Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A New Skull for Hyper Realistic Reconstructed Figure Sculpture

Image copyright              Art Di lella 2014
Image copyright         Art  Di Lella 2014
Image copyright        Art Di lella 2014
Image copyright       Art Di Lella 2014
Image copyright       Art Di Lella 2014
Image copyright       Art Di lella 2014
Image copyright         Art Di Lella 2014
Hello again.
Recently, I visited online Francecasts which is a manufacturer of high quality reproductions of skulls and post cranial parts for both human and animal. I purchased two skull casts from them back in 2005 and from time to time visit their site to see what's new. In recent years they've become a distributor  for the Kenyan National Museums casting program which sells high quality reproductions of early human and  non human primate skulls and post cranial remains from the KNM collections.  The sale of these fossil castings helps finance important paleontological research into the evolutionary history of East Africa.

The images above are of a skull which I had purchased through Francecasts. The skull is a replica of the fossil KNM-WT 15000. This is an authentic KNM cast of the original fossil better known as Lake Turkana Boy.
I bought this cast because of my frustration using a Bone Clones replica first and then later a poor quality cast of the fossil from a European source.  The differences between KNM cast and the other two are very noticeable especially  in the detail of the teeth as shown in the above pictures.

Anyway, this skull will be used to do a new head reconstruction for my figure sculpture Hyper Realistic Reconstructed Sculpture#1.

If you are interested in acquiring authentic KNM casts contact Shane Walker at Francecasts. The money goes directly to Kenyan National Museums to help finance important research into human origins.

I will be back shorty with some new posts.