I can't say this was my worst project, but it was early on in the learning process. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to photograph my first piece (which was worst than this...big head, wrong proportions, no anatomy) And, This was back when we were still processing film, so I was a cheap skate ;) I will say that there is something very humbling about photo documenting...Just when you think it looks good-take a picture (it sucks after that). Nonetheless, this was not one I was very fond of and is good candidate for pointing out errors.
Very Funny!!! However...Hmmm, how to approach this... So, okay...I can understand why it would not be appropriate to blast this topic out on youtube. But! Are we not getting the short end on the stick...uh well, missing out on some important details involving the pelvic areas. Definitely a premium video that fills in the mystery hole in the bottom of pelvis. Right? You know, medically speaking, just trying to understand how the, uh [cough] package hangs out there. On a serious note: Wasn't sure if there was any noteworthy musculature or information around these areas to consider. For example; I was unaware the penis originates from under the pubic symphysis. Apart for medical studies did not know how much artistic anatomy would apply? Like how much fat would these areas accumulate... Not trying to be pervy...just curious how it all goes together.
Looked at some you tube videos. Don't know what else I need to start. For the first lessonI guess I will also need wire cutters or Pliers to make an armature? How will I soften the clay? Torches, lighters, double boiler?hair dryer?What is recommended? What solvent is safest for a low circulation area? I Never made an armature or worked with oil based clay. I apologize I posted these questions elsewhere also. Thanks!!
Thought I might chime in here, and post a few links to sites that have sculpting clays/waxes. https://www.sculpey.com; https://www.chavant.com; https://www.monstermakers.com; https://beesputty.com. Each material has different characteristics that, I'm sure, Mr. Keith will explain. I've used Sculpey, Chavant, Castilene (now owned by Chavant), and a product no longer made (dang it!) CX5 by adambeaneindustries. You can get tools all over the place, apart from what's mentioned...Amazon, Blick, Michaels, Hobby Lobby...Online https://www.sculpt.com; https://www.sculpturedepot.net are a couple of neat sites to shop. Shoot you can even look up on youtube on how to make your own tools!!! Hardware stores are good alternative to art store armature wire...you can get aluminum wire cheaper (quick search) Lowes has 39ft for $9. Oh one last thing, a trick for saving on material...get some aluminum foil. It can also help with weight issues.
I'm in...looking forward to learning. Really interested in pushing the dynamics of the figure...you know twists and turns, and how that effects the musculature. Also, honing in on anatomy. Lastly, not sure how much you'll get into portraits, but I kind of live in (what Ryan Kingslien refers to as) that valley of the suck with regards to faces. Of course, may not focus in this series...but here's to the future!