless street performers make their living.