Usually I kinda relish diving right in and hacking and slashing the toys I\’m asked to customize. But I started this piece just days after I had heard about the slight controversy regarding Jason Freeny\’s Coarse Jaw. If you had not heard about it I\’ll sum up briefly. The client who commissioned the work was not happy when he received the piece and discovered scuff makes around the non-customized sections of the toy. With that on my mind I didn\’t dive in with as much gusto as I usually do. Fortunately for me though, my style is one that completely remakes the toy and its surface so everything the client see is intentional. Well, most everything, there are happy accidents.
Anyways, take a look at some of the slashing I had to do and ask yourself if as a client you would be comfortable seeing me hack your very expensive coarse toy like so.
I am currently working on another Coarse Jaw and will be posting WIP pics all throughout the process. I\’ll be posting those pics soon.
Early in the 15th century located in a hidden port of the southern Mexican coast there lived a legendary noop named Chimalli. Chimalli refused to live by the traditions of the edlers and left the life of farming to pursue a life of adventure. He wandered many years shirking responsibility to play all day. For many years he was away from his family until one day he returned with the ability walk on the waves. Chimalli became much admired for his skill by the young but he feared and angered the elders. The young ones would follow him around begging for the knowledge he possessed. He refused all and yet he accepted gifts of food and precious stones from his worshipers. Chimalli guarded his wealth and secrets. The elders warned him that his laziness and greed would be the death of him and spoke of the devil who would come to claim all he was and possessed. He laughed at the elders and was still heard laughing as the great devil shark devoured him on the waves. The Chimalli Noop totem serves as a reminder of the pain that laziness and greed can bring. Although many young noop to this day still reveres Chimalli as a daredevil prince who points the way to happiness the lesson is there for those who see.
Chimalli was created by commission.