What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Daddy Issues


fentonArtist Joe Fenton has made a short film you NEED to see.  Shot over three months, it illustrates the making of his piece “Pater – 2014,” and it’s epic. I wasn’t familiar with his work, so I did a bit of research and discovered that he’s an interesting guy. He’s written and illustrated award-winning children’s books, he’s worked as concept designer and sculptor on films (including work for my hero, Terry Gilliam!), and his drawings and sculptures are kind of mind blowing. Per usual, I thought about including pictures of some of his drawings here, but I don’t want to spoil the punchline of the film. Suffice to say it’s worth sticking with it for the full 3 minutes. What starts out looking like a restoration, a reproduction, or an elaborate homage to the Baroque style will surprise you by the end.

Happily, he’s made a number of short films documenting his process, so I’ve included them all below. But promise me you’ll watch “Pater – 2014” first, okay?

Here’s my other favorite. It’s unbelievable the amount of detail Fenton puts into his work.

By the way, Fenton just put out on his Facebook that he’s currently in the very early stages of building a team to create his first animation short. He’s looking for animators and modellers. Any takers out there?

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Daddy Issues

  1. Is he squashing the baby at the end of the first film?! His talent is beyond amazing, Donna. I really loved this.

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  2. Fenton is not an artist I had previously heard of but I found watching his process completely absorbing and I like his style. It’s reminiscent of Bosch but less grotesque, more pleasing to look at. Thanks for introducing me to this artist. He’s one I will look out for.

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  3. Incredible detail and what a fascinating peek into the creative process. Can’t say I’d hang a smashed-eyeball-headed-baby on my wall, but he definitely has talent!

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  4. What a find! Thanks for posting about this process. Love the details.

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  5. What skill. Not sure about the squashed baby tho!

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  6. I feel both a little disturbed and awestruck. The music is perfect.

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  7. Genius. Loved the video, actually found it soothing/mesmerizing. You do amaze me with what you locate.

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  8. Fantastic. I can imagine this when the ancien artisans did things like that sculpting pure stone in gothic cathedrals.. I love this post, those imaginative and enigmatic drawings touch my heart.

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