Monday, January 3, 2011
SATYR (Armature Day 1)
Sculpture must be interesting from all sides. Our goal is to engage the viewer so he or she will want to come closer to see the detail and view the work from many angles.
The idea here is to design a piece which catches the eye from a distance and draws the viewer into the sculpture. At doll shows, you have about 30 seconds to catch the client's attention as he or she walks through rows of beautiful artwork. You need something to grab the attention. A piece like this will make a great centerpiece for a display or an eye catching front page for a website.
These days I try to capture more movement and freedom in my artwork. I hope this piece does that for you as well.
Please note here that the two figures balance each other over the foot which touches the base. This is one of the reasons he is leaning back away from her. The other is that it adds more movement and interest to the story.
As usual, I use a skull made of polymer clay with the white Mt. Jade beads set into it and cured before sculpting. The pose is set by comparing the armature to the drawing. It helps to have a drawing done to the final size to make this easier.
the rod is bent with a pair of pliers and a lot of hand strength. You may need a large burly man for this or a table top vise to help you.
Care must be taken to bend brass in only one direction. If you bend it back, it will tend to snap off. A steel rod will work as well and give you the ability to correct bends if you have to re-bend the rod. Steel will not break as easily with multiple bends.
As you look at the side view of the finished armature down this page, keep in mind how the figure lays in one plane. The rod need not bend front to back very much to make it's journey. This also keeps the figure from turning in the base later on as all the weight is centered in the same plane as well.
The satyr will simply be built around this support so all we need to do is secure the satyr armature to the rod with foil tape.
I know some of you will be disappointed but we are not going to solder any of this sculpture's armature. We need not solder because the figures can be shipped without the removal of any limbs. On a larger sculpture, the limbs may need to break off to ship so the armature gets more complex. (remember, I promised a simple sculpt!)
See how complicated the pose looks from the front...
We will rely on the clay to add more twist to the figure.
Tomorrow we will build the female armature.
Have agreat day!