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Thank you so much!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 25, 2014, 1:21 PM
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Thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday! You are all so awesome (well, most of you anyway)!

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Scare Bear

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 29, 2014, 7:06 PM
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Currently selling my Scare Bear on Etsy. US orders received before February 7th will ship in time for Valentine's Day!

What better way to say 'Happy Valentine's Day' than with a precious little Scare Bear! This delightful little fellow will warm the cockles of your soul as he gnaws his beloved's heart. Show that special someone in your life how dear they are with this sweet little guy. 

This item is hand painted and detailed with stuffing fluff. Stands 2.5 inches.

US Orders received before February 7th will ship in time for a Valentine's gift!

www.etsy.com/listing/177577076…


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Engineering today!

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 8, 2013, 2:25 PM
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Engineering today! Head over to the tutorial later to see what this is all about! www.facebook.com/TKMillerSculp…



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NYCC

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 9, 2013, 9:41 PM
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I'll be floating around for the weekend. Spending a bit of time at Vampy Bit Me's booth, DC's 'space' PopCultureShock's booth-area. You get the picture. Hope to see you all there. (Well, maybe not all of you).

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Little Ancient One available to order

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 13, 2013, 2:49 PM
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The title kind of says it all. Available here:
Little Ancient One (Cthulhu Baby) is now available to order! www.tkmiller.com/shop.html#!/~…


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SDCC and Panels

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 17, 2013, 1:29 PM
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Hey folks! For those of you that are attending this year's San Diego International Comic Con, I'll be on a panel Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm with Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Jim Fletcher, and Kevin Kiniry discussing what's new and what's to come from DC's collectibles branch. We'll be in room 5AB. I'll also be doing a sculpting demo and answering questions about the sculpting process in DC's booth at some point this weekend, time to be announced later. See you there!

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Sculpting Womanly Parts

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 2, 2013, 8:02 PM
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More tutorial pics: How I sculpt breasts: www.facebook.com/TKMillerSculp…

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New Images in the Tutorial

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 11, 2013, 10:41 PM
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Still filling out the form, adding bits of clay at a time, and the importance of going back to reference material! Check it out!  www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…

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Sculpting Tutorial

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 5, 2013, 12:02 PM
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For those of you that don't already know, I'm currently doing a sculpting tutorial over on my Facebook Fanpage. I'm taking it nice and slow so people can get a sense of what I REALLY do to go from concept to finished manufacture-ready product, with all of the messiness and raw sculpting included. Eventually I'll be putting these shots and more into a sculpting book, but this is a way I can gauge what the fans want to see. Please go check it out, I'm updating it weekly, and I'd love the feedback from YOU!

www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…

That is all.

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More stuff auctioning NAOW!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 31, 2013, 3:05 PM
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Only 90 minutes left on some of the auctions! Artist Proof and signed pieces: t.co/gXrOVZNBO1

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Sculptures up for auction

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 9:29 PM
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As many of you know, I'm making the gradual shift toward sculpting digitally, and my current system can't hack it. In order to keep from going too much out of pocket, I'm auctioning off some sculptures. Any of my own work is signed on the base, and there's even an artist's proof available! Please check out the auctions! www.ebay.com/sch/timbeauxm/m.h…

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DC's Bombshells TBA

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 10, 2012, 8:10 PM
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Stay tuned tomorrow afternoon, I'll be sharing my big secret about my involvement in DC Collectibles new line DC's Bombshells. Pics and information to come!

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Not Everyone Gets a Gold Star

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 27, 2012, 3:03 AM
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I came under fire yesterday for being harsh. It happens. Not the coming under fire part, but the being harsh bit. You see, I have a philosophy...

There are a lot of poor starving artists.

Do you ever watch the first few episodes of American Idol?  I do; it's fascinating television. So many delusional people in such a short amount of time. It's glorious! A good friend of mine once said that the reason there are so many contestants that are absolutely abhorrent singers is because all of those people didn't have someone that loved them enough to tell them they're no good at singing. (Either that or the poor schmucks simply refused to believe the well-meaning people that might have tried to educate the cacophanous vocalists). We live in such a politically correct, 'I don't want to be responsible for stamping out your dreams' society that we're no longer honest with each other. Hence, beautiful trainwreck television in the form of phenomenally bad singing.

The art-world is like that. Another good friend once lamented that art schools had become a repository of talentless people, and teachers only encouraged poor performance and lackluster talent by saying it was okay to discover one's self through the various mediums. That's fine if you're not expecting to find a career in the art world, but if you want to wear your big boy pants and work in the real world it's worth bupkis.

Let me use this analogy, and bear with me if you've heard it before:
Joe like numbers. He loves manipulating numbers in every conceivable way. Joe decides that since he loves numbers he should be an accountant. However, Joe never masters mathematics nor does he familiarize himself with tax law or pass the exams to be a C.P.A. but he opens an accounting business nonetheless. Is Joe an accountant? No, he's a delusional mess making the fast track for white collar crime. Would it have benefitted Joe if someone had spoken up and suggested all this might not have been a good idea? Absolutely!

So back to the art world. Approximately three percent of all graduating art students will end up in a career related to the arts. My personal experience with art students bears out that they're an incredibly lazy bunch, inclined to think they're more talented than they actually are, and perhaps inclined toward feeling more entitled than the average citizen. With this being the case, who will actually make a reasonable living as an artist? Very few.

Look. Here's the simple truth. It's an incredibly competitive arena. You have to have the hide of a rhinoceros, inhuman persistence, and you have to be willing to sacrifice all else in your life in the pursuit of excellence if you really want to 'make it'. If you find yourself making excuses for your work or you simply think your work is the grandest thing ever, hang it up, this isn't the career for you. On the other hand, if you simply want to make pretty things to enjoy yourself and other people seem to enjoy your work too, knock yourself out, and enjoy the occasional coffee house gallery showing; there's nothing wrong with that. Just don't be angry at the world if you like to play with paint and you can't get a job with Big Studio Company because they don't get your vision.

So am I harsh? Not really. In fact, I'm a pretty tender hearted guy (ask my wife any day). It really does bring tears to my eyes when I see peoples dreams realized. Similarly, it deeply saddens me when I see people invest so much of themselves into something, so sure that it's their destiny when it's really just misplaced effort.  

I could coddle. I could tell everyone to follow their dreams and it will all work out in the end regardless of their aptitude, talent and skill, but that's really not helpful. What's helpful is to tell someone to find their strengths and play to them. Find something you're good at, and continue to develop that. And if art isn't that thing, then just enjoy the art you do and don't worry about people getting your vision or trying to impress people with it.

This gets back to my earlier statement. Why are there so many starving artists? Because there are a lot of bad artists; artists that didn't have people that loved them enough to tell them to do something else.




And in case I don't stamp out any dreams (which I really don't want to do), my final bit of advice:

Sure, follow your dreams, if you REALLY want it, if you're willing to WORK HARDER for it then you ever thought possible, if you're willing to SACRIFICE all for it, if you can look past the ones that will tell you it's impossible to make it, prove them wrong, prove ME wrong. Go for it...

Just remember, not everyone gets a gold star.

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DD!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 14, 2012, 1:42 AM
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And no, I don't mean the superhero flick starring Ben Affleck, nor the cup size. I mean the very kind submission by :iconsrudy:
for my piece Blackshear's Amazon. Blackshear's Amazon by TKMillerSculpt

First and foremost I'd like to thank Rudy for the DD, then I'd like to thank Thomas Blackshear for providing a fantastic design to work from, I'd like to disregard the nameless art director on the piece that caused me months of needless anguish, thanks to my wife for putting up with my madness, and finally a special thanks to my parents for conceiving me and not extinguishing my young and troubled life. And I should probably thank all of you that follow my deviantart page, that tolerate the drivel and caustic remarks, and finally, put up with the lack of updates and responses.

Thanks to all of you.  


Oh yes, if I fail to respond to your congratulations or praise, it's because I'm extraordinarily (yes, that's really how it's spelled)  busy, I find your remarks inane, or I simply think you're an absolute dolt unworthy of my time, kind of like :iconrandyhand:


Now I'm going to clamber back into my hole and recommence sculpting little sexy women, because that's not creepy at all.

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Materials I Sculpt With...

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 25, 2012, 8:01 PM
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If you'd be so kind as to read the descriptions of each piece I submit photos of, you'd save me the trouble of having to respond to this inane question over and over and over.  

Rant out.

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Sorry about the response but...

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 1, 2012, 2:44 PM
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I may have had something pithy or witty to say. I may have just wanted to say thank you or give my condolences. I might have told you that you don't really have the experience necessary to critique my work and you should keep your piehole shut. At any rate, given the enormous number of comments I have to respond to, I'm not responding to any, I'm sort of swamped. My apologies or whatever. Hope you're having a stupendous weekend.

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Maybe I'm Just Cranky...

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 19, 2012, 9:45 PM
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I didn't kill anyone today, so you know, maybe it wasn't all that bad.

First thing this morning (about 9:30) I find a note on my door saying FedEx had tried to deliver something at 8:00 am but no one answered the door so they'd be back tomorrow. My wife hadn't left for work yet and my visiting parents were already awake at that time, yet nobody heard a knock or a doorbell (I've checked, both the doorbell works and the door hasn't been padded with sound-proofing). Normally, if I REALLY need something delivered at 8 am I can pretty much guarantee it won't arrive until 7 PM. That's one.

I was reworking a face today. It wasn't all that bad to begin with, but it needed a little more help and everything I was doing was certainly not helping. Then the dog got out. Winston's a good dog, and maybe a little too affectionate at times, but sometimes he seems a little hard of hearing when we call for him. I had to chase him a block until I caught him. I was in my bare feet, which my wife often complains about since they're particularly soft and smooth. I walked the block home carrying Winston on my soft feet, the balls of which are completely covered in one huge blister apiece. That's two.

Earlier I had tweeted about my frustration with the portrait I'm sculpting. Some noob that evidently is only capable of applying color-altering photoshop filters to other photographer's photographs advised me to chillax. That's three.

At some point this evening, another noob decided it was cool to tag all the well-known sculptors he knows on facebook with a sculpture he had done. Really? He couldn't have just messaged me and asked me to check out his work? Now I've got to receive updated on all the people commenting on the piece. Stupid, because now I've got to unfriend him. That's four.

Oh, and I had to pay a little attention to Randy Hand :iconrandyhand:. That should take me through twelve.

But like I said, maybe I'm just cranky today.

(And if you think I won't crawl through the interweb cable and chew your face off a la Creepshow Fluffy, go ahead and make that 'pull your big-boy pants up' comment).

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Denver Comic Con This Weekend!

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 16, 2012, 2:30 AM
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I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I'm at the DCC all weekend long. Artist Alley booth 110! Stop by and say howdy!

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Raffling the First Painted Cthulhu Baby

Journal Entry: Thu May 17, 2012, 6:27 PM
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If we hit 1000 Twitter Followers and 2500 Fanpage Likes by 11:59 pm, June 1st, I'll raffle off the very first painted Cthulhu Baby. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity at a chance for the first piece in what will be a very limited edition of pieces hand-painted by myself. Get over to Twitter and Facebook as numbers on BOTH sites will be needed to complete the challenge! Get going! Your own little elder god needs you!

Cthulhu Baby by TKMillerSculpt
This is not the final paint!

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Name Changing

Journal Entry: Thu May 17, 2012, 10:14 AM
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So long SculptorTim, hello TKMillerSculpt. 'Nuff said.

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