Today, I did a live stream on the topic of plaster models, specifically a large plaster model that was intended for both porcelain and bronze. In storage for many years, I unpacked the damaged plaster model used to mold and cast “The Gift.” A mother and child sculpture by Chuck Oldham, the piece was originally created for a small edition of individually-made studio porcelains. It was later produced in bronze. Old, degraded lacquer is peeling from the plaster and it is badly damaged in a number of places. The baby is missing a finger. I’ll be showing how to properly repair this plaster model so the remaining bronze editions can eventually be cast. If you’d like to watch the live stream from today, here is the link:
Today we’ll be working on the build-up of the collared lizard sculpture. I started with creating the idea in the soft clay (using Clayette by Chavant, the soft consistency. I currently purchase the clay at SculptureDepot.net). Here is the link for today’s live stream at 7:30 am, Arizona time: https://youtu.be/2GhWedzvrg0
Today, I am showing one side of the owl where I have mapped out most of the feathers. The other side still needs to be done. Here, you can see the process: how you go from the large forms to the medium forms to the small forms. I measure all the time, just to make sure I’m still on track with my idea. My goal is to be able to sculpt anything I want according to a plan. I hope to make a very realistic sculpture, but you can make anything you want with this technique. Get the PDF guide here—just $5 and supports our site:
I was discussing the tools called “rifflers” in this video. These are great for smoothing out the basic forms. It gives me a good sense of the volume and relationships of shapes to one another. Here is a source I was able to find that are closest to the ones I use:
The barn owl sculpture continues tomorrow, 7:30 am Arizona time (Jan. 6, 2021), as I work on the next group of shapes, the secondary shapes. I’ve measured the basic outer dimensions, and they’re pretty close. So now, here comes the start of the detail!
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Be sure to watch tomorrow morning at 7:30 am (Jan. 5) for another episode on making the Barn Owl sculpture in clay. We’ll be starting to define the main inner shapes, measuring our diagram model as we go. Here is the link — please share and subscribe:
Join me at 7:30 am January 4th as I work on a life-size barn owl sculpture in clay. You can ask questions as I work, or just sit back and enjoy your morning coffee with me as I continue on with this sculpture project. If you want to follow along, see the guide I created for this project here: https://learnsculpture.org/learn-sculpture-guides/
I have begun work on what will become a life size barn owl sculpture and will live stream on YouTube for about 15 minutes to update my progress. Here is the link for the video which will live stream at 7:30 am tomorrow, January 1, 2021.
I hope you can be there. I can answer questions. I created a project guide with patterns to measure the barn owl’s proportions for anyone who wants to follow along. Please support my effort and buy this guide on our website for $5. at https://learnsculpture.org/learn-sculpture-guides.
There’s a new project underway! Make an original barn owl sculpture in clay at the Learn Sculpture YouTube Channel. Follow along in my live-streaming lessons online at http://www.YouTube.com/LearnSculpture. Imagine you can achieve your own signature portrayal of this beautiful and wise owl known the world over—from miniature up to life-size!
You can work along with me and do a small version of the barn owl, or use the patterns for the life-size version. It may all depend on how much clay you have on hand, but now you can learn by doing as well as watching. I hope to help lots of people and kids gain confidence with clay modeling so once they do a project like this, they realize they can make anything they want. The Barn Owl Sculpture Project Guide includes patterns up to life-size to help you measure correct proportions of the owl as you follow along. Find it here: https://learnsculpture.org/learn-sculpture-guides/
Let me know what you think, and please think of questions to ask during our live stream at youtube/learnsculpture.