ARTIST INTERVIEW: Barney Daniel Joseph
Tell us a bit about your work.
The mass-produced sculptures and toys we see in the market all come out of a mold. The mold is made from a masterpiece. My job is to make these masterpieces! Most of my masterpieces deal with the human and animal forms. I make my masterpieces by hand. If required I make the mold for the customer too. It is all done under the banner of “Sculpt Monkey Design Studio” www.sculptmonkey.com
How did you get into sculpting?
It was all a coincidence. I was struggling with RSI issues with both of my hands and squeezing a stress ball was my exercise. One physiotherapist suggested that I squeeze putty that is used to fill up the gaps between floor tiles. I did that twice! They kind of hardened beyond 5 minutes and they took the shape of my fingers with the fingerprints too. This was a fascinating observation for me.
Around that time I thought of making a Christmas gift for my elder sister instead of making a greeting card as I used to do in the past. I made a penguin from the Madagascar cartoon and a minion from the Despicable Me cartoon.
I, later on, undertook to make a Batman statue in polymer clay and kept reworking based on feedback. This was my first human sculpture! It took me a year and two months.
That was the starting point and I went on to testing out different sculpting mediums. My friends were my greatest encouragers and my first clients too. They made sure I stopped giving out my sculpts for free and to start charging for them. I found hope in having a career by sculpting.
You can find more about my journey here:
- Sculpt Monkey Blog: http://sculptmonkey.com/index.php/2017/02/23/artist-feature-barney-joseph-sculptor/
- Facebook photos (the good and the bad sculpts): https://www.facebook.com/barney.joseph/photos_albums
- My personal gallery and blog (with some tutorials): http://barneyjosephgallery.blogspot.in/
What are you working on next?
The next project hasn’t been finalized yet. I have taken the jump into selling my designs to the general public. It comes under the banner of “ Sculpt Monkey Design Studio” www.sculptmonkey.com
My advice is not new.
- Practice your art/craft a regularly.
- Seek to learn more that can help improve and widen the scope of your craft.
- Publish your work or show it online. It may not be up to your standards yet. It gives people a chance to see how your skills have improved over time.
- Seek feedback and kill your ego.
- Work on the feedback.
What are your inspirations?
My artistic inspirations are from cartoons, comic books, and novels that I read when I was young. The thing that inspired me most is the capability to create a whole world and get lost in it. Anything was possible. This keeps me going, the endless possibilities!
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A Brand and Digital Marketer by day, a tech enthusiastic social media-friendly geek who produces content and can’t live without films by night.
In short, I notice things for a living and try to point them out to people. I write about movies, television especially superhero films, pop culture and Hollywood. When not listening to start-up pitches, I play with puppies and pretend to like craft beer.
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