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May 7th, 2007 #1
First Sculpture progress thread - done! - 08.01.07
I've just started a 10-week sculpture class, and I thought I'd post the progress here. My teacher is great, but there are so many amazing sculptors on ca.org I thought I'd start a progress thread and solicit any additional comments and crits you folks may have. At the very least, I'll have a nice history to look back over.
This is sculpted from life in regular clay and is about 2.5 - 3 feet long.
These photos were taken after about 2 hours of sculpting.
Thanks for looking.
Last edited by maldrin; August 3rd, 2007 at 12:20 AM.
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May 11th, 2007 #3
tysiony: thanks! Sounds like I've got all the right parts so far! Hopefully it will stay that recognizable.
I added the forearms, the rest of the legs, and a head, but the bulk of the 2 hours we sculpted was spent trying to get the angle of the legs right. My teacher has been helping me transition from 2D to 3D - it's hard, but it's really interesting. I like the challenge, and had a lot of correction to do once I was seeing things a bit better. Here's the status at the end of the night - her thighs are mostly right but her lower-legs and feet are ganked up and in need of an overhaul.
May 16th, 2007 #4
Here's an update with the work from tonight's class. I cut her legs off twice and made new ones and I think they finally look about right. at least it's a much better starting place than what I had. expanded the musculature of the torso and upper arms as well. Thanks for looking!
May 17th, 2007 #5
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The new legs are much better. I like the back and shoulder areas as well. I can't wait to see how you polish her off.
May 17th, 2007 #7
tysiony - Thanks! I think she's taking pretty good shape. We've got like 7 weeks left, so I'm sure some of what I've done will end up scraped off and replaced (hopefully with something even better) but I'm pretty happy considering I have no idea what I'm doing.
Ray - Thanks, bro! Yeah, I'm much happier with this (third) set of legs. Seeing as this is my first sculpture, especially. Thanks for your comment about the back and shoulders! The model is really expressive in the posture and shaping of her back and shoulders and I want to make sure I capture the expressiveness as well as an accurate form.
Sculpture is tons more fun than I expected - I hope I don't have trouble going back to 2d work! I've got to do some oil painting this weekend, hopefully I remember how!
May 17th, 2007 #8
Careful or you will get the sculpting bug and sculpting is all you will want to do from now on.
You are doing great, I would take another look at the upper hip, where it meets the waist. The underlying muscle structure there could use some attention like you showed to the back
May 18th, 2007 #9
Niggle - you're probably right - i may get bit by the bug. Thanks for the crit - I looked back at the pictures and I think I see what you're talking about. I'll try to go over to the studio this weekend and take a look - but for sure on wednesday when we have the next class, I'll sort that out based on the model.
May 18th, 2007 #10
If you can wait for the model, wait. In my experience, how I think a muscle would lay and how it does seems to be two different things. Just like 2D trust what you see not what you think you see, and just like 2D when you get it feels right.
Kudos for the good work.
May 21st, 2007 #11
damn thats gunna be heavy, looks awesome though, about where you are right now is where i would start have fun, it gets easier from here on usually. the beginning is always the hardest. keep goin
May 23rd, 2007 #12
Niggle - good point. I was at the studio tonight and I wouldn't have any idea what to change without her there. Unfortunately she's got a conflict this week so we won't have class again till next wednesday!
must...get...sculpture..fix! *slaps forearm*
jessef - yeah, she's heavy already! thanks for the compliment! glad to hear it might be about to get easier. it's fun, that much is for sure!
May 30th, 2007 #13
We were out last week, but back this week, so I have new progress pics. now all the changes are really subtle, but so pleasing. Niggle, thanks for your comment about the upper hip - I've still not got it right but it's getting closer to correct now. I'm also trying to get the tail bone worked out.
We did some drawings tonight, which took up some time, but was phenomenal. Standing poses, so it really broke up the monotony of the class.