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Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by LucrataNexarii Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by LucrataNexarii
Thoughts: This is a sculpture depicting Bartholomew Kuma, Shichibukai, and weapon of the World Government.

A figure of massive stature, he and his Pacifista counterparts are the loyal, destructive force of cyborg Combat Weapons directed by the governing hierarchy of the World Government.

Thus far, little is known of Kuma's history, and what effect his cyborg modifications may have exacted on him, whether physically, mentally, circumstantially, or otherwise. In his 45 years of life, he appears to bear a powerful history and mettle which belies his quiet demeanor.

Unlike the former sculpture, Bartholomew is no longer looking upward, but instead farther left and slightly downward, as if tracking a target. In addition, his jacket is not as symmetrical as it would appear in most of his source material; his left shoulder is also slightly more raised, such as if he were in motion - be it destructive or defensive.

As a few notes, some details of his appearance are not clear, so some license taken include that his ears were meant to be like those of the Asiatic Black Bear, and for stylistic purposes, the lenses covering his eyes are faceted (even though that cannot be seen in these images). I also made the eccentric (though respectful) choice to inscribe the following passage onto the inner surface of Kuma's hat:

"But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which I have yet to reveal to you."

(Passage taken from Acts 26:16, selected without looking, at random, first quote found. It appeared quite suiting to Bartholomew.)

The full sculpture is about one foot one inch (33 cm) wide by about nine inches (22 cm) tall, and weighs about 19 pounds (even though it is partially hollow inside). No armature was used.

Details: This sculpture is the second phase of a set of bust-style works meant as studies of Bartholomew's figure... The effort originates from having no solid reference to use in the creation of a sketch for an ill friend of mine.

Materials: Demco brand plasticine (gray), and steel-tip modelling tools (ball-tip and needle).

Cynicide: Lack of definition over some elements of Bartholomew's design, such as unsettled or as-yet-unclarified details, have left room for license which may be later refuted. In addition, plasticine can be notoriously difficult to smooth.

NOTE: Bartholomew Kuma, the Pacifista, and the PX-series originate from the anime/manga material 'One Piece,' and are intellectual property of it's creator, Eiichiro Oda.

I see this has received some attention:

First, I offer my quiet gratitude to those responsible. The voice and creations of the community, and the actions of the many staff and coordinators of DeviantArt, are who enable certain works to come to light. Mine is only one among a great multitude.

Where most would react with joy or speechlessness ... In honesty, I am much more interested in going humbly about my way. This creation is neither of great technical expertise nor immaculate material - but to those who read this, bear in mind:

It was made with simplicity. It is just one creation along my path in life, and much like a stone carries the essence of mountains, it holds for me all of the thought that went into it's patient creation. There is much which preceded it, and there may be far more to which it will be a predecessor. It is that way with any person or artist - and I hope that those creations that we set to the surface of the world hold our thoughts like banners: with voiceless pride - for though a creation cannot speak, they possess something read through the heart and resonance of the mind. As artists and people, this binds us.

I am a firm believer in hard work, patience, and cultivating an openness of those objects and symbols which become pillars of our growing understanding of the world. My gratefulness rests with others, and how they help me continue to see.
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Given 2012-11-27
Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by ~LucrataNexarii ( Suggested by genocyber and Featured by SRudy )
areliusmars Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My hat to you sire! This is an impressive piece with such elaborate detail that itīs hard to notice the excellent work of research on the human body, the character depicted which is one of the most interesting ones in ONE PIECE, and your faithful adaptation of him! 
LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you most kindly, Areliusmars.

People take to many adaptations, and I can't claim to formulating this one with exacting detail so much as I did simply allow intuition to take it's course.

Unfortunately this one work is made of a non-enduring material, and it will eventually have to be replaced; perhaps in that time, it's next incarnation might take on a more diverse or meaningful appearance - or, perhaps just a different degree of workmanship. I find that the factors, symbolism, or significance of Bartholomew Kuma can be read deeply in many directions, and I can only hope that those factors might weave their way into my next work sometime in the future.

Thank you for voicing your thoughts, Areliusmars. Your time and compliments are much appreciated. :nod:
areliusmars Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I meant to say hard not to notice!! Sorry! :)
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some seriously impressive sculpture work. :wow:

The work on on the hair is just mind blowing.
LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Greetings, ColonelYeo.

Yes, it was a long time spent, detailing his hair. Some reasonable texture experimentation went into trying to find something that would both be detailed, but also reasonably accurate as to his depiction - but also without overpowering the overall sculpture image too much.

After all, most of the surfaces are quite smooth, and a sudden riot of textured detail is a bit jarring, so I needed something that would be relatively consistent... Aye, and much time put into it indeed! Luckily it was a simple enough process that it became somewhat of a meditation, rather than the tedious detail of other regions, such as his facial details, or endless smoothing of his jacket surfaces.

Thank you for the thoughts and comment, Yeo. It's much appreciated.
yang Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Very dreamy.
LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
It's curious to see your regard, Yang. My friend has shown me much of your work, and I admire your penchant for characteristic visual expression, and also humorous bent of character quirks. In short, it's an honor to get a comment from you.

As for this work of mine, it bears with it more thought than I can outwardly say. Much thought lies behind it's creation and it's work-process, but just as much is also reflected in all of the humble sketches and work which preceded it: honor, standing, and strength in the mind are what allows for devotion, and creation of monuments and artifacts to such admiration.

Could I create something similar in stone or metal, I would begin toil in a heartbeat, were I capable. Often I have thought of the materials of old, new, or rare: diorite and marble, the ancient set of bronze, and the lofty value of platinum.

Such as it is, I hope your own admiration of Kuma is as deep and strong. That channel of individual spirit, yearning, thought, and contemplation are vital to many an artist.

Good luck to you, Yang. You do what you do very well, and you've helped bring good times to my friend and many others. Could I honor that in some way, I would gladly oblige.

Take care. :meditate:
yang Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Heh, I'm glad you like my comics. I'd love to be as skilled with sculpture and fabrication as you are, judging by your gallery!

I can definitely understand an artist's obsession, even with a fictional character, and Kuma is a very mysterious (and dreamy) guy. I always like seeing characters with a religious symbolism to their design, and I really hope that we learn more about his past eventually.
Gelos32 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Esta increible...
Y no solo lo digo por que me guste one piece XD
LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I see, Gelos.

Many thanks. If you can enjoy this work, then that is all I ask. For yourself and the countless others who enjoy One Piece and the character Bartholomew Kuma, this is a humble work to share, dedicated to their creativity and potential.

Take care, Gelos. I wish you much luck in your search for inspiring artwork. =)
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