This was a fun exercise. I got a bit carried away making an armature since I have a woodshop, but it probably was not worth the effort to try to use less clay by making a fuller armature. I included a few shots of the earlier part of the process. It took me a while to figure out why the front view in the initial stages looked so weird (the top of the head being too wide and large). I am not finished with this yet, so please send me LOTS of criticisms and suggestions. I think I will mold this in silicone (using cheap hardware store 100% silicone. It works well for me) But I do hope that Andrew will give us some instruction on mold-making as well
I've got a bit behind schedule, oops. Will catch up. Started this assigment with the boden method (which I've decided I Iike a lot), and blocked out from there. Used my previous ref (and the early pancake... bit risky?) to help with the profile. In hindsight, I should've taken photos early and flipped them horizontally once the main shapes were in. Having flipped the front/back photos now, I feel like the symmetry is pretty off. For the smoothing I used a loop tool I made a while back, by clamping loops of nickel wound guitar string into each end of a narrow copper pipe. Then cleaned that up a tissue that has been dabbed with isopropyl myristrate.
I thought I would try carving a skull rather using clay for this assignment. I found it quite a bit more difficult to sculpt using ONLY a subtractive process, rather than being able to add and subtract, correcting my mistakes. I laminated pieces of plywood and used their vertical orientation to help me maintain the bilateral symmetry of the skull. My piece is not as abstract as you suggested in the assignment, but I really enjoyed this exercise.
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Here is another try. I think the proportions are correct, perhaps the rib cage is a bit large. It is really annoying when the armature shows through later on when you are adding clay. I guess it is always easier to make the head, rib cage and pelvis smaller.
As you can see, my first attempt was clunky and awkward with inaccurate proportions. My second one of angelina jolie came out better. I tried to stay close to the 15 minute time limit but to do so felt rushed. However i think that is the point. Just like with gesture drawing, the idea should be many quick starts to both practice and to find the right one to develop further aithout becoming to ttached or invested in a piece that doesnt have a strong foundation. For my third pancake shown in a series of stages, i laid out my building blocks first. I decided to use th Asaro head to do a pancake from life. I also used proportions and planes that i had learned about in previous videos from Stan and from Marco. I took this third pancake further than i think was intended as i liked how it was developing. However, i think these pancakes are supposed to be quick sketches not finished pieces.
Hey guys! Got some pancakes. I spent about 1.5 hrs on first two (myself, then friend), then limited myself to 1 hour on the last (my son). Felt like I learnt a lot on each - and I did get quicker. I think improving my pace to some degree, is definitely something I'd like to develop over this course. I stuck to just using my hands/fingers for these - which felt incredibly tricky for the eyes/lids.
Here is my submission for "Building Out the Sculpture". I started with one of the PoseSpace figures with a Contrapposto pose that I liked, and then modified the pose in another software program to get a gesture that was "reaching" and somewhat more elongate. My original armature was a bit flimsy, so I added a right-angle pipe. I think I will change this to a hanging armature as you showed in your video. I prefer to be able to sculpt all around the figure without the armature poking through the figure's back. I was having some problems maintaining the correct proportions, even though my armature appeared accurate. So I temporarily superimposed some toothpicks over the form. Each toothpick was 2 heads in length. I would appreciate any critiques you can offer before I move on to filling out the form. Thanks Andrew.
I am really enjoying this lesson. Here are a few views of my work in progress. I'm using the same pose as in the video (Candle 004). I have bulked up the gesture too much, and am now working on carving back the features. I probably should have worked more slowly from the beginning!!!
How do you study anatomy from Bridgman? What are the prerequisites or necessary skills/theories you need to learn before delving into that? Also, aside from Bridgman, what others artists or sources would you suggest for beginners to use to learn anatomy? Thank you very much for taking questions from us!