seemed to have stalled out on this guy – so trying to shame myself into getting back to work on him – pics in the round always show so much to work on. his back is very rough, and the curve of his spine, and the curve of the latissimus dorsi doesn’t work – also his torso is too thick , not enough compression at the side where he is bent towards his left leg. fought with his neck for a long time – it was horribly thick, its a bit better now, but the trapezius isn’t right. —- a lot of the curves that should be echoing/reinforcing the flow of the piece just aren’t.
ok. i see a lot to do.
oh man, there is never enough time. one week into the 4 weeks, and fumbling my way to knowing who this person is.
i get overly philosophical sometimes – there is something about squishing clay that lets my mind wander free and it is far more presumptions than i am in real life. but i discovered this person didn’t seem to have eyes which started me thinking about a blind sword fighter as a metaphor for life – and i really liked that – grace, alertness, and never able to see what is about to clobber him… so started with just leaving the eye area blank, then gave him a blindfold, and now i’m playing with a hood like falconers put on hawks and falcons. no telling if he will keep it for the whole month, but i like it for right now. got to figure out how to braid 7 or 9 strands correctly though…. or fake it better.
the armature is really in the way to work on the back of him, or to take pictures in the round, so i may take it off now. not sure how sturdy he is.
I’m starting to like this guy – about 20″ tall if standing upright – and i’m starting to see a chinese dragon – or an insect like dragon that he is fighting.
thinking a bit about some overthetop gothic leather and buckles clothing – maybe —— saw some outrageous half-corset black leather things that had no practicality at all….. or maybe he needs some variant on chinese clothing? simpler to leave him nude – but what kind of idiot goes to fight a dragon nude?
or should it be ADHD? my family is dyslexic. And half of it is obsessive/compulsive. which is what i need some of but didn’t get any….. i can’t seem to stay focused on a sculpt for long enough!!
I think that maybe i just need to give myself a week between projects to just play around and do quick sculpts and then decide which one i want to develop. except i’ve spent so much on clay the last few months, and each of these use up so much. i’ll have to get better at just tearing things apart and reusing the clay.
So this particular sculpt seems to have captured my fickle interest, and i’ll try to stick with it and give it a month. (I hope)
working from a picture of a Chinese sword fighter – he looks rather insectoid to me. we’ll see what happens. needs his proportions worked on most definitely.
I carefully set up a nice classical male stance armature, and started laying on clay. had all kinds of fits with the armature – I desperately need more practice and knowledge there…. just couldn’t get enthused with the piece at all. Have been really down for a number of weeks – did a terrible job at a workshop, and missed a chance to connect with someone i really respect – came away knowing i really showed my dork side. I wish i was all cool and darkly strange – but i’m really truly am just a dork. found myself setting up another armature and laying in clay for this little baby – she makes me smile. i don’t know if its possible to make her be anything but dorky too, but maybe thats what i need right now – a little honesty in sculpting?
interesting process. I ended up liking the sculpt quite a bit (and hating it quite a bit too). every time i took photos i would find so many more things that needed to be worked on. but its the end of 1 month – so i need to mostly set her aside and start working seriously on the next project.
biggest things i learned –
1. i like having lines of flow – watching the way limbs lead to the body and such…
2. i am really bad at armatures.
3. still don’t know how to finish off the sculpt – how to make the surface look finished, and the way i want it. don’t want it to be perfectly smooth – but not sure how to give textures that look intentional in all areas.
4. anatomy is fun – but easy to mess up. muscles on her arms for example – still not right. but better
5. need to learn how to make tiny bits (like fingers) stronger – tired of knocking her fingers and toes off all the time.
here is a sort of 360 of her, sure shows up a lot that needs to be done.