"A Happily made model, paints happily well"

What model making means to us

At a glance, many people just look at models and think they're just for kids or just as pretty little objects with not much real use other than perform maybe a few functions. Perhaps that's what keeps them from being everyday items. However what is generally being overlooked is the statement the model is making and what went in to achieve it. Every model has a story and a background behind it and is a window into the mind of the artist (at the time).

 

Models reflect things in real life, imagination, and situation. They convey emotions, thought, desires and more. These are all communicated by the artist who is transferring their mind through to model. Therefore models are an extension of one's imagination; bringing ideas into reality, and ultimately creating and shaping the world around you. Regardless of skill, one can see the mindset of the artist. Regardless of the brush, or sculpting tool, the mind is the greatest tool. Your hands are just extensions of that, and what they touch (as in art) is just a further extension of that. By studying how a model has been tackled, one can see the chain of thoughts the artist goes through. Things like what colours, trims, detailing, effects (or lack of), show the degree of thought. How it is all presented, photographed. All these subtle things highlight what matters most to the artist and gives an opportunity for the audience to see the world in a new light (so to speak). It also highlights what features the artist perhaps considers less important. Models are often used to pre-plan what our reality look like and how we would interact within that (look at architectural models). In the world of medicine, models can be produced from using patients actual details (such as their skull), and doctors can practice performing any surgery before actually doing the real thing. Dentistry uses many skills (and tools even) similar to sculptors.

 

The way in which models are made or built is another fascinating insight into the mind of the creator. Being able to see WIP these days is very insightful. What methods, materials, tools, planning they use are all interesting aspects of how the mind transforms imagination into reality. Ambition, courage and faith are also found here. Problem solving not only causes hours of head scratching but it forces the individual to push for a solution. So behind the scenes, there are constant little achievements (which would otherwise jeopardise the project) which have to be addressed and overcome, most of which goes unnoticed. The model maker is quite a warrior in some respect. There is vision, desire, passion, performance, execution and glory. The fight can be on a personal level or though competing with others. Regardless, the quest to be victorious is still the same.

The single individual model maker, bless their souls. In our eyes, these people are some of the most highly talented (maybe ambitious) people in the world. The skills involved can be applied to almost any walk in life. Each skill could be a profession in their own right but it is these individuals who attempt to do it all themselves. Not only is it skilful, but the mind in which brings all these things into balance must be organised, in-tune, and foreseeing. In the world of the model maker, they are god.

 

When people create things using essentially what is considered as junk, that's something quite special. It's looking at things, breaking away from the initial thought/intention, and creating a new in such a way that it was not intended in its original design. This process is giving extra value to what was thought of as rubbish. One man's junk is another man's treasure and in today's economic climate, creating stuff from recycled materials is good for the environment. This approach really does push imagination and problem solving as recyclables are usually odd shapes and sizes and it's quite magical bringing it all together. If ever someone was considering doing model making and was hesitant to actually really get into it. We would highly recommend trying this approach. It is cheap, easy to get hold of, large models can be made and lots of them. And if ever you decide to throw it away, you won't feel so bad for chucking out hundreds of pounds on materials.

 

Without models, the world would be a very very boring place. They can take many forms and in today's world the possibilities are endless and becoming evermore self-creating. The distinction between model and consumable is becoming greyer. However to think the practice of actual model making as an art form will cease, we believe is unlikely. People apply creativity all the time without realizing it. And generally people like to be creative if possible given the opportunity. All that might change is the medium in which it is formed. The proof will be found in the determination of the artist. Even with computer technology, there will still be the need for real life models and reference material to work from. Film makers now combine model, computer, effects and other factors like music and acting in such a harmonious way that it becomes hard to distinguish what is what. Half the time audience aren't aware that what they are seeing is actually a model. 

So to all artists, of all natures, a huge well done for doing what you do. Never give yourself a hard time if things aren't going according to plan. Not all projects are meant to be but that is not to say they are not worth pursuing. Without art, the world would lack expression and we would all be like robots. So a huge 'Thank you' to all of you for contributing to make this world a much more vibrant place. They'll never find a planet in the universe with art and imagination like this one.

 

To add:

The Future of Model Making