Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hyper/Photo Realistic Reconstructed Figure #1 Adjustments

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Over the past several weeks I've been reassessing this natural size clay model of Homo Erectus/Ergaster.
The main concern has been that the figure was too thin and the modelling lacked sufficient force. The subject is based upon the fossil remains KNM-WT-15000. The descriptions by researchers has been that this individual was a juvenile although not quite like a modern one, had a very slim muscular build with narrow  shoulders and hips. The challenge for me is the proportions of this figure are not natural when you compare him with modern adolescents.
For example the shoulders are extremely narrow for someone 163cm(5'4") tall which is further enhanced by the very wide neck muscles. Additionally, the upper thorax apparently tapers more severely than a modern one which has made the modelling for me at times a bit awkward. Other challenges include the very narrow hips with thigh bones that have unusually long necks which has a direct influence on the shape of his buttocks as well as the muscle groups immediately above and below his hip bones.

In the end it still comes down to believability.
I'm hoping to finish these adjustments over the next couple of weeks. I feel it's going in the right direction. We'll see.

I'll be back next week. Cheers.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Hyper / Photo Realistic Reconstructed Sculpture #8 Roughing Out Clay Model

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Hello, It's nice to be back blogging again.  It's been  a very busy period over the past six weeks working on numerous projects and I will be showing pictures of these different sculptures that I've been working on  next week. But instead of one single post, I will break it down into several posts with more content.

In the meantime........Today, I wanted to return to my last bust in the series Hyper Realistic Reconstructed Sculpture. I've just finished roughing out the clay model over the past few days.  Although "roughing out" is a funny term to use because the images above show a fairly smooth model at this point however what I really mean is that the basic forms are there but it's only lacking in final contouring, detailing such as creases and skin texture.

Next time, more news about Hyper Realistic Figure Sculpture#1  and of course as I had mentioned pictures of some of the various moulding and casting projects that have kept me extremely busy.
I'll be back next week.