sculpture

Update from my sculpture class...

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Week 4 - end of day
{week 4 - end of day}

Week 4 - beginning of day
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Hello,

Here is the current work from the sculpture class I am taking from Rick Weaver. We are working on a seated figure and so far it has been a great learning experience. It is a lot more difficult than the bust we completed earlier this term, in that it requires so much more attention to proportions and the interconnections of the various forms and features.

Previously I had focused on really establishing the base and lower portion of the body, her legs mainly, and yesterday's class was mainly focused on getting the torso and arms correct in proportion to everything else. The sculpture's head had to be enlarged some because it was a little too small and this was affecting how the torso was being built up. So after getting the head size correct, I had a benchmark to then work on getting the heft that is in the chest, shoulder, and arms.

In doing this, it then became apparent that the back and waist needed to be altered, that had to wait because class ended before getting to that area.

There still seems to be a lot more to do and there is only one more class this term. Next week will be busy!

Thanks for stopping by and reading,

Liz

Week 4 - end of day
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Week 4 - end of day
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Week 4 - end of day
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Figurative Sculpture {a work in progress}

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End of Day 1
{status at the end of the first day}

Hello,

I wanted to share with you the process of working on a figurative sculpture. We have a lovely full figure model who is sitting in a nice classical pose. She is sitting pretty straight with only the most subtle contrapposto of the rib cage and pelvis, but in order to make the piece have a feeling of movement it still needs to be evident and maybe just a little emphasized.

Last week only the plinth and a basic block in of the body was built. At the end of the class we covered the sculpture with a plastic bag but did not tightly close it up so a little air would circulate so the clay would harden some. This stiffening of the clay will be helpful as the time goes on because it will be the foundation for all future additions that are more specific.

End of Day 2
{at the end of the second day}

I am drawn to the way the model is somewhat leaning on her right arm, and how the straightness of the right arm is countered by the forward thrust of the left leg, where the right leg is relaxed in a skewed manner.
In order to keep the gesture in mind while I am working on various parts, I use a pointed tool to draw into the surface to remind me of critical parts and and directional lines. In the top photo you can see how I drew a box for the direction of the rib cage and a corresponding line for the top of the pelvis that is counter to that of the chest. There are similar marks on the back of the sculpture also.

End of Day 2
{a side view at the end of day two}

I used the drawn lines also in the rounded form of the head, making sure I do not lose the sense of direction the model is looking, even if in real life the model adjusts some as she settles into the pose. And as you can tell with some of the rough edges, I try to only use tools to create the surface, this ensures a more defined contour and helps minimize the tendency that when working only with the hands a soft and somewhat muddled surface appearance.
We have a few more classes on this piece and I look forward to developing it further and then sharing with you.
Until then, thanks for stopping by, Liz

Final day working on the portrait sculpture

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John - final day
{front view of John}

Hello,

Today was the last day with our current model, so it also was the last time to work on the portrait and refine it more.

As a recap, this is the state it was in at the beginning of the class today. At the time class started I thought it was pretty good and was initially in a quandary of what needed attention and where to start.

John - Day 2

{status at the end of last week}

Then as I looked at the piece with a more patient eye I began to see discrepancies and areas that needed to be refined and developed more. Some areas needed to be filled out more, other areas needed a more subtle transition from one plane to another plane. I worked alot today on the shape of the eye socket and how the eyes fit within in, which included making some significant changes to the check and nose.

A few concepts learned today had to do with how to look at the sculpture and the model in a way that helped to identify the areas that needed to be altered. Last week I had mainly looked at the head strait on for the front, back, and sides. Today the three-quarter view was particularly important in helping to improve the shapes and how the front face plane intersected with the side plane of the face.

Sculpture is different than painting and drawing in that it requires you to think about the whole where with 2-dimensional work you only need to consider one view, however it is similar to painting in drawing in that you block in, go over and refine, then further refine, and so on... Making the process potentially a never ending situation. :) That is if you are really compulsive!

John - final day

{three-quarter view}

John - final day

{side profile}

New Work

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John - Day 2
{John - end of the second day with model}

Good morning :)

Here is something new I have been working on this term at the Art League, Sculpture! I am taking two classes with Rick Weaver as the instructor, one is a painting class, and the other is a scuplture class, and this is what we have been working on. A portrait bust of John.

This is my first scuplture class, and so far I am loving it. We are working in clay and on the first day we built the internal armature that holds the clay on the stand, which is built with a plumbing flange and 6" pipe, some armature wire, duct tape, and other misc items, all to kept the clay from sliding down and turning into a heap. On the first day we just built a generic head shape {I forgot to photograph this phase} and then on the second day we began to adjust the generic head shape to resemble the model.

I am hopeful taking sculpture will improve my ability in understanding the figure.

first day

{armature for bust}

Here are some additional views...

John - Day 2

John - Day 2