Andrew Joseph Keith
Andrew Joseph Keith
Proko sculpting instructor from Logan Utah. Sculpting takes drawing to a whole new dimension.
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Hi! Thanks for all your lessons. I've improved a lot following your wire guide and just can't wait to practice more. Two questions. As I'm working with water-based clay, if I want to cook it how (and when) should I remove the armature? I heard maybe in the introduction lesson that we'll create a mold, but couldn't find how on your course. Can you recommend some online resources on the subject that I can trust? thanks a lot!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
1. Hey yes if you’re working in water based clay than I would let it firm up a little (not quite leather hard) an then use a knife to cut out the armature. If the clay is too dry it will crumble so don’t let it be too dry and it also may need some supports without the armature if it is too wet so it is a delicate balance. My friend who works primarily with water based clay uses a single metal rod as an armature for the full figure and nails it into a board, then he lets the sculpture firm up slightly and removes the rod, covers the hole and slow fires it solid. That’s something else you might like to try. 2. Yes there will be a lesson on mold making but its going to be super basic. I recommend checking out the YouTube channel “Brick in the Yard Mold supply” because they have in depth tutorials on mold making and different types of materials. Also Eirik Arnesen’s YouTube channel has some videos showing his methods for making molds for figurative sculpture. Mold making could be a course in and of itself for sure.
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Rob Whicker
Gave this gender bending reference thing a 3 hour shot, didn’t brave the self portrait like Andrew but see what you think… takeaways; 1/6 size is too small for my fat fingers - I’m moving to 1/3 Much easier with 360 reference shots
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey looking great. I agree with @Yiming Wu comment on pushing the gesture, part of it might be that the weight bearing leg is more directly under the center of mass in the David sculpture and on yours it’s more to the side. The widening of the hips might also start a little bit higher and then the widest point is usually at the level of the groin. Great job and keep it up!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Looking good. The first thing that jumps out at me is that you might tend to make the torso and upper body too large compared to the legs. As you get more practice your gesture studies will start to capture proportion better so that’s something I’d look out for as you do more. Keep it up!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Here's some close ups of a male figure sculpture sculpted from life during a recent Figure Sculptors United competition. There may be some opportunities to come sculpt in person in some sculpture workshops so if you're interested in that let me know! and of course if you haven't gotten the figure sculpting fundamentals course yet now is a great time! new lessons will be coming out soon after the holidays!
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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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Strahinja Milutin
Hi Andrew, here's my latest gesture study.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job! I'd try to push the gesture even a little bit further and push the gesture in the extremities as well like the legs. better to have too much gesture than too little with this exercise! Keep it up!
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lukesims
Well done Andrew! Thanks for your inspiring posts too!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Thanks!
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Charles Tryon
Checking through the Pose Space site, and it has a LOT of great material!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
For sure!
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Sylvain St-Pierre
23 Lessons so far...and the rest will be posted when ?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
We’ll start posting again after the holidays.
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AJ Nouri
Thanks Joseph, I am enjoying this course :) I know that building the body is not the purpose of this video, but is it possible to have a view from your standpoint? (might be camera at your fronthead?) It would be great to see the size of the clay chunks you're picking up, how you're manipulating them and where your placing them in the body. Keep it up Joseph!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Yes that is something that is tricky to show when sculpting for a camera because it’s easy to forget that the angle I’m seeing is not the angle the camera sees. In the future I may invest in some type of wearable camera for demos but I haven’t been able to do that yet.
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Strahinja Milutin
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Thanks!
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Charles Tryon
Wow... I love the overall feel of the sculpture, and then down into the anatomical details, and even the way her glut muscles shape around the stool she is sitting on. I like the way you've randomized the surface texture to give the clay a kind of soft quality.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey thanks! Yeah I liked how this one turned out and I feel that I’ve gotten a little better with each competition so hopefully that continues!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
This was sculpted over 18 hours during the Figure Sculptors United competition that I co-founded in my home state of Utah USA. It was a 24 inch figure sculpted from a live model over three days. I love these types of competitions as it really pushes you to work at your best and it allows me to see how other professional sculptors work and how my work compares to theirs. I haven’t won the competition yet but I hope to one day! Check out the Proko Figure Sculpting Fundamentals if you’d like to learn figure sculpting! We’ll be releasing video lessons again weekly after the holidays.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Having some fun doing these line drawings for a recent commission for a friend. It was tricky figuring out line pressure and getting a style of line that I liked but I think I’ll do more of these and just put them up on Etsy to sell prints. I highly recommend finding a way to list your work for sale and with some print shops you don’t even have to do anything other than the original design. https://etsy.me/3y48Pyo (References purchase from posespace.com) If you like drawing you also might like sculpture so be sure to check out my sculpture course! Stay productive. Stay creative!
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Charles Tryon
Okay! A little behind here on my posts, but decided to come back for a second attempt at this sculpt. Also, working on doing a better job with the documentation. I obtained another PoseSpace set (Evae005) to work from. I tried the Da Vinci Eye app with some success, but found it most useful to grab a subset of the images and physically print them out to stand behind the piece as I worked. I went back to my earth based clay (Black Raven), which will turn pure black when fired. (One image included here as an example.) I didn't know how aluminum would respond in the kiln at 2,000°, so I used a wad of paper and tape. The problem with this was, it did NOT provide enough structural support to the clay, so maintaining the gesture was challenging (clay kept sagging under its own weight. :-P ) The photos here are of the clay just as it is reaching the "leather-hard" stage in drying
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey Looking great! Beautiful clay! I love the look once fired. Where do you get that clay from? Yes water based clay is tricky, I have a friend that works primarily in water based clay and he uses a single steel rod hammered into a piece of wood as an armature so that he can stabilize it when wet and then once the clay becomes firmer he removes it from the wire pole and fills the hole. He then fires it very slowly so that he doesn’t have to hollow it out. Paper and tape works fine as well but as you noticed it doesn’t give a lot of support so you have to let the clay become firmer.
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jakeyboy123
Here is my attempt using the Bridgeman sketch. This is a lot of fun. The drawing was so expressive that I thought it made it easier to imagine the 3D figure. This took about and hour. I used a very soft clay for this one which was an interesting experience. The softer clay was easy to work with but it was hard to support the figure. I think a larger figure would not have been able to support the weight of the clay without some drooping. I have sent for the Bridgman book to use as a reference.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Looks great! With regards to gesture and balance it feels like it is leaning too far back, like it would fall over backwards, so maybe try pushing it forward a little so the center of mass is over the feet from each angle. Keep it up!
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jakeyboy123
Andrew, I finally figured out how to post images! Here are a few of my attempt at the pose in the last video. Took about an hour to do this. No tools, just my hands. I am really enjoying the class.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey these are looking great! Definitely capturing the pose and the gesture of a lot of the forms. I would work on smoothing out the outlines as you work, it might be that you’re exaggerating some of the secondary forms or just using clumps of clay that are too large but try to observe the gesture of the outline and focus less on the deviations from that main gesture. Some areas also look too thick compared to others so try to keep things consistent and not add too much too fast in any one area. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more!
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José Lopes Júnior
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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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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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