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Sculptor Bruce Gray

Not all artists get to see their work on TV. Bruce Gray does. He's a sculptor in Los Angeles who's well known for his kinetic art (like his rolling ball sculptures), his funky furniture and his magnetic sculptures. He's also made tons of super-sized objects like giant cheese wedges, insects, cats and high heel shoes made from aluminum and steel. Bruce's work is in over 1,000 private and corporate art collections across the world and is in hundreds of movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos, celeb events and even video games.


Getting Started

Bruce always liked to draw, paint and build things but he didn't take any art classes. He did however, build an electric guitar in wood shop. When he found out he had dyslexia at the end of 2001, he said it explained a lot of the problems he had as a child. Not that it slowed him down, Bruce says dyslexia is an advantage for anyone working in three dimensions.


When he finally decided to apply to art school, he applied to the University of Massachusetts, but his portfolio was rejected. A few months later, they told him if he worked hard, he would be permitted to attend the University. He majored in Design and got a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Design after four years.


The Bad News

Bruce wasn't discovered overnight. He worked hard and struggled. One of the most difficult things about being a sculptor is getting the money for tools. It's also hard to get work exhibited at an art gallery. "There really is no way to get into museums and important art collections without a serious track record of art gallery exhibits under your belt," says Bruce. He says you need to have a really impressive portfolio before you approach a gallery.


Now For the Good News

Sculptors don't make a set amount of money. Bruce makes about $50,000 to $60,000 a year. "It is still common to go a month or two with no income at all, so I have to be careful about budgeting my income for the slow times," explains Bruce. "Artists tend to make most of their money as they get older and also nobody tells you when to retire."


Advice

If becoming a sculptor is what you want to do, Bruce has some advice. First, you need to decide what you want to accomplish with your art. Are you doing it for creative reasons or because you want to make a living from it? Because it's seriously difficult to make a living as a sculptor, Bruce suggests finding a second source of income. In other words, don't give up your day job. You'll need it so you can afford to eat. You should also be willing to relocate to a city that is a major center of art, like Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, etc. "Do what you feel passion for," says Bruce but also accept criticism or suggestions as one person's opinion. "The key is passion! It shows in your work."


To check out Bruce's site, pictures of his work and for lots more information, click here.

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    What Would You Sculpt With?

    • I would make art out of chocolate.
    • I would use cheese.
    • I think ice cream would be perfect.
    • I would use butter.

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    drowning posted in Friends:
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    JazzyRox
    JazzyRox posted in Friends:
    "WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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    WatermelonCurlz
    OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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    Abbergrl
    Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Friends:
    A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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