Tuesday, March 27, 2012

04 Modeling Nº 5

This is a list of books that may be helpful when modeling the figure? Some of these books may be out-of-print and/or unavailable. Some of them may be available through your local Public Library, or through the Inter-Library Loan system. I use World Cat when searching for books in libraries. I also use Used.AddAll.Com when searching for used, rare, or out-of-print books online. Used.AddAll.Com checks quite a few online book mongers and displays the results ordered by Price Ascending by default.

This book is out-of-print and unavailable. However, it is Martha's Method that I am currently following to make my BJD. Use World Cat to find an available copy in a library, and order it through your Public Library's Inter-Library Loan system.

Learning to be a Doll Artist: an apprenticeship with Martha Armstrong-Hand.
Martha Armstrong-Hand.
Livonia, MI: Scott Publications, 1999.
ISBN: 1893625044

Ryo Yoshida has one of the best step-by-step tutorials about making a One-Of-A-Kind BJD. This is a Japanese language book, but it is filled with detailed photos about how to do everything. I got my copy through the Amazon Marketplace.

Yoshida Style Ball Jointed Doll Making Guide.
Ryo Yoshida.
Hobby Japan, 2006.
ISBN: 978-4894254602

This is a sculpture studio guide for making figure sculpture, from modeling the figure in clay, all the way to casting it in bronze using the lost wax technique. Tuck Langland is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society. I like this book so much that I own two copies of it.

From Clay To Bronze: A Studio Guide to Figurative Sculpture.
Tuck Langland.
NY: Watson-Guptill, 1999.
ISBN: 978-0823006380

This is a guide to making figurative sculpture using traditional materials and methods.

The Sculptor's Way: a Guide to Modeling and Sculpture.
Brenda Putnam.
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2003.
(Originally published by Watson-Guptill Publications in 1948.)
ISBN: 0486423131

I really like this book about modeling portraits in clay. It has a lot of practical information that I find very helpful.

Modeling A Likeness In Clay: Step-By-Step Techniques For Capturing Character.
Daisy Grubbs.
NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1982.
ISBN: 0823030946

There are not very many books that show how to model the figure in clay, step-by-step. This is not an anatomy book, but a hands-on book about modeling a figure in clay. Peter Rubino covers modeling a female torso, a female reclining figure, and also goes into some details about modeling arms, hands, and feet. Sculpting The Female Torso is a YouTube video about this book.

Sculpting The Figure in Clay.
Peter Rubino.
NY: Watson-Guptill, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0823099245

This is a French language book about modeling the figure in clay. Lots of photos and good tutorials covering the modeling of a sitting female figure, as well as details such as hands and feet.

Modelage du corps humain: La silhouette.
Philippe Chazot.
Paris: UlissEditions, 2009.
ISBN: 978-2844151209

This is a book about modeling heads and faces in clay. It compliments the above book. This is the English language version of the book.

Modelling Heads and Faces in Clay.
Berit Hildre.
London: A & C Black, 2008.
80 pages. Illustrated in color.
ISBN: 978-1408102671

This little book has only 38 pages, but those 38 pages are packed with some very good information about modeling the figure in clay. It was originally published in 1951, but there are still copies available. I have a 1965 reprint of this book. It is a real treasure.

Modelling a Figure in Clay.
Albert Pountney.
London: Alec Tiranti, 1951 (reprint 1965).

This is probably one of the best books about modeling the human figure. It has been reprinted by Dover, so there is no reason not to have a copy of this book on your studio reference shelf. I have had my copy for many years now.

Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure.
Edouard Lanteri.
NY: Dover, 1985.
ISBN: 978-0486250069

This is an amazing book that documents the making of a sculpture by Richard McDermott Miller. There is a cast of this bronze sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, and it is beautiful. There is quite a bit of information about modeling the figure in clay in this book. I actually bought my copy of this book at Brookgreen Gardens. If you are interested in figurative sculpture, and get a chance to go, you should make it a point to visit Brookgreen Gardens. It has the largest collection of American Figurative Sculpture in the whole world.

Voices in Bronze: the creation of a sculpture by Richard McDermott Miller.
Philip Palmedo and Eiza Hicks.
Danbury, CT: Rutledge Books, 1998.
ISBN: 1582440344

This is a very exhaustive anatomy book for artists. It is an especially good reference for sculptors.

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form.
Eliot Goldfinger.
Oxford University Press, 1991.
ISBN: 978-0195052060

This book is all about using a formulaic method for modeling a figure in polymer clay. Learn the formula, then do your own thing.

Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay.
Katherine Dewey.
NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000.
ISBN: 0823015033

This is another book about modeling character figures in polymer clay. I think it is a lot of fun. If you have never modeled in clay before, this book will get you up and going in no time. Once you've learned the basics, you can apply them to more advanced or realistic sculptures.

How to Make Clay Characters.
Maureen Carlson.
North Light Books, 1997.
ISBN: 978-0891347217

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