New work! Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

December 1, 2017Snakes

Finally! Soon this little lady will be going to the foundry to be transformed into bronze! (for a door handle) Fully sculpted both front and back, so that it can be seen through a glass door from all sides! No pricing yet.

Works in progress, production and pricing

March 7, 2017Uncategorized
Work in progress rattlesnake head for a pair of door handles.
Work in progress rattlesnake head for a pair of door handles.
Work in Progress: a pair of rattlesnake door handles
Work in Progress: a pair of rattlesnake door handles
So much work in progress
So much work in progress

I am still working on a pair of rattlesnake handles. Bear with me, there are many, many scales! I have had questions on purchasing my sculpture and here is what I can say about that: YES you can purchase a few of the snakes (Western Diamondback door handle: $1200 USD plus shipping in BRONZE or cold-cast bronze: $220 USD plus shipping) and the pair of rattlesnake handles WILL be available as soon as I have them done. I do not have pricing yet. Production at this point is just me making these, so I have very limited quantities. I can make more or have more made, but it will take a bit of time, so bear with me on that too. I hope to have more to show you soon. Thanks for keeping up with me!

A little update

August 30, 2016Snakes

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Here is a little sneak peek of the maquette for my homage to Rene Lalique. He was such a master of so many media and subjects, especially sexy serpents! I was trying to really concentrate on the lines and forms to achieve more “art” and less “scales,” while keeping all the SNAKE. This will be another wall mounted sculpture and available only in bronze. I will post pictures of the final, along with sizes and patina options. Three more life-size rattlesnakes to go before I can get back to this sexy snake…

Bronze…finally bronze!

May 13, 2016Snakes

I finally have BRONZE! Real, fire-kissed, bronze, Rattlesnake Door handles. Here are some more pictures of the handle, and (hopefully) answers to several questions. I had two bronzes cast, one sold immediately and shipped today; I have one left, but given time, I can have more cast that are just as beautiful, I just need to give the foundry several weeks (8-12+.)  To purchase either a bronze or “cold-cast” resin handle, please email me or PM me through Facebook (JL Cook, sculptor). I do not have retail capabilities yet, but I will work with PayPal, money order or check. The bronze is currently $12oo USD plus shipping and the “cold-cast” is $200 USD plus shipping. The sculpture for both is identical, only the final material is different. “Cold-cast” bronze is a resin filled with bronze powder; it is durable and useable for indoor, but will not be suitable for exterior use. Bronze (lost-wax) is real, foundry-cast metal and can withstand constant, daily use; it is practically impervious to most elements other than a volcanic eruption (think Pompeii) or dragon fire. Both have bolts either welded or embedded into the back for mounting through a door.

I do not currently have other items for sale, but I AM working on that. Yes, I do take commissions. All of the previous snake items are sold or retired. I would like to have a smaller version of the Emerald Tree Boa door knocker, a Rattlesnake Tail door knocker (very similar to the drawer pull,) and a belt buckle by the end of summer. I hope I’ve answered some questions and you enjoy the photos.

Thank you for all your kind words so far, I truly appreciate it!

Detail of underside of bronze Rattlesnake Door knocker
Detail of underside of bronze Rattlesnake Door handle
Bronze Rattlesnake - closeup
Bronze Rattlesnake – closeup
Tail detail - Bronze Rattlesnake Door Handle
Tail detail – Bronze Rattlesnake Door Handle
Both Bronze Handles together
Both Bronze Handles together
Lost-wax Bronze casting of Rattlesnake Door Handle
Lost-wax Bronze casting of Rattlesnake Door Handle

The now infamous Seussical Tree

February 29, 2016Personal

Of all the artwork I’ve done, a couple pieces have surprised me by their popularity. Horton’s tree from Seussical is one of those pieces. Here are a couple of progress shots of the tree during construction. It started out as several 2×4’s constructed into a ladder with a platform at the top. Then foam sheets were added to create the forms and basic structure. Paper mache was applied in layers to smooth out the forms and join the messy edges of the foam. The top of the tree was added by cutting leaves out of foam, gym mats. This gave the leaves a nice, springy effect: the whole top bounced and swayed while Horton moved during the performance. Lastly, the entire tree was painted…and the performance began! The kids did a fantastic job. I hope to be posting pictures from Cinderella soon.

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Hello from Hogwarts!

February 29, 2016Personal

Eight years ago, I won an online contest to draw a fan-art cover for the last Harry Potter novel. After that, I was asked to create the artwork of the Oxford skyline for an academic conference (Accio) in England,  discussing the cultural relevance of these books to the current literary world. While I did not get to go to Oxford at the time, I did get to visit recently, and it was amazing! London and Oxford are both full of history and art and beautiful things that I had only seen in books until now. I did get to stand in the steeple of the church just over Hedwig’s wing and look down over the inspiring landscape where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis taught and created the books that would fill my childhood imagination. Accio memories!

Snakes. Why did it have to be Snake…Arts?

February 29, 2016Snakes

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to my new portfolio site. I thought it was time to update things and get a new look and a new name. Snake Arts was the first website I ever had. It was a joint business venture with Jim and Debi Rogers (Nearly Native Nursery) to create and produce snake themed “stuff.” I don’t have any of that old “stuff” left, but because pictures of that “stuff” are still floating around the internet, I was contacted to sculpt more snakes for movies and museums. I hope you like the new look and the new (old) name as much as I do.


Lions, Robots and Red Kites…

February 28, 2016Personal

Lions, Robots and Red Kites… Goodbye Beauty and the Beast doorway (nice keystone memento though,) hello battle flag for Rex Machina Robotics and Red kites for Mary Poppins! Busy day.

Art, like music or a sunset, does not have to last.

February 28, 2016Ephemeral

Art, like music or a sunset, does not have to last.
Ephemeral Art is a fleeting experience: a performance remembered. For several years, JL Cook has been working with Sand Sculpt USA and Pumpkin Sculpt USA creating pumpkin and sand carvings to delight the visitors of the Bronx Zoo in NYC as well as other venues. She has also created sets and props for stage and movies to enhance the magic of the moment.