The good, the bad, the ugly- My Coursework
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TeaMonster
My assignments from the Sculpture Fundamentals Course by Andrew Joseph Keith. A progress journal for everyone's amusement.
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Aaaaarghmatures! Armature = structural support for the clay. They come in many shapes and sizes, no one size fits all, and many artists have their preferred method. Personally as my projects were never the same size or subject matter I just made up the armature on the spot. Trial and error over the years and hitting the wire, having to modify etc just seemed the norm to me. So I welcome a considered tried and tested method, Andrew has provided a good technique and I finally got the hang of it I think...
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Modifying the armatures, here I added wings using aluminum mesh, one wing I sewed on and hit the thread with a couple of drops of super glue to secure, the other side I used aluminum tape, which was faster and easier. I try and use heat resistant materials for all the armature, although using oil based clay these wont get baked we do use heat tools to soften the clay, so for example I wouldn't use hot glue as we may remelt it later on ;)
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The cheap sculpture challenge got me thinking about cheap clay... I recall many moons ago in school we used a 'dough' clay, a salt dough recipe using flour to make an air dry clay....I looked up a recipe on the interwebs and had a crack at it... Well maybe I got the mix wrong even though I tried a few times, my dough was very sloppy even after trying various mixes, it slumps under it's own weight, and even went manky after a few days. Think I'll stick to shop bought for now but it's good to know you can grab food cupboard items and make something to muck about with :) (if anyone has a secret formula that works do let me know, thanks)
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In between classes I'll do some studies to keep sharp, this a quick foot in the cheap plasticine. Adding a bit of cornflour and mixing it in helps reduce the stickyness, but I really don't like the feel or colour and will probably use other clays for the remainder of this course.
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Also whilst exploring materials, we bought a soap bar for a change and I immediately nabbed a bit to try carving some. (Yes soap carving is a thing, many talented folks out there) I haven't carved anything before really as most of my modelling materials are additive like clay. Sticking with cheap I just used a paper clip for the carving. I see carving in a different category but wanted to have a quick go.
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The cheap challenge was fun and humbling. I'm here to learn and there is much to learn!
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More cheap challenge pics
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Looks pretty good to me.
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The cheap sculpture Challenge... I can talk the ear off a donkey so I didn't want to clog up the main classroom thread.
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