|"Creation"- Mark A. Dennis|
Here are a few ideas you must address while choosing the type of armature to support your sculpture.
|"Belledonna" Life sized portrait - Mark A. Dennis|
MATERIALS What brand or brands of clay are you using. You must become intimate with the properties of the clay, clay mix, epoxy, wax, casting resin, (insert material here) that your finished sculpt is made of. The only way to do this is to test your material yourself! Experiment with different clays; which surface finish do you like, how thick can it get before it cracks, what happens to it at different temperatures, how much bend is there in the final product, etc... You need to know this before you can decide how rigid, and how thick the armature and padding of the torso need to be. Ask other artists, they have done a lot of the experimenting for you but do not rely on their word alone, test this for yourself!
|"Under the African Sky" - Mark A. Dennis|
POSE What is the figure or figures doing? Is this a simple figure standing on both feet or a series of figures holding each other off the ground? The armature will need to be adjusted to each use based on action, balance, positioning, torque, force, weight, and all those other physics therms which we learned just to pass the darn test.
|"Midsummer Night" 18" figure with small fairies-||Mark A. Dennis|
Hope this primer gets you thinking about what goes inside a bit more. Next time we will start with a nice simple armature. Have a great day!