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Nick Cave GRINDERMAN! by TrevorGrove Nick Cave GRINDERMAN! by TrevorGrove
I love the many great works of Nick Cave.
I had an opportunity to see The Bad Seeds perform live twice this year, and it thrilled me to death. Fantastic....if only I could make it to a Grinderman performance, my life will be complete.

This is a personal piece I have had in development all of this year and wanted to see it done before 2014 arrived. It's about 10" tall, sculpted in wax on a candle stick form for the base.
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JamieDMac Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Holy crap, Trev that is freakin' amazing!! Seeing your work always has the ability to inspire me and kick me in the balls at the same time. 
Incredible stuff.

TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah! Well that's cool to hear, because I love your work!
I'd love to do more stylized stuff like this....I'd rather border on realistic likeness rather than have to conform to it as much as I do in my day-to-day work. It's more fun to give your own spin to it. It was fun to do on Nick, here.
Thanks a lot, man!!
JamieDMac Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Man, seriously, coming from you that really means a lot!.... I loathe my work. 
I'd love to see you do more stuff like this. I really like the subtle caricturization, it works brilliantly. Would be great to see what you do with other likenesses in a more stylized manner. I know what you mean though. I really enjoy mixing realism with cartoonish and stylized elements. Find it all the more enjoyable than having to sculpt a purely realistic piece which can get incredibly monotonous and you don't get that same sense of escapism, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, no worries. Great job once again! 
TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You rock, man...but I feel that same loathing for my own stuff....there's only a rare few I end up liking.

Yes! giving the work some character and a unique stamp is my goal these days. Exact likeness stuff is amazing to see, but it's so monotonous, like you's simply not all that fun, and you start to feel like a drone at times. At least I do. I love when I am allowed to bend the rules a bit.
JamieDMac Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I'm always envious of those people who love everything they do. Must be a nice feeling. As much as I get despondent about my own work I suppose it's a good thing to have that self-loathing. Makes you always want to do better... although I never feel like I'm progressing any. 

Man, I can totally relate to that drone feeling. When I get like that I start thinking I may as well go back to working in a warehouse, stacking shelves or whatever. It's that same sense of monotony and at least then I'd know I'll get some sort of a steady income... but after a day I'd be begging to go back to sculpting absolutely anything no matter how tedious it is. Life's hell :)  
TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep...I find it odd when someone says how much they like a piece they've me it's foreign...I mean, there are a few that I feel work pretty well, but most of what I see are flaws and pangs of missed opportunity. Such is life. :)

But it is way better to be that way, because you do improve because of it. But, like you, I also don't seem to sense my progress..

And man, I'm the same way. I almost wanted to quit creative work this year because I was so worn out, but the thought of going to something else would squash my soul even more. :) I think I've finally come to terms with it. It's hard to impart to other people that creative work, while a great privilege to do, is fraught with difficulty and frustration like nearly every other job. It's just human to be constantly searching for something a bit better. :)
onetruth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A good friend of mine is a huge fan of Nick's. Any chance you'll be doing a run of these?
TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for asking!

I do plan to do a limited run of castings of this piece. I need to see what it will cost, though. I will try to let everyone know when they are available. :)
onetruth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! Thanks, and of course, it's and amazing piece, as always!
clayjase69 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Wow brilliant
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