Thursday, May 17, 2012

04 Modeling Nº 55

I am ready to start modeling the head. I used my working drawing to make the wooden head for my armature. That wooden head was covered with a layer of oil-clay about 1 cm thick, so it is already about the correct size. The features of the face need to be added. This is a front view of the head from my working drawing. Many of the 1 cm grid lines from enlarging the drawing are still visible. Click on any image to enlarge it.

This is the side view of the head from my working drawing.

These are some tips from Pountney's book. A common mistake made by beginning modelers is to make the front of the face flat. That is incorrect, as shown in diagram B below.

The front of the face is curved, as can be seen in the diagram below. When looked at from below, you should be able to see the chin, the lower lip, the upper lip, then the nose.

The muscles of the head are not very massive, so most of the shape of the head is based on the bones beneath, also known as the skull. While there are a lot of bones in the skull, there are really only a few of interest to the doll sculptor. For example, the bones of the cranium are mostly fused together, so for most practical purposes, can be viewed as one mass. The mandible, or lower jaw bone, is hinged close to the ears, on both sides of the head, and also forms the chin. The lips cover the upper teeth and the lower teeth. The upper teeth are part of the cranium, and the lower teeth are part of the jaw bone. The cheekbones can be thought of as being part of the front of the cranium, defining part of the face. The eyes are set into large spherical sockets on either side of the nose. Most of the nose is actually not made of bone at all, but has cartilage instead. Needless to say, the head is one of the most complex, yet interesting parts of the figure to model in clay. The important thing to remember when modeling the head in clay is to Have Fun !!!

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