Just a couple weeks ago I finished up RISD's super-intensive Figure Modeling Marathon. For the six weeks we had class six days a week, 8 hours a day (sometimes more!), and that doesn't even mention homework. I was one of the most exhausting classes I've ever taken, but also one of the best. I went in with zero sculpting experience.
We started with a 80% scale skull study.
Then we went to an 80% portrait of a model
Then to my least favorite work of the semester, a 1/3 scale seated figure. Generally not as pleased with how this one turned out.
Our last project, the standing figure. Exactly 41% scale. And yes, I sculpted a spear because I wanted to.
Now, onto my favorite piece! We got to pick an independent project, so I picked a self-portrait. As one to do some crazy things from time to time, I went for a life-size bust. I really didn't know what I was getting myself in for. First, the progress pictures...
And then the final beast! I've since cast it in plaster, but that still needs some work before it can be photographed.
I took this class honestly because I wanted to take a class that would help my other 2d pursuits (drawing, painting, illustration), and I must confess that I already notice an improvement. Though I really doubt I'll end up being a sculptor for a living, this class has led me to take it on as something to do on the side, as well as give me the deepest respect for those who can sculpt well.