The Deviant Diver has been in my studio awhile. His first incarnation in 2015 was in my early days of designer toy making, when all the figures just kinda held something like a child with a balloon. He was very popular but never sold.
In 2017 I gave him a re-touch.
Making some adjustments to the paint mostly as my skills had greatly improved. But still he sat in the studio awaiting his forever home.
One of the things that I always felt needed to be addressed in the design was just the sheer weight of the old divers helmet. No matter what adjustments I made in the wirework, the helmet always wanted to drag the figure down.
As I began packing up for the art market tomorrow, it felt time to sit down and do what needed to be done for me to feel proud of this piece. And to be quite honest, I was looking forward to getting back to my roots so to speak with more wood and resin abstract style work. At some point I got caught up painting elephants, giraffes etc and I lost that feeling of creating as an artist.
The Deviant Diver will be at my table tomorrow at the art market. If he doesn’t find a home then, I will add him to the shop Sunday evening.