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The Shiflett Brothers: From Comic Book Characters to Speciality Sculptures
January 26, 2015 By Natalia
As a kid, did you ever find yourself trying to emulate your favourite superhero? Did you magically transform that battered doll or broken stick into the next thing since Superman? Growing up, imagination can be a person’s strongest asset to help them push the boundaries of creativity, moulding them to greater heights on reaching adulthood. For me personally, what is even more special is when a person doesn’t lose that imagination just because they have to get a day job.
Whilst some people (yes, people: cosplay exists for us adults too, thankfully) spend their time dressing up, others prefer to transfer their love for a world beyond reality through a more external creation. And so Brandon and Jarrod Shiflett enter the scene; Better known as the Shiflett Brothers, these two Texas based sculptors proudly describe themselves as “comic book nerds who sculpt nerdy stuff, with herds of pirate dogs, listening to Kate Bush, and pondering their chances of taking over the world, one fantasy sculpture at a time”.
When it comes to the world of comic book collectables there is a hell of a lot to choose from out there. From the moment these two brothers entered their first Comicon back in 1991 to show off their sculptures, Brandon and Jarrod blew audiences’ minds everywhere. But even before then these guys were honing their skills, creating paper mache versions of their favourite characters from the tender age of 15. What triggered this lifelong love for sculpture? It was their realisation that a 3D production of comic book characters could be more than action figures; it could be art. Whilst these days this may not be such a revelation, back in their youth it was a concept that changes their lives.
The road was long, and painfully hard. With no previous experience, these two brothers took all their enthusiasm and love for traditional comic book characters, and experimented again and again with handmade sculptures until one day, they found people were asking them for advice. These days, Brandon and Jarrod even produce their own tutorials and workshops when they’re not travelling to sell their sculptures as resin kits, pre-painted porcelains and bronze castings. The pair have successfully galvanized their imagination and skills and have even worked with the likes of Moore Creations, Bowen Designs and Marvel. What produces even more respect is the fact that these two continue to be proud, prolific fans of the genre in which they continue to create, and will happily promote new artists’ work on their own forums. Constructing their own creatures as well as sculpting well known characters, the Shiflett Brothers will continue to amaze audiences around the world with their enthusiasm and talent.
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