Monday, June 11, 2012
A commission from a recent college graduate to be given to his professor, and family friend. He wanted the figure to look like he was teaching, and I think it came out well. It measures approximately 6" x 18" x 4".
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I started out, as I always do, with an overall drawing. Then it was on to making the torso and legs. Everything is carved from basswood, and pieces are joined with brass rods, held in place with CA glue.
The torso, legs, and shoes are finished, and here I'm working on the position of the arms. I've also chosen the perfect base - a small box that looks like a set of books.
I thought I would show the progression of how the left hand came to be. I sometimes like to go back and see my process myself.
His head is sculpted from polymer clay. To get the head right I looked at a few images on the web, and I think it came out pretty good. Of course anything I create is going to be in my style, so this is a stylized version of the real professor.
The finished body, ready to be painted. At this point I also make the clothes.
The finished piece - he is holding a book labeled, "Business", (he's a business professor).
A closer view.
While working on the professor one day, the sun came streaming into the studio, and I thought it would make a beautiful image.
More pieces to come........................