Another unfinished head study (getting to be the theme of my work) for this week's sculpture post. I had a model for this, but he wasn't around consistently so much of it was improvised. I enjoyed working with this portrait/expression, and may finish it . . . eventually. End of the month and I didn't quite make the "sculpture a week" I'd planned. I'll be working at this harder in February, hopefully better results!
I saw a photo of a dog in the newspaper that inspired this little clay sketch, used my imagination again to fill in the missing information. Let's not discuss how late I am posting this, or how rough it is.
I'm making an effort to get more expression/emotion in my face studies, to add a bit more interest. A few days behind on the sculpture of the week post, and feeling like a slacker. It's coming, I promise.
Here's the first "sculpture of the week" for 2010. A portrait sketch in clay, about 5 inches tall. Decided to leave this one loose & sketchy, rather than try to refine it. This was the first time I sculpted without reference or intentions, just to see what would develop when working spontaneously from imagination. When it came time to do his hair, I was at a loss for a hairstyle so I referenced a photo of French sculptor Carpeaux's portrait of Jean-Leon Gerome. Though not nearly as masterfully as Carpeaux, for certain. Ended up with this slightly snobbish Courtier-looking fellow. I may finish him with a period style costume at some point. -E
I'm fascinated by the range of faces out there, and the boundless emotions & expressions that they're capable of. Several people have asked what I use for reference in my figure drawings. I use a variety of sources, the best/favorite being live models. But finding someone willing to pose isn't always the easiest. Plus it doesn't provide the candid expressions you can see when someone is unaware they're being observed. So more often I'm inspired by the fleeting glimpses of people throughout the day. There'll be an expression, feature or something distinctive about them that inspires a drawing. Sitting at a red light yesterday I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the face of the woman driving behind me, illuminated by strong sunlight. I quickly memorized the shape of her face, angles of her mouth, and when I got to the studio I drew as much of my "mental polaroid" as I could. Sometimes the likeness is close, sometimes not. But it's those transient moments where the subject is between thoughts, or detached from themselves for an instant that I love most. Hard to capture, but it's the real, natural exhibition of everyday life that makes a compelling image to me.
As part of my New Year's Resolution for more productivity, I've committed to creating and posting a drawing a day and a sculpture a week here. I'm starting this blog to keep me honest, and provide access to all my friends, collectors and students who might be inclined to see what I'm up to. Hope you'll drop by once in a while, and let me know what you think.
DRAWING A DAY
The realities of making a living and raising my two little scrappers have limited my ability to fill my original goal of posting a sculpture a week along with my daily drawings. I'll continue to post whatever is going on in my sketchbook or studio, and hope to get more clay work posted soon! Thanks for checking in, and as always, I hope you have something to say, because I love to listen. Go ahead, speak your mind.