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Old 07-22-2008, 01:30 PM
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Weekend sketch

You can never have too much practice. I have a whole folder full of faces of people I work with that I pull out from time to time to do practice studies. They are a lot of fun, but my goal is to loosen up a bit. Still not nearly as loose as I wanted it, but here's the one I did last weekend. 1/2 life size, ceramic.
Working from photos is ok, but the next one I'll have to have the person over for a few hours to sit for me.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:01 AM
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Re: Weekend sketch

Heidi, that's a great little sketch. They're really good for improving skills, speed and observation. You're a great sculptor with a lot of talent. I've lurked around your forum from time to time and I really like your work and your creativity and ingenuity is something to be admired.

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Old 07-23-2008, 01:08 PM
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Re: Weekend sketch

thats a sketch? It looks great.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:01 PM
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Re: Weekend sketch

Thanks for the kind comments Alfred and Peter.
I know it's a little too "done" to classify as a sketch, but I refer to it that way since I only worked on it a couple of days as opposed to the usual couple of months for a commission.
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:30 PM
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Re: Weekend sketch

This study made me go back to your website and look over your work again. The thought occurred to me that you seem to have a contemporary neoclassical style... in the rendering, in the way you compose the head and lower extremities as well as the forms which you use to describe the hair. Never having noticed this correlation before, I was wanting to ask whether or not this had occurred to you as well or if in fact that type of sculpture had influenced you. The American Neoclassical movement especially comes to mind when I looked at the newer works on your site. Hiram Powers and those who would bring an American twist to the French version may be more what I am thinking of. Anyway, just wondering. Very nice study.
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:05 PM
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Hi Jason,
Interesting comment. I think what bothers me about my own work is that it seems to lack style altogether. One reason I want to do more quick studies is to let whatever tendencies I have natrually come out so I can observe and develop further the things that please me. I don't like doing refined work, but that's how most of the pieces always end up - usually because the clients I have want extreme detail.
My first true influence was back in 1977 when I was able to visit Italy and be inspired by the classic Italian sculptors - Bernini, Michelangelo, etc. Loved what I saw. More recently, I very much admire the portrait works of some of the English Sculptors such as Mark Richards and Karen Newman. Love the very loose and fresh style of their work and would like to evolve my "style" more to this type of rendering.
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:27 PM
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Re: Weekend sketch

Buster, your demonstrated skills seem as good as it gets- you've conquered all that - and your desire to transcend said skills and venture what you perceive as something more personally unique proves you are headed in the right direction. In the stratosphere of you and your brethern the stylistic differences are ownable by even subtleties. Your command of new territory might only be perceptible to you. I think you're well beyond classifications and comparisons...probably just a few major/ambitious undertakings from being right where you would like (But I'm afraid the clientele should have nothing to do with these).

Regarding the quickness or time-spent...not an issue. Time spent on a given piece is an illusion. Often, when something takes a long, long time its because you spent more time thinking (judging, assessing, criticizing..."repairing") than usual. So think less and watch as the muscle and bone take care of things. It'll turn out great.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:57 PM
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I'm wondering if the clients you have really want extreme detail or want a good likeness but don't know how else to communicate that. You may want to show them some photos of Augustus Saint Gauden's portraits as part of a campaign to educate your clients. Let them know that a portrait can be a work of art, and that involves the magic ingredient of the unimpaired artist's vison at work. Then prove it by trusting your instincts more rather than believing you must conform to a standard that is not true to your higest ideals.
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