Sunday, August 5, 2012

04 Modeling Nº 135

The areas circled in red are what I call slack surfaces. As I am smoothing my doll, these are the surfaces that need to be filled in, to appear as if living tissue is pushing the surface from beneath the skin. That is the theory, anyway. Slack surfaces appear lifeless, and are neither convex nor concave, but are just slack. Click on any image to enlarge it.

This side is getting there. As the final surface is approached, smaller and smaller bits of clay are applied, pressed into place, and very gently smoothed to blend with the surrounding surfaces. It is much easier to do this type of modeling in oil-clay. Later in the process, the cast carving wax can be refined with various grades of sandpaper until it is glass smooth, if desired. The sculpture forms should already be well defined before starting work with carving wax.

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