Sunday, February 11, 2007

Trying My Hand at Sculpture

For the past few weeks, between working on the upcoming Michener exhibit, I've researched and began trying my hand at sculpture. Here's a series of images showing the progression of my first piece, from armature to about two thirds completed. I'm using plasticine to create the initial piece with an eye towards having it cast in bronze at a local foundry. The finished bust will stand about 16 inches high and show an exhausted Marine just in from a patrol with a wicked bad case of "helmet hair"

Our two other artists, Major Alex Durr and Sergeant Kris Battles, are hard at it in their respective studios. You can check out Battles' work at Sketchpad Warrior and Major Durr at www.alexdurr.com .



Step 1: Create armature attached to a lazy Susan


Step 2: Flesh out armature with newspaper and masking tape

Step 3: Cover newspaper form with plaster cloth


Step 4: Apply initial layer of plasticine facial masses and plains

Step 5: Establish basic features and likeness

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8 comments:

Cpl M said...

Awesome work, so far. I'm excited to see the final product.

Flag Gazer said...

Quite impressive, Mike!
Are you enjoying working with the new media?

Carol said...

Spellbound and speechless.

Lily said...

Wow -- very cool -- and really wonderful to see the incremental process of creation, too! Thanks for sharing that. Great job...

Bag Blog said...

I am very impressed with your sculpting ability and greatly enjoyed the step by step process. Sculpting is not something I have done before. Maybe someday...

Anonymous said...

just stopped by to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day...will you be my valentine?

Melissa

Lil Toni said...

Why am I not surprised that your talent shines in yet another art form.
Happy V-day dawlin'!

王森昊 said...

您好!看过您的作品,支持一下!