Tuesday, January 4, 2011
SATYR (Torso Day 3)
We will however mix this up a bit by doing a more advanced technique.
As before, the clay is conditioned and applied to the armature . we are trying to get about 1/4" to 1/2" of clay covering the torso. When not sculpting with a class, I like to place clay on the upper arms and legs so the transition to the limbs is smoother and requires less reworking.
Be aware that the body is twisting from the hips to the shoulders. The shape of the pelvis always stays constant no matter how you twist the torso. This is a bone structure which will rotate on the spine and tilt from side to side. You cannot push one side forward without rotating the other side back. The same is true for raising the hip. As on hip rises, the other drops. The entire structure can be tilted forward and back as well but the spacing of the hips and alignment of the pelvic structure will remain the same.
The ribcage follows the same rule as the pelvis. It has a little bit of flex and can compress and stretch but for the most part, the entire structure from shoulders to base of the ribs will move as a unit.
Note how the center line of the torso twists to keep the body symmetrical.
The side view shows the intersection of the bicep and triceps of the arm with the chest and back muscles forming an "X"