Figure Sculpting Fundamentals

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Andrew Joseph Keith
In this course I teach you the fundamentals of sculpting the human figure. I designed the lessons to help beginners looking to get serious with sculpting while also covering fundamentals that more experienced sculptors will appreciate. If you've ever been curious about sculpting check it out.
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Ellen Deilkås
Hi Andrew, I have worked a while with this sculpture of Irina. Do you have any suggestions for how to finish it? My plan is to cast it afterwards.
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Ellen Deilkås
Thanks for the very useful critique! I don't have experience with mold making, but have used a professional previously, which I will use again. Would love to learn how to mold, if not just the first steps.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
it's looking good! yeah Fageras is an amazing sculptor. The head might be a little large making the figure look like a child so you might double check that. I'd also try for subtlety in the secondary forms and look for gesture in the limbs as well. while the gesture of the entire figure looks good the limbs feel a bit stiff so you might just double check if you can push the gesture of those a little. It really is coming along great! Do you have experience mold making?
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Ellen Deilkås
I have now seen your lecture on texturing the surface, and build forward on that. Great to also become more familiar with Fagerås who you referred to.
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maturin
Hi Andrew, is there a chart or diagram document that can be referenced for cranial units that you recommend or that is available for the course? It would be handy to have until I have them by rote. Apologies if they are somewhere and I haven't found them.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
yeah the cranial unit system I got from Stan's lesson on proportions. I think there is a download for that but idk if you have to have the premium course to download. https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/human-proportions-cranial-units/downloads
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amanda06
Hi! I don`t know where to post this so Im just sending this here Anyway. I saw your video about sculpting the Dragon on youtube and i wanted to give it a try. After bying the stuff i needed and after seeing your video several times i began. I had no experience about clay before i started this project and now im done. Im very satisfied myself but I want you to say what you think about it. What i should be better at to my next project and things like that:)
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job for a first project! One thing that you might focus on in future projects is the gesture and adding curves to the sculpture. This one appears a little too straight and as beginners we usually want to make things more stiff than we should. Keep it up!
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Do you review our sculptures progress virtually?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
yes you can submit your sculpture assignments by posting photos of your sculptures underneath the video lessons.
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Inhouse Design
So proportions, whether choosing Hale of Richer I wonder where that half head or half cranium goes. In short people who appear to have long torso's and short legs, is it the half way great trochanter that is lower and then in people with long legs its higher reducing the unit length of the torso. Is it the pelvic region that is varying between half and one head height? How does the less high and wider women's pelvis affect the unit proportions when working from life models or models who appear to have large heads compared to there torsos? Just wondering how others adjust the generic proportions to fit working from life models?
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Charles Tryon
Speaking of the PoseSpace photo sets, here is a sculpt I did recently based on one of the models. I took some liberties with the gown, but hopefully the figure has the same energy...
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job! This is looking great Charles!
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José Lopes Júnior
any date to new lessons?
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jakeyboy123
Andrew. Sorry to keep after this but I am having trouble uploading my sculpture results. Can you help?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey because the holidays are so busy for the Proko team they’ve paused the editing but it will start up again in the new year! I have done some posts on my Patreon page in the meantime https://www.patreon.com/Andrewjosephkeith but that’s a separate thing where I do around 2 projects each month that show the full sculpting process so you can sculpt along.
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brandonstudio
Andrew, will you be covering or can you cover in the future reductive sculpting? I sure still have much to learn on sculpting using clay, but I would like to learn how to sculpt by removing matter as well. What are your thoughts?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
I do love subtractive/reductive sculpting as well and I do have plans to do a course on stone sculpting/subtractive sculpture but that won't be until after the portrait course which is my next project.
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Sa8th
Hello fellow sculptors! Is there any ongoing assignment?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
So far we've just had the $5 sculpting assignment to start sculpting cheap, and the armature building assignment. The Aluminum wire armatures will be used in upcoming lessons for gesture studies.
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Wayne Lam
Would like to see all the lessons in one link, now it is not organized. Anyone having that issue?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
If you click on the "lessons" tab in the course it should allow you to see the lessons separated into their categories.
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heloohumuns
Hi all. I tried sculpting for my first time, and I think I made a okay sculpture. (You can at least tell what it is). I think the front is good, but the back is really bad. I think it is too big, and I didn’t do a good job clearly showing the muscles. Tips, anyone?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job! keep up the work and I look forward to seeing your progress.
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keisterderriere
How do you recommend warming the Chavant to make it easier to work with? My house is quite cool and it's very stiff at room temp. It also doesn't seem to warm up too well just in my hands, but they're also cold! Is it safe to microwave? Should I warm small chunks at a time and repeat as necessary? I also have a heat gun, but am not sure if I should just aim it at one end of the block or take off a chunk and warm in a bowl or something. Any advice would be appreciated! Loving the content so far, and thanks in advance!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
yeah I'll often put it in the oven at a as low as the oven will go for a little while so that the clay is soft and malleable. once you've worked the clay a bit it isn't as hard as fresh out of the block.
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Marena Kehl
Hi. I have the same issue. I've been cutting the Chavant into small pieces --less than one inch square--then using a hair dryer to warm the clay. I then massage the clay in my hand, attempting to keep it warm as I'm working. Hope this helps.
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heloohumuns
The container is made to be put in the oven. It will be at a good temperature to use at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to take the plastic cover completely off or it will melt and release carbon monoxide (or some other toxic gas).
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Kaiya Alisha Everitt
Hi, How long will the pre-sale be on for? Thank you
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Andrew Joseph Keith
The presale is over but you still might be able to use the discount code “POSESPACE” for 15% off though that sale may also be over already or soon.
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Wayne Lam
What is the best way to store the sculpture plus the Chavant materials? Thanks.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
The clay won’t dry out but it can oxidized a little (so the surface of the sculpture becomes firmer and feels more waxy) so wrapping projects in a plastic bag can help with that though it’s not required. Then obviously making sure that its not left in a hot car or other places where the clay could get too soft and melt.
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Sarah ElSergany
Hi! I was wondering if this course would be helpful for digital sculptors too when it comes to fundamentals like gesture, anatomy, or sculpting techniques? I use ZBrush.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Yes absolutely! I highly recommend that those that are interested in digital sculpting have experience with traditional sculpting because there is a tactile/muscle memory that is difficult to achieve using digital. It’s much easier for a traditional sculptor to transfer those skills to digital than the other way around. I hope you’ll give it a try! And I will probably do a digital sculpting course in the future as well but I’d still point people to this course to start.
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Samuel Gonzalez
How long is this course?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
It’ll be around 60+ videos, lessons and demos. Similar to the figure drawing fundamentals course.
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adi14
Hi, I am not good at drawing and painting. Don't have any knowledge about sculpting.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Well you should give it a try! The first lesson goes over starting to sculpt cheap and it’s a free lesson so you might see if you like sculpting.
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Michael W
I've seen your work and am a big fan! I was wondering if you would be going over, in detail, the beginning stages of a sculpture and how to build a strong structure with the box and egg? I find myself having difficulty accurately using the box and egg method to build a strong structure. On top of that I also have trouble building the rest of the sculpture on said structure when established. Will you be going over this in your course and demonstrating these steps? Thank you!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Yes absolutely we will cover all that and have assignments to help learn the primary forms accurately and capture the gesture so the details have a solid foundation. I hope you’ll submit assignments for the critique videos!
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Miguel Arguelles
Hi! Do you think you could post a list of materials in advance? Because of the pandemic, it's kind of hard to source stuff in general, especially in adversely affected countries like mine, so knowing in advance what I'd need and when would be really helpful, as I'd rather find out ahead of time if it's going to take me 2 months to obtain I need because of travel restrictions.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Yeah I’ll be using Chavant medium nsp clay but any type of non-drying modeling clay, also called plasteline should work fine. And some soft aluminum wire that’s 12-14 gauge is what I use for armatures but other types of wire can work. There will be a lesson on materials coming soon.
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Ernesto Canas
I checked out your other content on YouTube and it’s excellent! I’m excited to enroll and try out sculpture for the first time !
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Awesome!!! Can’t wait to see your work! Be sure to submit for the critique videos!
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Vickie Wesson
Like you Ernesto my first attempt to sculpture, looking forward to more lessons after seeing his YouTube channel. Should be fun..
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