Monthly Archives: May 2013

IMG_0082 IMG_0060 IMG_0074 IMG_0077 IMG_0072 IMG_0062 IMG_0061 IMG_0055 IMG_0053 IMG_0065 IMG_0057 IMG_0070This is the third year for the Black Iris, from Elizabeth’s family farm in Ohio. The Red Poppies were brought back last year from my family ranch in Montana. The hybrid exotic iris are from Long’s Flower Garden in Boulder, Colorado.

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Today I massed her up a bit more, changed a few things around, and gave her the beginnings of a front hand- the rear hand is still a canoe paddle. The head/face is still just there for general structure, as the real work is focused on the core of the figure. She made a big jump yesterday, from gumby to human form. Today was working toward a dynamic figure, where all the major masses and anatomical anchor points play harmoniously. Not there yet, but on her way.

IMG_0051 The camera has been out of sync with the computer, and so all my images for awhile were lost in the nether regions of data dumb-dumbs. I finally got it figured out, so now I can post images again- missing the setup of the armature and the first bit of clay going up. This is where it left off yesterday, and where it wound up this afternoon. Still a lot more to go, but she is humanoid.

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Elizabeth asks, “What’s challenging about that?” For starters, never being able to see the model. I have been sculpting along with an online tutorial, and the artist and his sculpture is filmed, the camera is rarely shooting from the view he is working from and describing. Or it could be that the video feed is pretty spotty no matter how low a bandwidth I set to, so the sequence jumps around a lot. Plus, the sculptor takes measures from the model but never shares them, just affirms that a measure is correct or not. Other than that, lots of great superfast little mentions of anatomical structure regarding what he’s doing as he blasts along. A crazy way to make a sculpture, but I’m enjoying the challenge and the encyclopedic knowledge of the instructor.IMG_0048 IMG_0049 IMG_0050