"I'm not going there to die. I'm going to find out if I'm really alive."
I recently completed a second binge viewing of Cowboy Bebop's 26 episodes (and movie) and thought that Spike Spiegel, the main protagonist of the series, would make for a cool and interesting ceramic sculpture. In researching Spike's creation by Shinichirō Watanabe and Toshihiro Kawamoto, I learned that his appearance was primarily based on the main protagonist of Tantei Monogatari, portrayed by the famous Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda. Bruce Lee was clearly another influence, as Spike's physique and fighting style were modeled after the late Jeet Kune Do founder. (Incidentally, Bruce Lee is on my list of subjects to sculpt - one of these days.) My version of Spike is an imagining of what he would be as an actual person, sans the anime's exaggerated features. In hindsight, plain acrylic paint may have been a better choice over ceramic glaze which I ironically sourced from two different ceramics shops (Miami and in San Francisco) for the right color for his suit. (My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.)
Bisque fired model