Monday, March 24, 2008

Never done, only due...

Well I guess I felt a little too sure of how far along I was heading into this past weekend, which resulted in having to scramble all day yesterday (Sunday) trying to get this thing buttoned up. Needless to say I didn't *quite* get this piece to the level of refinement that I would have wanted to achieve, but I'm overall really happy with how it turned out. This is a definite contender for a portfolio piece if I spend a little more time tightening it up.

- insert big sigh of relief here -

Wow what a lot of work this was.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Who're you lookin at?

Face is getting close to done, but I guess we got an extension 'til next Monday. Nice!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Face off!

Well it occurred to me last night that my full size sculpture didn't have the same tilt in the face as the maquette, and it had lost a lot of the gesture because of it. So I worked up the nerve and took a large kitchen knife and cut the face off entirely and rotated it slightly - it looks much better now. =)

Here's what it looks like right now. Due in two days; I have a feeling Tuesday night is going to be a long night...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

This is taking forever...

Well I have the skeletal wings completed now. The wire screen is more or less sewn to the PVC "lower arm bone" with very thin metal wire, with a bead of glue along the edges of the screen to keep it from fraying too much. I also used thicker wire for the longer finger bones, which will not only add support but give me a guide to follow when I'm putting on clay.

Okay, back to work!

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Tomorrow's Friday already? Ugh.

Portrait midterm underway!

Fire photon torpedoes!

Wow what a lot of work the full size version of my bat sculpture has turned out to be (and expensive!).

So far I have spent one day hunting for parts and then building my armature (mostly 1/2" PVC and styrofoam, which didn't go exactly as planned but it *should* work), and then most of yesterday blocking in the core form around it. I can't believe how much my hands hurt from working all this clay. =/

More pics tonight.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

...and another one down

Well I'm not totally satisfied calling this one "finished" but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, at least in profile. Our class won't meet again for about 2 weeks (Spring Break!), when our full size midterm is due. *gulp* At least my instructor likes my design.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Yet another portrait

Today was our first of two sessions with yet another model in portrait sculpture. After 2 hours of blocking in the head and neck (and double checking all my angles and proportions) I was just starting to be able to add features, and without any drawings to work from there was no way I was going to be able to do much between now and Wednesday's session. Well lucky for me, the afternoon Figure 1 class I sat in on was learning the planes of the face, and they had the same model! So I was able to do some pretty helpful drawings in case I get any spare time to work on it before class on Wednesday, which probably won't happen anyhow really.

I'll post pics of the actual sculpture later in the week.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Just about done...

Well the maquette is due tomorrow, and since the sun is sinking I thought I'd snap a pic while I still had some decent lighting. This is pretty close to what it'll look like tomorrow, maybe smoothed up a bit (and I'm still tweaking the cheeks). I wish I could spend the rest of tonight making it look even better but I have SO much other homework still to do. College sucks sometimes. =/

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A quick digital painting

I wanted to do a digital painting of a dark, wet and rainy scene. This photo was as good as any so I spent a few hours trying to paint it in Photoshop. So far so good, but I'm tired now.

Oh nevermind those dots in the upper-right, that's my palette; I forgot to hide that.