Dug Stanat

is creating Sculptures of Freaks

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Weirdo
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You want to make the world weirder! Besides the satisfaction of knowing that your buck is bringing more weird stuff into the world, you'll get lots of behind the scenes updates and early access to my work. Thank you so much to all the One Dollar Weirdos!
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You're like a weirdo, only weirder! You'll join my adventure with even more photos, videos, and commentary. Finally, you'll have access to my Secret Store! Thank you so much and Welcome Aboard! 
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You like to shove new idea things into your brain! Tap into almost three decades of experience...learn about my sculpting techniques and materials, creativity boosting strategies, thoughts on style, the business of art, working for a large animation studio...the floor is open. I encourage you to ask any questions you have, and I will try to answer them either directly or with future posts.

Most importantly, you're so weird that even weirdos think you're weird! You'll.receive all the benefits of the lower tiers and a ton of satisfaction knowing that you are helping a ton. Thanks so much for supporting my work!


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About

Who are you?

I am Dug Stanat, an independent sculptor of freaks, known for creating strange characters infused with a dark humor and distinctive style. I have been sculpting since the early 90s, and have created many hundreds of unique characters. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you will see some examples.

In the early 2000s I took a major detour to work at DreamWorks as a digital puppet maker for 12 years. But I quit that gig more than six years ago, and these days, all I do is sculpt. I enjoy working in both ceramic and mixed media. You can learn even more about me and my sculpting materials by visiting my website.

Why Patreon?

I used to post on Instagram and Facebook almost every day. This took a lot of time and I am happy to have greatly reduced my social media workload. Patreon is now the place I am most regularly showing my work.



I share the adventure of art with my Patrons. Patreon supporters get (roughly) weekly updates. Higher levels of support enjoy more posts, including work-in-progress shots, candid commentary, sculpting and painting tips and tricks, and musings on art and creativity, and videos of me sculpting (both time lapse and real-time). Many tiers have access to my Secret Store, which occasionally opens to offer discounted sculptures. And I am always happy to answer questions and hopefully help my patrons on their own creative journeys.



Most importantly, when you support me on Patreon, you are getting the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping me bring more weirdness to the world through my sculpture.


Thank you so much for supporting me on Patreon!

-Dug


Not familiar with my work? You can watch 360 spin movies at my dugosaurus theater, visit my Instagram and Facebook pages, check out my time-lapse videos on youtube, or just keep scrolling down for more examples.

Have questions? Check out my FAQ below!

This is Space Madness, the largest project I completed during my first year of Patreon. It won the Gold Dimensional award for Spectrum 27 and my Patreon supporters watched it go from concept to completion, even helping me with science fiction character ideas:


This is Justice, 2018, an example of my mixed media work and a Spectrum Awards nominee:

This is Call of the Turtle King, 2019, water based clay before being fired into ceramic.

and this is The Corruption of Father O'Malley, 2016, a ceramic installation featuring many ceramic busts, also a Spectrum Nominee:

You will find more examples below the FAQ!

FAQ:
  • Will you continue to post on other social media platforms? Yes, I will continue to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but many of those posts will be recycled content, so you can still get your daily fix, but Patreon will be the only place to consistently get the inside scoop.
  • Will the Live streams be available as video afterwards?
    Yes!
  • What is the difference between the Live Broadcasts and the Lunatic Hangouts?
    The live streams are mostly about watching me work. My focus will be on my work and what I am doing. I will be talking and answering questions about just about anything, but I will also be getting stuff done. The Lunatic Hangouts are Discord voice and text chat, and are all about the Lunatics and the Lunatic Community. My focus will be on what you folks are working on. In addition to fielding general questions, I will be happy to look at your work, provide a bit of feedback, and try to help with any challenges you are facing in your work. If you want direct input on your work, and to see what other Lunatics are doing, this is the place for you. If you want serious one-on-one video time, then Psychos Apprentice is the way to go.
  • What materials do you sculpt with? 
    • My full figures are mixed media: wire, epoxy putty, glue, wood, fabric, paper, rocks, foil, sheet metal, and whatever else...finished with acrylic paints and mediums.
    •  My busts are ceramic: I use Venus White water based clay from Clay Planet. This is a low/fine grog cone 5/6 stoneware. After a cone 04 bisque, I finish with homemade oxide washes and commercial underglazes, and final fire to cone 5 (2170° F).
  • Do you sketch before you sculpt? Usually not. But for large projects, at least a little.
  • You worked at DreamWorks? What movies did you work on?
    In the late 90s I was struck with a desire to make my sculpture move. My focus shifted from physical sculpture to 3D computer animation and in 2002 I was hired as a character technical director (digital puppet maker) at PDI/DreamWorks. My movie credits include How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2 & 3, Madagascar 1 & 2, and The Bee Movie. I quit my job at DreawWorks on Halloween, 2013, to return to physical sculpting. I spent almost all my time rigging faces...here are some of the characters I rigged faces for: Hicccup, Stoick, Gobber, Fishlegs, Tuffnut, Pitch, Bunny, Sandman, North, Marty, Melman, Mort, The Penguins, Monty, Pollen Jocks, Donkey, Dragon, Ogre Babies...and yes, I did work on Shrek's face, but I never rigged the whole thing from scratch :)
  • Why do you have a funny haircut? I've been wearing my hair in 6 silly little ponytails since 2002, simply because it makes the world a little more interesting. Before 2002, I wore my hair in countless other silly configurations.
  • Do you mold and cast your artwork? No, all of my work at this point is one-off originals, although castings may be available in the future.
  • Do you sell your artwork? Yes! You can buy my work in my Online Shop and at conventions, such as the Monsterpalooza shows in LA.
  • Do you do commission work? Generally, no. However, you are always welcome to ask, and if I sculpt something that is inspired by your request, I will give you first chance to purchase the piece.
You can find even more information about me at Dugosaurus.com, including an even more extensive FAQ.

Here are some more examples of my work:





Goals
66 of 100 patrons
At 100 patrons, I will get my hands on a phone with a better camera, so I can post better and more frequent WIP shots. Yeah, actually I already did this, so I'll do something else fun at 100 :)
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Writings
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Videos

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