First Sculpt Completed

I wrapped up my first sculpt yesterday (now referred to as Uncle Frank). This was a huge learning experience. I made some intial comments in this post: New Artistic Pursuit.

See below for final images of Uncle Frank, and some wrap up commentary.

Wrap Up Commentary

I feel pretty good about this as a first piece, first time sculpt. The head and feet leave a lot to be desired, but that's okay. Going forward, I imagine I'll do the heads separate from the body and then attach. With this pose I felt like I couldn't get into the space between the left arm and the head. Also, the sculpey clay was so soft it made it almost feel as if I was moving goo around with my tools.

The feet: yeah, they are bad. They look more like something the Swamp Thing would be sporting than a male figure stripped of flesh.

I didn't do the ears. Once again - the Sculpey was so gooey when trying to do such a small piece with so much detail. I couldn't get it to work. And honestly, the ears look weird on the reference image anyway. Oh yeah, I used this: Anatomy for Sculptors: 3D Models

I need to investigate measurements for the figures/armatuers. I see people posting their work and referencing the scale, and I don't quite understand how or what they are referring to in regard to the scale. 1/4 scale...1/4 to what? The answer is probably totally obvious but I've yet to have the "Ah-Ha!" moment of understanding.

I thought I was going to just scrap it right away - take the lessons learned and move on. I have to admit, I kind of dig it. So I put it on my shelf for the time being. I suppose I can look at it as a gauge of how much I'm developing over time.

Author: Jason Jacobs

Jason Jacobs is an artist, project manager, and frontend web designer living and working in Boise, Idaho. Beyond work he spends his time with family, as well as reading, writing articles for Uhmm, and working on his art. All words and opinions, etc., are his and do not reflect the positions or beliefs of anyone other than himself.