American artist Forest Rogers draws inspiration from Western and Eastern myths and mystical creatures to create her delicate and whimsical surrealistic sculptures of fantastical beings.
[About my creative process], I sit most mornings at a coffee shop, I watch pigeons dance and peck, I start scribbling, usually on a pad of mid-weight tracing paper with a ballpoint pen. There are enough ideas knocking around in my head to outlast this life. As I scribble, they evolve. I scribble the same subject repeatedly, as a way of contemplating it. I keep these drawings very loose. That allows freedom when I go to sculpt, and lets the piece talk back to me and change. After the sketch stage, I usually create the head of the being. The head helps me make decisions, as heads carry identity. Headhunters everywhere agree. I’ll then “sketch” the whole piece in armature wire, looking from all sides for balance, proportion, composition. Nailing those first qualities is vital; detail can’t disguise feeble proportions. From there, it’s filling in, building out. Engineering and invention. Detail, color. And then, just when you want to be done, photography, packaging and shipping.Forest Rogers