Monday, 4 July 2011

Hyper Realistic Reconstructed Sculpture #5 Part 1

It's a new month and its time to start a new project. This posting will be about the beginning of the sculpture process whereas before most of the posts focused on technical aspects of the later stages. Here, I hope to show you the entire process from armature to finished silicone cast. This will of course take time and  I will be doing other project postings as well.
The images below illustrate the armature for the sculpture, which for the uninitiated is essentially what holds things together and upright.
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
 The above picture shows the basic parts for the armature.  The armature once assembled needs to be strong and just as important, adjustable.
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
 Here's a peek of the new subject.
Image copyright Art  Di Lella
 This gives a better view of the skull itself mounted on the armature. I will do an assessment of the skull before proceeding, that usually involves examination of the skull's details and then recording my impressions of them. It allows for a reference throughout the sculpting process.
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
This is the completed armature for now.  Once I have decided the exact location of the shoulders then the armature will be bulked out and the clay applied. This will go through many changes and I hope to record as much as I can.
I should have some new images soon perhaps later this week. We'll see.
PS  I wish to say happy Independence Day to our American friends.


  1. This can't be a real skull??
    Is it sacrificed or do you get to reclaim it after the mold is made?
    I can't imagine the final installation if the individual pieces are already so spectacular.
    Have you got a date and location set yet?

    I am so pleased you are committing yourself to this amazing project, Art.

  2. It's a real skull. No,it will not be damaged. After the clay is applied over the skull and finished,a mould is built over it. Then the mould is carefully removed from the clay model and then the model is broken down and the clay is removed from the skull.Afterwards the skull is cleaned and put back into storage.
    As far as your question on a date and location for the exhibition I can't answer that just yet.