Thursday, May 31, 2012

04 Modeling Nº 69

Moving away from the head for a bit, I worked on the knees and softened the ribcage below the breasts. This is a turn-around view of the figure from ten feet away. It is good to stand away from the figure every so often and try to take a good look at it. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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  1. It's looking better and better everyday! Now that I'm starting over again in wax, I've been following your progress with rapt attention. Just want to thank you again for putting so much time and effort into sharing your progress with us. It is so generous of you!!

    I decided that I would re start my entire sculpt from the beginning and do it properly so right now I'm sculpting the figure in full same as you. I have question I'd you don't mind :)

    How far are you going to take this sculpt before you cast in in wax? I'm pretty pleased with my figure but I'm not sure how much detail I should put into it before I cast it knowing that I can change and adjust things once it's in wax. Any thought?

    Again, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!!

    Can't wait to see more,

    Xox Lauren

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased that you find something useful in my posts. I am always willing to try and answer any questions anyone may have.

    How do you know when to stop modeling in oil-clay, and cast it?

    On page 26, in Chapter 4 Modeling, of LTBADA, Martha Armstrong-Hand writes: "As you gradually come to the surface of your creation, you begin to close the form. In other words, you make the skin. .... Tell yourself that you can stop only when the piece is finished as completely as you know how. If you want to learn more, make a new one! Don't fiddle with your forms if you don't know what to do. Go away and study."

    On page 55, in Chapter 8 Wax Work of LTBADA, Martha Armstrong-Hand writes: "The actual work is practice, practice and more practice: adding, subtracting and smoothing repeatedly. Often it seems that you have to destroy what you have just done to alter or fill a hole or indentation, or that adding to a shallow form does more harm than good until it is filled and the form pulled together again. Just like modeling in clay, you can only do what you can see and understand. Keep the forms simple and basic, but in wax you have to finish or smooth the surface."

    As you can see, knowing when to cast the figure in carving wax depends on how far you want to take the figure modeling in oil-clay, as well as how much work you want to do to finish the doll parts once they have been cast in carving wax. Really, only experience can tell you when to do it. In order to gain experience, you must make a BJD. That is why I am on the third version of my first BJD.


    Learning To Be A Doll Artist.
    Martha Armstrong-Hand.
    Livonia, MI: Scott Publications, 1999.


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