$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo
$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo
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$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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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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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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Sam
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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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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Here is my work, pretty rough though, finally finished it😆
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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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Sylvain St-Pierre
Cool video. I bought the Chavant clay and i will try using that technic to create a torso close to what you did. Just as a personal project to improve. The medium Chavant is sticker than i thought but its fun to work with. I'll post the piece in my album once done.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Awesome!
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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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Sylvain St-Pierre
Super cool idea. I love it.
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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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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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William O'Connor
...I found that the tape method was too loose for my liking...
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Sylvain St-Pierre
I like this. Is it blue tape ?
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Matt Dampier
Hi guys, here's my first sculpture, I did a torso of Eve, I used a paperclip and a butter knife, critique welcome. Matt
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Sylvain St-Pierre
Nice ! i think us beginners (first figure sculptures) will need to learn more about anatomy but in my humble opinion i believe your first is pretty good. Good luck for the 30th.
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Jeff Bailey
I decided to do the upper body of Eve. I used a knife, spoon, and paperclip.
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Sylvain St-Pierre
Really nice.
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Jeff Bailey
I also tired the relining body of Jesse. This was done with a aluminum foil portion for the body. Still using the spoon, knife, and paperclip.
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Sylvain St-Pierre
Really nice.
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Marena Kehl
Help, please. I have no idea how to add photos or a video from my iPad to this site. Thanks.
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Erin :-)
In the gray bar, click on the little square to the right, then it lets you choose where to import picture from :-)
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Andrew Joseph Keith
When you click on the bar that says “Write a post” on the right hand side there is a little picture box. If you click that it will open up a place that says “Attach files” if you click on that you should be able to brows the files on your iPad and select the desired files. Then you push the “attach photos” button. Let me know if it doesn’t work.
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Marena Kehl
Well, I've had fun. Made my first ever wire armature and overdid it on the arms-- the armature is actually bigger than the sculpted arm should be. And I got the proportions a little off to begin with, so... not a good start. The armature is showing through in the arms, hands (paws) and feet. I nailed the armature to the board and then could not sculpt the round under the feet. I had trouble working with the chavant clay. That clay will be a steep learning curve for me, I think. I prefer working with water based clay, but it is difficult keeping it moist, (overnight, days at a time, etc.) so I want to learn how to use and smooth or texture oil based clay. My lady looks like her entire body is a mass of cellulite and divots. The next time I do a piece this small, I think I will try doing the head and face separate from the body. The hands are such disasters that I didn't even attempt the face. I learned a lot. 1. Learning anatomy would be a great advantage. 2. Getting the armature correct is necessary. 3. Every new day allows me to see the sculpture differently. 4. I really like to work with certain tools. (It was incredibly tempting to just forgo the contest and use tools, but I didn't.) I hope you'll give concrete feedback so I can see what needs attention and what is heading in the right direction.
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Proko sculpting instructor from Logan Utah. Sculpting takes drawing to a whole new dimension.