$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo

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$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo

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Andrew Joseph Keith
Check out what can be done with just a safety pin and dollar store clay.
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witchout_mana
My attempt at the $5 challenge and 1st attempt at sculpting a person. (70 minutes of work) I like how the left leg turned out. The three things I had the most trouble with were getting the right hip high enough like model in the reference photo, wrapping my head around the shape and position of the shoulders, and while I didn't focus on the abdomen near as much as the limbs it's worth mentioning I was a little avoidant of the area because I couldn't figure out how to roll the lower stomach into the upper torso without making the area too out of proportion.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey these are great! Yeah the torso and hip areas are a complex area because there is so much going on. I like that you did multiple studies and it looks like your capturing the pose well. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more!
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witchout_mana
Went ahead and did studies from the other two sets of images after watching "Reviewing Your $5 Sculptures" Video
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Rob Whicker
Ok here is my second sculpture for the $5 challenge - J Mac soft clay over a tinfoil bean using only hands and a butter knife - hoping this gets easier with tools… feedback appreciated :)
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey looking great. Looks like you’ve got the primary forms pretty well established. I think this is good for a first sculpture, as you continue to work on other assignments start with these primary forms but keep it thin so that there is room to build on the secondary forms of the muscles on top. Keep it up!
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Adam Lambert
Ok here we go this is mine what do you all think?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great first project! Keep it up!
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Adam Lambert
and here are my tools straight from the silverware section of the DI
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Rebecca Shay
Ok I need some serious help. This is my second attempt. My first attempt was with Medium Chavant NSP, but it was too hard for me to handle. I used my hairdryer to soften it but it hardened as soon as I walked down stairs. The pictures are of the second attempt with soft clay. I'm amazed how everyone else's look so smooth and chunky. Mine is all broken up and patchy. Is it because I used soft clay?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
the clay may have something to do with it as soft clay tends to work faster but it is harder to work on details (because it moves around so easily) which is why I prefer a little firmer of a clay. you might try putting the clay in an oven at as low as it will go (like 150 F or less) or in a air tight plastic bag and place it in some hot water until the clay is soft all the way through. I like it soft during the initial stages but once there is some mass then I'll let it cool and just add one piece of clay at a time and use tools when needed to smooth the surface.
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Strahinja Milutin
Hi Andrew. I'm late for the challenge part, but some feedback would be very much appreciated :). I'm a 3D artist, trying to become character artist :D So for the past two years I've been studying anatomy, and doing some figure drawing along with traditional sculpting attempts. I haven't used any home made tools , because when I got my sculpting tools I just threw away everything I made myself. I tried to work mostly with my fingers, and occasionally use the ones in the photo. Thanks!
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Mark Taylor
Nicely done
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job! It’s looking great for a first study. One thing that’s standing out to me is it looks like some of the proportions may be a bit off, (the legs feel a little short compared to the torso, the hands are too small, and the head may be a bit large) but for the most part it’s a good study and a good job on the documentation. Keep it up! I look forward to seeing more of your work!
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Vicki Sullivan
Hi Andrew, I was thinking it would be great if you could add the reference images to the lesson notes for us to download to use when we try making the lesson sculpture as making one without the reference photos is a bit of a handicap and if we had the images to work from it would be super helpful, love to hear your thoughts?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey yes the photo references are available under the “Downloads” section of the “How to start sculpting on a budget” lesson. Let me know if you have trouble finding it!
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Ali TG
Here is my 2nd attempt. This time I tried the full figure. I used one of my 20 ga wire armatures but it was too clumsy and made things a little harder. One thing about the wire armature and full figure is I don’t know where to start. How to start building the elbow joint for example. I started with the pelvis and the rib cage but then I got lost pretty quickly. The other challenge was to make sure the sculpture is balanced otherwise it doesn’t stand on its own. Also, I didn’t use any tool for this sculpture. Not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t know how/where to use it. I would appreciate any feedback.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job! It looks like it’s coming along. I’ll go over more lessons that will talk about the actual sculpting part but for now I can say don’t worry too much about the details (like the anatomy of the elbow) focus primarily on the silhouette from whatever angle you’re sculpting and the primary forms (think cylinders, boxes, etc) and then slowly build the secondary forms like anatomy on top. It does take time and practice so keep doing the assignments! You’re doing great so far.
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Ali TG
I’m a total newbie but I think I could more or less capture the gesture. One of the hardest part was to make the creases like where the leg connects to the pelvis or where the rib cage pushes out the skin. Also I think my foil armature was too thick. I would appreciate your feedbacks.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey yeah looking great. Yes the area of the upper leg moving into the pelvis is a very tricky area because of all the bony landmarks and muscle attachments on both the front and back of the body. Yeah it looks a little stocky or thick and I would try to push the gesture a little further still. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more!
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brandonstudio
Well, I had a go at the challenge, it was fun. I think i might take this one further and push the details as I love the pose!
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aristotle
Very nice! If you do decide to take this further, as you mentioned, you should be sure to upload those photos too.
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Ferzan Süngütay
Hello @Andrew Joseph Keith the statue of evea I worked. 1- I drew the eva according to the photo proportions. 45 cm. 2- luminaire suitable for proportions I did. 3- I checked the armature with the drawing. 4- I placed the luminaire on the pedestal. There was no linking part. The wire is soft. I tried a lot but I couldn't. 5- It is very difficult to make luminaires. My wrists and fingers hurt for days. 6- There was water-based clay. The weather is too hot, the clay dries quickly and cracks. 7- I am waiting for the armature making lesson. when my hands hurt :) I enjoyed it very much thank you.
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brandonstudio
Nice work! It actually looks good cracked.
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megalij
@Andrew Joseph Keith when/how will we find out Thebes results of the challenge?
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Sam
5mo
Hi! Here's my first sculpture. It's very cheap: my hands, kid's clay for 1,59€, wire for 1€, an orphaned chopstick and some wood stick from an ice cream. The armature was not easy to make, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to start. In the end I made it too small 😂 The clay I used is hard but flexible. Easy to handle in small pieces. There was times I just wanted to punch the whole thing but I had a good time overall !
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Ali TG
Nice! The pinch on one side and stretch on the other side shows the gestures very well.
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taki
5mo
Here is my work, pretty rough though, finally finished it😆
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megalij
I hope this isn’t to late for the challenge, I took some liberties with exaggeration and altering the position I hope that’s ok:)
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Alexander Ranger
This is so cool! Reminds me a bit of Do Ho Suh's work. Really neat take on this pose!
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megalij
One more!
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TeaMonster
Hi all, here's my cheap challenge, all in for £5 ish, I gathered lots of tools and materials but ended up just using the paper clip and cocktail sticks oh and of course fingers. It's been eye opening, fun and humbling, I thought it would be easier haha. Looking forward to learning more from the course. I have full commentary thread of my attempts here (didn't want to clog up this timeline): https://www.proko.com/community/topics/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-my-coursework -Also I'm technically late posting by UK time but if the cut off deadline is US maybe I squeaked in just in time? -I'll let you decide Andrew, no worries if not, I want to play by the rules here :)
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Will Soto
Here are pics of my $5 challenge. I accidentally purchased Soft NSP Chavant. It was a little difficult since it softened so quickly, but still doable. Also used aluminum wire and foil. I also used a wooden knife from previous ceramic work I already owned.
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Ali TG
This is so nice. Can you post a picture of the armature as well? I’m curious to see how it works.
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Michael M
Photos of my $5 Challenge Sculpture - I used a butter knife, a wood ice-cream stick and a paring knife. The clay is oil-based (it's old and I don't know what kind) and it's formed over an aluminum foil armature.
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Alexander Ranger
Here's my attempt at doing a torso with some fairly sticky oil-based clay. I think the hardest part was trying to get into crevices like the around the spine, under the arms, and that kind of thing. And trying to get the muscles, particularly in the abdomen, to look like they are part of the form and not painted on. My method was basically trying to block in planes with the old transit card, then refine it a little more with the paper clip. I thought maybe the Sharpie would be useful for something but it really only ended up being used to push aluminum foil farther down when I would run into while modelling. So not super useful, but also super useful.
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Grace Yoon
Here is my assignment. I just used plastilina and my hands. I've never done sculpting before. I'm looking forward to learning from you!
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Taylynne Britton
Here's my first attempt! I definitely feel like I need to push things a bit more. I used some very small gage wire I had, a placker toothpick, and some van aken's plastalina from hobby lobby for $3.69. I also made a chicken before just to get a feel for the clay 😹
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job! Keep it up! Nice chicken.
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