Let’s be Frank.
Gennem kunsten skal livet kendes.

This is a piece done largely as a free exercise, meaning I went in without a plan and just saw what happened, working with abstract art in miniature form.

It is converted off of Nordlys Miniatures ‘Arctic Encounter’ set. The kayak and mini is heavily converted, and the head is from a 54 mm scotsman from FER. Can’t remember which. The girl is Marie Fleur by Mr. Lee’s (please re-release this Kyle) the fish is from Robot Rocket.

This is a tale about a guy quite literally dropping his oar chasing his big fish. It is based off of a book called Frank Returns Home in which the character, Frank, chases his big fish, drops his oar and drifts to sea. Days later he returns to his pregnant girlfriend, who is now in labour, and noone believes his weird tale. Either it is quite an elaborate lie and he simply went drinking due to a father-to-be panic and a massive impostor syndrome. Or he is telling the truth.

It is sculpted to catch this ambiguity. Both a cityscape and a cliffside sea voyage. You can almost hear the door shutting somewhere in the distance. The fish is impossible to eat. Naturally so. I can relate in every way possible, and so I dedicate this to all the sailors out there who go too far chasing that big fish.

On a side note, when no plan at all, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t know about this, but it sure was an interesting ride.

Massive thanks to Mads for the pics.
  • girlpainter57

    superb gold

  • Tobias_K_Aasvang

    Ecellent! A true joy to have seen - and not fully understood - parts of your creative process.
    The result is amazing!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much mate. Thanks for suggestions along the way. The moon in the way is a coin. Just not painted that way. You know.

  • Tobias_K_Aasvang

    Off course it is. :)
    Nothing simple about symbolism.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"


  • Mateu_Reb

    Muy buen trabajo!

  • Marius "Der Stone "Stein

    Instant love!

    • Jakob Villien

      Lovely, thanks for this reaction.

  • Entrevon

    Superbe composition : gold !

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much for this Bernard! I am glad you liked the composition

  • Eamon Connerty

    Marvelous work, I’m really blown away by this! Great imagination and wonderful use of perspective! GOLD!!!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thank you so much! I bow to you, sir.

  • ohtekPLUS

    Go to gold~!!

  • Vitaly Lapshin


    • Jakob Villien

      Thank you. Not sure what it means, but I am sure positive :)

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Fantastic my friend!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much Magnus! Happy you like this odd little thing :)

  • Patrik HurtigPLUS

    Lovely story telling!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks mate. Story is completely stolen, but yes it is! :)

  • Bran

    Beautiful realization, well done Jakob !!

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    Great idea and story telling !

  • Josh_Underhill

    I’ve always wondered how mixing diverse scale figures to force perspective might work and I had concluded that it would probably need a box to set a single viewpoint but you’ve done it here without this and it works!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much for chiming in, Josh. This is fully abstract, so it is ok that scales and distances are all messed up. I don’t actually think this works in terms of being any sort of believable, but it is not meant to be. I might try to work with scales on something else tho. As it is fun and provides lots of opportunities.

  • TimPLUS

    Another beautiful piece mate, your work is so improve

    • TimPLUS

      I meant emotive, not improve!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much mate! Happy to hear. And yes that is a general feel I am going for.

  • Francois "Frado" Daugny

    very original and well done project. Gold!!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much for kind words :)