This term I did two modules, Dynamic Figure and Anatomical Drawing.
For the Dynamic Figure class we had two models for the duration, a male and a female. The idea was to work towards producing sculpture which was inspired by a moment – without actually being ‘too figurative’. To put it another way, it was not a question of putting the model into a pose and slavishly copying them (like the Measured Figure module last term) but rather to see something and to then seek to sculpt it in a meaningful way, mainly from memory but with the model as reference. Got that? Took me a while…..
It was actually quite a tough one – even loosely sculpted figures need to be anatomically correct to be convincing, but sometimes this leads to over-working which can kill any spontaneity. I learnt loads in the process. It’s a real struggle to be free and dynamic whist being true to the figure. In the end though, it results in the most powerful work…
My favourite part of this course was the total abstraction of the figure. I call the piece I sculpted for this element Iron Man. He was produced after having drawn just a few abstract lines to reflect the pose and to then use this information in the sculpting. Once again, less is more – for me anyway, I’ve been able to convey what I was seeing in the figure in a simplified manner. I think the rusty iron patination works well with it too…
I guess that pretty well brings us on to Anatomical Drawing. I won’t bang on about this too much as I have already posted on it. Suffice to say I am now utterly convinced of the importance of drawing to a sculptor. On top of this the anatomy is crucial. Some of the autopsy dvd’s were tough to get through but so incredibly illuminating.
I am already aware of how much more I now ‘see’ when considering the human form and know that it will be with me and help shape my work from here on in.
The end of term also marks the end of my momentous first year at the Art Academy – what can I say, it’s been incredible and life changing on so many levels. I already know what I’m going to be doing in the Autumn Term and can’t wait!