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Model Mayhem #:
845157
Last Activity:
Jul 13, 2022
Experience:
Very Experienced
Compensation:
Depends on Assignment
Joined:
Oct 16, 2008

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About Me

Welcome to my port!  I am Gene Phillips, aka "Grazi" (pronounced "gratzee") which means - Thank You!

I have used many models from this site to successfully recreate their bodies in sculpture, I have now completed 5 life size mermaids from these models as well as countless other smaller artworks..

My focus is to create dramatic sculptures of natural beauty-

Whimsical Figures such as Angels and Mermaids, Historical Figures such as Jesus on the Cross or Jesus Risen, I will attempt to create in my mind's eye.
I am open to all ideas.


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My Art is unique in that I create works that do not take up floor space but can be hung on a wall.
I make recreations of models with their exact features, in plaster, fiberglass or bronze sculpture.
I work in a casual atmosphere with the model - and work to create unique and inspiring artwork of true body definition and realistic skin detail.

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REAL MODELS RECREATED IN PLASTER AND BRONZE - THIS CAN BE YOU TOO!

Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of AlexisB221


Life Size Bodycast Sculpture of Kelsie Leigh  MM Model #659810

"IMMORTALIZE" YOUR BODY and FACE in a FULL SIZE REPLICA STATUE!



MM and Playboy Model Elizabeth Marx #1663877 recreated as a "Copper with Patina" Mermaid

 
I have an extensive gallery of Art for Sale.


"Serene Siren" -Life Size bodycast  Sculpture of  Niki Vice,  MM model,  recreated as a "Bronze" Mermaid


THE PLASTER SESSION:
After stretching, measuring your proportions and doing a mini photoshoot for use in proper body sizing, PLASTER BODYCASTING is the method I use to take an impression of your nude pose and actually RECREATE YOU as a sculpture in full size and detail!

It's a unique experience for models to see themselves as an immortal sculpture and i'ts very rewarding! The finished sculpture can remain white, or skin color, or, a bronze finish and patina which makes the plaster/ fiberglass piece look like a real bronze statue.

Holding a pose for sculpting is more difficult than posing for photos!
Various natural products are hand-applied to your skin. I explain the process in complete detail and have you sign an Agreement /Release allowing me and my female assistant to touch the areas involved in the process.
The environment is peaceful, and the model actually has a fun time. I would be the only male present, except for pregnant casts. I video the session for everyone's benefit, but do not use it for any purpose except studio reference.

It is a a process that takes a good part of the day, so it is better not to book anything for that evening. You will be asked to hold only a couple poses for not more than 35 minutes each.
After introductions, ID check- must be 20 or over, and complete understanding of what to expect, we decide on a pose, take some in-house reference pictures and then get started.
We prep your skin (and hair and face too, if we are recreating that), then you hold a pose  as a thick gel-like liquid is hand applied on your skin that picks up practically every skin detail. Then a plaster shell is created over that. All in all, release creams, conditioners, oils, plaster, clay, bandages, and bracing could be applied to you depending on the type and size of sculpture needed! It is a very messy process for sure!
After about 35 minutes, we pull the casting mold shell off you. and you can then shower in the large studio bathroom.
I get started pouring new plaster and fiberglass into the newly created mold, and after drying, the next day I pull it all apart and...  there YOU are... your impression, in "statuesque" form! A lasting image for the ages!
If time permits, we do a second pose as well.
After you leave, I finish detail the artwork, which can take weeks and I may decide to "bronze" or paint the finished work.

You may bring female chaperones (must be 20 or older) during session, but males are only allowed before or after the session.  Pregnant models must bring an escort.

** MODELS MUST HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION**
Due to HOURS spent to prep, and premix materials, and prepaying an assistant for the day, I must have only professional models that are serious about their profession and show up.
DEPENDABLE TRANSPORTATION IS A MUST.
 
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Body Sculpture  Models-
I have many models I have recreated in some shape or form through the years.
They are credited in the pictures so feel free to contact me for those that did body casts. 

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My Philosophy:
I sculpt models in poses that intrigue me with ATTITUDE AND CONFIDENCE.
When I sculpt, I am drawn to the mythological, the whimsical and the historical. I want to convey strong emotion in the piece. Does it capture drama or passion? Does it reflect reality, and the true flowing curves of natural beauty?
The essence of my work would be to achieve a true reflection of the human form.
   
I study model's ports as my visual instruction material and creative advancement, for which I am immensely grateful!
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Are we using our special, unique and wonderful bodies and our talents for our own gain, or to enrich and promote a better World for future generations to appreciate?

The exhilaration of the heights of success are finally realized only after determination, and perseverance through failure upon failure upon failure.

You can be the world for at least one other person. And it will make life worthwhile for both of you.

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One of my Favorite Stories:
Two men were walking along the shore and noticed all the hundreds of starfish that had washed up on the beach that were dying. As they talked, one man bent down and picked one up and tossed it into the ocean. They walked a little further and he did it again. The other man said "why do you bother to pick up one and throw it back? There are hundreds of them- what's the use, what does one matter" the other man replied, "it's no big deal for me, but it matters THE WORLD to them!"
So...why not be the world to at least some one. 

We all matter. Even if there are millions of us on this planet, we all bleed the same.
And as fellow human beings, we all deserve each other's respect and kindness- we are all in this soup together aren't we?

Out of all the times to be alive, we are sharing it with those who are also lucky enough to live during our lifetimes.
We uniquely have each other to make life worthwhile and livable, Living - It's a huge gift. Why not share... and care... and make it the best we can for everyone while we have this one shot with our precious life?
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I live in the California desert, I have 25+ years of ceramic and plaster art experience. I have worked with body and face castings now during the last 15 years.
For fun, I also was a rock and roll drummer, having played in countless bands for 20+ years, and I have a bachelor's degree in Engineering that just hangs on the wall! I am Academy of Life Casting certified and a fairly accomplished ceramicist, basically smart enough to work with you on my earnest projects! smile
I had a Gallery on prestigious El Paseo (Gems and Treasures) and have had about 20 works of art hanging in several galleries in town and up in the mountains of Idyllwild. I have won a few ceramic competitions from my sculptures and my unique process of glaze techniques! 

My "claim to fame" is that I have two of my 16-inch mermaid sculptures in the home of MICHAEL GODARD, one of the Most Popular and Best-Selling artists- painter in the world today! And I had one of my pieces come in the "back door" of the NY Metropolitan Art Museum! Hey! but not one to boast! My greatest work has to be the Crucified Jesus Sculpture that actually now hangs in a Church. I also accomplished a Risen Jesus sculpture that is waiting for a home. With hard work, diligence, not accepting failure, and a little luck- I can see the light! lol._____________________________________________________________

Special thanks to:
Faye Davis
Kelsie Leigh Model #659810
Annelise Marie Model #1303139
Chambria Morrell*
Cindy Romano Modeling and Talent agency 


CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS responsible for  "molding" my talents!

Aryna Ryan, Creativity Instructor, mentor
Arnold Capitanelli, Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Playwright
David E Parvin MM #1141218 ALI, Master Sculptor, Teacher, Mentor
Mike Neal, and Faye Davis - Singers, Songwriters, Artists, Actor, Playwright
Ned Reidy, Spiritualist, priest, mentor and friend
Email me at [email protected] for list of phone numbers or drop me a line.
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NOTABLE ART GALLERIES AND RECENT VENUES:
Thai Spa and Gallery, Palm Desert CA. Grazi Gallery, Palm Desert CA.
P.S. Wine and Art,  Palm Springs CA.
Gems and Treasures, EL PASEO Palm Desert CA.
De Luca Jewelers and Fine Art, EL PASEO Palm Desert
Gerry High Gallery, Cathedral City CA.
Dore's Art Garden and Metals Gallery, Mountain Center CA.
Angel and Nature Expressions, Idyllwild CA.
Artspresso, Idyllwild
Naked Noodle Italian Restaurant, Indio CA.
College of the Desert Street Fair , Palm Desert
Palm Desert City Hall Artists Showcase
Soroptimist Club, Palm Springs
Desert Art Center, Palm Springs
Home Show, Palm Springs
Coachella Valley Arts Alliance
Kaleidoscope, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Palm Springs Art Center
AAA Home Care, Rancho Mirage
Riverside County Fair, Indio CA 14 awards and one Best of Show