A MASTER SCULPTOR • Baris Kareli



Everytime we watch some movie with special effects, it is so appealing to find out how this or that was made, how was it sculpted, if the blood is the right color, if it was a silicone face or a real one…


So today’s post is about a very talented sculptor and propmaker Baris Kareli, who has, from our point of view, a dream job. But let’s start from the beginning…



Baris was born in Germany in 1984. His first major was chemical engineering but then he decided to study art and graduated from the Fine Arts and Sculpting in Anatolia University in Turkey.




Baris is part of the team consisting of sculptors, painters, engineers, and designers. They started a studio called Artisn’t Art Studio in 2010 to work on the Çanakkale Kabatepe War Simulation Center project. Since then they have worked in various museums, science, culture and art center projects such as Tübitak Kayseri Science Center, Kazakhstan National Museum, EXPO Antalya 2016. After living and working in Turkey for eight years Baris decided to move to London, UK in 2018 and settle down.




As we already mentioned Baris is a prop maker as well, it means he is working on special effects in movies, making all sorts of faces, creatures, things, well... everything what is needed! His big achievement in this field was a nomination for Best effects from British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) for the movie Saint Maud. Well done!





You can find his behind the scene videos and pictures of his artwork on Facebook and Instagram or even on his YouTube channel.


Because of the quarantine Baris started to make small scale home decoration goods for the people who enjoy small delights.




He shared with us more about the making process: “Sometimes I sketch my model I want to make, then I am choosing the material to work with as there are many different options in polymer clays. I’m mostly using MonsterClay plasticine and CosClay bakeable polymer clay. You don’t need to keep them wet because they don’t dry outside. Monster Clay is one of wax based clay so it’s very efficient for getting detailed textures. When I am making a silicone mould to cast my models, I'm mostly using platinum cure silicones but also polyurethanes, epoxy resins and fiberglass are some of the casting materials that I use according to the needs,” explains Baris.



“I have different table stations and help from colleagues for different processes. I spend most of my time on model making stations and when I finish model making part of the job, one of my colleagues takes the model over for a moulding process. After the moulding and the casting processes are done, I get back the casting for the painting and finishing touches.”


We were wondering what he is working on right now and which direction he is going. The answer was: “Sculptures are 3 dimensional but real life has 4 dimensions so I have been working on animatronics for a while now and I’m dreaming about making more realistic models with making them moving."




So thanks to today's post, next time you see a realistic robot in the movie, check the credits and you may scream: “I know the guy!” :)