The Creating of Artstone...
Step 1: Stone Selection
The stone selection process is not easy. In addition to possessing the proper shape, size, and texture, the stones must be the right conduit for the spirits of the characters waiting to leap from Henry Lee’s imagination into the real world. Sometimes during the painting process Henry discovers the stone is missing that special something, so it's essential to carefully search for the right ones.
Step 2: Cleansing
Once the collected stones are categorized by size, color, and texture, their surface are cleansed and smoothed.
Only at this point may the spirits of Henry's imaginary characters begin to inhabit them.
Step 3: Pencil Draft
A draft is then made in pencil on the stone. Sometimes the animal is crouching, at other times rakish, languorous, or playful. The artist insist the character has to blend in naturally with the shape and size of stone naturally.
Step 4: Acrylic Painting
Japanese acrylic paint colors are carefully selected to delineate details such as fine hairs, while natural brush strokes are used render the animal’s demeanor, movements, and expressions.
Step 5: Creating the Crystal-clear Eyes
The most challenging part of the process is bringing the crystal clear eyes of the animal on the stone to life.
To accomplish this, the artist must apply 7 to 8 layers of paint in one breath, to create the feeling that the whimsical characters are looking right back at you.
Step 6: Reproductions
Because each of Henry’s creations requires an immense amount of time and effort, everypiece to him is one of a kind. His work began purely as a means of expressing his passion and imagination and he never considered the business or branding potential. He intends to keep all his originals as museum collection. But when he observed how much his friends wished to add Artstones to their collections, Henry decided to create a method by which to reproduce specific pieces in limited edition for collectors.
After studied all the details of the originals, including the shape, texture, weight, and lines, HCF team finally found a way to use cold-cast mold and mix stone powder with poly-resin to create a 95% near-perfect reproduction stone save for a few natural dents and colors.
the process. Also, every piece is a limited edition, comes with a unique certification number, and is discontinued once sold out. These engravings convey the beauty of the original work and make an exquisite gift.