Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Arneson, another West coast sculptor, is known for his self portraits in ceramic. Look how he uses humor, textures and the "column" format for his work.
* Arneson recorded his struggles with cancer in several of his pieces. Look how he "squished" the clay sculpture to visually describe a sense of force and violent emotion.

See more of his work here...

Heidi Mair's Realistic sculptures

Here is a wonderful sculptor working on the West coast. Look at how she has created several textures in her work to distinguish the anatomy of the head. If you follow this link, she has a wonderful tutorial of sculpting a portrait-

* note how she made several photos of the subject from all angles to give her plenty of reference guides to copy. She also looks at the PROFILE, or EDGES of her work to "check it".

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Building the Head!!

Look at how to add the nose, mouth and chin with a coil!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

CLAY PORTRAITS- gesture and expression!

Here are the handouts for our new project- CLAY PORTRAITS!

The goal is to create a portrait that conveys a sense of MOVEMENT, using twists, or angles.

Bernini turns Marble into flesh!

The mighty Italian sculptor, Bernini (1598–1680) is known for his dramatic swirling sculptures. Notice how the figures have many diagonals, are twisting and overlapping. Those characteristics create the illusion of movement and drama.

Also, take note how the marble is carved to resemble soft flesh or cloth, that "squishes" and "folds".

See more of his work here...

Monday, November 1, 2010

SARAH SZE and sculpting Fractals...

Sarah Sze creates installations using hundreds of pieces- objects found here and there.... collected for their shape, size, sound or texture. Her work transforms a space into another world...

See more of her work here... and here..